Trend Watch: Punchy Spring Shorts

Skip the scruffy cut-offs and choose from the broad spectrum of statement-making shorts in bold prints and touchable textures.

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This spring, skip the scruffy cut-offs and choose from the broad spectrum of statement-making shorts in bold prints and touchable textures. At Proenza, a high-waist short in buttery leather is made even more interesting with thin stripes of yellow, black, and white.
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Coral shorts in breezy silk made a summery statement at Tibi, where they were styled with a crisp white shell and matching silk blazer.
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Etro's Art Deco-inspired prints were among the best of the season, and this satin wrap-belt number is a perfect way to incorporate a bit of '20s flair into your spring wardrobe.
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While the silhouettes tended to be high-waist and super-short, there were also a number of slouchy, more relaxed options on the runway like these belted white culottes from Pucci.
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Balloon-shaped shorts in splashy tropical prints ruled the runway at Dolce & Gabbana, where they were often shown with matching bralette tops and shrunken blazers.
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Carven's candy-stripe shorts were a perfect foil for the brand's softer, watercolor-like prints.
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Etro added a feminine touch to these blue-printed hot pants with white lace panels sewn on either side.
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ForwardForward
Lace and crochet were key trends this spring, but we loved the way Band of Outsiders dip-dyed their lace shorts in navy blue, creating a modern ombre effect. $415 at ForwardForward.
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Jason Wu's moody blue florals were pitch perfect rendered on a pair of silky hot pants, here shown with a matching sheer blouse with a subtle pouf sleeve.
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Prabal Gurung's swirling graphic print motorcycle jacket and matching turquoise blouse was given a sporty twist by pairing it with track shorts with contrasting black piping.
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Net-a-Porter
Similarly, Victoria Beckham's lower-priced diffusion collection, Victoria Beckham Denim, features these stylish striped track shorts with a black drawstring waistband for spring. $350 at Net-a-Porter.
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Alexander Wang stepped outside his rigidly urban aesthetic this spring by incorporating splashes of a graphic floral print, executed here on a pair of sporty cargo-pocket shorts.
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Rachel Roy's combination of a coral silk pajama shirt with flouncy floral-print shorts in black and white felt super-feminine, yet relaxed and effortless.
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Karen Walker paired relaxed-fit shorts with a longer matching jacket for an unconventional suited look.
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Paisley is definitely having a moment this spring, and Stella McCartney's paisley-print indigo shorts was one of the season's best iterations of the trend.
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Stella's mirror-print shorts with a punchy tropical motif (notice the shiny green plam fronds near the waistband) were also among our top picks of the season. $725 at Kirna Zabete.
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