Scallop Hemmed Shorts


This summer’s statement shorts have a scallop hem. Celebrities have been all over Tinseltown, the big apple, and abroad sporting this delicate, feminine style.

Olivia Palermo loves this look and has worn in repeatedly this summer. She attended the Intimissimi’s Fall/ Winter ’13 fashion show in Verona, Italy wearing two scallop short looks. Her first look for daytime was floral print scalloped shorts with a light-hued sheer ruffle blouse, cat-eye sunglasses, and pointy bow pumps. For a switch from a day to night, Olivia wore black scallop hem shorts once again with a sheer button-down, and ladylike accessories, including pearl earrings and the same woven pumps. The black on black color palette is perfect for an evening out on the town.


Take it from Olivia that scallop shorts are very versatile. You can dress up the look as she did to attend fashion events in Italy, but also make the look casual for everyday street style. In the West Village in NYC, Olivia wore clashing patterns with a purple floral shirt and floral printed scallop shorts. This brave ensemble of mismatched floral patterns were accessorized with a casual straw tote, brown belt, cat eye glasses, and leopard print flats.

Anne Hathaway has also adopted the scallop short trend. She chose a relaxed look wearing a simple gray tank and printed blue scallop hem shorts. Although less adventurous compared to Olivia’s patterns, Anne’s street-style was casual with basic accessories, including a long necklace and plain black flats.


Kate Bosworth is also a fan of the scallop shorts look. She went shopping in NYC wearing a metallic sleeveless blouse and nude scalloped shorts. She kept her look neutral with tan ankle-strap sandals, an ivory Jason Wu bag, a JewelMint Rodeo Drive bracelet, and Westward Leaning shades




The scallop hem style has been a statement for summer 2012 especially with prints and patterns, but it was originally inspired by the Chloé scalloped silk shorts from the Spring 2009 collection. Here’s a flash back at other stars who have loved the scallop hem style over the years.

Leighton Meester’s character Blair Waldorf loved the trend on Gossip Girl.


Kate Bosworth has been a fan of neutral outfits with scallop shorts for numerous events over the years.


Sienna Miller shows how to take the summertime shorts look into the cooler weather months by accessorizing with black tights and jacket.


For inspiration how to pull off the scallop hem look yourself, here’s some great advice from FabSugar:

  • To channel the same daytime polish with your shorts, look to pretty prints, cool brights, or lace on tailored shorts. Most importantly, look for a fit that flatters your leg line. With fuller thighs, a hemline that falls just above the knee with a looser fit will be most flattering. As for shorter stems, look for a higher-waisted pair of shorts that will help create the illusion of longer legs.
  • Whether you’re dressing for day or night, slim your waist by tucking your button-downs and blouses into the waistline of your shorts. This will not only lend a more pulled-together finish, it will draw the eye in to your slimmest point.
  • For night, an all-black look can be a sultry spin on shorts. If you’re looking to go more glam, swap out a tote bag for an eye-catching clutch and finish with a pair of statement earrings or a special necklace.
  • Further the leggy effect with a pair of stem-lengthening heels. Olivia Palermo’s woven pumps transition easily from day-to-night, but a pair of nude heels or wedges would work just as well — and give the illusion of mile-long legs.


Celebrities have adopted the sophisticated loose, scallop hemmed shorts look instead of short and tight styles. Will you try scallop shorts? Do you prefer the printed versions or plain neutral colors?


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