Denim Shorts and White tee with a Twist - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
post-template-default,single,single-post,postid-25243,single-format-standard,bridge-core-3.1.6,qode-page-transition-enabled,ajax_fade,page_not_loaded,,qode-title-hidden,qode_grid_1300,qode-content-sidebar-responsive,qode-theme-ver-30.4.1,qode-theme-bridge,qode_header_in_grid,wpb-js-composer js-comp-ver-7.5,vc_responsive

Denim Shorts and White tee with a Twist

Happy Labor Day!

What could be more Americana that jeans and a white tee? Or denim shorts and a white cotton tank? Well, this is my casual look today, with a twist and some additional color via statement necklace.

My Casual Look

Yes, it’s September, but that doesn’t mean we don’t still have hot temps, as we are still 90 degrees in NC. Even my mom, in Pittsburgh is experiencing high 88 degree temperatures.

It was one of those humid, hot and sticky days when we took photos. I decided casual summer look was in order, and took out my corset styled white tank from Express and was to pair it with my new trusty denim shorts. I have enjoyed wearing these shorts this summer as, with denim, they go with everything.

I think about how we are in September and how retailers are showing and have been showing Fall collections. Always tricky as a blogger when the temps are still high in NC but you really want to wear cardis and boots!

You first saw my corset style top in olive, in this post-Olive Corset Top and Straw Bag

and for me, with white tops, I need to find an interesting detail- whether it be eyelet texture, ruffles or in this case, a lace up corset. A trend from a few years back, it was the detail that made me eye this top.

Reiterating the lace up detail, I chose my eyelet lace tied espadrilles.

Accessories Can Help Take the Look up a Notch

I had the outfit set, then needed to add some color!  Although I have not worn heavier necklaces during the summer, I knew my Zara silver floral necklace, with colors of yellow, blue, green would add some sparkle and color to this look. My earrings are continuing in bright white, but I wanted the long style to draw the eye downward.

I then, added my Treesje dark blue clutch with its crinkled leather style and ruffles to add more visual interest and texture to the look. See how adding these details took a white tank and jean shorts to a new level?

Another Layer

Want to wear this to the movies, but know they will be cranking the air conditioner?  Add another touch of denim with a cute jean jacket or what has been trending, a kimono. I always love to take a layer with me if we go out as usually restaurants or movie theatres are usually chilly. A printed kimono, like the one I wore HERE, would add additional color/print.

Outfit Links

Express corset tank-( see links below)

Jean shorts- LOFT outlet. ( size 2 TTS) see links below. My exact style sold out.

Espadrilles- Poshmark ALDO ( like these)

Necklace ( older style) ZARA  ( Love the color in this necklace,

would look great with denim shorts!)

Earrings- Baublebar ( mine out of stock, these are similar)

Clutch- Tressje ( older style, this clutch with texture would look great)

Visible Monday hosted by Patti at Not Dead Yet Style

Shoe and Tell hosted by Cherie at Style Nudge

Hello Monday hosted by Carylee of More Pieces of Me and Jenna of Sincerely Jenna Marie

Start the Week Stylish hosted by Ana Luiza of Northwest Blonde, Michelle Paige of Michelle’s Pa(i)ge, and Adriele of Style Assisted

Creative Mondays hosted by Claire Justine of Claire Justine

On Mondays We Link-Up hosted by Roxanne of Glass of Glam

TBB Link Up hosted by Living on Cloud Nine

Style On the Daily hosted by Amy Ann of Straight A Style and Gina of On the Daily Express

Midweek Inspirations hosted by Sheree of Posh Classy Mom

Oh, Hey Girl! hosted by Brooke and Erica of Pumps and Pushups

Happy Labor Day!

SHOPPING AFFILIATE LINKS. HAVE FUN SHOPPING!  Some of the items are on sale!


  • budgetbelles80
    Posted at 12:49h, 07 September Reply

    You created such a classic summer look perfect for our humid summer weather in North Carolina.

  • Anna Marcus
    Posted at 00:19h, 07 September Reply

    You can’t go wrong with denim short and white t-shirt, it is such a classic. Absolutely love your adornments, they do lift up otherwise casual outfit up a notch or two, Jess

  • Emma Peach
    Posted at 08:43h, 05 September Reply

    Such a great combination of denim shorts and the white lace-up top! I love your necklace and earrings too. If I looked that good in denim shorts I’d wear them every day!

    Emma xxx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:31h, 05 September Reply

      Thank you Emma for your sweet comment! I have been wearing these and my white denim shorts along with dresses all summer. 🙂 xx

  • Claire Justine
    Posted at 09:31h, 04 September Reply

    Great look Jess. Love how you have styled this look. I wish shorts looked this good on me!!

    Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays 🙂 Hope you can join us tomorrow.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:44h, 04 September Reply

      Aw, thanks Claire! These denim shorts have been a staple! xx

  • passion fruit, paws and peonies
    Posted at 08:51h, 04 September Reply

    This corset is a great look on you Jess. Not a look I could pull off but you look fantastic!! You necklace is divine too. Hope it cools down for you soon, it’s feeling like Autumn here in England already! xx Maria

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:48h, 04 September Reply

      Thank you Maria! It was a fun detail and I will wear it with a kimono when things cool down. Ahh I wish it was Autumn here, it doesnt get chilly until end of Oct! I hope to visit England one day! xx

  • Lisa D.
    Posted at 18:58h, 03 September Reply

    I imagine NC can be brutal on a fashion blogger. It can stay above the 70’s even in December. I feel like we skip Fall most years. The stores are bringing out the cutest Fall fashions. Love your white top paired with the those shoes.
    Just perfect.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:49h, 04 September Reply

      Well, September for me is usually difficult. As a fashion blogger, I am dying to wear booties and moto jacket etc… but it is still hot as you know. i wear those things in the later Oct, but know what you mean. Thank you Lisa! xx

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 16:56h, 03 September Reply

    What a great look, that corset style top is perfect on you! I really thought of getting it when you wore the olive one but my middle is too fluffy! This looks great with your denim shorts and the ties on the espadrilles. Such an elegant way to wear denim shorts Jess that only you could pull off! Love it, hope you had a great Labor Day!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:51h, 04 September Reply

      Thank you Kellyann! If it were cooler I might wear a kimono with this. I have worn the denim shorts an awful lot this summer. you are too sweet! xx

  • sandypatti
    Posted at 13:43h, 03 September Reply

    i love the way you’ve styled a classic combination, and made it more modern/chic. All the details are ace, too. Thanks for linking up, xox


  • Jess Jannenga
    Posted at 10:56h, 03 September Reply

    Thank you so much Rosemary! xx

  • Jodie
    Posted at 09:23h, 03 September Reply

    Sometimes I think this part of the year is the hardest…you want to embrace the new styles and trends, but it’s still too hot!!
    Great look, Jess!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:58h, 03 September Reply

      So true Jodie! It is still around 90 here in NC in September! I love a detailed top, so the corset caught my eye. Ive been wearing denim shorts often too, that and dresses! xx

  • Rosemary Davis
    Posted at 08:32h, 03 September Reply

    You never fail to inspire and step fashion up a notch. You’ve made a basic classic look more ladylike!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:52h, 04 September Reply

      Rosemary, thank you so much! The style of the top caught my eye! xx

Post A Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.