Budget Stylista: Tailored Shorts, Two Ways

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Windows are up, shades are on, legs are tanned (hopefully) and it’s time to whip out the shorts for the summer.  But don’t worry, just because your sweats are going in storage doesn’t mean you have to spend your life savings on shorts to beat the heat.  Buy one pair of tailored, cuffed, lightweight dark denim shorts, and you can dress them up, down and all around.  Take these adorable pair from Forever 21, for example, and check out a few ways to style them:

Number 1:  Rocker Chic.

Product info: Shorts, Forever 21, $17.80; T-shirt, Urban Outfitters, $24.00; Handbag, Lulus.com, $48.00; Cardigan, Urban Outfitters, $38.00; Bracelet, Lulus.com, $10.00; Shoes, Bakers, $49.95

If you’re feeling like a rock star and want to go casual glam, here’s how.  Pair these shorts with a graphic tee with an edgy print.  In case of blasting air conditioning, throw on a lightweight cardigan over top.  To complete any rock star outfit, splashes of leather and metallics are a must.  The leather bow cuff pictured is the perfect compliment to a chunky gold necklace.  Of course, a studded hobo ties the look together.  You can either pair it with a matching metallic gladiator or a trendy fabric sandal.

Number 2: Flirty fabulous.

Product Info: Shorts, Forever 21, $17.80; Blouse, Urban Outfitters, $19.99; Belt, Macy’s, $19.98; Shoes, Aldo, $60; Clutch, Lulus.com, $48.00; Sunglasses, 80spurple.com, $10; Hair accessory, Forever 21, $3.80; Ring, Lulus.com, $9.00

Same shorts, different vibe.  Get this girly girl look by pairing your shorts with a lace top; exaggerated sleeves like these always give extra feminine flair.  To show off your womanly curves, tuck in your blouse and finish the look with a wide belt.  On a sunny day, oversized sunglasses in an unexpected shape add fun to any outfit.  As they will be the focal point of your accessories, you only need minimal jewelry to look put together without going overboard.  A unique rhinestone ring is perfect to do so.  A ballet flat (especially with ruffles) gives off a sweet vibe.  Add a splash of color with this lime green clutch (don’t forget your pink lipstick inside).  You can also pin back one side of your hair with a pearl-based clip to give you the ultimate classy look.




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