Salute Your Shorts

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by Leandra Medine
June 30, 2014
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Or should your shorts salute you?

A recurring problem I have found in the 25 years that I have been human, which should imply several things like the presence of two legs and therefore a necessity for pant holes in couples, not singles, is that finding those pant holes, especially when they are not just cropped but micro is not difficult at all.

I realize that on the surface, this doesn’t seem like a problem but consider that there is such a surplus of shorts in the market, it’s more common to turn a corner and spot a one-legged alien than it is to turn into a shop and find that there are no shorts for sale.

So the obvious issue would be choice, right? There’s just so much of it, which ones do you buy? But one layer deeper, post-consumption, there is the larger, oft-disregarded and contradictory problem of ease that litters a woman’s ability to put an Outfit with a capital O together, thus making it harder.

Why? Because we get lazy. You’re wearing a pair of denim cut offs, right? Are you really considering how interesting a knee length sheer dress could look over it? How about a striped shirt tied around your waist to create the illusion of skirt-over-peeping-shorts? And the tops! When is the last time you reached for the fringe in place of the cotton? Sometimes, when I’m getting dressed, I wonder if this is how Moses felt when he went for the coal instead of the gold.

I’m making the conscious decision to henceforth go for the gold though and these five outfits should serve as an indication of just that. Let’s unpack:

Look 1 includes army shorts by Steven Alan or as I like to call them Shorts Your Mom Would Wear. In order to evolve past looking like a woman literally old enough to be your mom, identify the things you own that she would never wear. Case in point: a white long sleeve crop top with an orange layer of fringe. If something spills on the floor, you can also get down and do the worm with your makeshift mop. Compliment the orange with a bright-ish blue shirt tied around your waist and shiny-ass shoes that make no sense and therefore dollars. Get it? The sunglasses are deliberately quotidian.

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Steven Alan shirt and shorts, Reem Al Kanal crop top, Dries van Noten sandals, Oliver Peoples sunglasses.

Cotton shirt, be damned! Look #2 includes the aforementioned denim cut offs festooned with a white button up (if you don’t have one might I recommend your getting one?) and layered under a sheer navy tunic with side slits that make it apparent you’re not wearing a dress.

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Levi’s shorts, Diane von Furstenberg tunic (on sale acqui), Carven sandals (also on sale, weee!)

In look #3 I am screaming “take me to the beach!” in a sari that can be worn 536274 ways but for the purpose of today has chosen to call itself family next to a pair of white skirt shorts, a muscle tank, and a hat. I don’t actually recommend going to the beach like this but I also don’t not recommend it.

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Reem Al Kanal sari, Topshop tank, Isabel Marant shorts, Birkenstock sandals, Chloe handbag

Look #4 might actually throw you for a loop because the shorts-on-steroids are an un-easy focal point that call for nothing more, nothing less than a denim shirt and elegant sandals. Actually, they call for a little more which manifests as timid gold chains that would infuriate Mr. T but should sit quite well with you.

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Tome shorts, Madewell shirt, Pucci sandals, Ray Ban sunglasses

And finally! We’ve got our diaper. Because looking put-together doesn’t have to mean a sari, or orange fringe, or sparkly shoes, I’d like to propose that you consider a short sleeve polo should you be venturing out in satin underwear any time soon. Said panties will also compliment a pair of espadrilles — the shoes of summer, if you will, and a backpack, too.

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Sally Lapointe shorts, Rachel Comey polo, Castaner sandals

Sweeping conclusion? Shorts are easy, don’t be lazy. If you’re the craziest looking person in the room, guess what? You’ve just won it.

REPLIES
  • Bina Nöhr

    I’m in love with all these combinations – thx for the inspiration! love, Bina
    http://stryletz.com/

  • http://www.sabrinaslnyc.com/ SabrinaSL Nyc

    LOVE!!!
    I am also touched! I spy with my little eye that you are wearing the New Moon Necklace! Tears with joy! Xx

    • Leandra Medine

      Yes!!!!!

  • Dominique

    in love with your outfitS!

    xxx

    http://www.dominiquecandido.com

  • GapToothedGirl

    I love the stripe-shirt!!

    XOX, Gap.

    http://www.gaptoothedgirl.com

  • Ajnira Muminovic

    I adore all of your shoes!!
    All of them!!!

  • mageeski

    Love the last outfit!

    Magee / Mageeski.blogspot.com

  • http://fashionpeekaboo.com/ Anastasia Polosina

    The layering look with Birkenstock sandals is win-win!

    xx
    http://fashionpeekaboo.com

  • Paulina Villalpando

    The last two looks are my favorite! http://www.thepaarblog.com/

  • Oliver Lips

    Such great looks, the last one is my favorite!

    http://www.lips2lagerfeld.com
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  • Natali

    Oh boy! Inspiration overload!! You look stunning!

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

  • Nico

    How many great combos, so inspiring!

    30 OUTFITS for all styles on lb-lc fashion blog

  • ee_by_cc

    Recently loving the long shirt over denim cutoffs look. Nicely done!

    http://www.enduringethereal.com

  • Greer

    Your hair is prime today!!!

    • Leandra Medine

      Dryspun, man. That shit werqs.

  • Seraphine

    Ur so frkn gorge on the inside and out!!!!!!!!

  • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

    Love you, Le! And shorts! I love getting funky with shorts!

    Hugs to all of the MR Team from Copenhagen! I’m like a little kid in a candy shop of Danish style here. Sneakers galore!

  • Sarah Casino

    You are amazing. Love love love it all! especially looks 3 & 4

  • Yvespink

    The last look is so pretty
    https://yvespink.wordpress.com

  • Karen Tuff

    Leandra, please! Any comments on fashion during the World Cup? xoxo

    • Leandra Medine

      What is the world cup? JK

  • http://twitter.com/amieexgoodall Amiee Goodall

    that orange trimmed crop top is the cutest thing i’ve ever seen! x

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  • CarlotaLMorais

    he way you played with the different reds in the last one…genious Leandra, genius. I love a good old ton sur ton, a brave choice

  • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

    You’ll be happy to know that in its native habitat (Germany) the Madrid is highly popular. I saw very few pairs of the Arizona. Guess they figured that shit hit the fan once us American fashion ppl started wearing it. The Madrid is also widely popular in Copenhagen. More Arizonas here, but I say the Madrid has won over the hearts of these northern folk.

  • Samantha

    Another lovely read! I’ll def think twice before throwing on my boring t-shirt and shorts next time.

    http://stilequotidiano.com

    xxSamantha

  • rachel

    i die for that crop top/mop what a thing of beauty!

  • Aubrie Cornelius

    Your skin is looking flawless! Srsly though, what do you use?

    • Leandra Medine

      Cetaphil n this anti-aging cream from Estee Lauder

  • Loremyk

    AMAZING! Reading you all the way from Mexico City! Love you Leandra

  • Loremyk

    AMAZING! Reading you all the way from Mexico City! Love you Leandra

  • samantha

    wow Leandra, You rocked all the looks

  • rochelle

    You are beautiful inside and out and have the most amazing style

  • ZORAbyZoeRamos

    ya know what would go super swag with all of those shorts? Oh… you don’t? You’re in luck because I do! A ZORAbyZoeRamos screen print “Comme Des Garçons” screen print top! Purchase for only $20 (bargainnnnnnnnn!) on etsy (https://www.etsy.com/listing/194841983/comme-des-garcons-inspired-logo-t-shirt?ref=shop_home_active_1). Much love to the man repeller! xo

  • Aisha S

    Haha. I am wearing my sari to the beach! Thanks for the inspiration!! Haha.

  • Clarissa

    Awesome style! Check out http://www.karlavargas.com for gorgeous handmade leather bags!

  • Mariah

    These are some awesome suggestions. I can’t believe I’m not thinking of this!

    theatricalitybymariah.blogspot.com

  • arin antoine

    every time i see you wear those DVN sandals, it’s like a stab in my heart. i want dems soo bad!!

    • Leandra Medine

      The RealReal, man!

  • Johanna

    Just when I think you couldn’t get more experimental, you do!

  • Caroline Y

    With great legs like yours shorts will always look fab and those shoes are amazing. But the first top made me think that you just met a lifeguard who threw a ring buoy around your waist… In other words: hideous top. Man-, woman- and animal-repeller quality….

  • giselaandzoe

    Every time I read your post you crack me up! I love the honesty of how you approached each individual shorts, but you are spot on of how you can style them all of them to look stylish! Although, I myself cannot really pull any of these shorts off, minus the “mom” shorts and cut offs, it did have me thinking not to be lazy and try something new!

  • Bird

    looking fab in your shorts, leandra! thanks for the style ideas for tomorrow!
    also, please never be rid of those dries. they are my favorite shoes ever.

  • john
  • LilyP

    i’m loving the last 3 looks but that first one…….
    gurrrllll……….

  • http://behindthemirrorbeauty.com/ Behind the Mirror

    Great post and thank you for introducing me to RK designs… I am currently obsessed and trying to find a wedding to wear one of those dresses to. It’s fine, I plan to just invite myself to someone’s somewhere.

  • jamie

    great funky & trendy looks for shorts..loving these looks!!!

    http://www.glamlatte.com