Photos by Catrina Earls Photography
FLORAL TIE-WAIST SHORTS (old J. Crew, newer version HERE) // TANK // BAG // SUNNIES
I think perhaps the best thing about summertime is the simplicity that surrounds it. We find so much happiness in small moments, living easy with the ones we love. Grilling hamburgers in the backyard while the kids outside. Listening to the crickets hum their evening lullaby. The smell of sunscreen and chlorine after a long day spent at the pool. (Not that I'm romanticizing chlorine, but you get the idea.)
Summer style is no different in its brilliant ease. You don't have to overthink it to look cute and feel comfortable. Everything is -- and should be -- very wearable and versatile. On the surface, summer style may look sophisticated, but in reality, it's actually quite straightforward and...well...simple.
Which is why I love the tie-waist short trend (they're not really a trend though certainly popular). They're incredible flattering on the figure, defining your waist and showing just enough leg to not raise eyebrows. All you need is a basic top -- a tee, tank, or your favorite blouse -- and you're ready to roll. You can find tie-waist shorts in your favorite color, fabric, or print to suit your personal style. They're also a great option to wear with flat sandals in the daytime or with a pretty pump or wedge at night.
For today's 'easy outfit idea' post, I rounded up over 10 pairs of tie-waist shorts and paired each one with a pretty top for instant outfit inspiration! Whether you prefer easy solids or mixing your prints, there's a combination with your name on it.
Let summer inspire your color palette with a French girl striped tee in green paired with petal pink shorts.
GREEN STRIPE BALLET TEE
(also comes in blue, red, and navy)
PINK TIE-WAIST SHORTS
Blue and white are always right when it comes to a simple chic outfit. This boyfriend-fit slub cotton tee adds a casual vibe to these pinstripe shorts.
SLUB COTTON TEE
BLUE STRIPED SHORTS (just $30!)
Perk up these go-with-everything khaki tie-waist shorts with a printed top. I love the classic look of a navy striped blouse in an updated off-the-shoulder silhouette with these shorts.
STRIPED OTS TOP
KHAKI TIE-WAIST SHORTS
When wearing a printed short, try wearing a top in one of the print's colors instead of always opting for a solid neutral. It adds more pop to your look! I love how the twist detail on the back of this top balances the bow on the front of the shorts.
KNOT BACK SWEATER
STRIPED TIE-WAIST SHORTS
It doesn't get simpler than a t-shirt and shorts. Make it a little more exciting with a pretty color combination of light blue and pale pink.
SLUB BOYFRIEND TEE
PALE PINK TIE-WAIST SHORTS
More fun with color! Pick compatible hues from the same color family to elevate your simple ensemble. The pink family is a great and easy one to start with, as are blues. The dusty rose of the tank blends well with the hibiscus pink of the shorts.
LINEN TIE-FRONT SHORTS
Between the bold print and tiered design of the tropical shorts, it's wise to keep the top on the simpler side. The sweet flare sleeve adds just enough detail to keep it interesting.
FLARE SLEEVE TEE
RUFFLE PRINT SHORTS
Fruit-themed prints are having their moment in the sun this season. I just LOVE how this adorable lemon print updates this button-up blouse. Paired with chambray shorts it's as classic and summery as can be!
LEMON PRINT SHIRT
CHAMBRAY TIE-WAIST SHORTS
Earthy tones like gold and olive give a sense of summertime adventure...and they look great with a tan :) A loosely-knit sweater is great to have on hand for that post-sun chill, evening breezes, and cold ACs.
SHIMMERY KNIT SWEATER
OLIVE TIE-WAIST SHORTS
The two most important rules for print mixing are choosing complimentary colors and keeping the prints on a similar scale. This floral cami with dark undertones blends beautifully with the dark check of the gingham shorts. The smaller florals balance with the checks and voila! Print mixing magic!
GINGHAM TIE-WAIST SHORTS
The shimmer of these shorts makes them dressier than others. You can embrace the dressiness with a lacy top or dress them down with a preppy pink striped button-up blouse.
PINK STRIPED BLOUSE
SHIMMER TIE-WAIST SHORTS
I hope this post provided you some extra outfit inspiration for the start of your summer! Thanks for stopping by The Tony Townie today -- I hope you have a wonderful day!