Runway: Daytime dresses run the gamut from wildly printed wrap dresses to short knit miniskirts.
Reality: You can give current trends a nod by opting for great prints and updated touches (like a wide belt).For work, choose these career options:
Runway: Teensy little shorts -- some so tight and tiny they looked like panties -- appear up on the runway.
Reality: Shorts lose their "for tourists only" status and make a comeback in both short and longer lengths.
Longer-length shorts -- a.k.a. bermudas, walking shorts, skimmers -- look best in a slim cut (beware cuffs: they add weight). Anything too full and knee-length will add lots of heft around the hips, where most women can least afford it. With a matching jacket, the bermuda short can go to to work.
Make sure you don't ruin the casual-dress vibe of shorts with a shoe that's too dainty or dressy: a chunky platform, ballerina flat or simple thong sandal works better than a stiletto.
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