I had the chance to preview Paige Premium Denim‘s summer and fall collections a few months ago, and one of the upcoming styles I was the most excited about was their collaboration with Liberty Art Fabrics. The capsule collection includes three of Paige’s best cuts (shorts and skinny jeans) paired with florals from Liberty’s print archive, and all in the key of summer. The pieces are a sweet and super-wearable take on this whole printed denim craze.
I was so excited when Paige sent me their Lola short in the Sophie Alice Liberty print to give them a whirl. The floral design has a much more “English garden” feel to it than the very fun and bright ‘Chello’ skinnies I’ve been wearing all season.
The Lola short has a decidedly city-ready fit to me. They’re a high-waisted short, with a 10″ rise and 3″ inseam. These proportions make it great for tucking in a blouse (or tying it up as the case may be), and not so short that they would look obscene with heels. (In fact, a high-waisted short does marvelous things for the leg with wedges). The unfinished hem gives these denim shorts a more casual appeal, and the 98% cotton, 2% spandex mix allows for a comfortable fit and good stretch.
We all know I’m a die-hard flats girl, so I played up the sweetness of these shorts with dainty metallic ballet flats and a vintage cashmere sweater. I think the hit of red is an unexpected twist with the purple in the print, and keeps this look from getting too summer-y too soon.
How do you style up shorts in the spring? Will you splurge on printed shorts this season?
[Photos by Crissie Fuller]
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