I keep ordering clothes to the house.  It’s part of the job, obviously, but every once in a while I fall behind, and as the boxes stack up and begin to take over my bedroom (and my closet and our front hall) the ridiculousness of this job – babe, just kick all those boxes aside yes the bed is under here somewhere – really hits.

It feels especially ridiculous when you consider that I tend to wear the same thing day after day.  In the winter I’m a black turtleneck and jeans kind of girl (on the daily) and in the summer, it’s a white tee or tank with cutoffs.  So color me shocked when my eyes kept wandering over to Madewell’s red garment dyed shorts.

They’re short, but not underwear-short, they have a really high rise, yet they don’t squeeze my softer middle.  And they’re the sort of red that isn’t overly shiny or obnoxious.  The net result has been outfit-making, actually, and they feel like a fresh upgrade from my beloved (and typical) denim.

Styling Red Shorts For Day or Date Night

Red Shorts By Day

I got all fancy with my shoes (lest I bore you with endless photos of comfort sandals) but these shorts totally made this outfit (and would have, even with my go-to tan sandals).

Outfit Details

Tee: James Perse Sheer Slub Crew Neck Tee (also available at Amazon) – my favorite white tee

Shorts: Madewell High-rise Denim Shorts (also available at Nordstrom) – size 24 for reference

Sandals: Loeffler Randall Stella Plank Slide (40% off!) (also available at Bloomingdale’s)

Bag: Clare V. Pot de Miel

Pax: Boden Surf Van T-Shirt, Quiksilver Boys’ Union Heather Amphibian Shorts, Sketchers light up shoes

Raines: J. Crew Boys’ “surf the wave” T-shirt (30% off with code SHOPTOIT) Volcom Frickin Surf N’ Turf Static Hybrid Board Shorts, stance socks, Adidas Superstar Sneaker

Red Shorts By Night

I was so happy with the high-rise situation (high, but not squeezing) that I wandered into dangerous territory:  the cropped top.  I felt pretty good, but was ever-so-slightly afraid to eat, so there’s that.

The real takeaway here?  These shorts can easily be dressed up with a sexy black top.  The shorts do have an inherent casual vibe, however, so I balanced out the dressier top and casual short with a tan wedge sandal.

 Outfit Details

Tank: Lovers + Friends Jake Crop Top – I’m just wearing a black bra underneath….but am thinking this top would look cute over a white tee, on days when I’m not feeling as daring.

Shorts: Madewell High-rise Denim Shorts (also available at Nordstrom) – wearing a size 24 for reference.

Bag: Clare V. Pot de Miel – still my fav.  I’ll never quit this bag.

Shoes: Ugg Harlow Platform Wedge Sandal – I’ve now worn these a dozen times.  I can, in fact, walk all over Philly in them – they’re totally comfortable.  I cannot, however, walk FAST, but I can mosey around.  They’re perfect date-night heels for strolling.






  1. That bag is ADORABLE….BUT….it must be the most impractical thing ever? You can only hold it in your hand and it is totally open and vulnerable to things falling out or being “taken” out.

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