It’s summer in Texas, which means it is shorts season. The length and style of your shorts may vary, but it’s almost imperative that you own a couple pairs of shorts when the temperature climbs to the triple digits for extended lengths of time!
Ellie and I thought the onset of these triple digit temperatures would be a good time to explore different ways to style shorts that we already own. Generally, when we are wearing shorts, we don’t put a lot of thought into ‘style’. It’s a defense against the heat. However, we think there can be some fun, unexpected ways to style shorts during the hot summer months that can go from work, to date night, to play-dates with your children!
Some of the items featured below were bought long before we ever considered who makes our clothing and the condition in which the clothes are produced. But we will continue to wear these items because it is practical to wear them until they fall apart, getting the most use out of them, and it is a way of remembering that we are on a journey that takes a LONG time. There is so much grace as we learn more about the topic of ethical fashion.
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Shorts for Work
Raven + Lily Printed Tee (similar) / Zara Blazer / Thrifted Shorts / Noonday Collection Empress Earrings /Noonday Collection Bethe Rope Necklace worn as Bracelet / Vintage Noonday Collection Tagua Bracelet (similar) / Madewell Pointy Toe Flats / CauseGear Laptop Case
You may not work in an office where shorts are considered appropriate, but in Austin, many offices allow shorts during the blazing summer months. If this is the case for you, we think pairing a neutral blazer with brightly colored shorts and work appropriate flats is a perfect way to bring shorts into the office!
One thing to note about the laptop case in this outfit: it is made by a company called CauseGear and it is donating 25% of sales for 60 days (started on 7/1/15) to Refuge for Women, an organization rehabilitating survivors of sex trafficking that is working to open a home in Las Vegas (they have a successful home in Kentucky already). CauseGear is a Fair Trade company that works with the poorest people on earth to empower them to get out of poverty. When you buy from them, you can change the lives of the poor across the world, and women right here in the United States. Visit CauseGear.com and enter RFWLV code at checkout.
Summer Date Nights
Hand Me Down Banana Republic Blouse / Thrifted Shorts (similar) / Noonday Collection Sunburst Necklace / Noonday Collection Taj Earrings / Vintage Noonday Collection Bracelet / Raven + Lily Wallet (similar) / Purse & Clutch Indigo Clutch / Thrifted Tom’s Sandals (similar)
We think that shorts can even be appropriate for the dog days of summer date nights! Pair a silky shirt with some sparkly jewelry, wedges and a fun clutch and you’re ready for a night out. Don’t forget to enter to win the Purse & Clutch Indigo Clutch that is shown in this outfit!
Black and Khaki
Everlane Black Tee* / Thrifted shorts (similar) / Noonday Collection Paper Jungle Necklace / Noonday Collection Feathered Fringe Earrings / Zoya Nail Polish Ziv* / Restless by Jennie Allen* / Noonday Bag – If:Gathering (similar) / Modcloth – Neon Yellow Sandals (similar)
For many, black and khaki are their uniform colors of choice. They’re classic and polished. Everlane’s black tees are ethically made and very high quality! Paired with some thrifted shorts and some bright accessories, you can freshen up this uniform to add some style to your next trip to the grocery store!
Symbology Block Printed Tunic / Noonday Collection Seastone Necklace (on sale!) / Noonday Collection Entwined Bracelet / Noonday Collection Safari Stack Bracelet / Thrifted Shorts / Vintage Noonday Collection Bracelets / Pixi Lip Balm Coral Crush* / Sseko Gold Loafers / Hat / Sunglasses
This hand-printed Symbology tunic has been a favorite ethical purchase since this blog was started. It’s versatile, well made, and classic. Pair it with navy shorts, a simple necklace and classic loafers, and you look polished and feel comfortable.
Jean Vest Up Top, Bright Colors on Bottom
White Tank (similar) / ThredUp Thrifted Jean Vest* / Vintage Noonday Collection Gatsby Necklace / Locally Made Earrings / Noonday Collection Bethe Rope Necklace worn as Bracelet / Noonday Collection Lovebird Bracelet / Noonday Collection Orchid Rope Bracelet / Vintage Noonday Collection Bracelet / Thrifted Shorts / Thrifted Hat / Birchbox* / Sseko Ribbon Sandals in Gold * / Savor by Shauna Niequist*
Pairing a bright pattern with a neutral is a go-to move. The jean jacket with the white tank brings a more neutral feel to the top, balancing the pop of color and pattern on the shorts. This fun, summery look is completed by adding some gold jewelry and a hat to shade the summer sun from your eyes.
Stay tuned for part 2 of this post, with 5 more styling ideas and some of our suggestions for ethical options for shorts!