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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Patterned Shorts: 3 Easy Style Tips

I've said it before and I'll say it again: colored and patterned bottoms really know how to make a wardrobe go far.  The main thing I love about patterned shorts is that they do the work for you, meaning you don't have to work as hard to make an outfit feel complete with them.  You don't have to worry about accessorizing as much or finding interesting tops to make an outfit work.  The shorts speak for themselves.  This is great in the summer when you don't want to add anything extra to your body lest it make you sweat (especially if you live in a humid place)!  But, if you love accessorizing and playing with color you can still do that with patterned shorts very easily.  That's why they're amazing!

Today I'm giving 3 super simple style tips for patterned shorts.  My pair is a neutral pattern made of navy and blues, but next week I'll show a collage putting these same tips into practice with more colorful shorts.  Stay tuned!





1a. Solid Neutral Tee
I didn't even bother wearing a necklace or other accessories because for a casual look you really don't need it.  Like I said, the shorts do all the work, so get a plain white, grey, black, or navy tee and wear it with your patterned shorts!  



1b. Solid Neutral Blouse
I would hardly call this a "blouse" but, eh, depends who you ask.  (And, I didn't have a better example at the moment with my limited pregnancy wardrobe.  :P )  Either way, whether it's a "blouse" that's close to a t-shirt like this, a button up, a neutral lace tank, a neutral popover, or whatever else, the point is if you want to go a step up from a plain tee, find a solid neutral top with some more interesting draping or details.  It's just as easy to pair since it's a neutral and neutrals go with everything!



2.  Use a Color From the Shorts
This one could have counted for 1b above as well since the colors in the shorts are neutrals, but it works here too.  (Next week I'll show a version of this that actually uses colors.)  Since there's navy in the shorts it was easy to pull out the navy and incorporate it to the top half.  There's also some light blue in the shorts which would have worked too!



3.  Use a Contrasting Color
If you want to get a little fancy (said with an fahn-cy accent, of course) and play with color a bit, use a contrasting color from the main color of the shorts.  Contrasting color--what?!  If that has you stumped, use the color wheel and color guide from the Wardrobe From Scratch Series!  These shorts' main color is blue, so I paired it with a color on another other side of the color wheel, yellow.  



Alright, those were the simple tips with neutral patterned shorts!  Again, look out next week when all of this is put into action with another pair of more colorful shorts.

Below are a bunch of patterned shorts that would totally work with the tips above.  And many of them are on sale thanks to HUGE July 4th sales!  HUGE, peoples!  We're talking stuff like 60% off LOFT and 40-60% off J.Crew Factory.  Anyway, I chose some with neutral patterns, some with more colorful ones, and I tried to incorporate some longer shorts since a few of you asked for those.  I was pleasantly surprised to find good options for longer shorts!

Links to Shop:
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18 comments:

  1. So cute!! I love each outfit!! Stay cool, literally, ha! ;)

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  2. I love that you break it down so the rest of us plebs can learn from you. I've decided one of my next purchases is a jean jacket - do you have any suggestions?

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  3. Cute outfit ideas! I love shorts but haven't really thought much about mixing them up because I always think of it as casual wear (wearing with only tank tops or tees).

    www.misshotcouture.blogspot.com

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  4. I'm sure Audrey has awesome suggestions for you, but from my own jean-jacket hunt I'll say pay attention to the fit across the shoulders. Too tight and it will be uncomfortable to move around in, too big at the shoulders and the jacket will look more sloppy than fitted or complementary. It could just be because I'm petite, but while I was hunting (for FOREVER) for the right jean jacket, when things we're quite right it was usually the shoulders when I took a closer look.

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  5. Annnd you are a fashion blogger too :). Sorry, I likely gave you a tip you really didn't need and already knew. On the plus side, you now have one more follower on Bloglovin'.

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  6. Great super cute outfits. You can't beat a good pair of shorts.

    X x

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  7. I love the outfit and the pics! If shrinkage is a problem, just pull on the dress periodically as it air dries. I tried this recently on a similar dress and I regained about six inches of hemline. Made me so happy!

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  8. I strongly dislike baby shower games. When I told my mom I was pregnant I made two baby shower demands: 1) the cake had to be a vanilla custard cake from a specific bakery (I hate chocolate and my demand clearly stated NO chocolate whatsoever!) & 2) NO baby shower games! She fought me on it and I refused. I got my cake and there were no games :-) My baby shower was also co-ed. I'm Puertorican so baby showers are a party for friends and family. I'll never understand why the norm here is women only. That's so dumb. The dad and other men in the family deserve to be part of the celebration. Everyone is an integral part of this new baby's life and everyone wants to celebrate. It's a party!

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  9. I love patterned shorts!!!!! Great options.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

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  10. Love your outfit. Glad you had a good baby shower. I'm not the biggest fan of games either.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

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  11. super cute as usual! i love the yellow and blue together!

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  12. Thank you, Meghan!

    The onesie idea is from Pinterest. You can either have people draw with fabric markers or cut out cloth and use fabric glue. My friends cut out stencils of things like ducks and elephants that you could trace onto the fabric which was great for anyone who didn't feel confident drawing.

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  13. Haha, sounds like we're similar in how we see those parties! We just wanted a huge celebration and big party. With lots and lots of FOOD of course! :)

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  14. Thanks Carmen! I love color too. I'm totally missing my coral and yellow shorts this summer. Not willing to spend more on more maternity shorts at the moment since I've only got 6 weeks left!! AHHHHHH!

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  15. Haha omg whatever. I can only break it down because *I* need it laid out like that for me. :D

    JEAN JACKET. DO IT. One would go so well with your wardrobe! I like what the person below suggested about shoulder fit...but I'd say that's true of any jacket. Why buy a jacket if it's uncomfortable? If you can find one that feels worn or better yet, has a *tiny* bit of stretch to it, it makes it more comfortable. But there are some that feel worn and soft even without any stretch.

    Also, some get kind of boxy so look out for that. No bueno. And lastly, just like with a chambray top, figure out what wash you want. I replaced my denim jacket like a year(?) ago because of color alone. I mean, my other one was like 10+ years old but it was totally fine! I just didn't like that it was a darker blue and wanted a medium wash with some fade to it.

    This is the one I keep linking too that seems really similar to the one I own: http://bit.ly/19lBdt8. BUT, I could see you going for something even more faded like this J.Crew Factory one in antique sanded blue, though I haven't seen it in person: http://factory.jcrew.com/womens-clothing/blazers_outerwear/cotton_denim_jackets/PRDOVR~02661/02661.jsp?color_name=antique-sanded-blue
    Or this even lighter wash one from Old Navy: http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=74688&vid=1&pid=977347002
    Or maybe you will totally want a darker blue one? http://bit.ly/19lBdt8
    Anyway, just some different options to get a feel of what to look for.

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  16. Looking forward to seeing the more colorful shorts options. I like how you broke this down. Sometimes things go together and it's hard to explain why, but this is so simple and straight forward. Wonderful!

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  17. Your baby shower decor looks lovely! Is her nursery going to be yellow and gray? If so, I support that 100% - such great colors together!! I LOVE this dress on you, too - I don't have any maxi dresses because I can't find any that are long enough and/or flattering, but this one looks so comfortable. You're right, too - that shade of gray is wonderful!

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