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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Carolyn on

I haven’t owned a pair of shorts in ten years and I don’t intend to change that…ever. Flat shoes make the wearer look like a park ranger, and heels look kind of cocktail waitressy. Also, they must be longer than they are wide in order not to look weird, which means that short and/or curvy girls tend to look dumpy, and tall and/or thin girls can just end up looking like they outgrew their pants. I just can’t figure out how to make this them work, so I avoid them altogether!

am on

I’ll tell u why venessa sucks! WHat is she famous for? What talent does she have? I have normal standards of beauty for normal people…but the hollywood types devote their life to look good & get paid millions for it so they better damn well look GOOD…most importantly why the hell is venessa famous …

mee on

Lolly its people like you that make this world so pressured.. so she has birth marks and cellulite, who the hell cares.. your the type of person you will make fun of people no watter wat… your apparently very insecure.. i hope you find some peace in your life because that just isn’t right.

.. and ps… get a life.

random.comment on

1. Super cute shorts. I personally don’t wear shorts but they look good on both these ladies.

2. This post was not about Vanessa, it was about shorts. BTW she looks fab in but anyway. Vanessa is on TV, well was she just quit. But she had a job on TV that was the real reason she was famous. I knew about her before Nick because of TRL. Being with Nick definitly made her a bigger name but obviously someone saw a beauty in here to put her on TV.

ashley on

You know, as i read down these things, so many people are dissing vanessa. her legs are this, her knees are that. no one is perfect, and she is probably better looking that half of you ladys writing this. so i take a seat back on your couch, watch tv and eat some twinkies. this is about shorts, not about the person in them.

NOW-i think she is very pretty and her outfit is adorable. on the other hand, tawny kind of botched it with the warmer articles up top…the shirts cute with it, but definetly lose the scarf. overall, these are both cute girls, with cute outfits…(:

s on

What is so bad about Vanessa? I don’t see anything wrong with her legs at all! Her outfit looks great here, very casual and simple. I would definitely try shorts like this, maybe slightly longer and with a solid top.

Marisa on

I LOVE WHAT SHE IS WEARING THE SECOND PICTURE. I LOVE HOW THE COLOURS ARE SO SOLID AND IT LOOKS SO CASUAL AND COMFORTABLE.

Kim on

Vanessa’s look is so much better!! the top has to be a solid color and match perfectly. I have shorts exactly like that for the summer!! But the scarf…whats up with that??…her outfit look terrible!!

Sofia on

It is amazing how Vanessa’s wonderful body and image can make this simple clothes look great. She looks so cute in whatever kind of clothes she puts on because she is beautiful.
Vanessa you are so pretty and talented, that’s why some miserable stupid women hate you, they are just jealous.

Allie on

Why do you all have to bash Vanessa? I think that she looks really cute in her plaid shorts. At least she’s dating Nick Lachey…..are you? So she might not have perfect legs, I’d like to see yours. I’m not even a Vanessa fan, I just think that it’s really mean of ya’ll to be bashing someone because their legs aren’t absolutely perfect.

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