Trend Report

Styling Trendy Summer Shorts

I know in the past I’ve shared my trials and tribulations with shorts. After countless summers of wearing uncomfortable jeans and unflattering long “jorts” due to self-confidence issues, I finally came to a happy place where I can wear shorts of all kinds. Now I know what kind of shorts I wear the most: denim, pull on, or sworts. Denim shorts are wardrobe staples, pull on shorts are perfect for relaxing or running errands, and, well, sworts are the laziest shorts in the world. So rather than be so boring I decided to do a little research and see what shorts were the most trendy this summer.

Styling-Trendy-Summer-Shorts.pngAs you can see above; Basically the answer was literally any pair of shorts ever. There was leather or leather effect (aka the warm weather sibling of leather pants), and crepe shorts (which are just really loose & flowy Bermuda shorts). Printed shorts ala the 1990s are big (especially florals), and the staples I’ve mentioned above. I felt pretty overwhelmed, but I decided to play around with it a bit. One thing I tried to be aware of is shorts are warm weather clothes so there’s no ankle boots or thin heels. I think that ankle boots are fine with shorts within reason, but it’s a personal preference. I do it depending on the occasion and outfit. Thin heels and shorts just feel so Pinterest to me so I avoid them at all costs (plus I’m clumsy). When wearing shorts I avoid high top sneakers because they cut off my legs at a certain point making me appear shorter. At the end of the day styling any shorts is a personal preference, but below hopefully you’ll find some new inspiration or try a new type of shorts.

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Connect the Dots

Polka dots are one of my favorite prints. There’s just something about them that is cute and fun. That seems like a weird statement coming from me, but it’s true. Of course, I would likely never stray from a black and white color combination. I mean why would I? It’s a true classic. But from time to time, like with decor or wrapping paper, I enjoy a gold, copper, or rose gold on white. That combination is just clean looking with a little hint of something extra to liven things up.

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Summer Trend: The Classic Neck Scarf

Being from the desert it’s a little hard to imagine me saying to rock a neck scarf, right? Well, truth be told, I’ve rocked a cool neck bandana a couple times despite the heat. Fashion is a sacrifice sometimes, right? But the real reason I fully support this summer trend is because there are so many other ways to wear them. One of my favorite ways is in my hair. It can hide unwashed hair while adding a little something extra to an updo. I really like the idea of adding them to my bag or around my ankle because it seems a little unique.

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Time to Buy…A Bathing Suit

One of the best and worst things about summer are bathing suits. Chilling poolside is basically a requirement right now (it’s about 120 degrees out right now as I type this, no lie) and doing it fully clothed would be weird. The material swimsuits are made from is often cooler than some items of clothing so they are even wearable outside of the pool. There is a return to modesty this summer with more swimsuits being made of more fabric and cuts that provide greater coverage. The chic one piece is having a major moment right now, but like many other things, it really depends on the person, their preference, and body type.

I love this Zimmerman striped bikini because I love a good set of stripes and a bikini. With a one piece I like the Solid & Striped Lexi. The navy color is classic and the white provides nice, clean lines.

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Yellow + Denim

Looking at my closet right now there is a sea of monochrome colors with a few little dusty pinks or blues here and there. But I’m dealing mostly with black, white, and grey. Certainly no yellow. I think the last time I wore yellow was over 10 years ago and it was a terribly ill-fitting dress. But this spring (and now summer) yellow is a really in color and for good reason. It looks really good with a tan (which I wish I had right now).

Yellow is such a bright, cheerful color which definitely intimidates me. Denim is just a regular staple so there’s just something about pairing them both I find appealing. It’s a very summer combination. Denim just feels rough and tough so breaking it up with the yellow makes it feel lighter. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to incorporate yellow into one’s style so there’s no need to jump headfirst into it. I just know I’d be too intimated to rock another yellow dress, but after browsing around it might be worth trying (I’m really feeling this H&M top). If not there’s still earrings, sunglasses, and even bathing suits to take the plunge with.

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Trend Report: ‘Woven’ Bags

I’m a little skeptical of the woven bag trend. I see the appeal. It’s summer and they just scream summer. They are the perfect beach bag. Some of them even look like cute little baskets. They have come back in style time and time again. They are classics, and there are so many different options.

But then again, depending on style, they very much give off a beach bag feel. Also, I don’t really like stabbing myself accidentally with a piece of wicker. I suppose the pros outweigh the cons in this scenario. Maybe I’ll have to give one a go…

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Trend Report: White Sneakers

As someone incredibly type A with OCD just the thought of white sneakers is enough to give me a panic attack. Why? Because I will obsessively try to keep them in pristine condition. “But you own Stan Smiths…” yeah that I’ve worn…a handful of times, and, yes, they are incredibly clean.

That is why I have a love/hate relationship with one of the biggest shoe trends right now: white sneakers. It’s not just white sneakers, but pretty much solid white sneakers for the most part. The ultimate canvas for grass, dirt, and every other stain imaginable. I love white sneakers because they are so pristine, classic, and can be paired with just about anything. They add a little bright pop to the most basic of outfits. They can make the best summer outfits look cool and casual. It’s true I love a good white sneaker…but mostly in theory. Sneakers are destined to be dirty. But since it’s summer and there’s that rule about only wearing white until Labor Day, it’s time to fully embrace the trend. There’s always those Magic Erasers to clean them up right?

I’ve included a bunch of different kinds to match any style. There are pops of color for the scared of solid white crowd, textured, It-Girl approved, and even the classic Keds (for dipping ones toe into the water). Plus the Keds are the most classic summer shoe.

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