Solange, Carly Rae Jepsen and Ashley Madekwe.
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With an abbreviated cut, bold colors, and tons of pattern play, short suits are kind of like the traditional suit's cooler little sister. Sure, they might take cues from the Wall Street staple, but THIS version has way more edge...and Solange, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Ashley Madekwe are here to prove it. We all know that Solange is pretty much the QUEEN of suits (bowing down), what with her ridiculously awesome printed numbers in her new "Losing You" vid and the mismatched separates she shows off for Madewell. But this week, the singer traded her signature prints for a solid pink ensemble by Twenty8Twelve, which she wore over a checked Preen blouse. We're digging the quirky accessories vibe here, too, with her black and white Nicholas Kirkwood sandals and the Union Jack Charlotte Olympia Clutch. You know the term "transitional pieces"? Well, considering we're currently dealing with 80-degree October weather, the short suit just might be our Indian Summer secret weapon.
Carly Rae Jepsen killed it on the red carpet at this year's Teen Choice Awards, trading girly dresses for a unexpected printed short suit by Lisa Ho. The outfit is a bit riskier than what we're used to seeing Carly wear—palm trees, whoa—but we're into it! She added to the outfit's Hawaiian flair with a Kate Spade "Tiki" clutch. Hmm...someone's dreaming of a beach vacation! Lastly, this list wouldn't be complete without Ashley Madekwe. We already stalk her wardrobe every week on Revenge, but this girl is a total style pro offscreen, as well. She proved it at the NYLON party last month when she stepped out in a shimmery gold short suit by The Kooples, which screamed "Hollywood glamour" in a modern, fresh way. The basic LBD has never looked so boring...