How to Look Good in Mom-Shorts

Thursday, August 19, 2010
Despite my past endeavor in trying knee-length shorts, I didn't want it to be a one-time thing since I'm all about modesty or something. Here are three more looks with my mom-shorts:

I paired my gray shorts with my yellow striped top. I always thought gray and yellow looked great together. Then I added my blue sequin flats...because blue and yellow go together too. At the last minute, I threw on my pearl necklaces that you can't see here but I really am wearing them.

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Gap Outlet tee, $7; Gap shorts, $11; Report sequin flats, $14; faux pearl necklace, $5; secondhand white necklace, $.75

That sweet husband of mine sure knows how to capture me at my prettiest. This is my favorite look of the three. The trick is to make sure the shirt is fitted to offset the loose shorts. I could have rolled up my sleeves but I thought with that and the shorts rolled up would make me look like I was on Gilligan's Island. I added some black and gold to the mix to make it a classic look.

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secondhand NY&C shirt; F21 necklace, $8; thrifted belt, $1; Gap shorts, $11; flats from the Philippines, $7

I wore this yesterday. I like teals and blues with gray hues. I also like yellow with teals/blues. And you know I had to add sequins in...

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secondhand F21 tee, $7; yellow bauble necklace; Gap shorts, $11; F21 sequin flats, $5

Tips

  • Try shorts with a looser fit and roll up the hems.
  • Wear fitted tops.
  • Make it feminine - I added necklaces and sequins. Make sure your necklaces complement the neckline of your top too. For instance, you don't want to wear a choker necklace with a top with a low neckline. Or if you do, that's cool.
  • Pair your shorts with complementary colors...especially if you don't want the focus to be on your bottom half. Need some help? Try Academichic's color wheel for starters.

102 comments :

  1. You look cute! I like the different ways you styled the shorts and transformed them. I don't think those are mom-shorts.

    Those are the only shorts I wear now since I can wear them to work and on the weekends during the summer...

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  2. This post was the best! I love it. Such good tips and I need to go get some shorts like this, or just steal some from my Mum :) Hope you're having a great week! x

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  3. Those shorts are cute on you. I like the rolled hem.

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  4. ohhh i love all three of these! in fact, i rescued an old pair of walking shorts from my goodwill pile just because of your posts!
    can't wait for the 30 for 30 to end so i can wear them--whew!

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  5. I like all three looks, especially the first one you look beautiful. I love that you rolled them a bit up, I think it looks very stylish like that:)

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  6. so pretty and chic! love the bangs. and i have to tell you again, you look so much like Lucy Liu, i'm jealous :)

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  7. those shorts soooo don't look like mom shorts on you- you look lovely! I can't even pick a favorite!

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  8. These are so not mom shorts! Not even close!

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  9. I'm not a shorts person, but this post makes me want to start wearing them. You have such great style!

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  10. Longtime reader/lurker - just had to comment and say how cute you look! I've read your blog archives since the beginning, since I also work with a limited wardrobe, and if I may say, you've grown by leaps and bounds in terms of style and confidence and just all-around fabulosity. :)

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  11. My fave look is the second look. It is very clean and minimalistic. The necklace adds just the right amount of flair without doing "too much" the flats are perrrrfection! ; )

    xoxo. MissZuri....

    Self proclaimed style chameleon
    MissZuri

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  12. Really loving all those looks! Do you mind if I ask how tall you are? I'm a shorty and I don't think I could pull those shorts off. You look fabulous in them!

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  13. @curls-and-pearls Hi curls-and-pearls! I am 5'4". I'm a shorty too! I was a little wary about shorts at first but the more leg you show the better you're off in my opinion! Try it out :)

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  14. haha this is so funny! I was just going through my closet of clothes, and i found mom-shorts too and was having a hard time with styling them. This was definitely helpful! Thanks!

    <3 Kelly

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  15. sequined flats? Love them. That may be the one sequined thing I don't own.

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  16. The first outfit is my favorite!!

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  17. Too cute! Outfit number 2 is my favorite.

    - Patricia
    fivefootsomething.blogspot.com

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  18. Great combos! You look especially gorgeous in the first photo!

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  19. I like wearing bermuda shorts with ballet flats. It makes them look so cute and classy!

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  20. Sweet outfit. Love those flats!

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  21. I like the second one the best too! The tucked in white shirt and the classy grey/white combination is fantastic. Your awesome haircut and statement necklace sets off this outfit perfectly. I really love it!

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  22. love all these outfits on you, love the length of the shorts.

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  23. Or something??? =)

    All are great, but I like the first one best. I think it's because you're smiling.

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  24. I like how you've styled the shorts each way. You look great. I'm not much of a shorts person... perhaps if I find a good pair this summer I'll give it a go! :)

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  25. These are great outfits Elaine - and if I had those flats, I would wear them with everything I had! Love them!! What a great find - isn't it funny how versatile flashy shoes become?

    I think the first one is my favorite too, but it's tied with look number 3. I like the classic-ness of look 2 - it's very work appropriate/business casual, but I love the comfy chicness of the other two!

    Small Time Style

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  26. you are rockin' the mom shorts elaine. i love all your outfits.

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  27. cute. I really like the second look. But you always look cute! You have such amazing style!

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  28. My fav is Number One. The yellow is fun and light against a serious gray. Your smile and pose are my absolute fav part of this pic tho. And your bookcase.

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  29. These are such great looks! I especially love the second one...you look so chic!

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  30. I like all three outfits, but I like the third one the best, but that may be because teal is one of my favorite colors.

    I have that same Chinese dictionary on your bookshelf--but I've given up on Mandarin for now--too hard! I also see an Ilocano book--hope you were able to speak some by the end of your trip earlier this year. My dad's Ilocano but I unfortunately didn't retain what I knew as a kid.

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  31. I'm crazy for the necklace in the second look.

    I love how each look is completely different but using the same shorts. It's really great when you can make one piece so versatile.

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  32. always so cute! yellow and gray are my ultimate favorite colors together!
    ~selina

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  33. Love the grey and yellow together Elaine.
    Hope you and hubby are settling into your new place well :)

    Rose

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  34. I love all these looks and especially the color palettes. Teal or yellow + gray is one of my favorite things ever. I have shorts just like these (from Target though) and can't wait to try your tips. :)

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  35. your always so simple and clean i love it! sequin flats are sooo cute

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  36. You look amazing in all these. Teal and grey, and yellow and grey are perfect and I like the pop of colour from your necklace. Most importantly, I am relieved to see your favourite shoes have moved with you and are still looking great.

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  37. What a remix! I love the way you made the shorts look so feminine through accessories :)

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  38. I have similar shorts and I'm still not sure how to make them work for me. I'm thinking a voluminous top and high heels.

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  39. They definitely don't look like Mom shorts all styled up!

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  40. so cute! i also like yellow and grey together :)

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  41. You paired the shorts so well! I love them with the yellow top! It's a perfect look.

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  42. cute cute cute.
    your expressions in pic.no2 definitely the best!
    thx for the tips :)

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  43. My favourite is second outfit. You look very professional in shorts. Great ideas!
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  44. I agree with the beneath the glass blogger...you DO look like Lucy Liu...and so chic in you cute outfit!!

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  45. I'm loving the 2nd look! The shorts look so elegant paired with the white top. And the necklace goes so well with them! <3

    Diana
    Songs and Fairy Tales

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  46. I posted about mom shorts the other day. I think another trick could be to have the rest of your outfit be chic & a little trendier. You look awesome in all of these! I paired my "mom shorts" with suede oxfords and a light short sleeve sweater that had a bow on the top. http://all-aboutaj.blogspot.com/2010/08/mom-shorts.html

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  47. Oo I like all these looks, I actually think I like the bottom one best. Though I'm a sucker for teal!

    L x
    Half Dressed

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  48. Mom-shorts are a tricky business but you pulled off 3 good looks! You seem to be loving CA. You look really happy!

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  49. Mom shorts are cute and you're definitely pulling them off. :)

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  50. I love it!
    Plus I am just Dying over your bangs!!

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  51. So cute! I love the 2nd look. Your hair looks awesome in the first photo :)

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  52. Those are very cute! I just bought shorts like that...they're very comfy. :)

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  53. I like all three of your looks! And I have a pair of mom-shorts myself, that I've tried to do things with, and it just doesn't happen. Thanks for the great ideas!

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  54. I liked the striped top best - all summer

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  55. Oooh the second look for the office (especially in the South) is the perfect inspiration! I might just have to try out this look for classes next week.

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  56. Ok, so these do look really cute on you! But I think it's partly because you're so petite...pretty sure I would look like I was 80% thigh. The glittery flats are totally amazing though!

    xoxo, Ashley

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  57. Great job with these shorts! You've definitely managed to make the looks all chic:)

    TheOwlsCloset.blogspot.com

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  58. You're puurrdy. I love that first look and the wispy bangs!

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  59. Most awesome post title ever.

    You're totally looking good in those shorts lol

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  60. you sure are rocking the shorts! My favorite is the second look, so chic and cute! ^,^

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  61. I love the first look! Happy Friday!

    http://www.afashionfixation.blogspot.com

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  62. You look very pretty with this shorts! I have a pair in black and I love them for the office... you look very pretty with the three outfits and your flats of the first pic are the best!

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  63. super cute, love your mom shorts :-D the second look is killer!


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  64. I love the way your bangs fall on your face, I haven't had bangs in along time because I just couldn't work the look!

    I like the first and second looks, 1 casual and one business casual? :)

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  65. Wow...I was just looking at some mom-shorts the other day and absolutely didn't know how to match it up! Thank you for coming up with these super chic styles. Loooove them all!

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  66. Thanks for the ideas... Love all of the looks! The last one especially. :)

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  67. Your hair looks amazing hun !

    I've changed my blog link into :

    http://lajoliejulie.blogspot.com

    - so please,if you still are interested in my blog, follow me on that link ! Hugs :)

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  68. love all the three combinations...and you did a good job with the necklace too...

    love the shoes Elaine...

    take care love
    always
    Sweet
    PensandLens

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  69. I hearted all the looks. You really know how to make everything look pretty! <3 Good to see your bangs again, xoxo.

    P.S.: I want your bookshelf =}

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  70. I love the different ways you styled your shorts! I definitely need to follow at least a couple of your tips...

    Also I don't know if I commented about them before, but I seriously love your bangs. They look great!

    -Megan

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  71. Look number 2 is really nice, smart and slightly masculine but really quite cute! Daisy Dayz Home

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  72. You look great! ?I m new to your blog, but I love it!

    ocean-of-photos.blogspot.com.!

    XOXO :)

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  73. Really very cute, Elaine. And I think you look best in your straight hair! :)

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  74. You look great! Comfy and cute. (I've always loved yellow and grey together, too. And blue and grey...)

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  75. Although I wouldn't usually liek this style of shorts you make them look quite stylish!

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  76. Love these outfit ideas! I pretty much only wear "Mom shorts".

    :)

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  77. you make those shorts so fashionable! and I love your sparkly report shoes. I saw some at Jcrew that looked really similar to those and yours were a fourth of the price!

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  78. Grey and yellow is one of my very favorite color combos! If I could have a wedding redo, I would so use those colors!

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  79. I do love your third look, and I also find that throwing on some heels does wonders to un-mom the longer shorts.

    Chic on the Cheap

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  80. Though they look good on you I have to confess they won't look the same on me! Love the first look, the yellow brightens up the shorts nicely.

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  81. super cute elaine! my favorite look is the second one! it looks really pulled together and classy! well done!
    xx

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  82. Awsome to see a member of the church with a blog :D! I love your style! And I love your blog :) I am from the Netherlands and I am going to follow your blog :D! Love it :)

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  83. i love all three looks, you look so cute in them but i love the 2nd look the most :)

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  84. i love this post!! great pop of color with the blue flats - love it.

    www.strumblings.com

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  86. Good tips :) Like the second outfit the best!

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  87. Those are anything but "mom shorts!" You look fab! I love the flats from the Philippines. Aren't clothes from vacations the best?

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  88. What a beautiful smile in that first picture!

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  89. What a beautiful smile in the first picture!

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  90. I love bermusa shorts but, I have barely gotten to wear them this summer. These are great looks, maybe I can try to squeeze something in before the weather gets much colder in NYC :)

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  91. Elaine.. I love how you styled all three looks. Definitely not "mom" shorts on you. :) Another way I like to style bermudas would be with heels or an awesome wedge. I think it totally amps up the look.

    I hope you're doing great!!!

    xx Love & Aloha

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  92. I love that first shot I think because of your pretty smile, gorgeous!

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  93. Love the flats of the first and last picture.

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  94. love this. the other day i put capri's on with a blouse-y top and my husband told me i looked like a mom hahaha. i need to channel more like these looks, very cute :]

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  95. I agree. The second look is my favorite. Kinda JCrew-esque. Love it!

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  96. i LOVE it!! you are soo pretty sweetie!! yellow and gray, my fave!!

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  97. I like the first outfit!  Stripes rock.

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