There are a few items of clothing that scare most women when it comes to buying them … and wearing them.
Most of our fear around buying and wearing these items is wrapped up in our own crazy body issues.
It took me styling more than 150 women (before this blog became my full-time business) to realise that one woman’s body issues is another woman’s ideal.
This realisation was a big AH-HAH moment for me, personally.
I’m far from immune to carrying around the chatter of negativity in my head but, in that moment, I realised that it was MY chatter and the only person who could stop it was me.
No-one else is standing around waiting to share negative thoughts about how my body looks.
It was up to me to continue to work on my confidence and replace the negative with the positive.
I must say that’s something that also comes easier with age. Well, it has been the case for me.
So … to today’s topic. SHORTS.
I’ve had a couple of reader questions about shorts for summer 2015.
It’s a trend that shows up every spring-summer but this season there are definitely more options out there.
What I’m loving is that the after a few years of only denim “undies” available as a shorts option, there is a variety available for all occasions.
Here are my top tips for how to wear shorts.
1. Find a length of short that feels comfortable for you. Remember, don’t let the negative interfere too much with finding those comfort levels. Any length from the top of the knees to mid thigh is most flattering on most people. If your legs are shorter, the shorter the short, the more your legs will have the illusion of being lengthened.
2. Create interest by creating contrast in the volume of your shorts’ outfits. With a fitted style of short, contrast that with a loose top. With a loose style if short, contrast that with a fitted or streamlined top.
1. Katies cardigan $29.95 | 2. Betty Basics singlet $19.95 @ Birdsnest | 3. Ruby Olive bangles $23.80 (on sales) | 4. Tony Bianco bag $119.95 | 5. Django and Juliette sandal $169 @ Styletread | 6. JAG shorts $89.95
3. Wear shorts with sneakers, flat sandals, thongs, wedges or heels. Just choose the right shoe for the right occasion.
4. Don’t be afraid to dress up shorts for a night out. Yes, we mostly think of shorts as a casual outfit option but the right style of shorts really does lend itself as a stylish alternative to a frock or skirt for a summer evening out.
5. Shorts can also make for a summer office outfit. Umm, no denim undies in corporate land but a longer, style of short with a silky top, jacket and block heel or wedge can be right at home in the workplace.
1. Belle Bird jacket $119 @ Birdsnest | 2. Belle Bird tank $69.95 @ Birdsnest | 3. Karen Walker necklace $149 @ The Iconic | 4. Country Road bag $279 | 5. Frankie4 Footwear wedges $239.95 | 6. Katies shorts $29.95
6. Think about where your waist sits when seeking out shorts to suit. We can get hung up on our legs but it’s often our waist that gets in the way of finding the right pair of shorts for our body. If you have a long and defined waist, embrace a high-waist short. If, like me, your waist is short, a low-to-mid waist (or buying up a size to wear lower) will give the illusion of extending your torso.
7. Get your legs out there. I know it may mean a bit more prep than in winter – hello hair removal and a faux tan – but there is something quite fun about wearing shorts. You don’t want to miss out, do you?
The real women of #everydaystyle know how to rock a pair of shorts. Take inspiration from these women and make sure you follow them on Instagram.
Do you know it’s almost two years since I first shared my daily outfits on this hashtag? We’ll be celebrating those two years with a lunch at the end of November with about 30 of the women who regularly join in and live near Brisbane. I you live further afield and would like to get yourself to the lunch, email me: [email protected]
Would I find shorts in your summer wardrobe? Found any fab ones of late?
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