Shortened Black Shorts

I’m long overdue for a refashion, aren’t I?  I think so and the two piles of ill-fitting clothes stacked in our closet sure as heck think so too.  One down though…these black shorts:Image-1
Hilariously, I bought them when I was pregnant with the twins off the 70% off clearance rack at Target (these and these* are very similar and on super clearance!), hoping that (years) after the twins were born, I’d be able to wear them.  They’re trouser style with the slanted side pockets and I loved that they can easily be dressed up or down.  But I wasn’t a huge fan of the length.  I have nothing against long shorts but I’m biased in that I think the five-inch inseam is the perfect one on me.  Also, Anthony has been begging me to take up some of his dress pants and they all need a blind hem so I thought these shorts would be the perfect thing to practice a blind hem on before I take to his good pants.  I used this tutorial to blind hem with my Brother sewing machine.  They turned out okay.  I learned that having a thick hem (there’s an inch-and-a-half hem on these) doesn’t work the best on shorts because, the farther you go up the leg, the wider around the leg is.  So essentially, when you fold up your hem, the bottom isn’t at wide as the top and so you can get a little bit of bunching like I did on these shorts.  It’s not too noticeable though but I still think that I’ll stick to tiny hems for shorts in the future.

I do love my ‘new’ black shorts.  Here’s how I’m planning on wearing them this fall:

With this amazing chambray shirt my sister handed-down to me and my cognac brown moccasins:IMG_6530[similar (and clearanced) chambray top // similar moccs]


And maybe if I’m brave (or my hair hasn’t been washed for days), I’ll toss on my thrifted wide brim:IMG_6525


Black on black on black:IMG_6533Date night?  [top was a Target clearance buy several years ago // similar wedges*]


More blacks:IMG_6541[turtleneck from Old Navy years ago // caged flats were a Sam & Libby from Target clearance buy last year]


With a striped black and white sweater and pointed flats:
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[sweater was a Target clearance buy three years ago // pointed flats were $1 Gabriel Brothers find]


Black and blue (a refashion) and leopard:
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[flats are Sam & Libby from Target, found at Dirt Cheap recently but I found them on eBay here]


Open chambray, a scarf, and these flats I recently got on clearance:
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[flats* – still on clearance! // necklace was a recent sale find from Old Navy]


And last but never least, my favorite combo of buffalo check plus leopard:
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[similar (clearanced!) top with smaller pattern]

Of course all the outfits would look much more chic with better photography and if I had a city street or Central Park as my backdrop but my bedroom it is.  You get the picture, right?

Do you have a pair of black shorts?  How do you wear them?

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*affiliate links to products I purchased or similar products to those I wore 

7 ways to wear black shorts

4 comments

  1. I think it is great how you are able to come up with so many outfits using one base piece and adding other things for different looks! I don't actually have any black shorts but you've got me thinking of getting some black skinny pants for a similar effect (shorts don't really work here in fall, brrr!)

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  2. Love you, dear friend! Wish I had your amazing style! - Elise

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    1. I don't know Lisey...I kinda remember really wanting some pieces of your wardrobe back in Trinity...

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