Cut offs craze

shortsLet me start this post off by saying, I almost decided this would be the year that I WOULD NOT put jean shorts on. Then, as I scrolled through Instagram and Pinterest, I kept finding myself “liking” and “pinning” all these cut off shorts outfits. I decided I would try to find the perfect pair and I learned some things along the way:

  1. Waist – a higher waist will elongate the leg. Also, any short, shorts that are also low rise tend to look a little risque. You can still have them fairly short, but the shorts won’t look as small with a higher waist.
  2. Fit – the fit is super important…DUH! A wider opening in the leg will make your legs sticking out look thinner. When the leg is tight, it tends to have a sausage rapper effect…not good. And, just like a shirt tail hem thins the body, a slight rise on the fray will slim the leg.
  3. Inseam –  When I first started on this quest, I was super discouraged because everything I tried on left me feeling too exposed (sorry, I just can’t do the butt cheek thing…). Many of the shorts out there have about a 1 inch inseam. The ones I found have a good 3-4 inches providing a little more coverage. They also go past the thickest part of your thigh emphasizing the thinner part.

shorts closeBest of luck! I hope you find a pair you feel great in!

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OUTFIT DETAILS: // SHORTS – ZARA // SHIRT – ALFANI // SHOES – SPERRY // SUNGLASSES – KATE SPADE //

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Zara – Z1975 – $35.90

Spring Flamingos

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With the arrival of spring, I started going through my closet to see what items to toss and what to keep. I’ve found these crazy flamingo printed shorts for a while, but I don’t think I’ve ever actually worn them. I felt like I had to find a shirt with the exact colors and then when I did, I felt too matchy-matchy. Then I thought about trying to pick something that just “went” with the pattern (thank you Stacey London and Clinton Kelly #whatnottowear) Voila! This sweater was perfect because it was a little chilly in the morning and the blue/purple hue brought out some of the blue tones in the shorts. I also like that the sweater adds some texture and isn’t what I would normally think to pair with floral, flamingo shorts! Since the shorts do most of the talking, I kept my shoes simple. My accessories pick up on the color ways in the shorts, but don’t feel forced. And, the retro sunglasses I picked give this preppy look more of a laid back vibe.

If you’ve got a crazy print hiding in your closest, break it out for spring and try it with something unexpected! It might surprise you how easy it is to find things that just “go.”

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~OMG y’all, my sock tan! I’ll have to work on that…LOL!~

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