top: Lush // shorts: H&M (similar one, similar two) // sandals: Saltwater Sandals // purse: Nordstrom (exact is sold out; similar) // earrings: Gudbling // bracelets: Alex and Ani, The Gypsy Fawn // sunglasses: Forever 21 (similar)
photos by Chelsea Laine Francis
A few weeks ago, someone on Twitter asked me if I would do a post on styling the fancy cotton shorts everyone’s selling this summer. I was like “nah, that’s not really my style,” and went on with my midi skirt-wearing life. Then, I randomly popped into H&M with Chels and Steph and decided it wouldn’t hurt to try on some shorts. I ended up with these in three colors, and then there were the fancy cotton shorts I brought to try on just for fun. Do you ever do that? Grab something that’s way out of your comfort zone, just to see what happens?
Well, what happened was magic. I stepped out of the dressing room, reluctantly asking my girlfriends for their opinions. It was like a burst of heart eye emojis filled the dimly-lit dressing room. For $24, I’d stumbled upon the Holy Grail of fancy cotton shorts.
So, how do you style fancy cotton shorts? A loose tank (I love the way this polyester Lush blouse looks tucked in!), a pair of cute-but-casual sandals, and a handful of cool girl accessories (read: two different kinds of tassels and a mini arm party).
Does it feel like I’m wearing pjs? Absolutely. Does it look like it? I’ll let you be the judge of that.