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Easy Outfit Formulas: Graphic Tee + Printed Shorts


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You know those days–the ones where you roll out of bed (after hitting the snooze button too many times), stumble into your closet, and have no idea what to wear? Our new series, Easy Outfit Formulas, is here to help! Every other week, I’ll feature two items (which you probably already own) that can be paired into outfits for those days when you need some quick and easy inspiration.

This week, I’m going to talk about pairing printed shorts and graphic tees. These are great pieces for hot summer weather, and when combined, they create outfits with lots of visual interest.

Scroll down to check out three cute and stylish ways to wear this week’s pairing:

Outfit #1 – A Walk on the Beach

Graphic tee printed shorts beachy outfit
Product Info: Tee – Old Navy, Shorts – Topshop, Tote – Roxy, Sunglasses – Metro Park, Sandals – Ruche, Bracelet – Swell | Hair Photo: ELLE

For our first take on printed shorts and a graphic tee, we’re heading to the beach! Start with a pair of sporty shorts in a tropical print and a fun, summery tee. Then add pops of color with a pair of light turquoise sandals and some pink sunglasses. To make your style appear effortless, try doing your hair in a messy fishtail braid. A leather wrap bracelet and straw tote (to carry your beach essentials) complete the look.

Outfit #2 – Night Out

Print shorts graphic tee night out look
Product Info: Tee – Forever 21, Shorts – Dorothy Perkins, Jacket – H&M, Heels – Zara, Clutch – Nasty Gal, Necklace – BaubleBar

This look is perfect for a night on the town during the warm summer months. Printed black-and-gray shorts and a gray graphic tee create a nice monochrome base (of course, any black and gray combo would work here), and a classic black biker jacket is an extra layer perfect for after dark. Add some eye-catching pops of yellow with a sparkly statement necklace and bright clutch. Lastly, for a trendy edge, slip on these amazing spiked ankle strap heels before you leave for the night.

Outfit #3 – Boho Vintage

printed shorts graphic tee vintage/boho outfit
Product Info: Tee – Nine West, Shorts – Uniqlo, Wedges – New Look, Flat Sandals – Steve Madden, Tote – J. Crew, Belt – Dorothy Perkins, Earrings – Modcloth, Ring – Payless

This combo is perfect for a day of shopping at your local farmers’ or flea market. A pair of menswear-inspired printed shorts and a black-and-white graphic tee set the vintage-y tone. Brown wedge sandals are a cute addition, or – if you prefer something flat – try a pair of lace-up sandals. Slip on these green stone earrings and a distressed ring for some rustic-yet-feminine flair. A simple straw tote will carry your stuff and finish off the look.


What do you think? Can you see yourself wearing any or all of these outfits? How would you style a graphic tee and printed shorts? Do you have a suggestion for an Easy Outfit Formula? Leave a comment below!

Posted on on July 6, 2013 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , ,

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9 Responses to “Easy Outfit Formulas: Graphic Tee + Printed Shorts”

  1. 1
    July 6th, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    This is a great idea for a series! I would definitely wear the first and second outfits. Mixing prints is hard sometimes, but these combinations make it look easy and cute!

  2. 2
    July 6th, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I see you, fellow Washingtonian! ;) I think this is such a great idea for a column. I love the balance of the outfits, and I’m having a hard time deciding which of the shoes in the third outfit I like better! Good job!

  3. 3
    July 6th, 2013 at 5:22 pm


  4. 4
    July 6th, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    I am legitimately excited for this series!

  5. 5
    July 6th, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    this is a great idea for a series and I love the last outfit!

  6. 6
    July 6th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    The Uniqlo shorts are so cute!

  7. 7
    July 7th, 2013 at 10:22 pm

    Love this idea for a series! I don’t have patterned shorts already, but these outfits make me want a pair!

  8. 8
    July 8th, 2013 at 8:13 am

    Seconding all the other comments! Very excited for this series :)

  9. 9
    July 8th, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Great idea! It can be easy to overlook the obvious sometimes plus you’ve given some further inspiration to improve on the basics. Thanks.

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