Short Story


I don't find outfits featuring shorts very flattering or stylish for me (perhaps I just haven't found the perfect pair yet?). However, we have set up our badminton net, so I find myself wearing shorts some days or at least part of a day. There's a range of movement I subconsciously sacrifice whenever I choose to wear a dress or skirt, so wearing shorts is quite liberating. I must invest in some bike shorts to wear under my dresses at some point...I thought the red and pink combination saved this particular outfit from being too mundane.

Outfit details:
vintage scarf
H&M cardigan
Cheap Monday shirt
Gap shorts
H&M wedges
When Kristin of Leproust Vintage offered up her orange velvet shorts to the Delightful Dozen to borrow, I jumped on the opportunity. The shorts were just too wacky and fun to pass up. Unfortunately, they arrived while Washington State was going through its grey period and wallowed on my sewing table with a number of similarly dejected pieces. Thankfully, the weather has temporarily cleared and I finally got to try them out.
The top is my favorite tee in the whole world. I bought it at a secondhand store when I was studying abroad in Sapporo, Japan. I wore it while I was in Japan and got so many compliments on it from obachans that I knew it was a winner. Since then I added an aqua zipper to the sleeve which is fully functioning and can transform the shirt from short sleeve to sleeveless. I really need to that DIY again with other shirts.
Outfit details:
secondhand, customized shirt
UO wedges

CONVERSATION

43 comments:

  1. Two stylish outfits in a row?? A chic two-part short story, indeed!

    I love the playfulness of the first outfit (you should show us how you tied the scarf in your hair like that!) and the bold colors in the second one. You look great in shorts!

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  2. Cute outfits, honey.
    I love your hair with the first one, it looks so beautiful!! Make sure you do that more often, it shows off your pretty face. :)

    p.s. those shorts are laaaaaavely

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  3. your shoes are fantastic, a nice contrast with the laid back easy summer outfit

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  4. Love the shorts! Such a cute outfit.
    xx

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  5. did you get your hair done?! it's a wonderful shade of red! beautiful!

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  6. wow! your hair looks so bright! color looks amazing and it pops with the shorts :)

    I have extended my giveaway! first one ever pretty excited :)

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  7. I completely agree with you about shorts! They are so hard to buy to flatter my figure as well. But both pairs of these shorts are adorable! I love the orange ones!

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  8. gorgeous wedges! and they look so comfy :)

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  9. those shorts are adorable. your wedges, and your shirts are pretty A+ too. Happy 4th to you, Ms. Clothes Horse.

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  10. Lovely outfit. Like how yo've done your hair in the first photos.

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  11. You look fine in shorts, they never seem stylish to me either but you made them look great.

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  12. I never wear shorts as I don't really feel comfortable in them - I just feel a bit over-exposed! It doesn't seem like other people have that problem though. I think you look absolutely great, especially your hair!
    Leia's Delights

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  13. I love especially your first look: it's so simple but yet chic with the wedges and headscarf.
    And I also love the black shirt from Japan :)

    Diana
    Songs and Fairy Tales

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  14. Cute outfits! Shorts are good for summer, when you just want to run around and play games. Sometimes skirts just don't work for that, unfortunately.
    I love the second outfit! Those shorts are super cute :)

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  15. I love both of these outfits - they look great! I especially love that cute t-shirt in the first one, as well as your lovely head scarf!

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  16. gorgeous wedges!!! you look so cute in those shorts.. such a playful ensemble! :D

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  17. I love your sunglasses. I'm a sort of sunglasses addict (as weird as that sounds) and I think your Cheap Mondays are the coolest pair that I've come across, yet! You deserve a prize or something...
    -Amelia

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  18. I love the scarf in the first outfit. The second outfit, I love the shirt! It is amazing.

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  19. Wow: I've just stumbled upon but I'm glad I did: your outfits are gorge, love almost everything in them and what a fantastic daylight!
    Love your header, too, I'll be back in a jiffy. Ciao!

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  20. Pretty! I love both outfits styled differently with similar-looking shorts.

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  21. Great outfits! I love your hair in the top pic its really nice seeing so different to your usual style. those white shoes are also very cool!

    Daisy Dayz Home

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  22. i love the second outfit it is so fresh. i also have a hard time finding flattering shorts, but maybe i'm just not a shorts person?

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  23. aaawww, you look so cute with your fringe pinned back - I love your hair in the first set of photos. I also love both those tees - especially the second one - it reminds me of your older posts back in college :) x

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  24. I love both of these outfits, it's nice to see you looking a little more boyish for a change. Although I must say I'm not terribly keen on those shoes :( But, the orange shorts are so cool! I love the velvet. I would like a lot more velvet in my wardrobe.
    You look so pretty in the first set of photos. Have you dyed your hair recently? It's just seems to have been looking somewhat redder recently. But then again, that may be editing, I don't know.

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  25. adorable!!
    im loving red shorts and UO wedges but both outfits look so cute on you.

    hope you are well.
    xx

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  26. You look great! I love the outfit! You always have such great outfits and posts. I don't get out much, but I know what you mean about shorts, as opposed to skirts and dresses. I hate pants, especially in the summer (too hot) and bike shorts is a good idea. I know one other alternative is really opaque tights, but then I wear tights every day and with everything. I love the look of them. Just another suggestion!

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  27. i really like that shirt! it kind of reminds me of the feminist fist. and shorts look awesome on you, i don't know what you're talking about. those shoes make them look EXTRA adorable though. for sure.

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  28. This reminds me of your early outfits. I really like these playful, everyday posts.

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  29. Loooove the shorts. Looks like you've been having gorgeous weather too!

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  30. Really great shorts! I agree that it can be really hard to find shorts that work. Something about the place where they hit on the leg is so fussy. It's so easy to get it wrong...

    Christy of Dress Rehearsal

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  31. A;LKDSFAKLJSD!!! Your hair in the first outfit, that shirt in the second outfit, and the SHORTS! I absolutely love how youthful, cool, and happy you look in these shots. Awesome.

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  32. I'm loving the playful charm of these outfits. These definitely are more "romp about as carefree as possible" type of outfits. I love the cartoon fist on the first shirt.

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  33. perfect pair os shorts and sandals.
    I had problems with shorts too. But i find the perfect ones (I bought them in two colors) and I used it the entire summer.

    Kisses!

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  34. Hush now, you have beautiful legs, so showing of shorts looks everything but bad. Both outfits very nice!

    juliet xxx

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  35. I actually think you look great in shorts. They are one of my summer staples since i can put my legs in any way without showing unwanted parts.

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  36. i *live* in shorts on the weekend ... it hasnt been below 90 degrees since i got home to tennessee!

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  37. um, show us the sleeves! Meanie! what a tease! "I did this amazing thing with my sleeves, diy, and now its sooo cool. but Im not gonna show you!"

    sleeves missy! sleeves!
    Please?

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  38. That is such a lovely idea with the scarf. Care to share the secret of how you did it?

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  39. You should try some high-waisted, tucked in shorts. You would look lurvly in 'em.

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  40. Hi rebecca...I really like your style..Your fashion taste is really cool..I actually I really want to dress just like you....But I don't have a perfect body just like you...and I found some difficulty to wear the clothes...do you have any advice...really need it :)

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  41. @Chairunnisa, I don't have a perfect figure either (who knows what that is), I don't even simply have the type of figure I would like. I won't go into what I would like to change, but for most of my outfits I do work hard to wear pieces that "flatter." There are a lot of looks/styles I can't wear or things that cut me funny etc, and I avoid those looks a lot.
    I also had a time when I was younger and I kept trying to change my figure. I wouldn't wear the clothes I wanted to b/c I didn't like how I looked. I slowly started to realize that this is the body I have and negativity towards it needed to stop. I also channelled body-thoughts into other areas; I stopped thinking about all that stuff and found other things to keep me occupied/distracted and noticed I felt more comfortable with myself the less I thought about myself. I started wearing the clothes I liked.
    I'm definitely not through the woods yet, but I really do think beauty isn't one look, body type, or style.
    So, I guess my advice is to love yourself as you are. It isn't easy, it isn't passive...and sometimes "faking" confidence in wearing things/being someone you don't feel like will turn into real confidence...I'm rambling, but hopefully it was somewhat helpful.

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