Turning Heads Linkup – Yellow Lace Embroidered Top with White Denim Shorts - Elegantly Dressed and Stylish
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Turning Heads Linkup – Yellow Lace Embroidered Top with White Denim Shorts



I mentioned in a recent post- Not Interested in Shorts? Try a Denim Skirt for Summer, yet I also mentioned that I do enjoy wearing shorts from time to time in the heat. I bought this pair of white denim shorts from Loft last year, and it was time for me to get them out of my closet. In a previous post, I wrote about wearing yellow for your skin tone, and I just love it! It such a cheery, upbeat color for summer.

Pittsburgh- Mom’s Party

Finally back from visiting at Moms in Pittsburgh- and she has back to Charlotte to then visit with my sis and I.  We had such a fun time as my siblings all had been planning a surprise party for my mom, who never got a big bash for her 70th. She will be 74 this year and she had no idea! Our plotted plan, involved telling mom that she was getting ready for a photo shoot, and meeting us at a secret location. Our whole family was there, so she believed it. Working covertly, my sister and niece took my mom to get her nails done, pedicure and makeup while myself and brothers, husband, sis in law, set up for the party. It was such a great surprise! I am so goofy and emotional, I was almost teary eyed when all of her friends yelled Surprise and saw the look on mom’s face! Shannon, my sis in law and I decorated many of the tables with flowers and candle centerpieces, got the wine arranged nicely and made Prosecco grapes ( let grapes soak overnight in Prosecco, dry next day and roll in sugar). All of her friends were there celebrating and we had such a good time. The drive there was 10 hours, home 9, so I am recovering at least before the painters come on Wednesday!

My Outfit

Nothing like a pretty new lace embroidered top to get me in the mood for warmer weather. I don’t have a lot of embroidered items in my closet, but when I saw this on Zara, I bought it straightaway! The delicate lace detailing on the sides and bottom, as well as the bright yellow color was too much for me to pass up. I am making use of these fun statement earrings in white and yellow baubles.

I mentioned not all ladies like wearing shorts, but I find that these white denim shorts are fun to wear and go with everything! I could wear slip on sneakers for even more of a casual vibe. White denim and blue denim shorts are showing as an alternative to wearing jeans in the hot months! I don’t know how some girls do it, as I just don’t enjoy the feeling of clothes sticking to me!

I am never a fan of the “What women over 40, 50, 60+ should NOT wear….” I have always felt, that women should wear what makes them comfortable and confident. If you are looking for shorts, there certainly are different inseams that most women can be happy with and exjoy wearing. It really comes down to feeling good in your clothes. So if you want to wear shorts, go for it!

Linen shorts, with a trouser type feel, are very popular right now, and would keep you cool in the summer months. If you want a longer length, styles such as the Bermuda short are popular with over 40 ,50 ladies. I myself, prefer a shorter inseam, and  if you want to show you legs, 4″ or so is a great length. Loft was showing some scalloped detailed shorts that tempt me.

I also like shorts a bit lookser, not tight in any way. ( Let’s face it, I don’t wear anything tight!, Why would you? Shorts that have a flat front  look stylish, if you feel any pinching or undies bunching, go up a size. I like my shorts comfy on the hips. These are a size 2 boyfriend style. I am a 4 in most shorts.Besides denim shorts like the ones I am wearing, there are chambray ( a light denim material). They give the look of denim but are lighter material. You can see me wearing them in this post- CHAMBRAY EMBROIDERED SHORTS.





Espadrilles- Amazon

Earrings- Charming Charlies ( sim)

Bag- Zara ( lst yr) LOVE this bucket bag

Do you enjoy wearing shorts in the summer? What style or length do you prefer to wear?

I’ll be back with the featured ladies next week. I am on my way back  to Charlotte, after visiting my mom in Pittsburgh. Mom is visiting for a few weeks. Ill do my best with visiting blogs. 


  • Amanda
    Posted at 01:42h, 02 July Reply

    Beautiful outfit! I am so inspired with these looks. These are the best ways to style up with denim shorts. I can’t wait to try this. Thanks a lot for sharing.

  • Megan
    Posted at 12:53h, 22 June Reply

    Jess that top is perfect for summer! We have a style link and would love to have you join! We share our faves on our instastories. Check it out here: The Fashionista Momma xo ~ Megan

  • GlamorousandGeeky (@Gofashiondeals)
    Posted at 16:10h, 21 June Reply

    Love the yellow and white outfit! So pretty!!!

  • Carrie at Curly Crafty Mom
    Posted at 15:40h, 21 June Reply

    Yellow is such a nice shade on you and I love the lace mixed with it! Some colors just look so good paired with white and those white shorts really work! I also love those neutral sandals and the cut outs on the front.


  • Amy Arnold
    Posted at 11:30h, 21 June Reply

    That top has such pretty detailing, and I love the shorts on you!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  • Roxanne Birnbaum
    Posted at 14:32h, 20 June Reply

    What a gorgeous top! And I love it with these shorts! You always put together the best outfits.

  • Sahra
    Posted at 14:23h, 20 June Reply

    whata perfect, airy summer look!

    XO Sahra
    Que Sera Sahra

  • Katie
    Posted at 13:55h, 20 June Reply

    Love the lace details on this top! The white denim shorts are perfect with it too! Thanks for hosting and have a fabulous week!


  • Laura
    Posted at 21:55h, 19 June Reply

    That top is so pretty! I love the yellow and lace combination! Your wedges are super cute too!

  • valerie
    Posted at 17:23h, 19 June Reply

    Hey Jess, looking fabulous as always, that yellow top is darling on you! BTW that new EU privacy law stuff is really messing with these link ups..now your link wont even show until they confirm your email adress…making it so much more tedious..:/

    Also just curious what type of lens you use to get the blurred background on your images..I STILL dont have the right lens and need to get one..someone told me 35 mm for Nikon..
    Anyway take care my friend!


  • Amy Christensen
    Posted at 16:30h, 19 June Reply

    Absolutely adorable! I love the lace and the yellow!! So pretty. I’m glad you and your siblings surprised your mom! What a fun time. – Amy

  • Cheryl Shops
    Posted at 14:26h, 19 June Reply

    Jess, that top is just GORGEOUS! I can’t believe you got it at Zara—it looks way more expensive! I am personally not a big fan of shorts on myself but if they work for you—and they do—then I say go for it!
    Cheryl Shops | http://www.cherylshops.net

  • Jacket Society
    Posted at 12:06h, 19 June Reply

    Such a pretty pale yellow and the embroidery is beautiful. It looks great on you and I love it with you white shorts. Your eyelet jacket was shipped out yesterday so you should recieve it by tomorrow or Thursday. I hope you like it!

    • Jess
      Posted at 13:00h, 19 June Reply

      Thank you Nora! I would wear the eyelet jacket with these shorts too, thx looking forward to trying it on. Xx

  • Jennie
    Posted at 10:52h, 19 June Reply

    Such a very pretty blouse! Beautiful shade of yellow and the lace and embroidery make it extra special. I really like it styled with the relaxed denim shorts and sandals. Your mom’s surprise party sounds like such a wonderful time. I am sure she loved all of the attention and love from her family and friends.

  • stinedurfdl
    Posted at 10:16h, 19 June Reply

    I wear everything lose, so of course I love these shorts. And that shade of yellow is beautiful on you! What a great surprise for your mom…how fun!

  • Theresa
    Posted at 10:04h, 19 June Reply

    You look fantastic in shorts. Me, not so much. I would wear that adorable top with capris though! Love the embroidered detail on it. And your earrings are fab.


  • cassidl
    Posted at 09:57h, 19 June Reply

    Such a lovely look and I do adore yellow. I think the key with loving shorts is making sure the length is right for your own comfort.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:02h, 19 June Reply

      Thank you Linda! So true, you have to be comfortable and confident no matter what you wear! xx

  • Elise
    Posted at 09:27h, 19 June Reply

    This blouse is gorgeous!! Beautiful look!

    xx, Elise

  • Is This Mutton?
    Posted at 09:12h, 19 June Reply

    A gorgeous look Jess! Those earrings are perfect

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:04h, 19 June Reply

      Thank you Gail, it must have been meant to be with the earrings! xx

  • Amy
    Posted at 08:39h, 19 June Reply

    Oh wow, I love this look! That top is gorgeous, and it looks great with those shorts!

  • polishedwhimsy
    Posted at 08:36h, 19 June Reply

    I agree about the shorts rules. A few years back I thought my shorts days were over. Thank God I got over that notion. We should not limit fashion by age!

  • Suzanne Smith
    Posted at 08:13h, 19 June Reply

    Your Mom’s surprise party sounds like so much fun…glad you were able to pull it off! I agree 100% about wearing what we want. It’s so hot here and I can’t imagine not wearing shorts or dresses. I love chambray and the shorts you are wearing are so cute with the feminine yellow top. Great outfit!

  • Jodie
    Posted at 08:12h, 19 June Reply

    What a wonderful surprise for you mom!! It’s sounds like such a fabulous time!!
    I love your outfit especially the shorts. I just bought some this weekend. It’s funny because I find myself wearing them more now that I’m older than I did 10 years ago!! I must be getting bolder…LOL!!

  • mummabstylish
    Posted at 07:43h, 19 June Reply

    I love a wearing yellow, and totally agree with you – it’s an uplifting colour to wear. I might have to steal this look Hun as it’s fabulous! Thanks for sharing and hosting. Jacqui Mummabstylish

  • Nina
    Posted at 07:39h, 19 June Reply

    I completely love this outfit! It makes me feel cool and refreshed just looking at it! It fits you to a T the perfect summertime polish, cool and stylish! Somehow you make shorts look amazing—need your secrets! Hugs, Nina http://www.sharingajourney.com

  • awayfromtheblue
    Posted at 07:28h, 19 June Reply

    Your shorts are lovely, but your pretty top is my favourite piece! 🙂 I’m with you, I can’t wear jeans in summer, too hot and humid! Skirts or shorts for me!

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope that you are having a lovely start to your week! I’ve lost my voice so it could be better here, ha!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • Maureen
    Posted at 07:25h, 19 June Reply

    Your yellow lace top is a show stopper! It’s a beauty to behold and love that the color is vibrant and bright! That is such a nice surprise to have for your mom. I am sure she is still reliving the shock of it and of course, the memories! I love family get togethers. They just keep your heart full and there’s nothing that can go wrong. It’s so comforting and wonderful to know all those you love and care for are there.

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

  • passion fruit, paws and peonies
    Posted at 07:00h, 19 June Reply

    The detailing on your top Jess are absolutely gorgeous!! Such a pretty summer time look xx Maria

  • Shelly @ The Queen in Between
    Posted at 06:52h, 19 June Reply

    So pretty lady and such great legs for shorts! What an amazing surprise for your momma . She is super blessed to have such sweet and thoughtful kids. I would have loved to see her face!

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 06:51h, 19 June Reply

    Jess, this top is so pretty! I love the lace details and this yellow is spectacular on you. And the earrings are the perfect match! Such a great summer look!


  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 06:33h, 19 June Reply

    Hello supermodel! Jess you rock these shorts with those long, beautiful legs of yours! I can see why you didn’t hesitate to order that top – the detailing is so feminine and pretty.
    Love that y’all surprised your mom that way, what a wonderful idea. It was genius to tell her she was going to a photo shoot – I hate when the guest of honor has no idea about the surprise party and they show up under dressed and wishing they knew. I’ll have to remember that! We went to a surprise party over the weekend and that was the case – the guest of honor thought she was running errands with her daughter not coming to a fancy dinner party – oops!
    Enjoy your visit with your mom!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:11h, 19 June Reply

      You make me blush! My dad was tall, so i got the long legs from him! Yes, this top was love at first sight. We had an awesome time at the party, and we all spent the time setting up. without a hitch. Mom was tough though, she wanted to come home and change after they got the nails and makeup done, and we told her she couldnt as she had to meet us at the photoshoot location! Worked like a charm. It was beleivable too, as my brother came in with my new nephew who is 6 months old, and we were all there. Oh, that is too bad about your party as my mom would have killed us if we let her dress in sweat pants! I bet it was fun anyway. thank you! xx

  • pamelagreer
    Posted at 06:17h, 19 June Reply

    I think this outfit is perfect. I love wearing linen shorts in the summer.

  • Jill James
    Posted at 02:55h, 19 June Reply

    I do love your pretty lemon blouse Jess and it is so good with your white shorts. What a lovely surprise party your family planned for your mother’s birthday. Many thanks for hosting Turning Heads Tuesday.

  • Mutton_style
    Posted at 02:51h, 19 June Reply

    You’ve got such great legs. It would be a waste not to wear shorts.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:06h, 19 June Reply

      Thank you Anne Marie! These are quite comfortable, I appreciate the lovely comment! xx

  • Nancy
    Posted at 02:40h, 19 June Reply

    What a lovely surprise! Great shorts Jess!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:05h, 19 June Reply

      Thank you Nancy! Yes my mom didn’t expect anything, it was so fun! xx

  • Laurie
    Posted at 02:16h, 19 June Reply

    This outfit looks great Jess. I’m actually managing to wear shorts in London at the moment! Here’s to good weather! xx

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:04h, 19 June Reply

      Thank you Laurie! i know, it is hot here, but i am happy to see the sun. x

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