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Winter Shorts Worth Braving the Cold For

Remember when you would have scoffed at the idea of wearing purple pants? Or fuzzy shearling boots? Or a necklace with a menacing octopus charm? Well, even if you never thought this day would come, it has—winter shorts are a thing now. Hear us out—winter shorts are really not much different from wearing a dress in the winter. You pick the least-terrible weather day, toss on a pair of opaque tights, and then secretly relish all the compliments from friends and co-workers who are schlubbing around in sweatpants and wooly sweaters. Winter shorts are not for the fashionably faint of heart. But they are so worth it.

Leather-Look Shorts

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This flat-front pair is simple, but the look of real leather keeps them interesting. Leather-look shorts, $52.77

Floral Tapestry Shorts

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If there's such a thing as "formal shorts," these feel fancy like a vintage tapestry. Tapestry shorts, $64

Lace "Peacock" Shorts

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These shorts are covered with a layer of faux-peacock feathers, almost creating the look of a kicky miniskirt. Gilded Peacock lace shorts, $225

High-Waisted Floral Shorts

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There are two kinds of women in the world: those who wear hot pants and those who do not. If you are a hot-pants-wearing woman, you could do worse than these. Printed embroidered short, $114.34

Embellished Paisley Shorts

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When you wear these out on Saturday night, don't be surprised if everyone's looking at your butt, because they will be. In a good way. Embellished shorts, $70

Houndstooth Shorts

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These have a conservative, boxy shape and a little extra length. Perfect with a black blazer. Pleated shorts, $70

Floral Lace Shorts

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Wear them now with tights and a sweater; wear them bare-legged in spring. You win either way! Floral lace shorts, $17.80

Neoprene Shorts

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In an ultra-modern palette of palettes and dark black, this pair in neoprene with an elasticized waist feel super-sporty. Shorts, $195

Gold Snake-Print Shorts

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What Dynasty's Krystle Carrington would wear if she wore winter shorts. (She probably does, come to think of it.) Sequined pleated shorts, $86.44

Floral Lace Shorts

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A different take on floral lace, this pair's soft, flowy silhouette is complemented by a scalloped hem. Scalloped lace short, $78

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