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One of this season's hottest micro-trends comes in the form of shorts. A staple in most wardrobes, whether they be a jersey pair "for the house" (my personal favourite) or a tailored cupro pair for work, this Spring/Summer is all about baring your pins. While I appreciate not everyone is a huge fan of whipping their legs out, the beauty in the trend is that they come in all lengths, cuts, fits and patterns.

Curvier girls, or those who are a little nervous in the leg-baring trade, should opt for a tailored, longer length, much like a city short. Dark colours with minimal pattern are the most flattering, but make sure you pair them with a girly, lighter garment on top! Draw attention away from your legs with a DIY scallop detail for an on-trend look, or add emphasis to your legs with a 70's inspired patterned pair - the possibilities are endless!

This week's Ways to Wear was requested by the beautiful Bee, who is jetting off to Corfu in a matter of weeks for a holiday away. I figured shorts were a pretty standard holiday staple, and although I have already written a W2W feature on denim cut-offs, there are just too many shorts to pass up on the chance to write another!

Get the look! 1, 2, 3, 4.

Look One is, in my opinion, a modern spin on the classic Summer, Rivera look. The bright blue of the top clashes with the dainty pink floral shorts, and revives the standard navy colour that is so often worn on holidays in the summer. For those who really want to wear floppy hats but feel self-conscious doing so while at home like me, I always find that going abroad means you can adopt a "new persona", bringing about the perfect opportunity to embrace that effortlessly chic look. While protecting your face from the sun rays and all that of course! This panama hat from Accessorize is the sweetest thing ever and would add a lovely, eclectic twist to this look. Finally, accessories should be kept to a minimum: bracelets, rings and watches are pretty much a no when in a sunkissed destination, so a mid-length necklace will suffice to add a little bit extra to an outfit.

Get the look! 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

I really wish that someone would have gently informed me that white shorts were not a good idea when going to the beach on a daily basis on my travels at a younger age. White goes see-through in water, so I tend to now steer clear of it whether popping to the pool or beach. Additionally, if you are pale before you go on holiday, as Bee has proclaimed she is, white will only wash you out further. I've picked this beige coloured pair from F+F at Tesco, which I swear by in the summer. They won't wash you out, they match perfectly with the majority of tops/bikini tops/swimming costumes, and will emphasise your tan when you finally get one! I've gone for this beautiful tie back suntop from Topshop to add some print to the outfit, which is another huge trend for this SS11. I think this would be a great day-to-night look too, perhaps if you were spending the day away from the beach, and then going out for a meal or drinks!

Get the look! 1, 2, 3, 4.

My final Look is more of a throw-on outfit to go with a swimming costume or bikini. I often go out for a day and don't return to my hotel before going to the beach in the afternoon, and something simple, pale coloured and chic is perfect. All-in-one swimsuits are absolutely adorable at the moment, bringing a 50's-esque, kitsch touch to the beach! The top can easily be swapped for a kaftan, for another day-to-night easy look. Also, as a cheeky FYI, if you pick up a New Look in-store magazine, you get a lovely 20% off at the moment! ;)

I hope you all enjoyed this post, especially Bee!, as Easter break is nearing for us all and I'm sure a lot of my readers will be off on their travels soon! Keep those requests coming in on Formspring, Twitter, or by email if you have an item in mind, and I'll definitely see what I can do for you!

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Just wanted to add a quick apology for being so MIA on Blogger and Twitter. I've been trying to get my University work all sorted for an early hand-in, so I can go home earlier! It's really not like me at all to not comment or read blogs for days on end! I'm definitely going to set some time aside tomorrow afternoon to have a proper catch-up with all you lovely ladies ;) If you have emailed me over the weekend and in the past few days, I'll try and reply to you in tomorrow's morning seminar - ha! Lovelove <3

31 comments

  1. This post reminded me of how much I want cateye sunglasses :((
    Sick and tired of my aviator/wayfarer ones.

    x
    www.fusels.com

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  2. Eeep! I'm all about the legs so this is just perfect! I am totally adding some of these things to my wishlist! I adore the colour of the scalloped top - so gorgeous and a massive LOVE to the floral hotpants! I was actually looking at that Topshop suntop the other day and wandered what I'd pair it with! I've already got the tortoise shell sunnies covered - don't you worry ;) On the cossie front, I've yet to find any bikinis but I did add the like black and white retro ASOS one to my list. That Topshop all in one is just perfect. Ah Mish, thanks so much for this. Given me tons of ideas and made me extremely excited. Wish it was soooooooooner, aaahhhh. Thanks again!

    P.S just read that back and realised I sound insane/a complete arselicker. Hahaa.

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  3. Haha love the first look. I'm actually eyeing that hotpants and scalloped top from New Look. I've a voucher, too, so am just looking for a day to go into town to get both items. Nice combination! Perfect for Spring!

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  4. Those tesco shorts are a bargain! Just wish I had a decent set of legs to carry them off well!
    xx

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  5. Oh love all those looks so much!! I actually need all of those shorts! I want those topshop scallop ones so bad! Good luck with your uni work :)

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  6. This is my favourite Ways to Wear so far! Outfit one is so lush, definitely going to be looking out for those New Look shorts, I would never have considered them on their own but they way you've styled the whole outfit I can't wait to get my hands on a pair. I have a lot of love for you Michelle! :) xxx

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  7. I want that scalloped NL top! They don't have it when I go in and look for it :\
    Also want those scalloped Topshop shorts, gonna have to DIY myself a pair!
    x

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  8. My fav is look 3 and the shoes are so cute and the look is so me.

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  9. LOVE this post Mihelle! Definately my favourite 'ways to wear' of yours! Each look is gorgeous!! xx

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  10. those floral hotpants are SO cute, outfit one is my fave! x

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  11. So in love with the scalloped denim shorts, as soon as I saw them on the website I wanted them but I know they'll look horrendous on me! Boo hoo! Love the little font you use for the prices too, I miss having small fonts since having a MacBook! Pros and cons.. ha x

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  12. I love these! Your ways to wear is my absolute favorite feature on all the blogs I read!

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  13. look one is sooooooooo summery!
    the floral shorts are so adorable! i love it!
    Krissy xoxo

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  14. Ah sounds like you're taking the sensible route and getting on top of everything - bravo! I'm struggling to do the same atm 2bh, losing motivation desperately..but your dedication is spurring me on :P

    I love look three, all those florals are gorgeous.

    Good luck with everything missus! x

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  15. Aww I love the floral shorts in the first outfit! :) the reddy coloured one piece in the last look is really cute and fifties, luscious :) xx

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  16. love the 3rd look, spesh the sandals - they're exactly what i've had in mind + the pricetag matches as well :)
    xoxo

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  17. Damn you!! i want everything....saving is torture, look 1 is my fav, c'mon sunshine!!!
    xx

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  18. I tried a pair on today Isabela, and they looked awful on me, but they really suit a lot of people! I don't actually have a pair of aviators o_O; This needs to be resolved aha ;) Just started following your blog by the way lovely, I really like it! x

    Well, seeing as you are blessed with the gift of height Bee ;) I'm glad you liked it lovely, I was a bit sceptical of putting bikinis in the feature because I thought people would harp on at me about it only being March etc.! Love ya sweet! <3

    Thank you Joey! Ooh I have a 20% voucher too, just edited my post to include that aha (:

    I know right?! I always buy Tesco clothing aha, its so affordable and comfy! Oh I'm sure you could pull it off Charlotte (:

    Thank you Shope! The scallop edged shorts are so nice, I'm going to bleach and cut my own pair from some old shorts, much more easy-going on the pursestrings! Thanks lovely, hope you're well (: x

    Aw thanks Emily <3 I'm glad you enjoy them! My sister has a pair that she/my Mum paid twice the price of from Topshop haha, I think they're so cute when styled properly! Gotta lotta love for you too ;) xxx

    It's so sweet and much cheaper than Topshop's one! Good luck with the DIY, Sophie! x

    Aaah it is indeed. I really want the shoes too Mandy! xxx

    Thanks Courtney! xxx

    Eep I know right, Emma! Understated girly ;) Surprisingly no Toppers in your fave look aha! x

    Gosh Emma, you're so hard on yourself :p I think they'd look lovely with opaque black tights and some cute loafers! Thanks sweet! Trust us to natter about fonts ;) I didn't realise small fonts were awkward to work with on Macs until I worked on my webpage assignment at Uni - annoying! xxx

    Aw thank you so much Kuleigh! That means so so much!

    Thanks Krissy, I'm glad you like it! x

    Well, I'm trying to Danni ;) I've got to hand my assignments in six days early because I'm going home early for the Easter break, so its gotta be done! Good luck with your work too lovely, and thanks for the comment! x

    Aw thanks Jenny! The one-piece is SO gorgeous, I'm gutted that I don't have a holiday booked for this summer now ): xx

    Thanks Laura ^_^ I'm glad I could be of assistance! xxx

    Hahaha good luck with the saving Ash ;) xxx

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  19. haha no, i was biting back the urge to say they looked like a summery version of the black ones with the red floral pattern a while back but resisted! until now... -facepalm-

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  20. look three is definitely my favorite- i'll have to do the diy scallop shorts for summer, such a good idea :) and thank you for writing the bit on curvier girls as well! x

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  21. love those scallop shorts... im really tempted to try and DIY some, but i know it wont work so might have to invest in the topshop ones haa! :)

    lovely blog! I'm now following.
    would be lovely if you could have a quick peek at mine...
    - Jen [LondonGems] x

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  22. oh this post makes me long for summer! such beautiful pieces x

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  23. Ahh, this post made me miss being on holiday so much! I really cannot wait for hot weather so I can start wearing outfits like this again :D

    Love #1! Those floral shirts are really lovely :)
    xxx

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  24. LOL! I'm pretty much the same Emma, i can roll off many seasons of Topshop collections with a click of the finger! ;) <3

    Aw thanks Hannah (: I might write a W2W specifically on body shapes and "dressing for your shape" actually, it's definitely something I don't do enough of on here! xx

    Thanks Jen (: It seems simple enough to make them to be honest! Just been on your blog and it looks lovely. xx

    Haha oh me too Jasmin! x

    Me too Alex! Thanks sweet (: xx

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  25. I.WANT.THAT.PANAMA.HAT.
    I have a love/hate relationship with these blog posts...love the ideas for outfits, but then I want to buy everything after reading it lol
    xoxo

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  26. I love to wear shorts with either a vest top or a tee (very casual!) with a statement necklace! Teamed with a long cardigan for cooler days and you're done! Distressed denim hot-pants are a my favourite!

    Lovely post!

    xx

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  27. Eeeep you really are the best at these, I always love what you pick!! Great eye!! You can dress me whenever!! xxx

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  28. N'awh thanks Ria! I always want everything too, once I start putting the looks together haha! xxx

    Oh yes, that is one of my go-to looks Vik! I just love a good necklace (: Thanks sweet! xx

    Thank you Gem! Haha, well when we meet up - sometime in the distant future! - we're definitely going shopping to empty our purses ;) xxx

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  29. love the final look! the topshop swimsuit is amazing, shame I have to buy swimwear in bra sizes due to large boobage! xx

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  30. Thanks Dan (: Oh gosh I've never been blessed in the boob department so I've not had any problems aha! I'm going to work on a body shape edition of W2W to come in a few weeks! xxx

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  31. Brilliant post - you're really good at putting these outfits together :)

    I really want those pumps! They're just too cute!

    xx

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