Winter is probably the more common season to find fashionistas rocking the shorts and tights look. It’s so easy to streamline an all black ensemble by pairing an opaque black tight with shorts and boots, but when it comes time for budding trees and blooming flowers, the combination isn’t quite as simple. There are ways, however, to dawn this fashion forward fusion without looking like you’re stuck in Narnia (or winter for those of you unfamiliar with the movie). The keys to making this transitional look spring-ready are colored tights, casual, frayed denim and flowy shorts.
We’ve taken three tops (a casual burnout tank, chiffon blouse and light sweater) pairing each with the shorts/tights combination to show you the varied ways this look can be created.
You can still go for the black tights/black shorts mix, just make sure to wear a bold pop of color, like this Robbi & Nikki blouse, and a bright, spring-inspired shoe (we couldn’t think of a better way to incorporate floral into this outfit).
When going casual try a high-waisted short that offers a bit of refinement. This keeps the overall look from appearing too messy (save the ripped shorts for a solid blouse or sweater, it’s all about balance). Have a little fun with sheer colored tights, we’re thinking something terra cotta colored, and then finish the look with a neutral flat.
Light sweaters are the crème de la crème of transitional pieces. They always have a way of polishing even the most relaxed of ensembles, so we thought we’d show you how to blend their classic nature with casual denim and tights. Go for a cuffed, slightly worn short (something similar to the ones we chose here) and a sheer black or navy tight (don’t be afraid to try color too). We adore the platform sandal as a cake topper to this layered look.
These are just a few of the ways you can begin incorporating tights and shorts into your everyday. Don’t be afraid to experiment on your own, just keep in mind the pointers we’ve shared!
Left: Top: Robbi & Nikki (available at Cerato Boutique); Shorts: Marc Jacobs; Shoes: Nine West
Center: Top: BB Dakota (available at Cerato Boutique); Shorts: H&M; Shoes: Chloe
Right: Top: Oxmo (available at Cerato Boutique); Shorts: Rag & Bone; Shoes: Steve Madden
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Spring means only one thing: summer is within sight. And with winter being somewhat bearable for once (we can’t help but envision the frozen chunks of ice making waves along the lake shore last year), we’re even more excited to embrace the transitional, spring pieces filling the boutique. This week our Five Favorites post will make you feel all fuzzy inside, and not just because the items exude warmth, but because they remind us spring is near.
1) We love this new Jack by BB Dakota sweater with its lightweight knitting and cropped, boxy shape. This is the ideal piece to layer during those chilly nights or wear with a simple tank all the way through spring. (Cerato, $68)
2) Coffee. Need we say more? We all love it; some of us (who will remain nameless) might even go so far as to say we need it, so when Starbucks fails to curb our sumptuous caffeine palettes, we tend to branch out. This particular flavored coffee, Butterscotch Toffee by Stockton Graham & Co., may as well be sited for being sensationally aromatic and far too delicious. You’ll melt with just one sip. Admittedly, this is one item that is not from the Southport Corridor. Our Store Manager orders it from a coffee shop in Wisconsin, but check out Stockton Graham & Co’s website for more flavors. (Stockton Graham & Co, www.stocktongraham.com)
3) There’s something alluring and feminine about rosy cheeks that we just can’t get enough of. Benefit’s new Hervana “good karma” face powder is just what you need to combat those winter blues. So take our advice and brush those cheeks into flawless spring bound bliss—we’re positive only good could come of such a thing! (Benefit, $28)
4) Perhaps not just an essential for spring, but a year round must, Francesca’s Collections’ Mini Emergency Kit is one of the more practical (and overlooked) things we’re into this season. How often we leave our houses without a much needed beauty product (namely hairspray, dental floss) is baffling, so we suggest keeping this kit in your glove box or laptop bag for all those unpredictable moments. (Francesca’s Collections, $16.95).
5) We’re just not ready to surrender our “spring is near” attitude, as made clear by our snakeskin loafer pick. These Jeffrey Campbell flats are streamlined with just enough edge to find themselves on repeat in both your winter and spring wardrobe. They pair great with a skinny jean or even tights, adding texture and play to the most basic of ensembles. (Click Shoes, $103)
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