Greetings, friends! TGIF, cheers to the weekend, and all that!
It’s been a super exciting week for our family. After closing on our new house last Thursday, we’ve been back and forth almost every day, enjoying the pool and backyard as well as cleaning, moving stuff in, and organizing what I can without my furniture in place.
We’ve had painters there all week working on the first floor and upstairs hallway (we’re painting the walls BM Edgecomb Gray with BM White Dove on the trim), and I’m hoping they can finish up before we move in next Friday. I’m also excited that the carpet for the 2nd floor starts getting installed on Monday! We also ordered a pantry shelving system Paul is going to install, and I’m currently working with Closets By Design to configure my walk-in closet. In addition to all that, I’ve ordered a dining room rug and curtains as well as a bed for the guest room. Whew!!! It’s a lot to coordinate, but I’m having fun.
Meanwhile, it’s Fashion Friday here on the blog.
Striped Shorts Outfit Two Ways
I started out co-hosting this link-up with another blogger almost 10 years ago, and eventually we expanded it to include a small group of bloggers. After a while, it was a lot to manage, so I just took it solo. I wasn’t even a fashion blogger when it started, I just thought it was fun to chat fashion once a week. I never had any idea it would eventually grow into a full-on fashion blog!
Nevertheless, here we are, and today I’ve got a summer outfit featuring these striped Pixie shorts from Old Navy. I feel like these have a slightly dressier vibe than my solid Pixie shorts, so I decided to style them two ways — first with wedge sandals and then with slides.
Seriously, though, how cute are these shorts? Okay, this picture is a little up-close-and-personal for my tastes, but I like how you can see the detail on the shorts.
They’re currently marked down to $19 plus another 25% off at checkout (no code needed.) These are my go-to for non-denim shorts, and I love that they come in solids and prints. If you don’t like the 3 1/2″ inseam, their mid-rise shorts come in a fun gingham print that would work with this outfit as well.
When I went to put this outfit together, I realized I am lacking a very important summer wardrobe essential — black tops. I had the one I styled with the gingham pedal pushers last week, but it was getting old and I don’t like how it hugged the tummy area, so I retired it after that photo shoot.
The only one I have left is this mixed media shell. It’s a nice top, but I like it better as a layering piece. I bought it to have something to wear under structured jackets. Because it has a double layer of material in front, it’s hard to front-tuck without creating extra bulk in an area where I definitely do not need extra bulk, but it’s too long to leave untucked with these shorts. That said, I like how the wider straps make it easy to wear any regular bra with it, and the scoop neck is flattering without sacrificing modesty.
My necklace is old, but I found a similar one that I like a lot. Full disclosure: I’m a Stella & Dot stylist, and I’m linking to my shop.
Speaking of accessories, I like how this bracelet plays into the colors of the outfit and adds a slightly edgy vibe.
Same with this R Minkoff hobo in the putty color with silver hardware. This is such an amazing bag; I’m sad I haven’t carried it more.
Whenever I go to carry it with an outfit, it seems like I’m wearing gold accessories so I put it back and pick something else, but I’m going to start making a concerted effort to work it into more of my outfits.
The leather is like butter, and it’s unlined so it smells so good. It seems like leather bags that are unlined carry that leather smell so much better.
I also like the strap drop — it’s the perfect length for throwing over the shoulder and tucking under the arm. But it’s the silver hardware really makes it — such great attention to detail with the feminine-meets-urban style that R Minkoff does so well.
I did get mine on sale, FYI. I think it’s worth the retail price, but I also know it will likely go on sale again, so if you have your eye on it, I’d recommend waiting for the next Bloomingdale’s promotion.
These wedge sandals are quite comfortable, and I like the way they bookend the outfit, but I feel a little uncomfortable wearing them with the length of these shorts. It works, but I’m not sure where I’d wear this outfit.
For that reason, I also wanted to show this outfit with flat sandals.
I wore these Sam Edelman slides, but I don’t love them. They’re comfortable and good quality, but honestly, I cannot get into this slide trend. They remind me of an old man’s bedroom slippers. I just don’t find them flattering in the least.
I can also see dressing these shorts down even more with a black slub knit tee and the thong sandals I mentioned above. (In fact, I just ordered that tee in black!) When I wear them that way, I’ll tone down the jewelry a bit too.
Either way, I’m really liking the printed shorts for a change. I tend to wear solids, so these are fun and different, and hopefully this post gives you some ideas for putting together some new summer shorts outfits from your closet.
photo credit: Alison Cornell
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