Wednesday, July 18, 2018

A Dressed-Up Outfit with Shorts? Yes it's Possible!

Full disclosure: I am not the biggest fan of shorts. Sure, if I was 6 feet tall and had super long legs, I probably would be, but I've just never felt shorts have really done my legs any favours. But, I must say, if there's one style of shorts I'm more likely to be's shorts with a scallop hem! Why? Because they're just so adorable! I thrifted these ones from Value Village, but I've linked up a few pairs of similar ones at the end of this post. And they also look a lot dressier than your average everyday pair of shorts. So I thought today I'd put together a classy shorts outfit with this new pair of not-my-enemy shorts.

I wouldn't normally wear heels with shorts, as I don't like the look of jean shorts with heels...but with a dressier pair of shorts, I think they can work well. Especially if they're in a nude-type colour, like the light pink ones I'm wearing here. They help to mitigate my main issue with shorts by elongating the look of my legs.

To balance out the look, I recommend going with a looser fitting top - in this case, a floral Kimono blouse from SheIn. While these shorts are skin tight at least, they're still obviously fitted, and show off plenty of leg, so I like to balance that out. This kimono top is super cute, and only $9!!!

And just like that! I'm ready for Happy Hour drinks on a fancier patio. What do you think? Can shorts ever be considered 'dressy' in your book? I'm not saying they'll pass for a cocktail-attire wedding, but I think they can go a lot further than the beach or bar!

Top - c/o SheIn | Shorts - TopShop (thrifted via Value Village), similar | Heels - Target

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

The Universally Flattering Summer Romper

If you had asked me how I felt about wearing rompers out in public a year ago, I would've said that's a hard 'no'. But apparently 2018 is the year of the romper for me! You may have caught this red crochet romper I wore here, and now I'm sharing a new favourite: this floral bell-sleeved romper from Tobi.

I'm really excited to show you this particular romper, because I genuinely believe it's a style that's universally flattering! Here's why:

  1. The wrap around-style neckline is flattering on bigger as well as smaller chests. The tie around the waist (more on that below) makes it easy to pull the neckline tighter for a smaller chest, or leave as-is if you need more room.
  2. The tie waist means you can adjust how much you want to cinch the waist.
  3. The shorts are flowy and loose, which I think look far more flattering than tight shorts (those just aren't as forgiving!). The little ruffle trim doesn't hurt either - it's so cute!!
  4. The long, bell-sleeves keep the clothing-to-skin ratio even (show some skin on bottom, cover up a bit on top - or vice versa).
  5. We all know black is a universally flattering colour: that's why I love that the base of this floral print is black!

If you want a full-out flattering look, it also helps to match your shoes to your skintone. I am totally obsessed with these light pink heels from Target (similar). They're pretty close to my skintone, so they really give my legs an elongated look (and at 5'5", I don't mind a little added height!).

Is there a piece of clothing in your closet that you think would be universally flattering? I'd love to hear what it is - share in the comments below!

Romper - c/o Tobi | Heels - Target (similar)

Happy Styling! xo

~ Britta

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