Trend Worth Trying: Plaid Shorts

05/31/2007 at 05:00 PM ET

Vince Flores / celebrity photo; London Entertainment/Splash News online

Staying stylish in the summer can be a challenge — less clothes can definitely translate into less effort. But shorts are always a great way of keeping cool, and adding in a dash of preppy plaid is just enough to take them from functional to fun. Pair them with a trendy summer scarf like Heroes‘ Tawny Cypress or with layered tanks like Vanessa Minnillo. Here are a few of our favorites to get you started:

Splurge with Joie “Little Thoughts” Plaid Shorts, $160 at bloomingdales.com or Vince Laundered Plaid Cuffed Shorts, $109 at shopbop.com.

Go straight to the preppy source with these Sconset Patchwork madras shorts, $58 at jcrew.com.

Get the look for a steal with these Madras Rollup Shorts, $35 at %20womens&productId=2331_3791″ target=”_blank”>ae.com, or these Plaid Shorts, $18 at forever21.com.

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Amy on

Plaid shorts are a tasteful and classy way to add a little oomph to the wardrobe. I love the piece because it is fun and comfy. I own short shorts, mid thigh shorts and bermuda shorts all in plaid as well. I would recommend that it get no longer than that. Summer is here! Time to amp up the color!

sophieb on

I prefer vanessas to tawnys because she keeps it very simple and all the colours go with the shorts. She also wears tan acessories and has a very nice tote.Tawnys look is just a mess really nothing goes.

nana on

I agree with you Alia. There would be loads of ugly comments about Vanessa. They probably prefer the “dumb blond look-as Jessica” and not the “smart tan-as Vanessa”. Overall, she looks alright.

Lorna on

I like the shorts but I don’t think I would wear them myself.

I agree with Alia and Faith, I think Vannessa look good. Why does everyone on here hate her so much? I dont really know who she is but she looks ok to me.

Summer on

The one on the left looks silly with long sleeve shirt and scarf. All the wrong colors on top of that.
The only way to wear plaid shorts is if they are minimal and fitted and a solid plain top.
Vanessa pulls it off, she looks perfect.
Why so many haters on Vanessa? Do you think you have a shot at Nick or do you think Jessica was so much better? Blondie has had nothing but bombs and no music career since she left Nick and it’s not like Vanessa was the other woman! She’s not ugly, she doesn’t look like a boy or have man’s legs and her head is not too big!

Mary on

I think they are so cute for summer! Old Navy has a couple super cute pairs for like $26. Can’t beat that bargain!!!

AshleyL on

Well Evelyn have you read the posts? Most people are bashing her, and every time there is a blog about Vanessa that’s all everyone does, it’s really annoying. I would love to see these people who critisize her all the time, I’m sure we’ed all have a field day with them too if a picture of them were posted up for us to pick at their every flaw!

Anyways, love the shorts, I’m planning on buying a few pairs this weekend!

Softballer on

What is with all of you dissing Vannesa?! What did she ever do to you? That’s right, nothing. You guys are just pathetic jealous wannabes. If your making comments about her body, you hate yours. So stop.

steph on

I agree with k. – it’s very 90s. I remember I had a pair of these plaid shorts in the 90s, and they were hot then, but I was in high school… I think they look a little juvenile on both of these ladies. If they want to fancy up the shorts, there are many other options.

corrina on

i love this fashion idea. vanessa looks great, love the flip-flops..

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