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By Lavender May 8, 2009

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Hot picks from MOA® Trend Specialist Sara Rogers

It’s time to free those pasty limbs as the warm sun slowly makes its way back into our neck of the woods. Get ready to show more leg than ever this season in summer’s full range of shorts styles! Patterns are definitely the biggest trend to look for as plaids, botanicals and checks make their way into your wardrobe, but classic neutral looks are also trailing close behind.

Cargo Chic
Metropark / 108 North Garden
Traditional cargo styles have taken a new direction this season with unexpected fabrics like linen, seersucker and jersey. This great linen pair from Monarchy are the perfect combination of casual and classic.

Blue
Bloomingdale’s
Fashion gets the blues this summer as watery hues from cerulean to palace blue take center stage. So even if your villa by the ocean is really a cabin in Brainerd, blue apparel will have us all dreaming of the sea.

Botanical
Martin + Osa / 214 South Avenue
Calling all green thumbs – botanical prints featuring all types of flora and fauna are hot this season! Don’t worry if you’re not at one with nature – these prints will have a way of “growing” on you.

Neutral
Bloomingdale’s
A thin corduroy short in a neutral hue is the perfect transition from chilly temps into summer sun. Once only worn by the preppy crowd, corduroy features some new twists this season with unfinished hems and distressed details.

Plaid
Nordstrom
Trendsetters will be mad for plaid as the popular pattern takes over looks from head to toe. Plaid shorts are a standout for summer spotted in a multitude of colors from neutrals to the classic “glen” style. Bermudas are back with a vengeance!

Onward Style is Lavender’s exclusive column written by Sara Rogers, MOA® Trend Specialist. She has worked in the fashion industry for more than 20 years as a model, fashion specialist, wardrobe therapist, and television host. As the Trend Specialist and Personal Shopper for Mall of America®, her “office” spans 4.2 million square feet and more than 520 stores, providing her with extensive resources to research what’s hot in retail trends.

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