Two Stylish Ways to Wear White Shorts

White shorts are a summer staple, and this year, with so many events being held outside, I find myself gravitating to my white shorts more than ever. I actually have more white shorts in my closet right now than I do jean shorts!

Today I’m styling two casual outfits with a pair of white twill shorts from Nordstrom.

These shorts are Caslon, one of my favorite Nordstrom Made brands, and they come in five color ways.

They have a classic fit with front slant pockets and back welt pockets, and they’re a nice, versatile mid-thigh length that is pretty much universally flattering. The regular inseam is 5 1/2″, and of course you could cuff them if you want them shorter.

We talked on Monday about the pleasing juxtaposition of pairing a long sleeved top with shorts, and I can’t get enough of it right now.

This striped sweater has exposed seams, a wide scoop neck, and 3/4 sleeves with cuffs that are stitched so they stay in place.

I love how it’s super slouchy and has a great drape. You could definitely size up for more of an oversized fit, but I’m wearing my usual size small.

It’s also very thin, to the point of being a little see-through, but I actually like that about it. It keeps it summery and gives it a casual-cool vibe.

I wore this Halogen camisole underneath, and I think it adds interest to see the under layer. You could also do a bralette, if you’re comfortable with that.

I decided to go with brown sandals and handbag to keep the look casual and offset the cool tones in the sweater and shorts.

This leather hobo is made of a soft, pebbled leather, and it’s a great price.

Since it’s Nordstrom made, you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck because you aren’t paying extra for a designer label. Plus, it’s on sale on top of that! I’ve been very pleased with the Nordstrom made handbags I’ve had.

This rich pecan color is super versatile, and it also comes in black and white.

My sandals are also by Caslon, and I love the sleek crossover straps and toe ring.

They’re the perfect minimalistic slip-on-and go style, and they’re very easy to walk in because the straps are set back closer to the ankle.

They have some light padding in the footbed, and the leather straps are comfortable and don’t rub or blister. They run true to size; I’m wearing the 8.

I accessorized with brushed gold teardrop earrings and a casual pearl necklace. I love how the pearl resembles a seashell.

Both have sold out, but Halogen makes a lot of pretty fashion jewelry. This molten disc pendant and these resin drop earrings would also be really pretty with this look.

All in all, I think this look is the epitome of beachy chic.

Okay, so I just made that up, but I totally think beachy chic should be a thing.

I am clearly not at the beach, but if I was, I would be wearing this out to dinner every night.

Meanwhile, this is the perfect outfit for cool summer nights in the backyard with a mojito in hand, and I will definitely be bringing it along for my Maine vacation in a few weeks.

If you live an area where cool and summer are an oxymoron, I have an outfit for you too.

I styled these same shorts with a colorful tank top for a casual look that’s perfect for warm vacation destinations or just hanging out at home during these dog days of summer.

This cheerful strped ribbed tank is from the Halogen x Atlantic-Pacific collaboration.

It’s soft and stretchy, and the contrasting trim around the neck and armholes is a nice detail.

The straps are nice and wide so there’s no issue with exposed bra straps, and the v-neckline is flattering but not too low. It’s a classic 25″ length, which works well for most women.

I’m actually hoping it shrinks up a bit in the wash, but I left it untucked with these shorts and just bunched it a little to shorten it to suit my short-waisted frame.

Both pieces run true to size. I’m wearing a small in the top, and these shorts are a size 6.

I thought this straw hobo was really fun for summer too, but unfortunately it sold out right after I purchased it. I’ll keep watching for restocks and let you know if it pops up again. Another great option is this straw tote.

I’ve been wearing a variation of this outfit almost every day this summer. Since I spend most of my days at home, and it’s been quite warm here in Philly, this look makes me feel cool and comfortable but put together.

As always, you can rely on Nordstrom for free shipping and returns, or if you need something right away, they offer curbside pickup and BOPUS (buy online, pick up in store) at most locations.

Plus, there are tons of benefits to being a The Nordy Club, especially with the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale quickly approaching! I’ll have more info on that for you very soon.

Outfit Details:

white shorts // stripe sweater // stripe tank // sandals // leather hobo // straw tote option

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

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28 thoughts on “Two Stylish Ways to Wear White Shorts

  1. Yes please do a white shorts review with other price options. Although I really like these shorts, I don’t like the $50 price tag for shorts. Enjoy your mani/pedi this weekend but be stay safe! 

  2. I love wearing white shorts in the summer; I think that they go with everything, sometimes even better than denim shorts. I have a pair of white denim shorts (with a little stretch) and a pair of Loft white shorts (Rivera I think – I have them in a few colors from last year and the year before.)
    Now I have to work on accessorizing my outfits when I wear shorts. I seem to forget that in the summer. I forget to wear a bracelet and necklace. I love how you and the other bloggers accessorize and remind me to do the same.

  3. I really like both outfits and you look great in both!  I am waiting on the arrival of a pair of W&W white bermuda shorts.  Hopefully they will fit and I will like how they look on me.  Has Maine been hard by COVID-19?  Make it an awesome day!

  4. Both outfits look great! I would love a white shorts post. A 6 or 7 inch inseam is what I’m most comfortable wearing so including a pair of those would be appreciated!

  5. Ok it’s settled I definitely need to get a new pair of white shorts . After Cyndi’s post yesterday and yours today I’m convinced. I did see a very similar pair to these ( as my size in white unavailable) at the gap outlet and the thickness of them and length seemed spot on. Another top favorite of mine for your summer post:) love this whole look:) We just booked a family weekend to PEI to the beach in July as we just got the approval for an Atlantic province bubble. We won’t get to Maine this year:( 

  6. I love white shorts!  I noticed you and Cyndi seem to be styling longer shorts this year – around 6” instead of 4”.  I like the extra coverage, but always feel a bit frumpy  in the mid thigh length.  I’m also unsure how this length works with proportions.  With 4”, I feel like the shorts are 1/3 and my shirt is 2/3.  With 6”, I feel like it’s more of a 50/50 split and not as flattering.  Can you give us some tips?

    1. I still like my 4″ shorts too. I wear both, depending on the audience, lol. I think the 50/50 is okay if you consider the legs the other 1/3. So top is 1/3, shorts are 1/3, and legs are 1/3?

  7. A post on white shorts? Yes, please. I just received this pair of Banana Republic dressy white shorts and am trying to put outfits together. (The BR lace top you posted looked great but I couldn’t get past the polyester fabric.)

    With any social activity being outside, I wanted a couple of outfits that were on the dressy side. Can you include some dressier styles with the white shorts post, Jo-Lynne? And suggestions for shoes? I know flats always work with shorts, but I’d like to wear a little heel.

  8. I love the Nordstrom shorts – and I love the length. 5″ is my sweet length, but most of the colors in my size are sold out. Gap has a cute pair of cuffed shorts similar to these. I am in the midst of trying different sizes (thanks to IF). I am having fun ordering smaller sizes 🥰 Do you think Nordstrom will restock? It would be great if they added them to their anniversary sale. Have fun with your mani/pedi and microblading (I did my eyebrows years ago and it was the best thing I’ve ever done). Keep on posting! 

  9. Are you going to quarantine when you get to Maine? They are currently making all out of state visitors quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. I love this outfit by the way!

  10. Yes…..please do a white shorts round up. The white in the ones you and Cyndi styled are not available.  

  11. I love the concept of “beachy chic”. We live far from a beach however I can dream. Yes, please, to the white shorts round up: casual and a little dressier options? Love both looks. Thanks for reminding us to accessorize in the summer.

  12. Love the shorts and the sweater! Such a great nautical look for your Maine vacation. I just ordered the sweater. Have some new white shorts from Ann Taylor. Thanks for so many great outfit ideas, Jo-Lynne.

  13. Is there a site, partner-site, of someone with similar styles as yours but actually works outside of the home (hospitals, offices, etc) that may have style (not so many jean type styles but similar fashion sense) that you would recommend to view in addition to yours?

  14. Would you do a post on purses?  I have so many yet always just grab something and go, but you put thought into what you’re carrying with a particular outfit.  You mentioned to someone in an earlier post here or on FB to choose a taupe or cognac over black or brown. Curious your thought process on this, also on fun colored bags. While you’re at it (in your free time😂) would you also do sandals in fun colors.  I have the TB millers in lots of her fun colors, plus neutrals and just wondered what you thought.  Thank you.  It’s so much fun to see what you come up with.

  15. I have ordered the same dress from Nordstrom 5 or 6 times. The very popular leith ruched dress. Every time I order I immediately get a message order has been cancelled. Has also happened with some other popular items. It’s like they refuse to take my money! Lol I just typed nordy club and it said needy club and then nerdy club! Haha

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