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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.

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

BasicsӬ
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!

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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.

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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.

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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?

xoxo
Anna
Fash Boulevard

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