Shorts are sporty, relaxed, playful, and fun. So how do you style them to look casually chic? Here’s a pair of my new favorite shorts from Not Your Daughter Jeans and the sophisticated way I like to wear them.
If you want to create a chic shorts look, the best way is to start is with a pair of plain, classic shorts. These five-pocket NYDJ stretch twill shorts are ideal (also in black and green). They’re classic and unfussy, with a 7-inch length. The leg is not too tight but not too loose, and the tan color is a great neutral base.
The beauty of these shorts is that they can be styled in multiple ways to give you different vibes. Recently, I wore them with a beautiful coral boho peasant blouse, and this week I’m creating a more urban look, and they look equally as fantastic.
To create this sophisticated city shorts outfit, here’s what you do…
Wear a Blouse
For a dressier look, I like to wear a blouse with shorts rather than a tee. You’ve heard me talk about NYDJ’s Perfect Blouse because I own three. This blouse is perfect because of the cut.
It’s just the right length and width (I find many blouses are too long and a bit baggy to wear out), and it’s got rounded hem, which gives your hips a beautiful shape, plus 3/4 length sleeves are always flattering, and the slit detail on these makes this blouse extra chic.
Choose Chic Colors
If you want to have more of a sophisticated look with shorts, you have to wear elegant colors. Flamingo pink and bright turquoise are more resort-like. I decided to go with black with the tan shorts because this is always a very chic color combo.
Do you recognize the blouse? I wore it in a black and white jeans outfit a few posts back, and I’ve just recycled it for this look. That’s the great thing about having a few basic pieces in neutral colors. You can mix and match and get more for your fashion dollar.
Here’s the denim jacket I wore in that post too. Looks cute with the shorts, doesn’t it?
Wear sleek Accessories
Another way to make shorts look chic is to add some sleek jewelry. Dainty romantic pieces won’t give you the look you are after. You need sleek, contemporary jewelry to give you more of an urban edge. Choose simple jewelry with clean lines and more of an architectural feel than a frilly feel.
Chic is classy, minimalist, and a little sporty, which all adds up to youthful too! You could easily wear this outfit with a pair of fine, flat sandals, but I went with upscale statement sneakers.
These Michael Kors sneakers fit well with the classy look of this outfit. They’re knit sneakers, so they are finer, more lightweight than most sneakers and the gold trim makes them dressy, giving them a touch of glam. Have you ever tried knit sneakers? They’re super comfy too!
There’s the look! I would also suggest a pair of big, cool sunglasses to get that just stepped out of Vogue look, Lol! Do check out the other ways I wore these fabulous pieces, Boho style, and Monotone. It’s interesting to see how easy it is to mix and match.
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