Summer Shorts for All Ages

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Today we are revising a popular post we did awhile back on summer shorts. Because isn’t it the perfect time to pick a few pairs up on summer clearance?  Of course!  Read on.

Summer means shorts, right? Just like summer means sandals, sleeveless tops, and bathing suits. Whether we are in our 20’s or our 40’s, we want the pure pleasure of wearing shorts in warm weather….. the sensation of a breeze around the knees!

But shorts can be tricky. So many lengths to choose from, how do you know which pairs will look good on you and are appropriate for your age?

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Jeanne says: I think of true shorts as having an inseam of 3 to 5 inches and I basically see them as off-limits for someone at my stage in life. I’m pretty fit so I could wear them, but for me it is an age-appropriateness issue. Real shorts are for women younger than me.

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But I can rock a 10 inch inseam short, also known as a long short, Bermuda short or walking short. I personally like them for both casual wear and for slightly dressier occasions as you can see in my outfit photos. Finding the perfect pair of longer cut-off denim shorts took some work, but they are perfect for the weekend with a printed tee and espadrilles. My dressier long shorts can go out to dinner or even to work in a more liberal business environment with a blazer and pumps.

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Kate says: Even in your late 20’s, shorts length is a tricky subject. Some girls have the right body type and can pull off a shorter short, but I find that with a more athletic and *ahem* womanly body type, 3 or 4 inch inseams are just too short. So my sweet spot for shorter shorts is a 5 inch inseam – long enough to avoid any riding up or inappropriate exposure, but short enough to qualify as a “short short”. When styling a shorter short, I like to go more covered up on the top. This means either a t-shirt (as opposed to tank top) or a blouse or button-up. I like the balance of skin on the bottom with more fabric up top.

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I also have several pairs of Bermuda shorts that come in quite handy. Especially in a business casual environment (depending on your workplace!), I think 10 inch inseam shorts are totally appropriate for work during the summer. They are no shorter than many skirts and dresses I wear to work, and with a tailored cut go really nicely with blouses, blazers, and cardigans.

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How do you feel about shorts? What is your preferred inseam?

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What Jeanne Wore: Denim on Denim

denim on denim | Two Take on Style

denim on denim | Two Take on Style

On Jeanne:  Zara top (similar), REI Jeans bottoms (similar), J. Crew necklace, Via Spiga shoes (similar)

denim on denim | Two Take on Style

I wore this outfit to fly back East a few weeks ago.  I was very wary about the “denim on denim” look – too trendy?  Too young for moi?  But at the same time, I loved the look on others.  I was waiting for Zara to do a knock-off of the Marques’ Almeida frayed edge denim look at a reasonable price.  Finally eureka!  But the top was out of stock as soon as I found it. A week later the top was back and I grapped it.

I love it with distressed boyfriend jeans as you see here.  It actually creates one simple line as an ensemble which is, according to authorities about such things, more flattering.  Not sure what else I will do with it!

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Color of the Week: Red

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What we want to know is: why aren’t there more red clothes around?  We mean true red in all of its glory!  Can you think of a skin or hair color that DOESN’T look fabulous with red?  But clothing designers and manufacturers apparently don’t agree with us.  It’s less difficult to find red checks, prints or stripes but even those are few and far between.  And red always makes a spectacular statement whether it’s a red evening gown or a pair of casual pants.

Take a look at these beautiful examples of red apparel:

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BTW, red goes with virtually every other color in the rainbow – Jeanne will tell you that her favorites combos are red with neon green and red with leopard print.  Here are some seasonal red looks for YOU to try!

 

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red shoes | Two Take on Style

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What Jeanne Wore: Summer Knits

summer knits | Two Take on Style

summer knits | Two Take on Style

Zara sweater (similar), Zara dress (similar), old belt via Saks (similar), Pour La Victoire shoes, J. Crew earrings (similar)

summer knits | Two Take on Style

I love this simple dress and sweater set.  The beige dress can stand on its own or with another sweater or skirt, but it looks especially good with its matching sweater.  And you can mix any other color with beige. This is definitely one of those ensembles that will have no place in my life once I retire, so it’s important to enjoy this kind of look (at the hard to beat Zara prices) now!

Remember, knits aren’t just for colder weather.  There are lots of cool summer knits around!

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What We Wore: Red and Black Stripes

red stripes | Two Take on Style

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On Kate: Joe Fresh dress (similar), Target sandals (similar), Loft Outlet necklace (similar)

red stripes | Two Take on Style

Kate says: You guys have seen this dress many times, and there’s a reason for that — it is the perfect easy-to-throw-on dress. The cut is so simple yet so flattering and comfortable, and stripes always look chic. I don’t usually do much to dress it up — here a simple long necklace and flat sandals are all it needs. Mom takes the same approach with her adorable co-ord, just opting for black accessories instead!

red stripes | Two Take on Style

On Jeanne:  Vince Camuto top and skirt (similar), Josie Natori necklace (got this on sale!), Joe’s Jeans shoes (similar), old bracelets (similar, similar), Marc Jacobs ring (similar)

red stripes | Two Take on Style

Jeanne says:  I like my striped outfit because the stripes run two ways creating an overall flattering look.  There is almost no combo better than black and red.  Kate’s little dress is darling and I love it combined with summery gold sandals and her pearl and gold necklace.

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What We Want Wednesday

bright sandals | Two Take on Style

Kate says: This time of year, I LIVE in my flat sandals (you may have noticed on Instagram!). And I find that having a fun, bright pair of sandals can make any basic outfit more fun.

bright sandals | Two Take on Style

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I wore out the orange ones I had last summer, so it’s time to find a new pair. Here are a few I have my eyes on. For now, I think I’ll try the neon yellow pair since they’re the cheapest!

 

Jeanne says:  Well, now I am on the hunt for the perfect white flowy tunic for summer.  I’d like a tunic that I can throw over jeans and wear as a beach cover-up. This search is tough because I want to steer clear of “older fashionista” tunics – too long and often too voluminous – as well as the current boho/gypsy trend – way too young and 70’s for my taste.  The past several years I’ve gone for exaggerated hi-low tops that seems a little dated to me for this year.   I can tell this search is going to be complicated.   Here are a few examples of the kind of top I am seeking:

white tunics | Two Take on Style

Oh, plus did I mention that I want something durable that doesn’t need constant dry cleaning or ironing? Here are a few versions I am considering:

What are you guys on the hunt for?

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What Jeanne Wore: Metallic Pants

metallic pants | Two Take on Style

metallic pants | Two Take on Style

J. Crew pants (similar), Forever 21 sweater (similar), Ann Taylor shirt (similar), Joe’s Jeans shoes, J. Crew Factory necklace , Target necklace (similar)

metallic pants | Two Take on Style

I bought these trousers right after the holidays in January of this year and then waited five months to wear them for the first time.  Apparently nobody really wanted them, because they were greatly reduced when I found them.  I love a bit of shine and these pants really deliver. I can certainly dress them up for the right occasion, but I also think they look good with a crisp white shirt and a sweater vest – perfect for Northern California’s fog-bound weather!

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Lately on Instagram

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We’re checking in again with our latest and greatest outfits from Instagram!

Kate’s Instagram | Jeanne’s Instagram

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Zara dress (similar), Zara sweater (similar), vintage belt (similar), Vince Camuto shoes (similar), J. Crew earrings (similar)

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Loft top (similar), Old Navy skirt (similar), J.Crew belt (similar), Toms sandals, World Market earrings (similar)

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Georg Roth shirt (similar), Leith coat (similar), Jean Paul Gautier skirt (similar), Seychelles shoes (similar), Amrita Singh necklace (similar)

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Target dress (similar), Anthropologie necklace (similar), Steve Madden booties (similar)

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Gap jacket (similar), Trouve top (similar), J. Crew pants, Dolce Vita shoes (similar), Forever 21 necklace (similar)

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Cut and Sew dress via Golden Tote (similar), J.Crew necklace (similar), Target sandals

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Stella Carasaki jacket (similar), J. Crew tee (similar), Emerson Fry pants (similar), Nine West shoes (similar), Forever 21 necklace (similar)

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Banana Republic Factory dress (similar), Anthropologie cardigan (similar), Old Navy sandals (similar)

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Color of the Week: Lavender

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lavender

One thing we are discovering in doing our “Color of The Week” series is that it is hard to pinpoint some colors by name.  Can we really tell the difference between orange and tangerine?  Between coral and cayenne?  Or between lavender and lilac?

Today we’re taking the position that lavender is lighter than lilac and is the lightest shade of purple. Lavender is a color we adore, although it is a bit hard to find in fashion.

But lavender is a magnificant color – gorgeous against light or dark skin – fabulous with blonde, brunette, red and gray hair!  It’s also a great color to mix with other colors in unexpected ways. Our fav J’s Everyday Fashion is particularly adept at this:

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So we set out to find affordable, every day versions of lavender.  Look at what we’ve found!

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What Jeanne Wore: Jumpsuits!

jumpsuit | Two Take on Style

jumpsuit | Two Take on Style

Loft jumpsuit via ebay (similar), old scarf (similar), Banana Republic bracelet (similar), La Mer watch (similar), Michael Kors bracelet (similar), Soles boots (similar)

jumpsuit | Two Take on StyleH&M jumpsuit (similar), Forever 21 belt (similar), Nine West shoes (similar), J. Crew earrings (similar)

I am an absolute sucker for jumpsuits.  I especially like the utility style.  I waited until this spring to purchase any; I lusted after denim versions in the spring of 2014, but they were still too expensive.  Now they are everywhere and I have found two at very reasonable price points.

Why do I like them?  I actually think they hide many different figure imperfections, plus they make complete outfits out of only one piece of clothing – what’s not to like??? Well, there are the complications involved in using the restroom and cotton jumpsuits are a pain to iron, but I’ve always been willing to suffer for style.  How about you?

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