Shorts of Summer: Brights, Bolds & Basics



When it comes to summer essentials, shorts are a fashion must, not only for their practicality but also for their extreme versatility. By simply swapping a t-shirt for a silk blouse you can instantly transition your look from backyard barbeque to super chic dinner date. Gone are the days where one would never dream of leaving the confines of their own home without the old-age fingertip rule. Nowadays the choice of length is all yours and with the hot summer rays upon us, shorts are simply a necessity to surviving those scorching outdoor weekends. My summer short essentials consist of basics, bright colors, and of course, bold prints.


Outfit details:
Shorts– Zara
Blouse– Style by Marina
Ring– Mimi’s Boutique
Flats– Le Bunny Bleu

Your basic options consist of neutral shades, classic prints, and the always summer appropriate denim. Pair these simple styles with flats or sandals and a tank or tee for a relaxed poolside outfit. But don’t hesitate dressing these up with a bright blouse or bold printed top. I always suggest investing in basics of all shapes and styles. These are the shorts you’ll have in your closet for years and reach for summer after summer for your styling pleasure!


1. Paper Crown Corsica Short
2. Kut from the Kloth denim shorts
3. J Crew Beach Shorts

Bright ColorsӬ
Cute candy-colored shorts add the perfect kiss of color to your summer wardrobe. Lighter colors can act as a neutral base to build your outfit around while brighter colors stand out as the statement piece of your overall ensemble and require fewer pieces to complete your look. Frugal fashion lovers remember, if you plan to keep your bright colored shorts for more than one season opt for classic colors, while avoiding colors like neon’s and pastels that may not be the preferred palette for summer 2013.


1. Forever 21 Essential High-Rise Shorts
2. J Crew Chino Short
3. Zara Pleat Front Bermudas

Bold Prints
“¨Bold prints are a huge trend this year especially bright colored florals and unique geometric prints. If you’re fash goal this summer is to achieve easy effortless style then this is the short for you. With the simple additions of a solid colored top and a strappy shoe your look is instantly complete. And let’s face it, when it comes to summer, spending more time on the beach and less time in your closet, is no brainer.


1. Free People Floral Print Shorts
2. Bar III Tropical-Floral Print Shorts
3. Lucky Brand Jeans Ikat Printed Shorts

Which of these styles are you planning to stock up on for summer?

Fash Boulevard

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Categories: Anna James, Contributors, Kohls, Wear
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  • Mallory

    Gorgeous colorblocking! Thanks, Anna <3

  • T Girl

    This is my favorite outfit yet, Anna. You look so amazing. And I LOVED your reception photos today on your blog. It really was the most beautiful wedding ever. xxx T

  • Melissa LaRose

    I love those shorts!! I am always looking forward to your posts on here and your blog as well… Youre wedding was beautiful! :)

    <3 Melissa

  • Steph Noble

    I love those shorts you are wearing and all of the bold prints! I have always been a huge shorts fan, but this year I am leaning more towards skirts!

  • Amber Welles

    Obsessed with this outfit. All the color is stunning. And congrats on your wedding. You made me cry. Your writing is always so good.

  • Gina Mackey

    I can’t wear shorts now. I used to love wearing them but those days are far behind me now, but these outfits are cute!

  • PlumeIt

    Trying to find the courage to wear printed shorts, you pull it off so well! All the colors blend nicely, and it helps to be on the beach I’m sure!

  • Cassidy Short
  • Kellie Norton

    LOVE those shorts!! So cute!! :-)

  • Melissa Riollano

    I’m more of a classic and basic kind of girl, although I add little bits of trends along the way. I do have to admit, these shorts are all cute :)

  • Larissa Wilhelm

    I’m a basic shorts girl just because I like to wear things until they are worn out. However, I’m loving the neon and floral trends, so I’m thinking I’ll have to buy at least a couple of pairs.

  • soupforthegirlysoul

    Your outfit is incredible!! I have to have some of those shorts, they’re so cute!! :)

  • lauren steen

    Love the Jcrew Chino Neon shorts and the shirt to go with. My new style theme! Thanks Anna :)

  • Leanne

    Stunning ring Anna!

    Love from South Africa

  • Beauty Diva

    So good looking pants.

  • Petra Zeller

    Great Post Anna. You looking beautiful. I like the bolt prints and bright color shorts.
    xo, Petra <–take a look on my newest Post about

  • Emilie

    super fun outfit ideas!

    xo Emilie

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  • debora f

    wow anna i love your shorts!!! I want these

  • Bianca Hoffmeister

    I love this oufit so cute!!! Where this oufit get???/

  • Liesl

    The blue shorts from Zara are my favorite! I’m really impressed with Zara’s summer collection this year!

    Liesl xxx

  • Madison Montgomery

    So beautiful! Love the Zara shorts. ♥ Madison

  • Melissa Panici

    Great post again Anna! I love all of these!

  • Leslie Arriaza

    what a QT outfit! i’m usually a demin and t-shirt type but i’m so ready to mix things up this summer. and try out some colors! thanks for the tips Anna!

  • Amanda Maguire

    love that outfit! so pretty and I definitely want a pair of those beach shorts from JCrew :)

    xo. amanda

  • Rebecca Jean

    these modcloth ones are great fancy shorts!

  • Linh Ly

    I love those shorts Anna!! I will definitely be scoping out Zara!



  • Stephanie DiMaggio
  • Melissa mould

    love those shorts – i featured some ace new floral ones I have on my blog a couple of days ago too :)

    Mel x

  • Emily Hobbs

    I love the blue shorts from Forever21! I will defintality be going shopping soon!! Thanks Anna!

  • Cassandra Liu

    Great post! I love bold color especially bold and bright color shorts!! They are a must for summer and they make a simple outfit pop and fun!! I just featured a tie dye color denim short on my blog, welcome to check it out and give me your opinion.

  • Jo Taylor

    Love them all – but I need a tan and a good heel / wedge to feel comfortable in them!

    You look stunning in your shot Anna – totally love the outfit


  • Rachel Elkins

    I love the bright colored colored shorts and the bold shorts! I already have the basic shorts, because everyone has those, right? So excited for more shorts!

    xo, Rachel

  • Rachel Trampel

    LOVE these shorts! AH so obsessed with shorts right now :)



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