This post is sponsored by Nordstrom & Shopstyle.
I was in desperate need of new denim shorts. As you may have heard (if you’re an avid reader of TME), I’ve — ahem — changed sizes. Thank you, stay-at-home orders.
So when Nordstrom reached out, I initially thought I was going to talk about cut-offs. And I am!! I actually found two pairs I love — a pair from Free People that I like a bit oversized and this insanely comfy pair from Good American that has a lower hem on the back of the leg.
Cute Summer Outfit Go-To: White Tops & Cut-Offs
But that…was almost too easy. Instead of some sort of epic online search, multiple boxes, try-ons, tears, returns, more boxes, more try-ons, more tears…I found both pairs of shorts almost immediately — clearly the stars were aligned — and have been wearing them ever since.
And she and her shorts lived happily ever after.
But a denim short needs a cute top to play with, and this, my friends, is harder. Especially if you’d like to keep your frivolous top budget to something under $100. Luckily, Nordstrom has a huge selection of just these sorts of tops, so I actually found three. Of course, since I ordered, styled, shot and wrote…two of them are almost sold out. But I also included both similar options and some seriously cute alternatives — all under $100 — because there’s nothing that makes a gal feel good about sizing up like a cute. new. outfit.
A Cute Tank + The Unicorn of High-Rise Denim Shorts (They’re Actually Comfy)
These Good American shorts might be the holy grail of denim shorts: a fresh, modern high-rise, but done in a comfortable stretch denim…with a cut and wash that gives off all the nonchalantly cool vibes. These are not Skin-Tight-Stretchy-Shorts. I paired them with this tank (the straps are there, just tucked away) and classic Vans because that’s the state of my pedicure for the foreseeable future.
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A Pretty Top With Sleeves + Those New Fav Cut-Offs
Sometimes I just want sleeves. And while I adore this Topshop top (basically made from eyelet-cut, t-shirt material), it’s almost completely sold out. However, I did find some seriously good alternatives — turns out, a sleeve can make a basic summer blouse really, really pretty.
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A Not-Boring Tee + Boyfriend-y Cut-Offs
These are the Free People shorts I was talking about. They’re a comfortable mid-rise that looks more modern than my low-rise pairs (yet aren’t overly hot like some high-rise can be), and basically feel like the shorts version of boyfriend jeans. And I’m never not gonna love a tee with ’70s vibes. Gimme.
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A huge thank you to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post!! We’re always delighted to work with you — truly one of our very favorite places to shop. And readers, thank you for your continued support of The Mom Edit. It doesn’t go unnoticed, and is so very much appreciated. xo
photo credits: The amazing (and masked) Redfield Photography. Love you guys.