Outfit Inspiration: Taylor Schilling’s Formal Shorts

Taylor Schilling at the New York Times' Times Talks

Taylor Schilling at the New York Times’ Times Talks

If you binge-watched Netflix’s Orange is the New Black the weekend it made its second season premiere, you’re not alone. And sometimes it’s tough to remember that not everyone’s caught up with Chapman and her motley band of inmates. The show’s cast is still out promoting the second season (and making the rounds celebrating their respective Emmy nominations), so it’s always a great surprise to see the girls outside of their prison-issue jumpsuits. Taylor Schilling, the show’s main character, stepped out in a chic black-and-white outfit that featured our favorite new trend of red carpet dressing: the formal short. While we don’t expect to see these on the Oscars red carpet, we do love how they look at a more casual even, such as Schilling’s appearance at the New York Times‘ Times Talks.

Schilling paired her shorts with a simple combination of tailored blazer and silk top, which put most of the attention on her gold-and-black heels (who knew Chapman was a shoe girl?) and statement-making red lip. The total look was young and fresh — the perfect thing for Hollywood’s latest breakout star — and completely relatable for mere mortals, too. Get her simple but stylish look with our picks and you’ll steer clear of any fashion misdemeanors.

Theory Nadrea Shorts

Theory Nadrea Shorts

We have to admit that we’re mildly — ok, totally — obsessed with the idea of formal shorts. It’s the perfect blend of fashion’s new obsession with activewear as ready-to-wear and comfort. Comfort! No more worrying about flying skirts, peekaboo moments or other skirt-related wardrobe malfunctions. To get the look, try the Theory Nadrea Shorts ($140), which are tailored enough to wear to work and swingy enough to take out to play. They’re a formal take on your dad’s old dolphin shorts from the ’70s, with the same side scallops and short-short silhouette. In a word: perfect. Paired with a blousy top, they’re perfect for the office. And for playtime? Add a backless top or your go-to bodysuit.

Available at Bloomingdale’s.

1. When you’re going casual, there’s no reason to skip out on luxe materials. The Joie Alicia Tank ($138) elevates the humble wifebeater with silk, giving you a tank you can wear to even the most formal occasions.

2. If you’re looking for a white jacket, look for something with a little extra detail. The Rebecca Minkoff Becky Blazer ($328) is meant to be worn open with its elongated lapels giving a nod to traditional menswear. It’s cut for girls, however, so its cropped shape and slim sleeves are sure to be super-flattering.

3. Black and gold is a classic evening combination, but the Aerin Faden High Heel ($298) will work for day and night alike.

4. By now, you’ve probably got a go-to red lip. But for those who are still looking, NARS Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($25) is a tried-and-true favorite.

Images courtesy Bloomingdale’s, WireImage and Sephora

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Author:Christopher Luu for Fashion Trends Daily

Christopher Luu is a Fashion Trends Daily Senior Writer and Menswear Editor.