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I have a love/ hate relationship with shorts. Wait, that’s a lie. I have a  hate/hate relationship with shorts.  I have a very hard time finding a pair that I think look good on me anymore.  I always feel exposed, pale and kind of uneasy in them. Lindsey said yesterday she found a cute pair but they were “standing only” shorts, which nearly made me spew coffee out my nose because I can relate. I refuse to drive in shorts because I feel gross sitting in shorts for some reason- it’s like, an actual phobia of mine now. But when it gets really hot it’s nice to have a couple pairs that work for me as maxi dresses and the like just aren’t functional for being up and down and sideways with a little one all day.

The key to shorts is finding the right length and fit in the hips/waist.  I tend to size up so that they don’t pinch and have ample room in the leg, which is  a bit more flattering. I like a 3-4″ inseam at this point in my life, especially when paired with sandals with a touch of lift to lengthen the leg (also, wearing nude toned shoes helps lengthen the leg visually as well!)  Wearing a tailored, fancier pair (with a print or embroidery) with wedges and a long sleeve top (sweater or button down) can work great for nicer occasions too!

Here are a few pairs I like:

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1. (great similar version with scalloped hem!) // 2. // 3. (see me wearing these below)// 4. (alternatively, these are great at $30!) // 5. // 6. // 7. // 8. (I have in black- stretchy cool material and so comfy!) // 9. // 10. // 11. // 12. // 13. // 14. // 15.

Probably the only pic of me in shorts since 1996- love these- I sized up to a 6 so they fit a little lower on my hips.

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sunglasses // sweater (old-similar) //necklace (old-similar) // sandals (have mini wedge and comfy!) // baby- not for sale :)

Now lets have a chat about denim cutoffs-  at the risk of sounding like Jerry Seinfeld, what is the deal with the high waisted Mom jean cut offs I see on nearly every teen to twenty-something walking the sidewalks? Ladies, these shorts literally only look good on Beyonce. LITERALLY.  It’s the most unflattering cut- and maybe that’s a hipster thing, you know the “looking bad is looking cool” vibe, but MAN. BAD.

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Also, the pockets hanging down thing- no. Just no.

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And if your jeans shorts fit like this and I can see your ass cheeks hanging out, you aren’t wearing shorts, your wearing ratty denim underpants.

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Looks to emulate when it comes to cutoffs? Jen and Mila- casual, relaxed but not vulgar and uncomfortable looking.

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