When I first picked up these shorts in the store, it was half in jest. “When I was a kid, I had shorts just like these!” I told Lana. I was about to put them back when she said, “you should get them, Mom!” Adorable as it was, I still wasn’t quite sold, but we took them into the fitting room nonetheless.
Not gonna lie: I was a little apprehensive about rocking acid wash again. The last acid-washed item I owned (complete with zippers and bows at the ankles) was definitely purchased at Mervyn’s (do you remember!? I was so very obsessed) and accessorized with a side ponytail and T-shirt gathered up with a scrunchie. Literally DECADES ago. Ugh. Who knew a dressing room could double as a time machine.
Once I got them on, though, you guys — they’re so good. They’re stretchy but they don’t look it. Super random attribute, I know, but for some reason that’s important to me when choosing denim. The rise is great — reasonably high so that you can rock a somewhat cropped top, like this knotted tank, and not worry about showing too much belly. The vertical seams on the pockets are flattering, the rolled hem gives a cut-off feel without being an actual cut-off. The acid wash definitely sends out loads of summer vibes. And best of all? They’re $17 at full-price. As if I needed another reason to love Target.
Acid-Wash Jean Shorts: The Fit
I’m just over 5’5″ and typically take a 0-XS in fitted bottoms or a S in looser, more casual pieces (think linen pants or the Voloshin x TME bottoms). I went with the XS in these since they offer a fair amount of stretch, and they’re what I consider to be the perfect length. Plenty short enough to show a little summer leg, but because the opening is a little more fitted, they’re not too cheeky.
Acid Wash Jean Shorts — The first pair of new shorts I bought this summer, and I’ve been wearing them every single sunny day since. Stretchy without being snug. Wearing an XS.
Tank Top — I’m wearing it knotted here, but it’s flattering un-tied and even tucked. Thinking of getting the peach color, as well, for pairing with dark denim. Wearing an XS.
Bralette — I wear this almost more than any other bra/bralette I own, especially in the summer. It’s my go-to for tanks with larger armholes, off the shoulder sweaters, pretty much any weirdly-strapped tank situation where I don’t want to bust out a strapless bra — oh, and for my Voloshin x TME Morgan Flyaway Top, which just arrived in the mail todayyyyy!
Adidas — My favorite Stan Smiths. Looking forward to adding another pair of classic Adidas to my closet later this summer (can’t resist S’s shelltoes whenever I see them!). Wearing a kiddos size 6 (typically about $10 less if you wear up to a W9 — I wear a W8).
Sunglasses (Similar) — My exact Sunskis are sold out all over the web, but I love the look of these Illesteva sunnies if you’re willing to drop a bit more cash for a luxe brand. (They’re even a bit less sporty and, dare I say, more stylish.) These Le Specs don’t have the mirrored lenses, but they offer classic style, indestructibility + polarization at a great price, too.
Daypack — You know from my last style post that this is our go-to daypack for summer. It’s playful, durable and right-sized for daily adventures. Plenty of room for all the essentials (and then some), and if you outfit it with this almost custom-fit insert, it’s an organizer’s dream.
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Of course, now that I’ve accidentally stumbled across acid wash shorts (and,OK, fallen a bit in love), I have to know what else is out there. Turns out: lots. (I even found two super-unique dresses I couldn’t help but add.) Here are some of my faves:
My Husband’s Go-To Pants
Since he makes an appearance in these photos, it’s worth disclosing: every pair of casual pants in Chris’ closet is Levi’s 511. Literally, like, 12 pairs or something — both denim and stretch twill. After years of rocking questionably trendy designer denim, he’s returned to the classics for good. They’re slim fit — not skinny — and the perfect length for his favorite flip flops, Chelsea boots (these Nisolo boots were part of his father’s day gift, and they’re so versatile, comfortable and well-made!) — and, of course, Vans (they’ve revamped these Old Skools with a cloud-like interior and he’s been wearing them nonstop). These olive — or, Lodge Green, as they’re called — 511 Hybrid Trousers are lightweight with a bit of stretch for comfort. (On sale on Amazon here! Or Click through here for additional colors.) He wears them to both the office and on the weekends. For summer, I especially love the preppy-retro look of a rolled hem.
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So tell me, friends. Acid wash — are you feeling it? Too trendy? Too…nostalgic? Or just right? What if I told you I was eating a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos while I wrote this post, just because it felt right….? 😉
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