Chambray Embroidered Shorts with Dressy Black Blouse - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Chambray Embroidered Shorts with Dressy Black Blouse



Hello Everyone, and Happy Monday.

I promise you I am not complaining. I am just stating a fact when I say it was 96 degrees when we took these pictures. I am a woman who spends about 10-15 minutes on makeup, having it down to a science and basically figure it is going to melt away on my face by the time we get to take the photos anyway. I love YSL’s Eclat Primer, as it does an excellent job of making my foundation ( Dior Nude Air) glide on smoothly and evenly, but as temps get hotter, I use this and a dab of foundation, but find that a lipstick is what holds up for these warmer months. I am going to be featuring shorts this week on the blog, and if you are over 40 and want to wear shorts, just do it! There are plenty of lengths and styles to choose from.

Today we went to Childress Vineyards, just my hubby and I , as they do not permit furry friends on the premises, and frankly it was too hot for them. The grounds are beautiful and there was quite a crowd. A duo played “oldies” with guitar and upright bass, in an indoor pavilion, and we enjoyed the peach/strawberry Sangria an ice cold refreshing drink. So good in the summer, I need to make my own!

I thought it would be a great time to take out some of the new shorts I bought during Loft’s Memorial Day Sales. This week on the blog, I am showing how to dress up shorts and tips on wearing shorts over 40. I still find dresses a bit more comfortable, but wanted to try out some pretty shorts with great textures and prints this year. This pair is a light, thin chambray with cut out embroidery pattern at the bottom. These have a 4 inch inseam, which I like wearing, but they had plenty of shorts with a 6″, as well as walking shorts if one prefers a longer length. ( I will be sharing different lengths on the blog)

The top,  Banana Republic, caught my eye as I liked the frill at the neckline and the spotted pattern. The material is light, so wearing black in the sun doesn’t have to be a no-no. I made the look a step up from casual with these Sofft black leather wedges and my quilted Rebecca Minkoff handbag. A pair of my favorite black metal scroll earrings were chosen with this look. I now need to research some updos for this weather as my long hair gets too hot in the summer, not to mention pictures with sweaty hair just aren’t attractive. I like the look of a chignon, or even a ponytail, so you may be seeing those soon!  Look for tips on wearing shorts over 40 on the blog next!







Do you wear shorts, if so,how do you typically style them? Or are you more of a dress kind of woman?

Outfit details: Top ( older Banana Republic), Shorts Loft, Sandals: Sofft, Earrings: Etsy, Bag: Rebecca Minkoff.

Linking Up with  Visible Monday, Still Being Molly, Not Dressed as Lamb SHoe andTell , How I Spring Manic Monday, Monday MingleLinkup with Lisa Tues: Garaytreasures Link Up  Style Sessions,Walking in Memphis   Bless Her Heart Wed: The Pleated Poppy, Get Your Pretty On Style Me Wednesday  Watcha Wearing Wednesday,  Jersey Girl Texan Heart  Trendy Wednesday  Momsmorningcoffee Thurs: A Labour of Fashion,Reason to Dress, Throwback Thursday Friday:Passion 4 Fashion  ,Style Elixer    Fun Fashion Friday  / Forage Fashion, My Fancy FrIDAY

Have a Wonderful Day and see you tomorrow for TURNING HEADS TUESDAY!

Jess xo



  • happinessatmidlife
    Posted at 21:59h, 22 June Reply

    I wear shorts on the weekend all the time. I bought these shorts and have not worn them, I love with the cute top!

    Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!


  • Ada
    Posted at 14:52h, 17 June Reply

    Those embroidered shorts are so fun and unique and I love that you dressed them up a bit with that halter top. Cute outfit for a hot Summer day.

    Thanks for linking up with me before. A brand-new linkup is currently live. Would love for you to join with your fabulous style. A new linkup is live every Thursday. Thanks, Ada. =)

  • Nicole
    Posted at 23:12h, 16 June Reply

    Thanks for linking up to Top of the World Style. These shorts are cute

  • Anna Marcus
    Posted at 00:11h, 15 June Reply

    I love shorts, sadly it is winter in Australia and cannot wear them for another 6 months. You, however, rock them, you look sexy and sophisticated and stylish all in one

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 20:33h, 14 June Reply

    I love all the little details and textures in your outfit. The shorts are adorable and that shirt is totally Jess! They look fabulous paired together. You are definitely rocking the shorts!


  • Rena
    Posted at 23:48h, 13 June Reply

    Love the look although I prefer skirts to shorts. I can see using your outfit as an inspiration and I think I already have similar pieces.


  • cassidl
    Posted at 19:02h, 13 June Reply

    I wear a lot of shorts and a lot of dresses, my fav are J Crew, the fit is perfect. Love this look on you. For hair like you the summer heat calls for updo’s, braids, buns and pony’s

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 19:27h, 13 June Reply

      Thank you Linda! Yes I wear my hair in a pony tail, going to try a chignon as I like the elegant look. I have not tried J Crew shorts but they look cute. thanks for stopping! xx

  • Jessica
    Posted at 16:30h, 13 June Reply

    Thank you Debbie! I love the embroidery and cool chambray material. Yes lovely there are so many variations of shorts, style and length to fit many. Enjoy your week! Xx

  • [email protected]
    Posted at 16:27h, 13 June Reply

    Those shorts are so pretty and I like the top, also. I usually wear knee length shorts or capris as I think they look better on me. Glad you had a fun outing.

  • Elaine VB
    Posted at 15:30h, 13 June Reply

    Love the whole outfit – beautiful top and great shorts!! Looking good Jess

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 19:28h, 13 June Reply

      Thank you Elaine! So good to hear from you and I appreciate you stopping by. I hope you are well! xx

  • Megan
    Posted at 12:34h, 13 June Reply

    I love that top and those shorts! Both are so fun!

    • Jessica
      Posted at 16:01h, 13 June Reply

      Thank you . Megan, they are fun to wear! How’s ur summer so far? 😉💕

  • robjodiefilogomo
    Posted at 11:27h, 13 June Reply

    I’ve just started wearing shorts again as an adult—knowing that the rules are silly helps tons!!
    I love your shorts here (of course, I am a trim/embellishment girl–so it’s a no-brainer!).
    But really, can we talk about these shoes? So fab!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:31h, 13 June Reply

      Thanks Jodie! I know at one point I was going to sell the shoes, but I get a great amount of wear from them and they are Sofft brand. Yes!! Wear shorts, I think rules are silly like that! Have a great day! xx

  • Patti
    Posted at 11:24h, 13 June Reply

    Sounds like a truly fun outing, despite the heat! And you look marvelous in those shorts – fab sandals too. Thanks for sharing, xox


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:29h, 13 June Reply

      Thank you Patti! I have mostly 4′ shorts but found some really cute 6″ inseam shorts I will be sharing. It was a fun time! xx

  • jaymieashcraft
    Posted at 11:10h, 13 June Reply

    Love love those shorts!!!!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:18h, 13 June Reply

      Thank you jamie, I loved the soft light chambray and the embroidery sold me! xx

  • Leslie
    Posted at 06:48h, 13 June Reply

    Woah…look at you all casuled out…I love it and you rock it with your long legs!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:13h, 13 June Reply

      Thank you Leslie! I have amassed some shorts over the years and with the heat we are having, I hope to style more on the blog. Glad you like and happy Monday! xx

  • nancy
    Posted at 06:35h, 13 June Reply

    That is a very feminine top, and of course I like it a lot because it is black. The shorts are looking good on you, I only wear them around the house when nobody is comming over! And yes, Sangria is delicious in the summer!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:19h, 13 June Reply

      Thank you Nancy, I liked the ruffles at the top and it is chiffon. Thanks so much, yes I need to get a recipie for Sangira and sit out on the porch on these summer days! xx

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