Friday, 19 January 2018

Monochrome Printed Shorts Outfits for Summer

I love my soft printed shorts. They make summer dressing easy, particularly for a summer that's as hot as this one is. Take a pair of printed shorts, a similarly coloured top and you have an easy monochrome outfit that's perfect for beating the summer heat.

Even though I ended up 'redoing' one of the outfits a few days later as I didn't like the accessories!

What I wore:

monochrome navy printed shorts outfit summer road trip rebecca minkoff regan bag | awayfromblue

Rebecca Minkoff Regan Satchel Tote in moon | awayfromtheblue
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Abacus teething necklace in pop
SingletMEV Britney bubble tank in mood indigo C/O Zibibo
ShortsJeanswest 'Scarlette' printed shorts
Shoesslim gold Havaianas
BagRebecca Minkoff Regan Satchel Tote in moon

Why I wore it:

Wore this for the longest drive I've ever done, a roadtrip to see my friend who had recently moved to Kilcoy. It's about an hour and a half from Brisbane, and there was roadworks so it took longer than expected. She told me it was an hour and a half and yet google suggested it had a shorter route, so I wasn't too worried when we set off slightly later than intended. I quickly realised Google was wrong when we hit our first patch of traffic! Thankfully my sweet friend let me stay a little longer so that the whole day wasn't taken up by driving, and our kids got some time to play together.

With the navy tank, printed shorts and Regan satchel bag I added the purple teething necklace to add just a little extra colour and stop my outfit being too monochromatic. While the tank and printed shorts are different shades of blue, I really liked this outfit. It was wonderful catching up with my friend too. The kids had a great time together, and it was nice to see them all before their sibling arrived (her due date was the very next day, but baby stayed in a little longer!).

Last worn: navy tank, printed shorts, gold Havaianas, Rebecca Minkoff Regan satchel.

Other ways to wearnavy tank and purple jeans, printed shorts and ankle boots, Rebecca Minkoff Regan satchel worn 4 ways.

Perfect for pregnancy: navy tank in third trimester.


Printed Shorts Under $50:







What I wore:

grey tee with ballet flats and Jeanswest parker printed soft shorts summer | away from blue

grey tee, jeanswest parker black printed summer shorts outfit RM love bag | away from blue

Jeanswest Parker printed shorts, Rebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey | away from the blue
DressJeanswest 'Lucy' colour block tee in grey marle/rosebud
ShortsJeanswest Parker printed shirred short
ShoesMarc by Marc Jacobs black logo plaque ballet flats (first outfit) Wittner 'Jasmarie' studded sandals (second outfit)
BagRebecca Minkoff Love cross body bag in grey

Why I wore it:

No, you're not seeing double. I really did wear the top and shorts together twice. The first time I wore it, I wasn't sure on the shoes. I picked the ballet flats because it was a wet day and these ones are closed in and have rubber soles, good for the rain. But when I looked at the photos after I took them, I hated the shoes with the outfit. I was only working from home that day, with the daycare pickup and drop off, so I resolved to try the tee and shorts together again on Friday, but with different accessories.

I much preferred the studded sandals with the shorts, and as it was my day off I spent the morning at my ABA mother's group before going out for lunch and some shopping with my sister. So I prefered the days activities too, much nicer than working, ha!

Thought I'd include both very similar outfits to show you that if you're not enjoying an outfit, maybe all you need to do is change up the accessories! I really liked the colourblock tee with these shorts, the pink panel on the back added such a nice touch with the black shorts and I'll probably wear this combination again, with different accessories again.


Last worn: grey colourblock tee, Parker printed shorts, black ballet flats, studded sandals, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag.

Other ways to weargrey colourblock tee and skinny jeans, printed shorts and bright tank, black ballet flats and wrap dress, studded sandals and maxi dress, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag and guitar strap.

Perfect for pregnancygrey colourblock tee in second trimesterstudded sandals in second trimester, Rebecca Minkoff Love bag in third trimester.




More Printed Shorts Under $50:








How You Can Wear It:

Printed shorts are so easy to wear. Basics are a good pairing with any kind of print in your wardrobe. Neutrals is a good rule of thumb, greys and blacks work well with most prints no matter what colours are in the print. You can always go more colourful though, and wear a piece that matches a colour in the print for a simple monochromatic outfit.


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93 comments:

  1. See, I actually like the closed toe flats with the second outfit - it makes the shorts look much dressier, almost like a skirt. I so rarely wear shorts...unless they are my orange leather ones! Ha, those are the only shorts I have!

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    1. Thanks Sheila. I might try it again later with different ballet flats, I just hated it that morning for some reason!

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  2. I am so jealous at your weather at the moment!! Today I am wearing 4 layers of clothes, it's so cold here and I miss summer so much!! I miss wearing my dresses and shorts!! Happy Friday Mica! xx

    Yiota
    pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com

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  3. I'm a huge fan of soft printed shorts and love the ones you're wearing!

    Beauty & Colour | Vegan Lifestyle Blog

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  4. You look fresh in this outfits Mica.
    I love the accessories too.

    Much Love,
    Jane | The Bandwagon Chic

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  5. Ohh, it's so nice that you have a pleasant weather in your town. Here in my city the weather is so cold and we can't imagine to dress like you. By the way you look so pretty girl. Love your both outfits <3 Kisses & Happy Friday <3
    http://www.rakhshanda-chamberofbeauty.com/

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    1. Nice and warm as it's summer here at the moment!

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  6. It's so cold here at the moment! I love an English Winter but I'm starting to long for the warmer days now. Thanks for the inspiration x
    Maria at Passion fruit, Paws and Peonies.

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  7. I love printed shorts! I think you did a great job dressing up both the shorts, I love the summer vibes from your outfits! And I really love the navy blue bag you have in the first outfit!

    Gretch of GG Memochou

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  8. You look so so nice- here when I live we have winter now so I can't forget about clothes like this :-D

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  9. So cute! And I’m so jealous of your weather. It’s 5° here at the moment and I’m really missing my shorts!

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  10. You look absolutely cute, my dear! xoxo

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  11. Such pretty shorts! I love the print. I find that material is so comfy in hot weather too.

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  12. Love the shorts! I wish I could wear them now! It so cold in Chicago! I need a vacay stat!
    Have a wonderful weekend, love!
    xoxo, Vanessa
    www.WhatWouldVWear.com

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  13. I love both of those pairs! They're a great way to spice up your Summer wardrobe without adding unnecessary layers, hehe. Gotta love prints!
    http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

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    1. Yes, they are perfectly light for summer, but still an extra layer of interest :)

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  14. I'm loving both pairs of printed shorts, and all the ways you styled them. I'm not sure which I like best for the second look, they both look great. It's amazing how changing just your accessories can change your whole look!
    Rachael
    www.threadsforthomasblog.com

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    1. Yes accessories can really change things up! I think I might try the shorts and tee together again with different accessories :)

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  15. Comfy linen or cotton shorts are the greatest - super fashionable, but not stuffy. Great outfits!
    #weekendbloghop
    Katelynn, hampersandhiccups.com

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  16. Comfort is key for road trips, loving those shorts <3
    Green Fashionista

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  17. You look so fab! I cannot wait until the warmer weather so I can finally get my shorts back out!
    Kate x

    themakeuaprtistschoice.com

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  18. These shorts are so pretty and look so comfy! Love how airy and light they are. I can't wait for warm weather here, I am so jealous!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend Mica!

    xx, Elise
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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  19. Hi Mica! You look so summer chic and cute! As always you accessorized the look beautifully. I pray you have a wonderful weekend of sun and fun!

    Tiff
    http://www.dashoffashandfinance.com

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  20. The sandals in the second outfit are lovely. I've seen ones like that before but not with the colour difference.

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. Yes I like the two tone straps! They are a few years old, back when colour blocking was big! :)

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  21. I hate it when things take longer than expected, but glad you got some time with your friend. Good thing you were in such cute and comfy shorts too.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

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  22. I can't imagine wearing these kinds of clothes at the moment as it's so cold here in the UK! It was icy as anything this morning. I'm really looking forward to it being nice and warm again. I must admit, I hardly ever wear shorts nowadays but yours look so comfy and easy to wear with lots of different tops and sandals x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

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  23. Those shorts are such a great piece! Love how you've worn it both ways :)

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

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  24. In the summer, I LOVE turning to printed shorts - they're just so easy! I love both outfits here!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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  25. Those shorts are cute! I can see why they're perfect for longer drives <3

    http://www.rosegoldrhyme.com

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  26. Printed shorts, especially in soft materials like this one looks, are my favorites! It'll be a while before I can wear them with our weather, but this is great inspiration for when it warms up. Hope you have a great weekend!

    Kathryn • simplykk.com

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  27. Your scarf is absolutely gorgeous. I love the bright blue color you chose. I also love those outfits you put together. I also like the quilted crossbody bag.

    http://www.mylittlenest.org

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    1. Thanks! It's such an awesome scarf! :)

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  28. I do prefer the first choice of accessories with the second outfit, but that might be because I love ballet flats, so I am slightly biased. It looks much more polished.

    Anne - Linda, Libra, Loca

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    1. It is a very different look just with different shoes! :)

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  29. Road trips can be fun if the right directions and estimate of time. I bet your friend was happy to see you when you finally got there! Your printed shorts are cute!

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    1. haha yes, she was glad when we eventually showed up!

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  30. Oh how I wish I had your weather. I'm a repeat offender when it comes to styling my clothes too. Nothing wrong with that and you look so pretty.

    https://www.missymayification.co.uk

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  31. Love the Regan satchel! You can fit so much inside :)

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    1. You really can! I love that we are bag twins! :)

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  32. Always love your outfit posts! Unless it's monochrome colors, I struggle with wearing different shades of the same color in one outfit, but you make it look so chic and effortless! Hope you have a great weekend!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

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  33. I love your handbag on the second outfit, so cute x

    Laura
    https://pinkfrenzymissl.blogspot.fr/

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  34. These are great summer outfits, Mica! It's amazing how much accessories can change the look of an outfit, isn't it?! It's so much fun to experiment with different accessories and colour combinations! Hope you're having a great weekend, Mica! XXX

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    1. It is so fun to experiment with accessories, they can really change a look! :)

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  35. I love how your bag (and the whole outfit) matches your sandals in the second outfit, it looks so elegant and chic. Very elegant and pretty styling altogether. Neutral colours (black, white and beige) can really take an outfit to a whole new level. I'm a fan of bright colours but I have to admit that these kind of combos look so elegant and stylish.

    Your first outfit is very cute as well. That blue bag caught my eye! so pretty! You look lovely dear.

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  36. WoW! Love these printed shorts on you! Love you bag so much! Overall a great comfy look for the summers <3
    Beautiful post!
    Beauty and Fashion Freaks

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  37. You look so cute!! I love the shorts.
    http://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

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  38. It's so nice to have shorts that are fabulously comfortable for trips and errands!!
    I love how you accessorize with the outfits too!!!
    XOXO
    Enjoy your weekend. We are celebrating my mom's 80th birthday!!
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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  39. These are cute outfit! I really love the style of the shorts you are wearing in both outfits! They look so comfortable and I love that it almost has a skirt look to it!

    www.rdsobsessions.com

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  40. I'm actually so excited for summer so I could freely wear shorts again. Love all these outfits you styled! :)

    xx, Myrra | www.myrrazenkate.com

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  41. I feel terribly boring in my denim shorts at summer - patterned shorts are most definitely the way forward I think! I definitely need to do some digging into Rebecca Minkoff, every time I come to your blog I fall in love with a new bag!

    Musings & More

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    1. I have so many Rebecca Minkoff bags, I can see why, haha! It's my go-to brand at the moment!

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  42. I can't wait to be able to wear shorts again. These printed shorts are so cute on you and I see that gray shirt again (oh, so versatile!). I didn't know you had a YouTube channel. I have one, too, but I need to post on it more often!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

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    1. I'm going to make more of an effort at YouTube this year, I need to post on mine more often too!

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  43. great outfits! so pretty and enegrgetic. Oh I wish it was summer for me now!
    Hope your year started nicely for your boys, your husband and family including your super cute dog

    Lyosha
    Inside and Outside Blog

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  44. Great summer outfits, Mica:) Love the printed shorts. Always great to catch up with friends:) And the ballet shoes with the second outfit was ok, but I do like them better with the sandals as well. Good call:)

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    1. Yes, I definitely preferred the sandals! :)

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  45. Lovely outfits! Cutest printed shorts :)

    www.desiringsme.com/hello-2018/

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  46. These are such cute summery looks, I love those shorts! How fun that you got to take a road trip to visit your friend! Traffic is the worst though--good thing you got to stay a bit longer.
    I hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. Yes I'm glad we could stay a little longer to make up for getting there late!

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  47. Such cute outfits, love those shorts!

    Annessa
    www.seekingsunshine.com

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  48. I'm loving your first black bag! So cute! Hope you had a great weekend!

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  49. What a cute summer look! These shorts are adorable.
    http://doreensstylediary.com

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  50. These are great looks, Mica. Loving the sandals as well. Wow, lucky you for that being your longest drive ever. That is usually my regular commute. Traffic is never fun though, especially with roadworking.
    Enjoy your new week.
    FASHION TALES

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    1. Oh wow, I can't imagine driving that far and back each day, that's a huge commute! Mine is about 30-40 mins depending on traffic.

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  51. Awe, love this cobalt blue LV scarf, this will be so useful and stunning on the cooler months. Nice to see a bag from Rebecca Minkoff that looks like one from Balenciaga. Great selection dear! Another hot weekend in Sydney too, we had a nice lunch at the Bulli Tops, perfect spot during hot days.

    www.busyandfab.com

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    1. Yes I love how she is so inspired by Balenciaga - it's why I have a large collection of Rebecca Minkoff and Balenciaga bags, haha!

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  52. I love monochrome pairing, it always looks so classy. Love all the looks girls xx

    http://www.elegantduchess.com/2018/01/18/6-hours-in-london/

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  53. Congrats on your road trip!! I think an hour and a half is the furthest I've driven too.

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    1. I'd love to do it again, wasn't as bad as I thought it would be!

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  54. Indeed fab shorts. I love how you've styled them.

    ♘ www.sugarpopfashion.com ♘

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  55. I too love printed shorts! I bought my first pair two years ago and I was impressed at how the small details can really add to an outfit. I love both of your outfits here. I do like the tank top a bit more than the grey t as the top portion. And I never got into ballet flats though I own two pairs that is staring at me begging to come out of the box! Lol 😂 It's great that you got to catch up with your friend. It's always nice to catch up and a nice change of pace from the norm. My friend who lives in LA is preggo with her second one and I am excited to see her in April during my son's spring break. Hope you are having a super weekend!

    Maureen | www.littlemisscasual.com

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    1. Oh that will be a fun time for you to catch up with your friend in April! :)

      I've really been loving printed shorts this summer! A staple in my wardrobe for sure.

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  56. Your shorts are really cute! :) xx

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  57. Dear Mica, so sorry the drive to your friend took longer than expected - even as it was the longest drove he had so far ... but as you were so happy to see your friend it was obviously worth the effert. Love the look you wore, perfect for the occassion and the weather.
    And you are so right what you wrote in the context of the second look: sometimes we need only to change accessoires and finally we like the outfit. Unfortunately, it happens that the right pieces came into my mind when I left the house and have no possibility to change until I'm back ;)
    Much love from Bavaria/Germany, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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    1. YOu are so right Rena, it was definitely worth the longer than expected drive to see my friend!

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  58. Great looks.
    xx
    https://theonethattravels.wordpress.com/

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  59. Love these looks! That navy Rebecca Minkoff bag is amazing. Hope you had a great weekend.

    x,
    S | Je M'appelle Chanel

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  60. Your collection of RM bags always makes me so jealous! You have such great ones! I wish we could share :0

    michellespaige.com

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  61. Such cute summer style! Love those shorts!

    <3 Shannon 
    Upbeat Soles

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  62. That necklace is so cute and colourful, it goes so well with all of your looks
    xo
    www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  63. I love the shorts! It definitely adds a fun statement to a simple summer, casual look!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  64. Love this looks! I hate when Google is wrong and I'm late! Eek! You looked great regardless though! We’d love for you to join our link up today!

    -Adriele
    StyleAssisted.com

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  65. Hi Mica, I liked the all blue outfit and at least you were comfortable enough for that long drive!

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  66. I think the flats look cute with that outfit but I also really really like the sandals! Great design so they go with black and tan / neutrals.

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    1. Yes they have been such a good addition to my wardrobe! Picked them up at the Wittner outlet on crazy sale a few years ago, so worth it!

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  67. Yes, I like the sandals with the outfit. Glad the playdate went well. Google can mess up! HaHaHa It's happened to me.
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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    1. Yes it's done it to me before, I should have been more prepared, haha!

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  68. Thanks all for your lovely comments - shorts like these are really proving to be a staple in our humid summer, it's been so hot here in Brisbane!

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  69. This is the year I am absolutely GOING to jump on the soft shorts train! I love all your combos. I need to just go for it. Plus, I feel like the bagginess will camouflage some new mommy tummy issues I have.

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