Classy Ways to Look Cute in Shorts

If you want to wear shorts this summer, go right ahead. Shorts can look cute and classy especially if you keep your look classic. What do I mean? Here are a couple of examples:

TAILORED BUT NOT STUFFY

 

orange top with shorts

Tailored Shorts

Crisp tailored shorts are a good starting point for a summer outfit that is fresh and chic. Pair them with a bright solid top in silky material – so much more classy than a cotton tee.

A Statement Bag

Add some fun by showing off your personality with an interesting bag. You can’t go wrong with metallic flats which work with anything and add a tinge of elegance.

Jewelry is Key

A great necklace, some bracelets..these all make a huge difference is you want to dress up your shorts look. Go for something bold, not wimpy and watch the compliments come rolling in.

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LOOK CHIC IN PREPPY BERMUDAS

 

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Neutrals

Black and white combined always looks chic.

The Right Print 

If you want to wear a print, then stick to a classic pattern like polka dots or stripes. This outfit above has a crisp graphic look that is even more fabulous when you pair with a bright purse. Instant energy!

Rope Wedges

A little height in the way of a straw or rope wedge sandal gives your outfit a summery feel and elevates your look, quite literally!

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For more ideas on how to wear shorts, check how I wore them!

What Does The Stepmother of the Bride Wear?

It’s hard enough to figure out what to wear when you are the mother of the bride or groom, so what the heck are you supposed to wear when you are the stepmother of the bride or groom? Here are some dressing guidelines for getting it right.

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Find out if the Bride and Groom are treating you as a Mom or a Guest

In order to know what to wear you have to be clear on whether you are being treated as a mom or a guest. This is determined by seating.

It’s totally up to the bride and groom to choose where they want their parents to sit on this very special day. Etiquette dictates that the biological parents sit together in the first row of the church and any stepparents sit 2 or three rows behind. This may not seem fair and can really hurt, but remember this is your stepchild’s day.

An appropriate stepmother of the bride dress from www.davidsbridal

An appropriate stepmother of the bride dress from www.davidsbridal

Dressing if You are a “Guest”

If you are going to be sitting a few rows behind, then the bride and groom have decided to treat you as a guest, not a mom, and you need to dress like a guest.

Often there is the temptation to try to upstage your spouse’s ex-wife, but don’t! If you try to stand out by wearing a very dressy or revealing style or a bright color, you will only look jealous and petty. You should not outdress the mother of the bride or groom.

Dressing if You are a “Mom” 

In some cases, when parents have remarried and there’s no fighting going on, then the bride and groom may want their parents to sit with their current spouses in the front row. In this case, you are being treated like a parent, so you may wear something similar to what the mother of the bride and mother of the groom are wearing. Still, be careful not to outdo them.

The etiquette around selecting either a stepmother of the bride dress or a stepmother of the groom dress is as follows:

  • the mother of the bride chooses her dress first, then
  • the mother of the groom, then
  • the stepmother of the bride or stepmother of the groom can choose.

A bride may have suggestions for what style and color might be appropriate, but she can’t dictate.

What Color to Wear?

The key to selecting the right color is: don’t wear the same color as the mother of the bride, mother of the groom or the bridesmaids.  So if the bridesmaids are wearing blue, the mother of the bride is wearing pink and the mother of the groom is wearing lavender, don’t wear any of these colors. Instead you could wear a pale mint green, pale yellow, light grey or peach, even taupe would work.

A few colors to always avoid would be white, red, and in some cases black.

Can You Ever Wear Black? 

Black is a tricky one. Sometimes brides don’t want it at all. Other times brides opt for black and white theme wedding and may request all parents or step parents wear black. You really need to consult with the bride before you go out looking at dresses.

In the end, go for a dress in a style and color that won’t steal attention away from the mother of the bride or groom. It’s also always good to choose a dress that will look timeless in family wedding photos for years to come.

 

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