14 9 / 2011
Living in the South means you have three choices when the weather’s hot and humid, (which it usually is): bum it in your athletic shorts, give Daisy Duke a run for her money, or find some smart-looking shorts in a quality material. Given the choices, I would take a style cue from film actress and fashion darling Emma Watson and opt for the third selection. (If it’s cooling down where you live, this post still applies; just add tights for a fall weather-appropriate take).
(Emma looking amazing in lace shorts. Image from socialitelife.com)
She looks fantastic, but I’m going to take a wild guess and say that this outfit is probably affordable only to an actress as successful as Watson. Luckily, Modcloth and Forever21 have a budget friendly take on two key pieces of this outfit: the lace shorts and the blush blazer. Several sites offer good deals on the nude pumps.
After seeing the shorts selection, I would turn to Modcloth in a time of style need. Every other store, including my beloved Forever21, has options that are either more casual than upscale, or more dowdy than stylish. Need proof? Look no farther than these “Take the Cake Tea Shorts.”
(A bargain for the quality at $44.99. Image from modcloth.com)
You’ve seen the blush blazer before, as worn by the gorgeous Blake Lively two posts ago. Here it is again, from Forever21:
($29.80 from forever21.com. It’s turning out to be quite the versatile blazer: useful for creating looks both uptown and quirky chic!)
Finally, the nude pumps. Sometimes timeless transcends trends; a nude heel will never not be in vogue, (as an added bonus, they make your legs look crazy long).
I found two options for the heels, courtesy of amiclubwear.com and payless.com:
(First pair from amiclubwear.com for $18.99, second from payless.com for $34.99. Whether the nude veers towards pink or beige, each pair of pumps is a deal!)
To the inexpensive emulation of an icon,