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 or Vince Laundered Plaid Cuffed Shorts, $109 at

Go straight to the preppy source with these Sconset Patchwork madras shorts, $58 at

Get the look for a steal with these Madras Rollup Shorts, $35 at %20womens&productId=2331_3791″ target=”_blank”>, or these Plaid Shorts, $18 at

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Miranda on

I love the look, but you have to make sure your shirt color is solid, and matches the colors on the plaid.. if not it just looks weird.. I like Vanessa’s look better, because her shirt matches, while with Tawny, the purple scarf doesnt match at all!

alia on

Oh Lord!!…Here we go again!…theres going to be like 60 comments about how horrible Vanessa Minnillo is!….J/K…I love these outfits (mostly Vannesa’s)…***so cute***

O'Wryly on

The scarf looks ridiculous with the shorts and flip-flops, as does the long sleeved top. I live in southern Arizona and you always see the locals here wearing shorts, flip-flops, and thick quilted jackets during the cold months. Believe me, it’s a most unfortunate yet hilarious “fashion” statement … and that’s what the left outfit reminds me of. As for Vanessa’s outfit, I have yet to see her look nice in ANYthing. Maybe it’s that chipmunk face that always throws her off kilter from head to tootsies …

ab on

Very cute with a simple tank or t, like Vanessa. Tawny was trying too hard to dress them up, which doesn’t match.

Cheryl on

Vanessa looks adorable! Now the other person looks a mess…scarf, zipped hoodie with shorts and flip flops…lol

faith on

you’re right alia. get ready for a bash fest! i think vanessa looks really cute here too. and i still don’t know why people find her legs ugly— they look okay to me. no cellulite, no vericose veins, no blotches, a decent tan… i don’t get what they keep calling “ugly.”

Elda on

yes i would!! and they both look great!! P.S. Vanessa is a natural beauty no doubt about that!

Maryse on

I own a few pairs of shorts in plaid and I love them. They’re a cute trend. Shorts in plaid are about the only thing I’ll wear in plaid, only because it’s suttle. I think too much plaid is overwhelming. I agree Miranda, I also think the shirt you wear with the plaid should be a solid color and somewhat match the color on the shorts. I usually do that, but I also wear something simple like a white or black tank-top either in short sleeve or tank-top.

Tawny’s outfit isn’t great. The scarf and long sleeve shirt looks icky with the shorts. The purple scarf doesn’t match first of all, but lordy, who wears a scarf with a long sleeve shirt, plaid shorts and flip flops? No to the whole outfit Tawny is wearing. The shorts are cute, but that’s about it, oh and the flip flops are cute, LOL.

As for Vanessa, I like her look. The shorts are cute and I like how she doubled the tops. I’m not sure I would have doubled the tops, but she looks great.

AnnieM on

Love the plaid! The ladies look comfy and happy.

jen on

I would totaly wear these Vanessa looks great!!!!!!!!

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