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Class to Night Out: Pastel Shorts


pink scallop shorts and orange striped shorts
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Do you struggle with transforming your outfits from day to night? Don’t worry, CF is here to help turn that daily annoyance into a fun challenge. This column focuses on one piece per week, and aims to help you take your look from study sessions in the library to dancing the night away.

We’ve experienced something of a shorts revolution in the past few years, and boy did we need it. We’re no longer confined to plain old denim, whether it was nautical chic or the ever classy Britney-esque cut off, or different variations of boring old Bermuda shorts. Now it’s totally a “do” to have shorts of every style in every color of the rainbow. For spring, I’m a particular fan of pastels. (Aren’t we all?)

This week, I’ll be showing you how to rock a pair of pastel shorts for both day and night. I chose a gorgeous pale peach “short shorts” pair, but pick whatever color and style you rock best!

Pastel Shorts: Class

How to wear peach pastel shorts for day with a coral tee, brown satchel, leather sandals, bright earrings and mint nail polish
Shorts, Blouse, Bag, Earrings, Sandals, Nail Polish

For class, pair your shorts with a more conservative blouse in a fun spring color to avoid looking like you’re heading straight from class to an afternoon of sunbathing. Accessorize with a pair of super cute brown strappy sandals and a matching handbag that’s big enough for a notebook or two. Lime drop earrings make the look a little more fun, and try rocking mint green nails for more springtime trendiness.

Pastel Shorts: Night Out

How to wear peach pastel shorts for night with a shredded white tank, turquoise and green accessories, and strappy heels
Shorts, Top, Earrings, Ring, Clutch, Heels

Let out your inner wild thing by pairing your shorts with a fringed crop top for night. I’m a fan of this off-white one because although it’s definitely edgy, the color keeps it looking a little soft and girly. Obviously, the cropped look is not for everyone, so substitute with a DIY cut or fringed band tee for a more conservative look that’s still very rocker chic.

Glam it up with a pair of platform snakeskin heels with cool cutouts – these ones are awesome because even though they’re a little crazy, the beige accents still make them more of a neutral. Create contrast with your accessories by choosing a cool sea green clutch and matching oversized ring. Finish off the look with a pair of gold drop earrings.

Your thoughts?

Do you own a pair of pastel shorts? Will you be switching out your favorite denim pair for some? Let me know what you think of the outfits in the comments, I’d love to hear what you think!

Posted on on April 20, 2012 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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11 Responses to “Class to Night Out: Pastel Shorts”

  1. 1
    April 20th, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Oh my gosh I am in love with those first pink petal shorts.

  2. 2
    April 20th, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    I love those peach-pastel shorts. Awesome outfits! I will try them.

  3. 3
    April 20th, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Love this trend! I am definitely going to get a pair for spring, maybe yellow. Great post :)

  4. 4
    April 20th, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I love the pale peach pastel shorts and that pairing crop top outfit is fabs!

  5. 5
    April 20th, 2012 at 8:28 pm

    I LOVE pastel shorts! I live in SC, so i’ve been wearing them (prettymuch) all year round for years now!

  6. 6
    April 20th, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Gosh these outfits are gorgeous!! :D

  7. 7
    April 20th, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    I love every item in this post! Especially the first outfit!

  8. 8
    April 22nd, 2012 at 12:55 am

    I have to say I do love the color of those shorts it’s light and refreshing but still warm. My only problem with pastel shorts is you have to be tiny to pull them off. Let’s be honest here, anyone with hips and a butt isn’t going to want to wear a pastel on bottom because it just draws attention and makes your hips look even wider. I’m all for pastels – just not on my hips, thighs, and butt.

  9. 9
    April 22nd, 2012 at 2:21 am

    Wow, all the shorts shown are beautiful! Love.

  10. 10
    April 23rd, 2012 at 10:28 am

    @ ashley, I wear a size 1-3 but have a large butt I never have trouble with my shorts, trust me pastel shorts don’t look bad at ALL.

  11. 11
    April 23rd, 2012 at 8:03 pm

    @Diane if your butt can fit in a size 1 or 3 that does not make you large – I’m talking people with actual hips and butt aka over a size 6

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