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.
As 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.
One of my favorite wardrobe staples is the camisole top. I can’t even begin to count how many I have, but surely I can say the answer is too many. I love how they look and how they can be worn. Whether its casually with a pair of shorts to beat the summer heat or dressed up with a pair of nice cropped trousers, the possibilities are endless. They are incredibly feminine and even a little sexy at times.
Fact: the last time I genuinely chose to wear normal shorts was in 8th grade. Yes, 10+ years ago and really because I was obsessed with my Abercrombie & Fitch collection of possibly too short shorts. Eventually as an angsty teen I decided to wear the most unflattering longer shorts and I truly wish I could forget this time of my life.
Cut to now where I have rekindled my love of denim shorts. This is quite possibly due to one of two things. Either my self confidence has grown (along with my ability to give no f*cks about imperfect thighs) OR I’m just tired of overheating during the summertime while wearing jeans. Doesn’t really matter either way because now denim shorts are my go-to whether I’m running errands or just hanging around all day. Embracing shorts has made my life 35,000 times easier and I regret having ever given them up. No offense, teen angst stage. You were pretty pointless style wise.
Of course it’s really easy to have denim shorts go south fast. If they are too short or distressed it’s simple to head into “no one wants to see that” territory. I have 2 formulas for rocking denim shorts right now, and both are equally simple but stylish. A tank top when it’s warm out and a sweater when I’ve had a bit too much sun or will be hanging out in the air conditioning.
Shop this Post: Frame Denim shorts, H&M sweater, Adidas sneakers, Zara crossbody bag, Clean UP Dodgers hat, Topshop tank top, Michael Kors duffle, Quay sunglasses, Ancient Greek sandals, Madewell rings
A good pair of boyfriend jeans are a wardrobe essential. A girl can never have too many different pairs of jeans. Boyfriend jeans go in and out of style, but right make an outfit look relaxed without trying very hard. They are often baggy with a low waist which is a very 90s type of silhouette for girls. Boyfriends jeans can offset dainty pieces like lace or crop tops to add a little something extra to an outfit.
It girls and fashion girls love boyfriends jeans so there’s plenty of places to look for inspiration. One of my favorite ways to wear distressed boyfriend jeans is with a baggy sweater and loafers. It looks effortlessly chic but not too relaxed where it becomes frumpy. There are tons of different washes, styles, and brands to check out so it’s easy to find the right pair.
If you haven’t considered them before or thought they were out of style here is some inspiration to guide you.
Bodysuit, Jeans, Sunglasses, Heels, Handbag
Okay the title of this blog might be a little off-putting, but hear me out. I truly don’t know why Kylie Jenner has an online shop filled with clothing (most of which is sold out) and cosmetics, but she does. Get those dollars, Girl. I am not a Kardashian-Jenner fan and, in fact, the only episodes I have seen of that show were courtesy of my best friend, Rachael. She knows if she turns on anything I can make commentary on purely out of confusion I can be entertained and distracted for hours. That said I’m not entirely pop culture blind & I know their effect on the planet (good or bad).
I’ve been known to look at Kendall for fashion inspo, and while I can’t quite figure out Kylie, Kendall I can get behind. Enter this tee. My best friend (personal assistant and stylist) insisted I consider adding this t-shirt to my large graphic tee collection. So I decided to play around & Style it just in case it ends up in my closet through some wine induced late night shopping.
I’m the Kendall, You’re the Kylie Graphic Tee
Jeans, Bag, Bomber, Sunglasses, Boots
Ah, my favorite go-to sweater. A black H&M sweater I got awhile ago I’ve worn so much I’ve had to replace it with newer versions. Sure, they aren’t exactly the same sweater every time. Maybe the one I have now is better than the ratty, old, discolored and misshapen one. But, the point is there is always the one piece in our closets we always turn to.
If I’m just not feeling any outfits that day I turn to my favorite sweater. Same goes for the days I don’t feel like standing in front of my closet it at all. I already know it goes with nearly everything and it has existed long enough to have its own outfit formulas (as seen below). This H&M sweater is light enough to wear year round, and with good care they last a pretty long time (my old one only recently started to look worn out). So there’s a case to be made for the longevity of favorite pieces of clothing.
I’m sorry to everyone who has to see it all the time. Actually I’m not sorry. Long live my favorite sweater.
Buy my favorite H&M sweater here
Topshop jeans, Raye slide sandals, Victoria Beckham bag, Madewell rings, H&M necklace
Zara leggings, Adidas sneakers, J. Crew jacket, Erdem x Linda Farrow sunglasses, Forever 21 bag
Mango trousers, Victoria Beckham clutch, Carvela heels, Rebecca Minkoff bracelet
Topshop jeans, Topshop leather jacket, The Row ankle boots, Zara bag
A few weeks ago I was stuck with a classic style dilemma. I hated everything in my closet and refused to believe I had anything to wear. But then I remembered one of the most basic wardrobe essentials: the classic white tee. The classic white tee is one of the most versatile pieces in any wardrobe because it can be worn with just about anything. It can look more office appropriate when paired with a chic blazer. It can also look casual when paired with jeans, and even looks good paired with leggings and athleisure wear.
My favorite way to wear my favorite H&M white tee is on my laziest days. Those days where I just toss on leggings or black jeans and grab a denim jacket to run out the door. I think basic tees of any color are essential to a wardrobe for this reason. They can be paired with just about anything quickly and require little brain power yet look effortless without looking sloppy. Basic tees also come in a variety of colors which is makes them a staple. The looks below are a bit monochrome because that’s how my style is, but swapping out a classic white tee for something a bit more colorful.
They don’t have my favorite white tee online, but this one is fairly similar: H&M White Tee
Who What Wear birdcage skirt, Express sandals, Quay sunglasses
Topshop jeans, BCBGeneration boots, Matt & Nat tote bag, Topshop duster
IRO moto jacket, H&M pants, Isa Tapia flats, Rebecca Minkoff satchel, Saint Laurent sunglasses, Delfina Delettrez ring
Zara leggings, Nike sneakers, H&M cardigan, Mansur Gavriel bag
Rachel Zoe flats, Zara blazer, Rag & Bone jeans, J. Crew belt, H&M bag