Style Challenge: How to wear shorts in the winter

It’s been a long time since our last Style Challenge, so we thought we’d start off this year with what we think is a fairly easy one!

Short-shorts have been popping up all over the place this winter, and we’ve had a few emails now from people wondering how to wear this traditionally summery item in the colder months of the year. We thought we’d let our readers answer that one for us, and we’ve picked out these cute little polka dot shorts from Miss Selfridge for you to play with.

Your challenge is to use Polyvore to build a winter-appropriate outfit around these, and post a link to your set in our comments section, so take a look under the jump to read the rules, and we’ll publish the resulting outfits next week!

IMPORTANT: Last year a few of you suggested you’d like to be able to vote for your favourite outfit in Style Challenge, so we’re going to give that a go and see how it works out. If you’d rather not have your set included in the vote, please just add a note to your comment asking us not to include it!

The Rules:

1. Log-in to Polyvore (you may need to create an account first, if you don’t already have one)

2. Create your outfit, save it and then…

3. You’ll find the shorts here. Build your outfit around them, and then post a link to your completed outfit in the comments on this post. We’ll publish them all next week sometime, and you can vote for your favourite. If you don’t want your outfit to be included in the voting, please add a note to your comment to let us know.

4. Please note: you’re free to post links to as many outfits as you like, but please be aware that we’ll only post one entry per person. You can let us know which one you’d like us to use if you wish – if you don’t specify one, we’ll just choose the first one posted.

5. Once you’ve posted your link, please double check it to make sure it’s working properly – we get a lot of people posting links to the Polyvore home page, so we don’t get to see your outfit!

6. Comments on this entry will close on Monday, at around midday GMT. Once the comments are closed, we won’t be able to accept any further entries, so make sure you get yours in early!

43 Comments

  • January 15, 2010

    Ana

    http://www.polyvore.com/shorts_in_winter/set?id=15145170
    .-= Ana´s last blog ..anacavet: Isabella Fiorentino mode: on. -n =-.

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  • January 15, 2010

    Bean

    This was more difficult than I thought it’d be… I want this outfit now though!

    http://www.polyvore.com/winter_winds/set?id=15145150

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  • January 15, 2010

    Rock Hyrax

    That was definitely a difficult one. All I came up with is this:
    http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=15145814

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  • January 15, 2010

    India Black

    http://www.polyvore.com/fashion_police_style_challenge_shorts/set?id=15146280

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  • January 15, 2010

    gokarm

    This is a good way to feel summery in winter!

    http://www.polyvore.com/for_fp_style_challenge_how/set?id=15146662

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  • January 15, 2010

    Riali

    http://www.polyvore.com/shortspot/set?id=15146971

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  • January 15, 2010

    Karen

    My instinct right away was black tights, tall boots, and an ivory/cream sweater…

    http://www.polyvore.com/winter_shorts/set?id=15149356

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  • January 15, 2010

    Amanda

    Love these shorts!

    http://www.polyvore.com/thigh_high_winter/set?id=15148606

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  • January 15, 2010

    momo

    Voting? Interesting. Given the usually huge amount of responses, how will that work though? A vote for each post w entries?

    Either way:
    http://www.polyvore.com/shortie_how-to/set?id=15150443

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  • January 15, 2010

    Hannah

    http://www.polyvore.com/how_to_wear_shorts_in/set?id=15154271

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  • January 16, 2010

    Jess

    http://www.polyvore.com/shortsharpshock/set?id=15155460

    This was difficult!!

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  • January 16, 2010

    Milano Cookies

    http://www.polyvore.com/piece_puzzle_youre_my_missing/set?id=15155858
    So fun to make. I love polyvore. I do feel addicted, and that’s not alsways a good thing. XD

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    • January 17, 2010

      Laura

      I vote for you <3

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    • January 18, 2010

      avril51

      i think i like you the best, you’re really good at polyvore! WOW!

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  • January 16, 2010

    Lala Lu

    http://www.polyvore.com/fashion_plice_challenge_shorts_in/set?id=15158739
    Don’t you love it? 🙂
    .-= Lala Lu´s last blog ..Week in a Nutshell… =-.

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  • January 16, 2010

    georgie

    http://www.polyvore.com/untitled/set?id=15158858

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  • January 16, 2010

    Carissa

    Here’s mine 🙂
    http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/app#foo

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    • January 16, 2010

      Carissa

      Sorry! Wrong link. This is the correct one:
      http://www.polyvore.com/stripes_dots_checks_oh_my/set?id=15159400

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  • January 16, 2010

    moloko

    http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=15160531

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  • January 16, 2010

    RoseQuartz54

    My attempt! <3

    http://www.polyvore.com/vintage_cream-white-black-vermilion_bliss/set?id=15162802

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  • January 16, 2010

    Alice

    http://www.polyvore.com/fashion_police_challenge/set?id=15163980
    Being Floridian, this was a bit hard. I wear shorts all year round XD

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  • January 16, 2010

    Alexandra

    http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=15169089 after doing this…shorts don’t seem like a bad idea for winter anymore 🙂

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  • January 16, 2010

    Lauren

    I haven’t done a Style Challenge before but I love shorts and where I live we don’t get a “real” Winter. So here is mine 🙂

    http://www.polyvore.com/rainy_day/set?id=15169293

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  • January 16, 2010

    Katie

    I wear shorts in the winter a lot, so this was a really fun challenge!

    http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=15172750

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  • January 16, 2010

    Kristen

    This was really fun! Hope you like it 🙂
    http://www.polyvore.com/style_challenge/set?id=15176107

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  • January 16, 2010

    Ellie

    http://www.polyvore.com/style_challenge/set?id=15176164

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  • January 16, 2010

    Khalalelo

    Heres my shorts in the winter!

    – Simple with an edgy twist! –

    Perfect for fashion foward girls!
    Vote if you enjoy!
    http://www.polyvore.com/shorts_in_winter/set?id=15165839

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  • January 16, 2010

    Ellie

    http://www.polyvore.com/shorts_in_winter/set?id=15179020

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    • January 17, 2010

      Pippa

      Love this one so damn much.

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  • January 16, 2010

    Elizabeth

    http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/profile?id=822315

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  • January 17, 2010

    charles

    http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=15185869
    .-= charles´s last blog ..Movies Movies Movies =-.

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  • January 17, 2010

    spike

    http://www.polyvore.com/butterflies_in_winter/set?id=15191666
    Here we go!

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  • January 17, 2010

    Charlotte

    http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=15193356

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  • January 17, 2010

    Vickie

    http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=15193297

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  • January 17, 2010

    TimelessAlfa

    http://www.polyvore.com/short_in_winter_for_competition/set?id=15198357

    tried my best matching this piece with others. Anyway, winter shouldn’t be always gloomy, check this out…

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  • January 17, 2010

    tania

    http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=15199244
    This was a bit difficult, I think the short’s high waist makes it harder: anyway, here’s my choice!
    PS I live in Italy, our winters are warm! 🙂

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  • January 17, 2010

    Milly

    http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/set?id=15210338

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  • January 18, 2010

    LaurenM

    http://www.polyvore.com/suspicious_for_winter/set?id=15220390

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  • January 18, 2010

    Emily

    http://www.polyvore.com/shorts_in_winter_day_night/set?id=15224091

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  • January 18, 2010

    Rachel X

    Here’s my entry =D

    http://www.polyvore.com/cgi/profile?id=1014571
    .-= Rachel X´s last blog ..WTJ: Studded =-.

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  • January 18, 2010

    Lauren

    May well be too late, but hey, never mind!

    http://www.polyvore.com/winter_shorts/set?id=15234243
    .-= Lauren´s last blog ..Golden Globes – My Favourites! =-.

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  • January 18, 2010

    Cleps

    http://www.polyvore.com/shorts_in_winter/set?id=15218545

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  • January 18, 2010

    Brigis

    http://www.polyvore.com/shorts-winter/set?id=15233456

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