A short based on one of our favorite, oldest pant styles—the Florence. I am decidedly not a shorts person, but dressing comfortably for warm climates almost always requires some kind of alternative to pants and I wanted to tackle the challenge.
The silhouette I'm most drawn to is that of the 1930s and 1940s tap shorts with a narrow waist and wide, full thigh opening. I aimed to follow the rule of thirds, with the distance from natural waist to hem of the shorts taking up about one-third of total leg length. The hem hits right around mid-thigh, which feels comfortable in terms of coverage but still keeps most of your legs out in the open air. In super soft and drapey silk crepe, these feel like absolutely delicious pajama shorts that you can also totally wear in public.
The wide, full silhouette creates a beautiful shape that still feels modest and elegant. A generous inseam makes them practical and wearable (everybody knows that a one or two-inch inseam on shorts is a recipe for discomfort). They are nostalgic and quite modern at the same time.
A classic wide belt that makes all of our cinching, silhouette-shifting dreams come true. It's substantial enough in width to really define the waist, but not so wide that it buckles when you sit down. This piece can take our most oversized, fluid tops and dresses and create transformative shapes. Subtle curves or dramatic changes in volume add endless options to your wardrobe.
My favorite way to wear this is in monochromatic outfits with a matching top or dress, but contrast is also eye-catching. Use it to close open-front jackets or to create a simple hourglass shape with a Georgia Midi.
The Parabola, named for the curved hip panels on each side, features slim, long sleeves and a high boat neck that are sleek and interesting. Parabola-shaped inset panels at the sides provide body, shape, and swing that move with you. This top wears as a nontraditional A-line. I love the suggestion of shape it provides, appearing dramatic and avant-garde.
I love this billowy top paired with slim trousers or denim for a sleek look, but I'm also very into it with wide-leg pants to really accentuate the silhouette.