The saying in Portland is that summer doesn’t actually arrive until after July 4th. Well, it’s the 5th as I’m writing this and it is sweltering hot…so, Hi Summer! And with its arrival comes “what the heck is this jeans girl going to wear now?” I honestly have the hardest time with summer outfits…save one. I shall now share with you my favorite outfit (many years tested now) when summer temps do heat up.
I love my cutoffs (#denimrelationship), but sometimes when I wear them with a tank or tee I just feel…hmm…I don’t know. Too casual mostly, too young maybe (maybe not though), or like I can only get away with them when I’m headed to the lake or the pool. Ya know? Depending on the plans for the day, sometimes I just feel too bare.
You may have seen in years past my fix for this…wearing a side split dress or high-low dress half-tucked into shorts. I lurve it. Have no fear because I’ve found an updated top that still works with this scenario. But first, let’s take a look back…
First Version of My Favorite Way To Wear Shorts
Whew. First of all, look away from that hair color. Ha. What was I thinking? This DIY maxi dress into side split tee was my favorite, favorite way to wear my cutoffs, feel more covered but still cool, and feel a little more… shall I say dressed up? Dressed-up for summertime anyway. This was great, but it’s still a lot of fabric y’all. So…
Second Version of My Favorite Way To Wear Shorts
Yes…yes. Here we go. I found this high-low dress two summers ago and thought ‘what if I do the half tuck and wear this with shorts?’ And it was over. As in, the search for the perfect summer outfit was over. No more trying and thinking. THIS. But…of course I can’t find the same dang dress or even the exact same shape this year. Of course. But check it out. We came really close, friends.
Current Version of My Favorite Way To Wear Shorts
Hooray! Though slightly different in shape, this cute dress from Amazon gives totally the same vibe as my high-low dress from years past. It’s still a little off-the-shoulder making it just glam enough to rev up the vibe of the cutoffs. The Pons sandals are nice and leg-lengthening, on-trend and comfy.
Haola Women’s Loose T-shirt Dress – This very reasonably priced tee dress is super soft. Wearing size Small and it’s pretty oversized, especially in the neckline/shoulders. It’s available in a ton of colors besides black, too. This is a similar style with more of a sleeveless thing going on. I think it runs a little smaller though, so consider sizing up here.
rag & bone Shorts – I love love these and never thought I’d buy a ‘fancy’ pair of cutoffs. There’s just something amazing about them…the color, the wash, the soft fabric. They’re just good, you guys. Wearing size 28, one size up from my normal size.
Pons Avarcas Classic – Love how these break in, and the heel strap is just so comfy soft. They’re just a great leg-flattering flat sandal. Whole sizes. They will stretch a bit, so if you’re a half-size, I’d go down.
Have you tried a longer top with shorts? I’d love to see if there are other ideas like this that have been successful for you! Send ’em over.
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