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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photos: Alison Cornell