Rock Shorts in the Winter Like Nicole Richie

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I love the way Nicole Richie dresses. She’s always the first celeb to work a trend, and she knows how to make it her own. Case in point: denim shorts with dark tights, which is one of her go-to ensembles.

To be honest, unless you're long and lean, this isn't an easy look to pull off. The key is to choose the right colors and proportions. Steer clear of daisy duke shorts in a light wash and choose a longer style in a medium or dark rinse. Pull on a pair of opaque tights in a slimming shade such as black, gray, or navy and go for sexy suede pumps or tall sleek boots in a similar color. The less contrast, the thinner you'll look so stick to a monochromatic effect.

On the top, try a long boyfriend cardigan or a blazer with a flowing tunic. Think of your shorts like you would a mini skirt. How would you work that out?

American Eagle and H&M are showing inexpensive denim cutoffs in their pre spring lines, but I'm especially loving the Gap's cuffed version, which comes in sizes 4-18 ($24.50,

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