Okay, I know what you’re thinking-

Shorts… In fall? Maybe that’s fine for athletic-wear, but how exactly do you expect me to look cute and keep warm?

Listen, I’m with you. As someone who gets cold at the slightest breeze, I was also a little skeptical of wearing shorts in the fall. In fact, I used to put away my shorts the second the temperature dropped below 70 degrees. Then, it was jeans, long skirts, and leggings until summer came back.

Photo Credit: Barbara Nitke/Lifetime Via EW
Designer: Kentaro Kemeyama Episode 6


That was until Project Runway Season 16- and no, I am not ashamed to admit that I have been a huge fan of this show for years. If you haven’t watched it, you’re totally missing out on Heidi Klum and Tim Gun inspiring and critiquing some a-maz-ing clothing.

But that’s beside the point, Project Runway Season 16 changed how I thought about shorts completely! During episode 6, the contestants were asked to collaborate with their models and create an urban-wear inspired outfit for fashionable women on the go and my mind was blown. And then blown again a few episodes later!

The wow moment came when Kentaro’s model walked down the runway in a perfectly tailored short/pan combination with a gorgeous cream crop top. Never, would I have thought that this combination would work but I’m so glad it does! Adding the extra layer to the bottom of the outfit is contrasted very well by the shortness of the top- yet. Something like this could go so wrong, but the impeccable tailoring in the bunches of the sleeves echo the sharp lines created in the pant and short, bringing it together.

Photo Credit: Barbara Nitke/Lifetime Via EW
Designer: Shawn Buitendorp Episode 6

Try something similar with this faux leather short. Look for a cream crop top and dark grey skinny pant to go underneath. If you can’t find a belt similar to Kentaro’s, try a skinny black scarf! You’ll want to keep the rest of your styling minimal, as this look is statement enough.

I also love Shawn’s look- it is simple, yet fun and classic all at the same time. It’s a look that you could easily replicate in just about any color. Since metallic sheen has been all over the runway, I think it would be fun to try this look with a high-waist short. Bring your unique style into this with a wide, shawl-like, scarf (in any color or pattern of your choosing) just in case it gets cold.

Then, when I thought I couldn’t love shorts in fall anymore, Kentaro busted out this unexpected and wildly creative piece in episode 12. Yes, those are shorts underneath that bunny soft, sweater dress.  Once again, Kentaro’s manipulation of fabrics is beyond reproach and his styling proves edgy but sophisticated. If you’ve never thought to wear shorts with high socks and knee boots, join the club! And then join us again in trying out this style ASAP.

Photo Credit: Lifetime via Ani & Izzy
Designer: Kentaro Kemeyama Episode 12

I hope these looks inspired you to bring your shorts into fall. Don’t be afraid to be unconventional: Try new shapes and play with the lengths of your shorts, jackets, and sweaters. You’ll find the perfect mixture and have a great time doing it!

And, if you’re wondering who won this episode, I won’t spoil it for you. If you want to learn more about these episodes and don’t want to watch it, check out DALENE ROVENSTINE’s Project Runway recap on Entertertainment Weekly.  

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