Fashion, Personal Styling, Shopping, Style, What to Wear

Summer Shorts: 4 Staples + 1 Trend

I admit it – I’m one of those people who love to shop. I enjoy going to my favorite stores and seeing what’s new. I have an obsession with blue tops and can usually find one or two I have to have. I also love colorful prints, embroidery, lace, eyelet, stripes, and ruffles, which means I like everything in every store right now.

In May, I decided not to spend money on clothes, shoes, and accessories and shop my closet instead. I enjoyed the challenge of making sure I was wearing new items and mixing them with favorites from past seasons (you can read about it here,) but once May was over, I was ready to add some things to my summer wardrobe.

I went through my warm-weather clothes and identified gaps in my wardrobe. I browsed websites, Instagram, and Pinterest for summer 2017 trends and made a list of what I wanted to buy. The most important items on my list were shorts – I needed to replace the ones I had with a smaller size than I wore last summer thank you, yoga!!!) I shopped for the basics – blue denim, white denim, olive, and red – and one trend, florals. With the four basics, I replicated the jeans I wear the most, so I already have a lot of tops I can wear with them. Bright florals are great for summer, and I found the perfect print at Talbots.

I’ve linked to the exact items in the pictures if they’re available, and I found additional shopping options for each item. The Stella & Dot links go to my website. If you buy something, I will earn commission. I appreciate your support of my small business! <3

1. Blue jean shorts

These boyfriend shorts from Talbots are exactly like the ones I wore last year. I like them because they’re stretchy and comfortable, but they don’t get too baggy after wearing them a couple of hours. The top is also from Talbots – smocking AND embroidery? It’s the perfect top for me! I got the sparkly pink Keds at Kate Spade last year – they still have them – and the Gita Tassel Earrings and Wesley Sunglasses are from Stella & Dot.

Additional Shopping Options

Jean shorts: one | two

Embroidered tops: one | two

Pink sneakers: one | two

Tassel earrings: one | two

Sunglasses one | two

2. White denim shorts

These shorts are the same style as the blue jean ones. I could probably get by with just those two pairs all summer, but I like variety. The cabi top is from Spring 2017 and is not available (cabi’s fall collection debuts August 1 – I’ve seen some of the pieces, and they’re gorgeous!) I love my floppy straw hat from Initially Y’alls, a local monogram shop, and I don’t think these Tory Burch sandals will ever go out of style!

Additional Shopping Options

White shorts: one | two

Printed tops: one | two

Floppy hats: one | two

Sandals: one | two

3. Olive shorts

I love the olive pants I have from cabi and wear them often, so I really wanted olive shorts, too. I found some at Nordstrom – they’re a linen blend. They’re long Bermuda shorts, and I had them hemmed to hit a couple of inches above my knee like the denim shorts do. The top is from cabi’s spring collection, and the flip flops are just like the tan ones. The Chelsea Sadle Bag is new from Stella & Dot – it’s a vegan two-tone leather and will look great with your fall outfits.

Additional Shopping Options

Olive shorts: one | two

Printed tops: one | two

Sandals: one | two

Purses: one | two

4. Red shorts

Okay, these shorts are waaaaaay outside my comfort zone because they hit at mid-thigh, but I loved them so much, I decided to go for it! They’re from Talbots, and they had this darling bowl of cherries shirt to go with them, so I had to get it, too. I got the bow sandals two years ago, but I can’t remember where. BTW, Talbots is having a HUGE sale, and it looks like there are plenty of sizes available for everything I linked to, so shop now!

Additional Shopping Options 

Red shorts: one | two

Graphic tee: one | two

Sandals: one | two

5. Floral shorts

I saw these floral shorts at Talbots a couple of months ago but passed on them because I thought they were too short for me. I decided to love my arms and love my legs this summer, so I got them when I bought the other shorts. If you’re a size 16, you’re in luck – that’s the only size they have left (sorry about that!.) They still have the coral tank in a variety of colors in all sizes. I got the tassel necklace at Francesca’s last week – they’re having a buy one, get something else for 50% off on clothes, shoes, and accessories sale going on through 7/15. The gold sandals are from Talbots. The crossbody bag from Stella & Dot is sold out.

Additional Shopping Options

Floral shorts: one | two

Sleeveless tops: one | two

Tassel necklaces: one | two

Gold sandals: one | two

Crossbody bags: one | two

Do you have a favorite brand or style of shorts? Do you have a bunch of different pairs or do you stick to a couple of basics. Are there other styles of shorts you’d like me to write a post about? Let me know in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “Summer Shorts: 4 Staples + 1 Trend

  1. Hi- Not quite sure how I ended up here, able to make a comment, but everything I would click for a link took me to a page that says “New Look Coming Soon” Just thought I would let you know since the links are linking to your blog post… also – the post I’m commenting on is exactly like your email with no additional content…

    1. Hi, Darla – my blog and website are under construction, so that’s why you see the coming soon page. I can’t wait for you to see the new look! I actually didn’t mean to publish the shorts post – I’m not finished with it! I’m going to put it in draft mode. You will get an email with a live link to a new blog post soon! Thanks so much for leaving your comment. It’s good to know how my readers are experiencing the blog. 🙂 Kelly

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