How to Wear: Tailored Shorts

Tailored shorts are the rebellious, tomboy sister of the mini-skirt. You get to show off the gams without sacrificing mobility. Designers like Stella McCartney and Paul Smith are showing the sleek, retro look, but can you get away with shorts at the office? Indeed, if you pair them with a blouse or blazer and chic kitten heels-avoid stilettos (too slutty for the water cooler) and espadrilles (too casual for a client meeting). But if your office attire discourages mini-skirts, opt for the Bermuda-length version. Either look requires a toned lower half. To quickly add muscle and definition, fitness expert and boot camp instructor Marco Reed suggests three series of lunges every other day. For the first set of 12, hold 15-pound weights in each hand and take 4 seconds to lunge. For the second set, lose the weights and lunge in 2 seconds. The final repetition should be quick lunges. “You’ll see a difference in 2 weeks,” says Reed.

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