Utility Vest and Denim Shorts

Today I’m teaming up with Cyndi from Grace + Beauty, Shannon from Gamine & Stripes, and Melissa from Midwestern Melissa for a utility vest style collab.

Spring Fashion Inspo: Utility Vest and Denim Shorts

The utility vest is such a hot trend these days, so we are each styling a utility vest our own way to show you how versatile this wardrobe item can be. I decided to style my utility vest with denim shorts. I kept the outfit simple and casual with a white t-shirt and Adidas Superstars, and I added an orange leather wrap bracelet for color.

How to Wear a Utility Vest and Denim Shorts

When I wear a vest or jacket open in the front over a plain t-shirt, I like to wear a long necklace to help fill some of the blank space. This Silpada chevron necklace seemed like the perfect thing. I didn’t want my earrings to compete, so I kept it simple with thin gold hoops.

spring outfit: rolled hem denim shorts with white tee and utility vest

I did the front tuck and added a belt — both to add interest to the outfit, and also to balance out the proportions. With the shirt untucked, it was too long and didn’t look right with the shorts.

rolled hem denim shorts with adidas superstars

I absolutely love these rolled hem jean shorts. They are incredibly comfortable, and the denim is so soft. They have a finished hem so you could wear them unrolled, but I doubt I ever will. When these are rolled, they have about a 3-inch inseam. That is short, but for my body type, a 3 or 4-inch inseam is about right. If I go any longer, I start to look frumpy-dump. Ha!

This pair is almost identical — it just doesn’t have the distressing, AND they are 33% off right now! I actually ordered both and kept the more distressed pair because I found them just a little bit softer and more comfortable, but at the time, they were the same price. I’d definitely opt for the cheaper pair since they’re almost identical.

And here is an even cheaper option. It’s not the same fit and quality as the Joe’s that I’m wearing, but I realize not everyone wants to pay designer prices for jean shorts. I know that I will wear mine so much, I’ll definitely get my money’s worth. In fact, it hasn’t even warmed up here yet, and I think I’ve worn mine at least twice a week since I got them!

What I Wore: Utility Vest and Denim Shorts

And yes, I’m carrying my Tory Burch Serif T Saddlebag again. I swear, it seems to go with everything.

Spring Outfit Inpso: Utility Vest and Denim Shorts

I really love this outfit for a cool, casual summer look. The only thing I would change is the length of my utility vest. It is a TAD too long for my liking with these shorts. In my perfect world, it would be about an inch shorter, or the shorts would be an inch longer so there is a little more difference in length between the two.

What do you say? Would you wear a utility vest and denim shorts?

Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Utility Vest and Denim Shorts with white tee and Adidas Superstars

similar utility vest // rolled hem jean shorts (the non-distressed version is on sale!)
slub knit u-neck tee (I’m wearing a small) // Adidas Superstars (size down a whole size!)
Tory Burch Serif T Saddlebag // Silpada chevron plunge necklace // gold hoops // sorta similar bracelets

Don’t forget to visit Cyndi, Shannon, and Melissa to see how they’re styling their utility vests!

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