With temperatures rising, it's hard for women to look stylish and stay cool. Fortunately, designers have found the answer in the humble pair of shorts, which is given a chic update this season. A summer essential, shorts come in many styles ranging from more formal, tailored Bermudas to short modern takes by Australian brand Ellery. Update your look by sporting patterned versions; there are plenty on offer, ranging from geometric patterns and florals to fun prints such as vegetables, as seen at Dolce & Gabbana. Also on trend are shorts made from techno fabrics - think lame or metallic materials to create a sleek yet futuristic look. If you are going super short, keep it modest with a tailored jacket or structured blouse.
Pair with summery white shades (HK$1,410) by Carrera, available at Blitz, Lane Crawford Canton Road
Gold earrings add a formal touch. Try these Filiz 'diamond' earrings (HK$1,120) by Pure Dead Brilliant from prettydangerous.com
Strappy sandals can make your legs appear short, so create a long, lean line with a pair of wedges in neutral colours. Hebe wedges (HK$6,580) from Rupert Sanderson
Shorts can border on casual, so create a polished look with a structured shoulder bag, such as Miu Miu's Madras (HK$9,950) in a light shade of pink