What to Wear with Printed Shorts

Today I’m styling printed shorts. I’m usually a solids kind of girl, but sometimes it’s fun to mix it up with a print. If you’ve ever wondered what to wear with printed shorts, I like to keep it simple with a plain white tee.

What to Wear with Printed Shorts: Classic White Tee & Wedge Sandals

These Feather Print Shorts from White House Black Market are really nice quality, and they’re currently on sale for $41! These are their Coastal Stretch Shorts. They have a 5-inch inseam, and they come in tons of solid colors as well as a few patterns. For size reference, I’m wearing an 8.

White House Black Market Feather Print Shorts and Stuart Weitzman Elixir Sandals

I love that this pattern is so versatile. As far as what to wear with printed shorts, you could easily pair these shorts with a black or blue top, but I decided to keep it simple and wear a basic white scoop neck tee. You simply can’t go wrong with this classic combo.

This tee is from Ann Taylor last year, so I’ll link to a similar one they’re carrying this year. I don’t know if they’re the exact same or not, but I like how this fits snug to the body. Since the shorts are a little wide at the bottom, having a form-fitting top is more flattering; otherwise you run the risk of losing your waistline.

What to Wear with Printed Shorts: White T-Shirt

Yes, my husband stuck me in an alley to take this shot. I couldn’t imagine it would look good at all, but as it turns out, the lighting was really nice.

Summer Outfit Idea: Printed Shorts & White Tee

I envision this outfit as something I’d wear out to lunch with my girlfriends or somewhere a bit nicer than running errands and working from home, so I dressed it up with wedge sandals and one of my dressier crossbody bags.

blue and white dressy shorts outfit 3a

blue and white dressy shorts outfit 2b
As much as I love the heels with this outfit, sometimes they’re not practical, so I thought I’d show it with flats too. I like the white flats with this because they sort of bookend the outfit along with the white tee, but nude would certainly work fine too. Or if you have navy blue, that would look really sharp.

What to Wear with Printed Shorts: White Tee and Flat Sandals

I also changed bags to my more casual saddle bag. It’s ivory instead of white, but it works.

Summer Outfit Inspo: Feather Print Shorts with White Tee

Summer Outfit Idea: Printed Shorts & White Scoop Neck Tee with Flat Sandals

The necklace and bracelet are both Stella & Dot. I debated a long vs a short necklace and decided to wear something that fills in the neck area.

Summer Outfit Idea: Printed Shorts & White Tee

I never know what I’m going to find when I upload my pictures! Paul took this picture of me taking a picture of something interesting in a store window. I’m sure I was snapchatting. Anyway, it gives you a back view of the outfit.


Either way, with flats or heels, patterned shorts and a white tee is a chic and easy summer outfit formula that you can recreate at any price point. Now I need more patterned shorts. Ha!

blue and white dressy shorts outfit

WHBM Coastal Stretch Shorts // Ann Taylor scoop neck tee // Stuart Weitzman Elixir Wedge Sandals (Dove) // Fitbit Bracelet // My Stella & Dot Becker Cuff & Pave Chevron Necklace

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