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Summer Shorts: Classic Denim & Splash of Color (Part I)

how to wear denim shorts; summer outfit ideas shorts;    On Cameron Diaz:Reed Krakoff yellow bag, Stella McCartney sunglasses, Tabitha Simmons striped Espadrille Sneaker, high waisted denim shorts, white tank, beige blazer,   On Alessandra Ambrosio: Topshop Knitted Fluro Weave Jumper, Big Star 1974 Denim Remy Star Short, Mulberry bag,Ombre Coral and Rutilated Quartz Necklace, ballet flats; Photos: Cameron Diaz & Alessandra Ambrosio; Courtesy of zimbio.com.

Welcome to a new series that dedicates to an essential piece–“Summer Shorts”! From denim blue to crisp white and neon brights, from tough leather to delicate lace and dynamic stripes, this series will feature them all! Hope these hand-picked looks can inspire you to style yours and style chic during the dog days!

To start, I want to talk about the pervasive denim cutoffs. Like with any other wardrobe essentials, I look for details when hunting for my perfect pair. The leg elongating high-waisted version on Cameron Diaz and star print one on Alessandra Ambrosio are great examples: they are as versatile as basic ones but have more character.

You can simply style them with T-shirts: graphic, striped or plain white ones. But I like how today’s featured ladies did: liven up their outfits with bright colors. Blue goes well with many brights: yellow, orange, pink, red or green. You can go bold and pair your denim shorts with a bright neon Tee/jumper or learn from Cameron Diaz, add colors through accessories: a bright tote,  sneaker or colored sunglasses.

Alessandra Ambrosio’s colorful, bohemian-inspired look may be for bold players. As for Cameron Diaz’s outfit, I can see women of any age rock it stylishly.

how to wear denim shorts; summer outfit ideas shorts;    On Cameron Diaz:Reed Krakoff yellow bag, Stella McCartney sunglasses, Tabitha Simmons striped Espadrille Sneaker, high waisted denim shorts, white tank, beige blazer,   Alternatives: Miu Miu STRUCTURED LEATHER TOTE,  Joe's Jeans Easy Cutoff denim Shorts,  Gap Womens New Support Cami,  Acne LINEN BLAZER,  Stella McCartney CAT-EYE STYLE SUNGLASSES,  stella & dotDemi Layering Necklace - Gold,

Blazer: Acne (also here; similar here)
Top: Gap (more colors here!)
Shorts: Joe’s Jeans
Shoes: Tabitha Simmons (also seen on Miranda Kerr here)
Bag: Miu Miu (similar here & here)
Sunglasses: Stella McCartney (also here)
Necklace: Stella & Dot (wear it long or doubled) 

how to wear denim shorts; summer outfit ideas shorts;    On Alessandra Ambrosio: Topshop Knitted Fluro Weave Jumper, Big Star 1974 Denim Remy Star Short, Mulberry bag,Ombre Coral and Rutilated Quartz Necklace, ballet flats;  Alternatives:   Sam Edelman 'Felicia' ballet Flat,  Golden Lane Small Duo Satchel,   Dolce & Gabbana Iconic Logo Sunglasses,

Top: Topshop
Shorts: Big Star (also here)
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Bag: Golden Lane (or this one!)
Sunglasses: Dolce & Gabbana
Necklace: Frasier Sterling (similar here)

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Color Crush: Blush Pink

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Photos: Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Kate Middleton & Milan street style; Courtesy of instyle.comzimbio.com, vogue.fr.

As you can see from the title, I’m obsessed with blush pink right now. It’s so sweet, fresh and feminine. There are so many different but equally intriguing shades you can choose from: the pale shade on Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is sultry yet graceful; the dusty rose color spotted in Milan is nostalgic and demure; the peachy pink on Kate Middleton is buoyant and elegant.

When it comes to styling: black and navy toughen up the sweet blush pink, give it an urban chic vibe whereas soft, light neutrals add fresh and delicate touches to it.

As always, accessories make the outfit: A pair of snake-skin strap sandals elevates a sexy blush top; Lace-up booties and studded jewelry edge up a soft rosy sweater; Nude pumps and light brown clutch ground a cheerful peach dress.

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Top: Funktional (it’s the one on Rosie Huntington, on sale now; similar here)
Jeans: Mother (also the one on Rosie Huntington; $16 here)
Shoes: B Brian Atwood (on sale now!)
Bangle: Jules Smith

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Top: Oak
Skirt: Dorothy Perkins ($21!)
Shoes: Schutz (similar here, nude color here)
Bracelet: Cara (designer version here)

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Dress: T by Alexander Wang (similar $28 here)
Bag: L.K. Bennett (yes, it’s the one Kate carrying)
Shoes: L.K.Bennett (also the same pair on Kate; $70 here!)