Brightly colored pants are everywhere this year – from an entire line of J Brand jeans to countless runway shows, including Yigal Azrouel, Brioni, and 3.1 Phillip Lim. No matter what color you’re looking for, it's for sale this season, from kelly green and royal blue to hot pink and burnt orange. Many a celebrity has taken note, as well, including Kim Kardashian and Sarah Jessica Parker, two women who lie on opposite ends of the style spectrum.

However, it’s still reaching 85˚ every day here in Durham, and Duke students aren’t about to leave their dorms in anything remotely insulating. But don’t be fooled, the weather down south is not about to stop fashionistas like this one from emulating the trend. This fashionista has traded in her denim cut-offs for a fresh pair of azure blue shorts. To keep from looking a little too color-crazy, she has wisely paired her bright bottoms with a neutral top and metallic sandals.

To replicate this outfit for a fairly reasonable price, look to ShopBop, where J Brand and Current Elliott jean shorts in a number of majestic hues have been marked way down, or J Crew, where their classic chino shorts have been reinterpreted in all colors of the rainbow. When it finally does cool off here in Durham, check out ASOS trousers – they’re a great budget-friendly way to look runway chic for class.


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