June 13, 2014 - Easy Outfits, Style, Trend Watch

Dress Up Your Shorts | Printed Tees and Tanks

One of the easiest ways to construct a great summer outfit is by adding a printed top to your favorite pair of shorts.  Just throw a few fun accessories into the mix and you have a really cute and put together outfit like this one from the Summer Style Me Pretty Challenge.

Summer Sample

It’s one of the easiest summer outfit formulas – just start out with your favorite pair of denim, khaki or white shorts then add one of the cute tops below.  Finish it out with a pair of trendy sandals (like these for under $25) and your favorite accessories.

Printed Tees and Tanks

Top Row:  1/2/3/4

Bottom Row:  1/2/3/4

Summer Style Me Pretty Banner Our Summer Style Me Pretty Challenge shopping list was released last Friday and the summer challengers are already starting to post their capsule wardrobes in our Facebook group.  These women really know how to shop!

The 21 days of outfits start on Monday, so it’s not too late to join in the fun.  You’ll have lifetime access to the outfits and can do the challenge at your own pace.  Sign up now HERE to get the summer challenge shopping list immediately!

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  • Rebecca

    Oh I need those jean shorts! I love the length!


  • I need more prints in my life! Those tops are adorable and calling my name!

  • I love that LOFT tee (2nd from the left on the bottom). It’s in my cart right now! I need to move on it before it sells out!

  • I’m last minute shopping on my lunch today! Wish me luck!

  • I was trying to avoid spending unnecessary cash this summer, but I am really struggling with my wardrobe right now. I feel like I could throw it all away and not have regrets!! I signed up for the summer challenge today with the hope that you can give me some encouragement with my clothes!! Susan

  • Dressing up shorts is one of my biggest summer struggles. I always feel as though I’m in a short and a plain ribbed tank top (probably because I am). I need to start getting fun tops for summer!

  • I love that outfit you put together-that printed tee has such a summer-boho vibe to it!! Thanks also for finding so many great choices that are such steals! Have a great weekend Alison:)
    Marta xo

  • Great tip with the printed top! I tend to always go toward the solid tees, so I feel like I have a ton of them in my closet with no idea how to “dress them up”. More ideas on that would be great too. 😉 From here on out, I’m focusing on printed tops and accessories and staying away from the solid tees!

  • These are great options, love how much a print top can dress up a basic pair of shorts.

  • Mo

    Cute tops! I really like the last one. 🙂

  • Love this look. I have shopping plans this weekend! 😉

  • Great post and I just have to say, I love the name of your blog!


  • Love the shorts and printed tee/tank combo for summer. It’s cute and at the same time feels I didn’t try too hard. ( who doesn’t like the effortlessly chic look :)) I love all the tanks you gave as options. Any of them would look great with a jean short or a solid colored one. Have to say the flower top and the last patterned tank are winking at me from the screen. 🙂 Have a fab Friday! XOXO, Elif

  • I tend to gravitate towards solids and neutrals and have been trying to add more pattern into my wardrobe. Great inspiration outfit! Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Beautiful ideas for summer! Kesses
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  • I love the two middle tops on the bottom row!! I need to think about what I’m going to wear as the weather gets warmer – I don’t like my legs in shorts, and currently just have a pair of jeans I like that I roll up to capris.