For the longest time, shorts and I never got along. We’d constantly argue over fit, wash and skin exposure to the point where I’ve rarely, if ever, felt comfortable enough in shorts to wear them. Don’t get me wrong, I think they’re a great style asset and allow for versatility and appease a wide variety of fashion tastes, but because I’m curvy, with a butt and thighs, I never thought a relationship between shorts and I was possible.
However, last summer I decided to give shorts another shot; after all, styles change and evolve all the time in fashion so I figured maybe this would be the year the booty short phase finally got the boot. I ventured into American Eagle Outfitters and off the bat found a couple styles I liked, and on top of that American Eagle Outfitters offered shorts in a variety of cuts and lengths; needless to say my inner-fashion self was doing quite the happy dance. Heading to the dressing room I was expecting negative results but attempted to put out as much good energy as possible, hoping the fashion gods were on my side, and thankfully they were. I found a great dark denim short and even a light wash pair, which I never go for in any denim capacity. Both hugged my curves, didn’t cut off the circulation in my thighs and they were even long enough to where I felt comfortable, and yes confident, wearing them. That turned out to be a great day.
So, naturally I was beyond excited when I heard CollegeFashionista partnered with American Eagle Outfitters for a shorts campaign to prep for spring break and all the fabulous warm months ahead. I gleefully waited for my shorts to arrive, and as soon as I opened the package I was in heaven. Light washed, destroyed shorts with a longer length and snug fit were my given pair and they were perfect. Because my days are endlessly busy between class, work, meetings and social events, I always need outfits versatile enough for any occasion. I push my fashion boundaries by creating looks I can easily transition from one event to the next, and these shorts posed an awesome style challenge to dress up something so casual suitable for any affair.
With the shorts in hand, I started my outfit with a basic gray top, with little structure to it because it’s so easy to manipulate for other looks. I added a snakeskin patterned, oversized shawl for some contrast against the tortoise shelled, chain link necklace, and finished the look with neutral flats and a small gold watch. This look can easily be worn for class, a lunch date or to work. To switch this look into nighttime attire perfect for dinner or a social event, take out the snakeskin shawl for an oversized knit cardigan in a bright color and tie the loose top in a knot off to the side. Swap out the necklace for a neon belt for contrast and finally switch out the flats for some neutral wedges.
Because of shorts, so many more outfit options are accessible and its one more way for Fashionistas and Fashionistos to express their style aesthetic. If you know this to be true, but find yourself sitting on the sidelines when it comes to these little wonders, make sure this season is the one you take a second look. Just like me, you might find yourself pleasantly surprised in that there’s at least one pair of these small denim designs that can and will make a huge impact on your style for seasons to come.