Dress it Up! Shorts and a Tee


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.


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!)


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


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

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  2. 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!

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  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! 🙂


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  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!


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  5. Absolutely love how you transformed that initial look!

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

    Lily on Fillmore

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

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  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

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

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

    Chelsea & The City

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  11. Maria:

    I loved this post!

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