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Spring 2013 trends: How to wear Bermuda shorts

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The Bermuda short reappears on the scene this spring, ready to comfort those tiring of hot pants and confound those wondering just how to work it into a modern look. Spotted in both baggy iterations and close-fitting and sleek styles this fairly forgiving short facilitates a polished look for the warm days of spring and summer.

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As Huntsville prepares to celebrate and promote the right to brew and the joy of barbeque this classic wardrobe staple is ready to be revisited. So, get ready to mix this “new” favorite with your closet staples.

If you opt for a loose-fitting style, use your favorite boyfriend denim styling tips. A little lift in the shoe—not much, the season’s mid-height wedges and heels work fine—combines with a shirt or top that defines your upper body. It need not be tight. A blouse or shirt that fits closely under the arms without being snug is ideal. Tuck is all the way in, or opt for the popular “half-tuck.” See J.Crew and Madewell catalogs for ad nauseum examples of this styling trick.

On the other extreme lies the slim fit silhouette that mimics your favorite skinnies in style. In feminine fabrics with sheen, luxe linen or sturdier fabric the styling tips remain the same. A slouchy silky blouse or a floaty tunic look fabulous with these fitted styles. Delicate, flat sandals are fine, but the long hemline looks spot on with a classic pump for evening.

For nights when the weather is cool or forced air environments make a jacket desirable, opt for a structured blazer, matched is best, and channel the shorts suit trend to add a sharp finish. With the right accessories create a casual Friday or Saturday brunch combination that’s sporty and polished.

A few extra tips, to consider: If you like your knees, be sure to bare them. A longer short, as with a skirt looks best when it hits just above the knee. Balance the longer hemline with a little more skin on top. A sleeveless shirt, V neck or a boat neck that flashes a little collarbone adds sex appeal.

Click through the slideshow to see shoppable options for working the Bermuda short trend into your line up this season and next.

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