How to Rock a Pair of White Shorts. Or the Time I Took Shorts from Sporty to Sexy

Shorts in general aren’t my favorite style to sport. They tend to either be cut too long, breaking up the legs and making them appear shorter and wider, or cut far too short, letting the legs hang out and exposing the lower tush. Neither are flattering.

As a non-outdoorsy lady (though I do like to drink on patios) I feel that shorts don’t often express my personal style of stay at home mom glam (read stain laden maxi dress) well.

Unless of course those shorts are white. And cut with curve loving perfection (like the ones below from Tahari (old)). And able to be worn apart from small mac and cheese laden hands.

Then I’m all in. 

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That serious look? Me trying to hold it together without laughing at Jer’s antics.

Complete the look with a bold top, like this fitted animal print cami from CAbi. Add height (and leg length) with heels or wedges like these black/brown pair from Emerson Fry (old).

Regardless of how sassy and sexy your shorts may be, they are still shorts. Keep the accessories colorful yet casual. Turquoise and coral are a beautiful combination, especially for this season. This Turquoise and bronze necklace is from Premier Designs, and the Coral and gold bracelets and earrings are from LC by Lauren Conrad.

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With white shorts, the rear view is just as (or dare I say, more?) important than the front. Full coverage is a must, as are no VPLs (visible panty lines). Nude or white boy shorts or tangas are perfect for the job, ensuring good coverage with no ride up.

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Form fitting while still leaving a bit to the imagination.

Like accessories, makeup for short inspired ensembles should read casual. 

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A dark brown lid with light tan contouring on the crease come together with a micro winged black liner. Try L’Oreal Silkissime in Black.

Fresh Summer Look Wing and Contouring .jpgApply bronzer to your inner cheeks (make a fish face and apply in the hole), chin, the tip of your nose, and in a diamond under your chin for a sun kissed glow. Use a highlighter in the center of your forehead and under your eyes for a glowing complexion, along with a bit of creamy blush in a light pink like Mary Kay’s Cream Blush in Sheer Bliss on the apples of your cheeks. Apply blush two finger widths away from your nose. Try L’Oreal DoubleExtend waterproof mascara for weather and water proof lashes.

A few other pointers:

If you’re sporting a cami choose a strapless bra.

Go longer with white shorts than you might with another color. White will never, ever, make you look smaller or more toned. Just sayin.

If you’re attending an outside event opt for wedges.

Not up for white? Try a light pastel like these from Old Navy.

So there you have it. An easy way to take shorts from sporty to sexy, white and all, and a whole look to go along.

Happy BBQs, Weekending, Fourth of July, and Summer!!


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