Dressed-Up Denim Shorts

Dressed up summer shorts outfit: blue lace blouse, j.crew sunflower necklace, relaxed fit shorts

I don’t wear shorts very often because I feel like they de-age me by about ten years, which is something that I’m actually trying to avoid. Anyone else have the problem of appearing too young? Generally I think it’s most problematic in the workplace (clients don’t take you seriously, you can have difficulty establishing authority, etc.), but it can just be a problem, period. I’ve even had cashiers in stores ask me if I wanted to use my mother’s rewards account for purchases. Oy.

So. I don’t wear shorts too often. But when I do, I wear them with a slightly dressier top, a nice necklace, and I try to avoid flip flops (unless I’m headed for the beach). This formula works out well for me, and on cool nights I like to add a blazer instead of a sweater. A blazer looks a little bit more grown up on me than a cardigan does.


  • Banana Republic blouse [past season by at least four seasons]
  • Not sure where the shorts came from — the tag has come off
  • J.Crew sunflower necklace [old, but it was a popular style so some are probably floating around on eBay]
  • Cole Haan Air Tali [on super sale at Nordstrom]
  • LV Neverfull MM [found a few on Tradesy]


  1. Elle berman says

    Not I cant’ say that comment has been made to em recently :) ! You look great in these. I think denim shorts, dressed up a bit is one of my fav summer looks. ( i feel to old to wear them – on the opposite spectrum as you. Love you Bag, and blue tee, simple, classy, and chic; you could go anywhere!

    XX, Elle


  2. says

    I wasn’t a shorts person until I moved to St. Louis. I wear lounge shorts at home, but very rarely out unless they’re dressier. Haven’t found a way to wear denim shorts yet like how you make this pair look so posh!