Shorts for the shorts averse

jcrew chambray tie waist shorts with white perforated loafers Vince camuto kade

Shorts: J.Crew, Top: Banana Republic old (more eyelet here and here both under $55), Shoes: Vince Camuto out of stock (similar here on sale),  Bag: Furla, Hat: Ralph Lauren (similar), Sunglasses: Sperry ‘Nantucket’ (similar)

furla mini metropolis and black and white eyelet, chambray shorts

Off white sunglasses and ralph lauren straw hat with black and banana republic black and white eyelet top

The other day, I was planning outfits for the blog when it dawned on me that I had yet to wear a pair of shorts so far this year! It’s nearly the end of July and we’re well and truly into summer so I’m not entirely sure how I’ve managed to evade the quintessential summer staple thus far. It might partially be due to the fact that I’ve been gravitating towards longer hemlines this season by way of midi dress and culottes, which I feel most comfortable in. So today’s outfit is a deliberate attempt to switch things up and show you how I might style an item which admittedly is not my first port of call when it comes to summer dressing.

Over the years, I’ve discovered that shorts are not necessarily the most flattering option for my short pear shaped figure that carries most of its weight on the lower half. So to counter that, I’ve learned to look out for a few key design elements that help make a not so flattering garment much more suitable for my body. The first is a high rise which means the shorts sit on my waist rather than my hips which are the widest part of my body and therefore not something I want to draw attention to. These jcrew shorts achieve exactly that and additionally come with a tie belt that further accentuates the waist. Secondly, I look for a slightly longer inseam (around 3-4 inches) so that once again the legs don’t cut off at my widest point. Lastly, I prefer shorts that are not tight around the thighs, not just for the sake of appearance but also for comfort and ease of movement. There’s nothing worse than tight shorts that dig in from everywhere in hot and sticky weather, am I right?

These j crew tie waist shorts in versatile chambray meet all the above criteria and also strike the right balance between causal and smart. Today’s look with an eyelet sleeveless top and white loafers is a slightly smarter take on weekend dressing but you could easily take it down a notch by pairing the shorts with a t-shirt (I love this one and this one) and some keds or take it up a notch with a ruffled off shoulder top and some espadrilles wedges. The possibilities are endless with an item like which is precisely why I will be hanging on to this pair of shorts for many summers to come.

If you too tend to avoid shorts in favour of other bottoms in the summer, perhaps bear the above few points in mind the next time you go shopping for a pair. Who knows, you might come away with a winner and suddenly realize you actually love wearing shorts after all. As for me, let’s be honest, I will never part ways with my beloved midis but at least the shorts won’t be relegated to the deepest and darkest corners of my closet any longer.

j crew chambray high waist belted shorts an banana republic black and white eyelet top

vince camuto white kade loafers and jcrew tie waist shorts with furla mini metropolis white

white perforated loafers vince camuto kade and ralph lauren straw boater hat

As always, thank you for reading and happy shorts shopping!

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