A sweater with shorts is one of my favorites looks to wear in the summertime… when the weather is cooperating, that is.
Yes, I realize my Southern sisters don’t know this foreign language with which I speak, and that’s a shame because it’s a fun look to wear. It’s very New England prep, which is not my typical style, but for some reason I love it.
I also associate this look with evenings at the beach. I love those cool nights after a long day in the sun, walking along the boardwalk with the ocean breeze blowing off the water, nibbling on an ice cream cone… I can’t wait! Our beach trip is just three weeks away.
I fell in love with this sweater when I saw it on the Loft website, but sometimes I don’t love their sweaters in person so I was thrilled to find this one to be super soft and comfortable.
The fit is nice too, a bit slouchy but not oversized, and it does have some gentle shaping through the waist. If you want a slouchier look, you could size up, but I got my regular size small.
With a shorter neck and large chest, I generally prefer v-necks and scoop necks, but the higher neckline makes more sense for the style of this sweater, so this ballet neck is a nice compromise. It’s more flattering on me than a crewneck because it shows a little more skin, which helps elongate the neck.
You can see here that the sweater has slightly dropped shoulder seams and side slits in keeping with the laidback vibe.
To keep this look casual, I wore my Converse Shoreline sneakers. I like the Shoreline style for two reasons — first, because it’s a slip-on, so easy to pull off and on and no futzing with laces. And two, because it has a lower vamp than typical sneakers — meaning the part of the shoe that covers the top of your foot doesn’t come up as high.
The traditional Converse low top has a higher vamp, so it comes up higher on the foot, all the way to the ankle, thus shortening the visible leg area. It’s only an inch, but I’ll take every inch of leg I can get. Ha!
My jean shorts are old and sizes are limited, but there are plenty of similar options; and if you don’t like your shorts this short, you can totally wear this sweater with longer shorts. It would be nice with the Bermuda shorts I featured in yesterday’s post.
I carried my red tote because I like the color contrast, but it’s a little too dressy for the laidback-casual vibe I was going for here. I think a casual crossbody would make more sense — basically something you might throw on to go to the boardwalk on a nippy summer night.
My Alex and Ani bangles make yet another appearance here, and oversized pearl studs are the perfectly understated preppy accessory to finish off the look… at least that’s what I was going for. I revert to these earrings whenever I want something simple that works with everything, and I think they add a touch of elegance to my casual everyday outfits.
photo credit: Alison Cornell
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