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Looking for hassle-free, yet stylish summer wear? “Shorts are ideal for this season,” says designer Parvesh Kumar, who advises teeming the garment with a white cotton shirt and minimal accessories.

High-waisted pleated shorts are a great option for a formal occasion. Actress Sonakshi Sinha rocked the look at a recent promotional event.

To create a fun daytime look, Parvesh suggests high-waisted shorts, which can be worn with a blouse and pumps. “Or pair them with chunky wedges for evening glamour,” says Parvesh.

From classic denim cut-offs to funky hot pants, the unisex piece of clothing has undergone several modifications, but still remains a classic. Pleated shorts, cuffed (rolled-up) shorts, rompers (a variation on the jumpsuit), high-waisted shorts, as well as shorts with lace trimmings are in, this season.

Actress Kangna Ranaut keeps things casual in these plaid hot pants

Light fabrics are best used to make these lowers comfortable to wear. “Shorts work best in lightweight or airy fabrics, as they provide comfort and ease of movement,” says designer Swapnil Shinde, who suggests choosing from cotton, denim and poplin fabrics.

Designer Payal Jain votes for cotton or linen shorts as personal favourites. “I love the crushed and crumpled look of linen shorts, as they are meant to look relaxed, simple and loungy,” she says.

Bollywood leading lady Priyanka Chopra got the maximum number of votes for the actress who can carry off the look best

As far as colours are concerned, experimentation is key, so aside from whites, beiges, and pastels, bright prints are making waves as well. “While pastels like white, mint-green and beige are favourites, neon shorts, including bright pink, fuchsia and electric blue are a rage this season,” shares Payal.

And for those reluctant to dress up for a formal occasion, here’s some good news: Shorts can now be worn for formal occasions as well as a night on the town.

Hollywood actress Kate Winslet attended the 68th Venice Film Festival in Italy in a pair of black shorts with a navy blue blouse, brown belt and black jacket over peep-toe heels for a formal look.

“Wearing shorts made of formal fabrics, especially in menswear makes the look evening ready, one can also pair sequined shorts with formal shirts in pastels to complete the look,” recommends Swapnil.

Australian actress Emma Lung  arrived at the David Jones Spring/ Summer 2011 season launch at the Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park in Sydney in a pair of black shorts with lace trimming and a formal brown jacket and leather belt. Pics/ Getty Images

Accessorising is a great way to dress up a pair of shorts says Payal, adding, “Silk shorts or a jumpsuit make for a great semi-formal look.” 

Women’s shorts with scarf
These shorts by designer Priyadarshini Rao add a feminine touch to the typically unisex look.
At: Mineral, Linking Road, Bandra (W).
For: Rs 1,299

Neon blue shorts
Looking to adding some funk to your look? Try shorts in bright colours such as blue, red and green.
At: Street of Linking Road, Bandra (W).
For: Rs 500

Black high-waisted shorts with lace trimming
Formal occasion? Wear these shorts with a tucked-in ivory blouse and a pair of formal peep-toe heels for a classic look.
At: Threads Studio, CHSL Lokhandwala Complex, Andheri (W).
For: Rs 900

Classic denim shorts
When in doubt, opt for a pair of denim shorts that look best when teemed with a classic shirt in white or off-white.
At: Street of Linking Road, Bandra (W).
For: Rs 550

Rolled-up shorts
Great for a day spent lounging by the pool.
At: What’s Up, Lokhandwala Market, Andheri (W).
For: Rs 600

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