Black Shorts for Summer | On the Daily EXPRESS

7/9/18

Black Shorts for Summer

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Black jeans are one of my closet staples for cooler months, and I usually try to have summer versions of my favorite pieces so I can copy those go-to outfit formulas for the current season. Yet I've never had a pair of black jeans shorts until now! I guess I generally wear less black clothing in the summer as a beat-the-heat strategy. But I knew if I did find a pair I liked I'd have plenty of options for styling them based on how much I wear my black jeans, and luckily the first pair I tried from Old Navy worked out!

SHORTS: These shorts are really comfy with a good amount of stretch and a pretty generous leg opening. So if you have more muscular/athletic thighs and run into trouble with shorts that fit the waist/hips but are too tight in the thighs, give these a chance. My normal size worked great in these and fit just how I wanted, but if you're between sizes you can probably size down since they're on the roomy side of true-to-size.

T-SHIRT: My Z-Supply t-shirt came from a 3-pack with my favorite camo tee. They run true to size with a relaxed fit (I'm wearing XS here), but they are a bit of a splurge. For a more affordable version this one from Express is pretty similar.

SANDALS: My sandals run true to size and are pretty comfortable. Not as comfortable as flat sandals or sneakers of course, but for a shoe with a heel they're great. I think they elevate the outfit so it looks nicer than what it sounds like when I break down the elements: jeans, t-shirt, and sandals!

The problem with sharing additional styling options for these shorts was not coming up with ways to wear them, but narrowing it down to just three! If you want a few more ideas I have some saved to my Pinterest boards under Summer and Flatlay Favorites.

Here's a little Monday chit-chat for you! I usually make notes in my phone throughout the week with topics that come up with my family and friends in real life to share here since I like to think that people who read my blog would probably be the type to want to talk about this stuff in real life too!

1. Summer Nails. I just switched my nails from the pinkish-white I had all Spring to a more true white for Summer and I'm liking the (subtle) change. I shared all of my DIY manicure essentials (base coat, top coat, cuticle remover etc.) in this post, but here's the color combo I'm wearing in the outfit photos above, plus a close-up of how it looks on my nails.

The bottles look identical in stock photos, but Non-Stop White is a more opaque white (after two coats), similar to Essie Blanc. Pearl of Wisdom is a sheer white with a very, very subtle glitter. So subtle that I couldn't even get my camera to capture it in sunlight, but I promise it's there. It gave the white a softer effect that I'm really liking. 

2. I loved this short article on Why Reading Makes you a Better Person that Rachelle shared on her Instagram Story last week. I know a lot of it is certainly true for me!

3. Speaking of reading....tomorrow is book review day so stop by if you need a suggestion to make yourself a better person or just to entertain yourself during some downtime!


Linking up with: Rachelle | Lauren | JoLynne

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14 comments:

  1. You can't go wrong with those black denim shorts. It's funny but you're right - as much as I love my black denim I don't own black denim shorts either! I realized I didn't own white denim and bought a pair but hadn't thought much about black. They work so well all the ways you've styled them. I really like that pink field jacket! Your white manicure is so pretty! Totally looking forward to your book review tomorrow!!
    xo,
    Kellyann

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    1. Thank you! It's been too hot to actually wear that pink jacket lately but it's been fun to add to some of my 3-ways-to-wear styling options so I know eventually it will get a lot of use! And if you love black jeans...definitely consider a pair of black denim shorts!

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  2. I basically live in black shorts. They're the best!

    Few people can pull of a white manicure - yours looks great!

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    1. Now why did I wait so long on the black shorts?! And thanks for the mani comments!

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  3. Finally have a pair of black shorts I love, I've actually been wearing it with black tees for an all black look. Very summery I know lol. Can't to see what you've been reading.

    xo
    Pinksole

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    1. You know...I love black on black (with a contrasting layer) for most seasons but in summer I never do it. I'm sure it looks very chic and wouldn't be terribly hot with the right lightweight pieces. :)

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  4. Black shorts are so darn classy and versatile! And girl, those legs go on for miles!! Pretty and chic manicure too!! You are Summer sweetness!

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    1. Oh gosh, thanks Andrea! I think my mirror selfies give an illusion of longer legs than what they really are in real life! Plus the nude shoe with black shorts in the first pic helps elongate, too. Not that I mind! Ha! But truthfully I'm only 5'4" and don't have especially long legs in proportion to the rest of me. I wish! :)

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  5. Great shorts, they sounds like they would be a great fit for me, as I tend to have trouble with tight leg openings. I love the white mani too, it's inspired me to get one!

    Brooke
    Pumps and Push-Ups

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    1. Yes...shorts tend to look/fit verrrrry different on me than models who typically have very thin legs! And I hope you like your white nails!

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  6. Those shorts look great! I love old navy denim but I don’t think I’ve tried their shorts in awhile so I need to next time I’m there! And I love your cognac wedges! They look like the perfect height :)

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    1. They really are! The slight platform in the front makes them seem like they're almost flat, so they're really comfortable. And I am the opposite - I've tried Old Navy shorts but don't have any of their jeans! Ha! I do want to try their white jeans since I've heard great things, but I'm not buying any pants this time of year. :)

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  7. Um your legs look fantastic!! I feel like I avoid shorts these days because I really need to get more toned - but you slayyy!

    xx,
    Meredith

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  8. Your white manicure is so pretty! I need to carve out some me-time and give myself a mani and pedi ASAP!

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