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top: Madewell // shorts: thrifted (similar) // shoes: Moorea Seal (similar) // purse: STRUT (similar) // earrings: Gudbling

photos by Chelsea Francis

Can you believe I almost left these shorts at the secondhand store? They were so comfy and I felt like they were cute on, but the line was so long and customer service was so awful that I nearly just left them on a rack (along with these shorts that I'm now obsessed with!). In fact, I'd brought a giant bag of goodies and they only offered me like $17 for them, so I really wasn't inclined to spend more money there. Let me tell you - I am so glad I kept my cool, stayed in line, and brought these shorts home because they are everything I've been dreaming of!

Last summer I shared a post wearing a pair of cute soft shorts, but unfortunately they didn't really come into rotation in my closet. They were too low-waisted, not long enough, not roomy enough. Honestly, if H&M had them in one size up, they probably would have been a dream! This summer, I hoped to find another pair that actually fit the bill. While these are structured in look and fit, I wanted an alternative pair that softer, looser, and a little more casual. 

I love that this thrifted pair can be dressed up or down! I've traveled in them, paired with a navy tank top and sandals, and I've also been out to dinner in them styled like this. They work especially well as a swimsuit cover-up too!

Have you lucked out during any recent thrift store trips? I always love y'all's styling ideas - how would you wear these shorts?

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