far from subtle

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top: English Factory c/o Shopbop // shorts: J.Crew // shoes: Kate Spade c/o Shopbop (similar) // purse: Ann Taylor (similar)

photos by Chelsea Francis

They may be far from subtle, but these shorts (last seen here) are such a closet dream for me. I've styled them five or six different ways and wear them at least once a week. I could probably do a whole week of blog posts just wearing these shorts - that's how excited I am about them!

I have to say, I feel a little validated for this outfit because one day after wearing it, I saw Carly post an Insta wearing the same formula: these shorts + an eyelet blouse (see her outfit post here!). I like that even though the shorts are loud and proud in their floral print, the eyelet is a bit of subtle pattern mixing.

Finding a statement item that's this easy to style isn't easy, but there are a few reasons I think these shorts work for me. First, the color palette works with just about everything I own. I can either pull out one of the colors from the floral print or a shade that complements them. I like that I can wear it with black or brown if I want, but can forgo neutrals altogether and go hard in the color territory. 

As far as the print is concerned, the florals are small in size and pretty abstract in shape, which I think has made it easier to style than, say, this black floral skirt I own. Pattern mixing is much easier with an abstract print than an overt one, in my opinion! I'm also really glad I purchased the shorts in a size up (a 14 instead of a 12, for reference) because it's helped me wear them with more different types of tops than if I'd gone for the more fitted pair.

What statement piece are you loving in your closet right now? How would you style these not-so-subtle shorts?

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