Best Shorts for Summer Two Ways

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First, before we get into the best shorts for summer, did you notice that Bright on a Budget got a MAKEOVER?! New logo, new site design, and I FINALLY made the switch from Blogger to WordPress!!! If you’d like a post with my thoughts on the switch, let me know in the comments below! I have to give a shoutout to Chauncey–not only is he the perfect Instagram husband (you know he takes all my pics, right?) but he also did the Blogger to WordPress migration for me!  Thank you, Chauncey, for everything you do! Bright on a Budget is a team effort.

Now, onto this  Becky from byBMG and I have teamed up to show you two ways to style our favorite shorts for summer!

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TOP: J. Crew Factory at The Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass // Shorts: J. Crew Factory c/o the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass (solid colors here ) // Bow flats: Target ($25) // Earrings: Sugarfix via Target // Purse: Rebecca Minkoff via Ebay (also here) Necklaces: Baublebar, Kate Spade, J. Crew Factory

I first discovered these shorts last summer.  They have a 3″ hem, which I have found to be the perfect length. The waistband is stretchy, so they’re super comfortable shorts, but the cut makes the shorts appear to still be dressy.  While they come in both patterns and solids, Becky and I both grabbed this green floral pattern because it’s so eye-catching. This style truly is the best shorts for summer, and at the price, you can’t beat it!

I had my eyes on these shorts for a while, and I knew that I wanted to pair them with this striped ruffle sleeve tee.  The J. Crew Factory store at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass was actually sold out of this tee when Nicole and I went shopping, but the manager is so nice–it came in a few days later and she automatically held it for me! Now that’s some customer service:)  Be sure to size up one size in this top. Stripes and florals always work well for pattern mixing, and this pair was no exception.

Since my top had a lot of black in it, I wanted to go with black sandals to tie everything together. My Target was sold out of these bow flats, so I had to wait for them to be shipped. These flats are amazing. They’re actually a dupe for this much more expensive pair of Sam Edelman Henna Slide Sandals, and you can’t beat the price.

Finally, I kept my jewelry simple and added this bag, which matches the floral pattern on my shorts. The color is called Purple Rain, and it’s sold out online, but I’ve linked a slightly darker purple option for you that’s on sale. This bag has a story behind it.  Both Nicole and I had our eye on this bag for months, but we were waiting for the price to drop.  Well, when we went shopping at the Outlet Shoppes of the Bluegrass, Nicole found this bag in Saks Off Fifth, but they only had one of the bag:( We agreed to split custody of the bag (haha), but luckily I found this one for a steal on Ebay last week!!! And Nicole gave me the inspiration to pair this print with the purse.

Be sure to stop by Becky’s blog and checkout how she styled the best shorts for summer! And while you’re at it, grab a pair, and they’ll become your favorite shorts for summer too!

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Hi there! I’m Tif Fannin, the blogger behind Bright on a Budget, based in Lexington, Kentucky. Bright on a Budget is a Southern fashion and lifestyle blog where I share everyday looks, beauty, and travel, along with a behind-the-scenes look at my life as a working mom of two. I have a penchant for bright colors + good deals. Follow along for posts that are relatable to the everyday woman.

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  1. 5.16.17
    Dara said:

    The site looks great! And so do the shorts. I love floral and stripes and I love the shirt’s details!

    • 5.16.17

      Thanks! The mobile version isn’t working for some reason, so we’re working on that now!!! I had to have the ruffled sleeves!

  2. 5.16.17

    Adoring the pattern mix!

  3. 5.16.17

    Love the shorts!!

  4. 5.16.17

    Love that you two styled the same shorts, so fun! I think I need a pair of floral shorts.

  5. 5.16.17

    This is cute! The sandals are perfect and I love the necklaces!

  6. 5.17.17

    Love these photos and love the site redesign!

    Also lol-ing HARD at the fact that we now both own: this shirt, this bag, this green floral print, and that watch. Love the stripes with the floral print so much!

  7. 5.17.17
    Karen R said:

    These shorts are such a fun print, Love them paired with the stripes! You should swing by my blog and share your style. A brand new linkup just went live at

  8. 5.17.17

    Congrats on the switch!! Isn’t it a great feeling! 🙂 Those shorts are so much fun!

  9. 5.17.17
    Jill said:

    Love your new blog logo and redesign! What a fun collab with Becky! Those shorts are the cutest!

    Doused In Pink

  10. 5.17.17
    Della Preston said:

    I love how you styled this look. Those shorts are gorgeous and so is that bag!


  11. 5.19.17

    Love, love the dark stripe with the floral shorts…so adorable! And congrats on the conversion and new design! I have personally been super happy with WP once I got the hang of it.

  12. 5.22.17
    Ruth Maldonado said:

    I love the colors and pattern in these shorts. Paired with the black and white stripes it’s perfect. Those black slides are super cute and I’m sure super comfy. Love the logo you styled!

  13. 6.11.17

    Love that you decided to print mix! It created such a fun outfit