Beach casual: pom pom shorts, chambray shirt + cork wedges

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Halogen petites chambray shirt (similar), Lush crochet shorts sz xs

This was one of my favorite comfy outfits while traveling last month…the button-up shirt and elastic-waist shorts are so easy to throw on, and serve as a swim coverup too. I had ordered these wedges to try as an alternative to skinny heels, which don’t work so well on sandy or grassy surfaces (unless you’re aerating the lawn!). I tend to go safe and hoard neutral shoes, but saw the bluish grey option in person and those are quite pretty too. Frankly, I didn’t expect these to be keepers due to the height, but they are surprisingly lightweight and comfortable and feel like much lower shoes! Would definitely recommend if you’re shopping for leg-lengthening wedges. Fit note: These run on the narrow side. I’m typically between 5 and 5.5, and the latter was snug on me so I’d suggest potentially going up half a size from your usual.
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For this post, I’m partnering with Nordstrom juniors, where I’ve found many pieces that fit without alterations and can actually be appropriate for a more mature wardrobe (especially when styled right). This shorts are one of those items – the XS was fitted at my waist (24″ for reference) and stretches with the elastic band. You can also make the length appear longer or shorter to your liking, by wearing them either lower at your hips or higher up on your waist. chambray shirt crochet shorts beach outfit3My only gripe with these is that the elastic band within the waistband casing tends to flip around and get twisted inside. You can fix this easy with a few hand stitches to secure it down, but I wish they had come like that. The pom pom detailing and crochet material are good quality in person and fully lined. As with all white pieces, I’d suggest wearing nude-colored undergarments to avoid show-through – I’m wearing a swimsuit bottom below and you can kind of see the outline show through. Thank you to Nordstrom juniors for sponsoring this part of the post!
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And yes I can’t get enough of this soft chambray shirt (wearing xxs petite in the “light denim” option)…in addition to styling it both for work and the beach, I’ve also loved knotting it like this but over a dress. It works especially well breaking up more busier patterned dresses, like the ASOS floral one from this post.
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30 thoughts on “Beach casual: pom pom shorts, chambray shirt + cork wedges

  • Dressed With Soul May 16, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    Honestly I'm not surprised that this super lovely and stylish outfit belonged to your favourites during travelling last month! In my opinion it is perfect and I like it really that you paired it with the summerly looking wedges. Thanks for mentioning that these wedges are lightweighted and comfortable, now I must immediately check out if they are available in my size. Happy weekend!
    Greetings from Germany/Bavaria, Rena

  • Angela May 16, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    I LOVE that tote! Woven as well as striped? Perfect summer tote for farmers market and beach! You look so tan! Did you change up the color of your hair?

    (plus yay, you're also on a balcony/porch)

  • glam darling May 16, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    I absolutely love the chambray, with the lace shorts, and that bag! I want your shoes!! 🙂
    xoxo Renee

  • LIVforstyle May 16, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Love the pom pom detailing. Great look!


  • Anonymous May 16, 2015 at 5:41 pm

    What size did you get your shirt in? I'm thinking about an XXS-P but not sure about the fit.

  • Jean May 16, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    That's the size I'm wearing – here are the measurements: 16.5" across armpits, 14" across shoulders, 23" long sleeves. Hope that helps!

  • pumpkinmommy May 16, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Super cute outfit! How are the sandals for beach walking? Or did you just take them off and toss them in that adorable bag? 😀

  • Megan Good May 17, 2015 at 9:31 am

    This is such a fun summer look. I am loving all of the pom-poms and tassels right now – so fun! (PS – I am not a "petite", but your looks are consistently among my favorites) 🙂

  • Mildly Moody May 17, 2015 at 10:16 am

    Such a cute look! Perfect for summer 🙂

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  • Julia Mazzucato May 17, 2015 at 10:28 am

    I love that bag!!!
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  • mybeautrip May 17, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Great outfit. Lovely shorts and bag!

  • annie lee May 17, 2015 at 11:57 am

    such a cali vibe – i love it!

  • Sasa Zoe May 17, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    These shorts are so cute! 😛

    Shall We Sasa

  • Bogi RedReticule May 17, 2015 at 2:25 pm

    Beautifully effortless and perfectly polished beach look.
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  • Kim May 17, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Jean, Did you end up keeping the Karen Walkers?

  • Kate Cope May 17, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    Such a fun resort look! I love that bag!
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  • Eden Mint May 17, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    Great outfit and photos, love your top and tote bag!

  • Estelle Nigioni May 18, 2015 at 6:30 am
  • Sneha Sharma May 18, 2015 at 6:51 am

    Looking gorgeous and comfy all outfits. I like your post!!

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  • tailoredandtrue May 18, 2015 at 10:40 am

    This is such a cute look! I just love those shorts and wedges!

  • Bethany Rose May 18, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Perfect summer look!

  • Makeda Farrell May 18, 2015 at 5:55 pm

    I like how airy this outfit it, especially for these warm summer months. The shorts are my favorite part. i love dressing up shorts


  • adrienne May 19, 2015 at 10:52 am

    I love the pom poms on your handbag, so cool!

  • Tecmint May 19, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Look gorgeous!!!

  • Paola May 20, 2015 at 5:09 am

    I love your shorts and your bag!

  • Jean May 21, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    Hi Kim – I didn't because I liked the Ray-Bans better and thought the "special fit" KW were just a tad small (love my sunglasses to be oversized). It was a tough choice though as the fit actually was great on them and the quality/sturdiness exceeded my expectations. Quality felt much sturdier than Ray-Bans, as much as I enjoy my aviators.

  • Jean May 21, 2015 at 10:41 pm

    They'd work fine if you're attending a wedding or something, but for strolling in half wet sand I did take them off and throw in the tote : )

  • Snowinluxury May 22, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    J like the bag!! And your outfits! Ciao ciao

  • Color Me Courtney May 25, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    I'm obsessing over your striped tote bag, the pom poms are so fun!!

    XO Courtney

  • Alina July 8, 2015 at 4:22 pm

    Love your shorts!!!! We just got our pom shorts in. You would love them, they have a Hawaiian print 🙂

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