The long and SHORT of it

If I was to ask you what is the style staple and pretty much corner-stone to the majority of your holiday wardrobe, would you agree with me and say a pair of denim shorts?

Having just been away I realised how much I rely on my good old denim cut-offs.  I’d say they featured in my to day-to-day wardrobe on a daily basis, whether that was chucked on over a swimsuit (see below) or teamed with my favourite boho blouse, but on returning home they’re relegated to the back of the cupboard, where I only pull them out if it’s a scorcher in the garden.

I don’t know about you but I’m a cost per wear person (although others might tell you something else), so I’m feeling brave this summer and plan to maximise the life out of my denim shorts.  Here’s how with some inspo from the style set.

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Looking at those outfits there isn’t anything new or ground breaking, but what you need to pull off a cut off when you’re not beach side is confidence, which means a little extra outfit planning.  A long sleeve, whether that’s a breton stripe top, simple tee and blazer or crisp white shirt looks super chic and balances out the amount of flesh you’re flashing.  If your main concern is people whispering ‘oh my god, look at her butt’ then a carefully tied shirt or jumper will give you a little more coverage up back and a lot more confidence up front.

If you’re looking for a denim short that’s more city break than beach holiday there are some 3/4 styles that are very now and much more likely to feature in your non-holiday wardrobe once your feet are firming back on home turf.

That my lovelies is the long and the short of it, so here are a few of my high street favs.


How to do Denim

I do denim all the time and I mean nearly every day. Not that long ago denim was kept to your weekend wardrobe and now it’s almost acceptable as your every day wardrobe, depending on your job, occasion etc – you know what I mean though, and season after season it gets stronger with this spring/summer being no exception.

The blue stuff was a main feature on many of the SS17 catwalks, below you’ll see images from Dolce&Gabbana, Gucci, Balmain, Caroline Herrera, Alexander McQueen and many more, but it wasn’t just jeans that shimmed down the runway and if it was they were embellished or embroidered show stoppers, alongside dresses, long jackets, blazers and even suits.

(All images via Pinterest)

Not that long ago I blogged about the River Island spring/summer press day and the incredible denim jackets they had on offer, go back through the posts and have a peak, when these hit down into store be quick because they are definitely reminiscent of the how the catwalks were doing a denim jacket, of course at a fraction of the price.

There is literally a way for everyone to do denim this season, so embrace the blue stuff, go double, even triple or head to toe but buy wisely and you’ll have an item that will go the distance with your wardrobe.  Take a look below at some of my high street favourites.

Doing the Do with Denim

How do you do denim?  I do it pretty much every single day! It’s the probably the basis of almost every outfit I wear, regardless of season.  In the winter of course it’s jeans or a denim shirt, Spring time a denim jacket and when that summer sun is shining or it’s time to visit somewhere more exotic than Essex, of course denim shorts are the first thing thrown in my suitcase.

Slowly denim has become more and more acceptable, it’s now not just thought of as sloppy weekend wear, you can even get away with at work if you’re not in a super corporate environment, and it’s massive for the season ahead.  Regardless of your age, shape or style preferences there is a way for everyone to wear denim, I’m talking smart, casual, boho, street, 70’s, minimal, 90’s, double, coloured – you name it.

As you can imagine I’m one extremely happy chappy, so I thought I’d share my love of the blue stuff with you.  Below you’ll find 50 shades of blue but alongside that greens, prints, patterns, textures and more.  I hope you feel inspired to switch up your style and try something other than your trusty Levis.



Jump to it

The jumpsuit, probably the one item in your wardrobe that men don’t seem to understand but women love and lust after.  I guarantee you always get a compliment from another female when you head out in a jumpsuit.

Over the last few years the jumpsuit has gone from being strictly weekend wear, to an everyday staple. No matter what the top trends of the season are,  you’re sure to find a jumpsuit that will help you achieve the look in just one item of clothing.  This summer military and 70’s have both been key, and you can easily find a khaki boiler suit in H&M, or a bold flared trouser jumpsuit in Zara.


I’m desperately seeking a denim version, and thinking ahead to next season I’m hoping to find something with arms. The jumpsuit I’m dreaming of is a Zara one (of course) which seems to have sold out everywhere, and that just makes me want it even more.  So, I’m resulting to Ebay – wish me luck!

My daytime uniform pretty much always involves a pair of jeans, and as the mum of a busy 2 year old I’m always looking for a casual outfit which doesn’t revolve around my ripped skinnes, that gives me the chance to chase him round the park, whist maintaining my modesty and also looking fairly stylish – hence my love for the jumpsuit.

And whilst most of us have our ‘going out out’ clothes that only ever see the light of day when it’s, well, dark, I would encourage you to try and get more out of the pieces you buy and learn how small styling tricks and some well chosen accessories can take you easily from day to night.  In the summer months team your jumpsuit with your favorite sandals, or for a sporty vibe, the fashionistas’ choice of white trainers, and put a small turn up in the leg.  Then when you hit the town keep the turn up and slip on some killer heels, if you have a collar, pop it, and if the jumpsuit has a button-up front now is the time to be a bit risque and leave a couple undone.  If this leaves you feeling slightly exposed try a huge statement necklace, it’ll help feel like you’re still getting some coverage and look super stylish.

So, with all this in mind here are my current high street favorites, and some gorgeous model shots to give inspiration whether your last minute holiday buying, panicking about what to wear to that summer garden party, or looking to update your off-duty, daytime wardrobe.