Navy & Olive Shorts Outfit

I’ve been experimenting with a lot of fun looks lately, but when it comes down to it, this is what summer style looks like for me.

A navy and olive shorts outfit for your summer style inspiration -- Tapered Collection tapered v-neck, Mossimo midi shorts, and Abeo comfort sandals.

I spend most of my summer days at home with the occasional afternoon at the swim club so I get up and throw on a t-shirt and shorts almost every morning, but a t-shirt and shorts doesn’t have to look dumpy or plain Jane. As long as both pieces fit well and are flattering, all you have to do to turn a simple t-shirt and shorts into a complete outfit is add a few key accessories.

Let’s start with fit. This t-shirt is from Tapered Collection; in case you missed it, I styled a white one on Tuesday. This one is the tapered v-neck in midnight. I also have a tank and the mid-sleeve scoop neck in midnight, and both are great tops as well. These tees are made to compliment a woman’s figure, and the quality is outstanding.

Navy & Olive Shorts Outfit with striped tote

I usually gravitate to white or blush as a companion to navy, but I also love pairing navy and olive. These mid-rise midi shorts are from Target, and I’m really impressed with the fit and quality for $19.99. (Hat tip to Alison at Get Your Pretty On for the inspiration!) They have a 4″ inseam, and they fit close to the leg without being too tight.

I usually size up in my shorts. I normally wear a 6 in pants, but these are a size 8 and the fit is perfect. These also come in a pretty pale pink.

A navy and olive shorts outfit for your summer style inspiration -- Tapered Collection tapered v-neck, Mossimo midi shorts, and Abeo comfort sandals.

Now let’s talk accessories. Because this outfit is fairly simple, I added mosaic drop earrings and a matching necklace. I don’t usually go so matchy-matchy with my jewelry, but in this case I like how these pieces work together. I also added a few gold bangles.

Navy & Olive Shorts Outfit

Don’t forget your handbag! I grabbed this stripe tote because I like how it brings more navy into the outfit and brightens up the look, and the handles coordinate with my sandals.

A navy and olive shorts outfit for your summer style inspiration -- Tapered Collection tapered v-neck, Mossimo midi shorts, and Abeo comfort sandals.

There are many great shoe options for this look — Converse Shoreline would keep it casual or flat thong sandals would also be cute.

I went with these comfort sandals from The Walking Company. I really like how the low wedge and the studded details elevate the look without being too fussy, and these shoes are super comfortable. I’d wear these with this outfit if I was going to the mall or somewhere that I’d be doing a lot of walking and wanted to look a little more dressed up.

Abeo Lena Comfort Sandals c/o The Walking Co.

As I said in yesterday’s post, an easy way to instantly update your look is with a stylish pair of sunglasses. These are the Maui Jim Orchid, and I love them. Large frames are trending at the moment, plus they’re practical because they provide better sun protection than smaller styles.

Without accessories this outfit would be quite plain, but now it is totally appropriate for running errands, getting together with a girlfriend for coffee, or pretty much any casual event you might have on your summer calendar.

A navy and olive shorts outfit for your summer style inspiration -- Tapered Collection tapered v-neck, Mossimo midi shorts, and Abeo comfort sandals.

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tapered v-neck c/o Tapered Collection // mid-rise midi shorts // comfort sandals c/o The Walking Co. // striped tote // sunnies c/o Maui Jim // bangles c/o ksny // mosaic earrings & necklace

Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the summer outfit she’s styling today!

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34 Responses

  1. I discovered olive and navy last sumer and love it. Funnily enough I’m wearing a new discovery today of olive and grey. I’ve been admiring that necklace of yours for a while now. It’s gorgeous.

  2. I love navy and Olive as well and just wore that combo to work on Tuesday. I found a super cute Nay t-shirt at DressBarn with gold pineapples on it! Wore it with Olive ankle pants and navy cardigan. Thanks for letting me know I am right on track Jo-Lynne! 🙂
    *PS Wearing my white jeans to work today – woohoo so excited!

  3. I have to tell you thank you. You mentioned skirt shorts and I was?????? What are those.
    Guess what. I bought one pair and went and got another the next day. Love to wear t short dresses in the summer and now I feel secure!!!!! Everything is covered :)))

  4. Thanks for another style that’s easy to wear! Ok my issue lately is being so distracted and scatterbrained that I’m doing things like wearing my yoga pants inside out,(happened twice) my cardi inside out, and even forgetting to zip up my jean shorts. I guess that’s what age and 2 teenagers will do to you! At least my 16 year old asked if I was planning to go out like that? Have a great day!!

  5. What a simple but very nice casual outfit Jo-Lynne! Im glad you and the girls had a few days without a male around controlling the remote! I too live watching HGTV, especially when international house hunting is on. That is an education in itself. Have a fantastic weekend! I will be getting a quick course on operating our tractor today. Oh boy!

      1. I just watch the ones on through our Directv. The international ones are usually on late at night. It is so interesting how different the homes look, what is standard in them, and the cost of course. So, watching them really is educational from a social studies standpoint for the kids.

  6. Love how you kicked this outfit up a notch. Lovin that jewelry! Are you a consultant with Stella and Dot? I just purchased a pair of olive skimmers, since I don’t wear shorts, so I”m happy to see this outfit inspiration! I was going to wear a navy/white stripped top with them, but maybe I’ll go for the solid top. Also loving that tote bag! Enjoy the weekend, hopefully this weather will break again!

  7. Very nice and chic casual summer outfit! I too love watching HGTV, especially the international house hunting episodes. Supposedly I will be learning how to operate our tractor today. Oh boy! Have a great weekend!

  8. I love love this outfit. Perfect for hot weather like here in Arizona. It’s hard to look put together with just shorts and a t-shirt but this does the trick! Heading to Target for shorts today! Love the shoes too! I recently purchased brown wedge heels from Payless that are a dupe for your Lucky Brand wedge you feature a lot but they were 1/2 the price! Yay me! Ha Ha. Thanks for the inspiration – so glad I follow you!

  9. I had bookmarked that navy striped tote a couple of weeks ago when you first showed it. Went back to the link today and navy stripe is not a choice anymore. The red stripe is cute too, but navy stripe is much more versatile. I hope it comes back, sniff. (I knew I should have bought it back then!)

  10. I am so envious of women with “good get away sticks” to quote a line from Last Man Standing. That cracks me up. I’d love to wear a cute pair of shorts and a tee but sadly the cellulite devil took up residence on my thighs with a vengeance an no matter how hard I try, it won’t budge. All the sad faces go here!!!! Oh well, thank heavens for so many other cute options!!! Happy Friday!

    1. LOL! You’re funny. Maybe olive crop pants would be a fun alternative. I also used to have an olive cargo pencil skirt I wore a lot that I liked in the summer. 🙂

      1. Great minds think alike…I actually did just recently purchase the olive NYDJ rolled cropped jeans (which lucky for me being short I can unroll in winter????) I just need to remember to wear them! Have a great weekend!

  11. Love the navy and olive together! I will wear this combo for a great summer look as well as at the end of summer, since, here in CT the idea of fall comes while the weather is still blazing hot.

  12. This is my idea of a perfect summer outfit….not too fussy but pulled together and intentional. Never underestimate the power of a well made, perfectly fitting t-shirt!! (And the right bra, but that’s a story for another day…..)

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