I have a serious love/hate relationship with shorts. When it’s the heat of summer, they are pretty necessary but, I hate the way my legs look in them. My answer to this issue is actually very surprising…go shorter! Maybe it’s because I’m somewhat short (5’4″) but shorts that hit right above or at my knee are less than flattering. They just cut your leg in half making me even shorter – no thanks! So it turns out the most flattering shorts hit mid-thigh, which actually makes your legs look longer. I might add you should also size up in your shorts especially if they’re in a skinny cut – slightly baggy shorts hanging off your hips are much more flattering that hip-hugging tight shorts.
Here’s a little list of shorts I’ve been eying lately that fit my shorter/looser shorts rule…
1. I love these polka-dot chambray shorts from J. Crew Factory; 2. These sequin elastic waist shorts from LOFT are amazing and 40% off right now; 3. These Zara shorts with embroidered hems are no less than fabulous! They are currently sold out of every size but XS. Hopefully they re-stock soon!; 4. These AG Adriano Goldschmied pixie cutoffs from Shopbop are adorable and the perfect length. And I feel the same way about white shorts as I do white jeans; and 5. I love the print of these Lucky Brand Leela Ikat print shorts from Nordstrom.
What are your feelings about shorts?!
I’ve already declared that in place of regular denim I like to wear white jeans in the summer. But then I was perusing the internet and found these amazing, lightweight jeans and I think I spoke too soon! I love the pattern of these pants that from afar look like they might be a blue tribal pattern…but close up you see that they are in fact floral. There is also piping down each leg to give them a tuxedo pant effect. So original! I had to think of an outfit idea and share them with you, you may be surprised, but I went mostly neutral to let the pants really shine. Let me know what you think and if you’d wear these pants in place of your heavier denim for summer.
1. Silk Cargo Tank from Madewell, worn loosely tucked in; 2. This navy Fan Necklace from J. Crew Factory makes the look; 3. Simple cardigan from J.Crew Factory, the pop of bright green looks great with the pants.; 4. The outfit would look great with my favorite navy nail essie‘s Bobbing for Baubles; 5. The pants! Looker Skinny Jeans from Mother at Shopbop; 6. My sister just got a new Tory Burch so that inspired me to pair this outfit with one of Tory‘s new Straw Basket Tote Bags for summer. I love the whole line but this one looks great with this outfit; and 7. I’ve been coveting these Studded espadrille slip-ons from Zara. You know how I love espadrilles…
I have been really into delicate bracelets lately. I think they are just great for layering all together and you can add something chunky to your wrist to wear with them as well. You’ve seen what delicate bracelets I wear as my daily bracelets that are my “base” so to speak, but here are some others I’ve been pining after:
1. kate spade Saturday‘s Skinny Rectangle Bracelet. How cute is this? And it comes in six different colors; 2. Of course Alex and Ani bracelets are perfect for layering, I have one similar to this one with my Z’s birthstone; 3. Anthropologie‘s Marina Wrap bracelet. I love that this is so delicate! And it’s a nautical theme, which I think is perfect for summer; 4. Jewelry from Dogeared is so delicate and simple it’s made for layering. Here is their classic and bestselling Karma bracelet; 5. Shopbop has a huge collection of delicate bracelets, if you’re in the market. I love this Bloom Disk Bracelet from Gorjana with a tiny bit of color.
Florals are everywhere right now, have you noticed? You can *literally* get any form of fashion in a floral pattern right now. I personally think we should all tread lightly with this floral trend but there are some pieces that are just lovely. Here’s a little round up of some florals that I’ve been coveting and next week I’ll have a “What to Wear – Florals” to share.
Loeffler Randall Lock Clutch Tucker Floral with Graphic Printed Fabric from Piperlime
H&M Floral jacket (only $30!)
7 For All Mankind Cropped Skinny Jeans tropical paradise from Shopbop
J.Crew Floral Stripe Tee
Adorable floral shoes from Sole Society
I can get my Z involved in the trend with this floral peplum one-piece from babyGAP
And my husband with these floral cufflinks from Zara