I've been working on our upcoming How We Wear It, which will focus on long shorts. I have a bunch of ideas, but one of them I wanted to run by you Mamas.
So: Long khaki shorts. I was having trouble styling these things...long khaki shorts can come off so dowdy, especially with flat shoes. But once I added heels, and then topped the whole thing off with a blazer....
I love it.
I realize this outfit isn't playground material...but would any of you wear this to work? My engineering firm's dress code specified 'no shorts', so I'm outta luck. But god-awful khakis and vendor polo shirts? The ones given out for free at conferences? Apparently those are fine. I mean really - my long shorts look more professional than some crappy polo embroidered with LaCie or NetApp.
Although...I will admit this outfit walks a fine line, especially when I compare it to these summer work looks.
In any case, I'd wear this outfit without hesitation to some sort of school event, or even...date night? I certainly felt sexy enough for a date, and Mike surprisingly loved this look. In our case, we had gone down to the city for some pre-surgery testing (I have a tentative date of July 10)...which is why I'm wearing my backpack, rather than a date-worthy clutch. (And let me tell you, these heels made my hospital gown look fabulous. Lipstick and heels, at all doctor visits from now on.)
Top: old Free People - similar
Shorts: J.Crew 9" chino short
Shoes: old Guess pumps - similar
Bag: Makr Farm Rucksak
See that woman in green? She had been patiently waiting for Mike to finish snapping pics before she walked by. Once I realized she was waiting, we paused, and I apologized for holding her up. She gave me a big smile, and rubbed my shoulder as she passed, "It's all good, Baby Girl" she said. "This here's the city 'o brotherly love."