Mix and Match: Floral Top and Light Colored Shorts

When I first saw this floral top at Old Navy I had mixed feelings about it.  I was worried it might be a little too tropical and maybe a little too busy for my (and most of your) tastes.  I don’t think it’s something I’d normally pick for myself right off the batt, but after playing around with it I’m pretty on board with it!  
I found this pair of light pink (or peachy?) shorts to be a great addition for a summer wardrobe.  Last week I featured bright green shorts for “colored shorts,” but pastels count too!  They might even be easier to wear if you’re still not sure how you feel about color.
Everything is under $30 (I think) and all but one are from Old Navy, Target, Forever 21, Kohl’s, and JCPenney.  The usual suspects.  OH, and Old Navy is having a 30% off sale

Outfit 1 – Dressed Up Shorts
The first look is a simple way to dress up shorts.  I love the idea of a blazer and wedges with shorts!  I hadn’t ever thought about dressing up shorts until reading style blogs.  In my mind, shorts were always for casual outfits, usually with a t-shirt and sandals.  But, pair them with a sleek wedge, some jewelry, and a small bag and you’ve got a great outfit for a casual-but-dressed-up time out–just my style!  
I kept the palette light with this great light striped blazer and a simple white tee.  (Gotta love Everlane tees!)  The blazer provides it some contrast, pattern, and a light layer if you need it, but the tee with the jewelry works on its own too.
Shop Outfit #1:
Blazer: Target
White Tee: Everlane
Shorts: Old Navy
Bangles: Forever 21
Necklace: H&M 
Shoes: Amazon


Outfit 2 – Polished Casual
I did another look with shorts that was casual, but polished.  Still not what I typically thought of shorts, like I mentioned above.  A button up with shorts?  I never would have done that before style blogs, but I now love the look!
I paired it with a faded light wash denim jacket and a cool textured (and pretty dang inexpensive) tote for a day out and about.  And I couldn’t choose between shoes!  A brown cutout flat is a more tame choice, but I love that it has cutout detailing to set it apart from your standard neutral flat.  Or of course I love a pop color in the shoes, so I couldn’t resist showing the red flats!  

Shop Outfit #2:
Top: Old Navy
Jacket: Old Navy
Shorts: Old Navy
Tote: H&M
Red Flats: H&M
Cutout Flats: Kohl’s

Outfit 3 – Office
And here’s how you can take the busy floral top and wear it to the office!  I mixed neutral accessories with a fun purple pencil skirt.  It keeps the outfit playful without being overboard considering the big print in the top.  I LOVE the color of the skirt, and I especially love it with navy!
Shop Outfit #3:
Top: Old Navy
Skirt: JCPenney
Necklace: H&M
Bag: Target
Shoes: Old Navy

Anyone else tend to think shorts should always be paired casually with a t-shirt, or was it just me?  🙂
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