Dress it Up! Shorts and a Tee

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One of my favorite summer outfits is a basic tee + shorts, dressed up.  But it can feel a little boring if not properly done right.

It starts out very simple (above.)  In both outfits, I’m wearing my favorite Old Navy Pocket Tee.  (I buy these in bulk – they are truly the perfect t-shirt.  Just the right amount of drape and honestly nicer than a lot of my more expensive tees.)  In the first look I wore some printed shorts, and in the second, printed cut-offs.  Let’s be honest here… I am not looking my best.  Though I am just under 5’8, my legs look a little stumpy… and the outfit would work on weekends or for the beach, but certainly not for work.

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The first step is to add heels.  It’s crazy what a difference it makes.  Longer, leaner… better.  Don’t go too high here (maybe 3 or 4 inches… nothing higher!)

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Next, add a classic blazer.  I went for my Becky Jacket in the first look, and my fave white Zara blazer in the second.

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And finally, add some pretty  jewels… it’s all about the pretty little details that make the outfit special and fun.

Lulu Frost Tassel Necklace

BaubleBar Necklace

Studded Bag

Outfit Details:

Left:  Rebecca Minkoff Jacket // Old Navy Tee // Old Navy Shorts // Zara Heels (on sale!) // Rabeanco Bag // Lulu Frost Necklace (sold out) // BaubleBar Necklace

Right:  Zara Jacket // Old Navy Tee // Old Navy Shorts // YSL Heels (similar)// gifted Joelle Hawkens Bag // Lulu Frost Necklace (similar)




This post was sponsored by Old Navy. Check out Old Navy’s latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com.

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  1. Rachelle says 7.30.13

    love dressing up my shorts, you statement necklaces are so pretty.

  2. Alyssa says 7.30.13

    Some variation of shorts and a tee is my favorite summer look. I just stumbled on my new favorite tee, but I’ll have to try out the Old Navy ones too!

  3. Love these styling ideas, Grace – and I totally agree with you about adding the heels & blazer…my favorite way to dress up a look! 🙂

    http://www.pennypincherfashion.com

  4. Adore! Totally agree with you. I even stick to flats sometimes, but it’s all about chic styles, not the sandals. The jewels and blazer make it!

    alyson
    http://www.theaveragegirlsguide.com

  5. Absolutely love how you transformed that initial look!

  6. So cute! Love this guide, pretty lady 🙂

    xo,
    Lily on Fillmore

  7. whitney says 7.30.13

    so chic, Grace! Dressed up shorts is one of my favorite looks as well.

  8. grace, such a creative post! I am obsessed with the Zara heels on the left…might have to order them!

    XO, Stefanie
    Life on the Squares

  9. FripperyVintage says 7.30.13

    Fun post! I think as long as you have fun shoes and some jewelry you can pretty much get away with anything!

  10. Chelsea says 7.30.13

    I love all of these outfits Grace but the navy blazer + printed shorts look is so chic!

    xoxo,
    Chelsea & The City

  11. Maria says 7.31.13

    I loved this post!