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Show me your shorts! – A blog event

01 Aug

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Daily outfit and style tip, wearing ivory shorts, peach blazer, blue suede platform sandals

Now, get your mind out of the gutter! This is my story. I have never worn shorts except for running, outdoor park and beach days or hanging around the house. This is relatively new to me, I was initially inspired by a picture that Stephanie of The Loudmouth posted of herself some months back. All of a sudden, it seemed like everyone was wearing shorts but me. Alright, not everyone but it was my perception at the time. I decided to give it a shot.

Daily outfit and style tips, wearing white shorts and vintage ivory blouse

I first wore them on a date with my hubby, it seemed like a pretty safe way to dip my toes. Next, I wore them to a friend’s party. One thing led to another and next thing you know, I finally did the unthinkable, I wore a pair to work last week. I had attempted the week before and chickened out. Yes, I do that sometimes.

It might come as a surprise that I had to really push myself to do this given that my outfit choices are not particularly conservative. I wear a lot of bright colors and I have tattoos but this was just new to me. I saw it as a way to step outside my comfort zone, something I’m actually comfortable doing. What I mean is that I like the challenge of pushing myself to do something new, something different. There’s a lot of personal growth to gain from taking chances. It’s easy to play it safe, I fall prey to complacency often.

Then I see someone wearing shorts and I’m intrigued and inspired; I know I must push myself repeatedly in this life and step up. It is only through trial and error that we get to realize our potential.

It isn’t the initial fear or hesitation, it isn’t the discomfort that defines us, it’s what we do with it when we experience it. How are you defining yourself?

There’s a song on Paul Simon’s Graceland album called “Further to Fly”. I think of it as my personal anthem. As long as I can dream, as long as the cycle of life continues, there is further to fly. Now I’m wearing shorts with the sass of someone who’s done it all along. You know I’m keeping an eye out for that next challenge. Whether it be sartorial, physical or professional, it will inevitable be very personal.

Won’t you join me?

Send me your photos of how you’re rockin’ the shorts and in two weeks, on Monday, August 15, I will post them and link back to you. My goal is to inspire you to challenge yourself and share with others how you’ve done it. Every time we push ourselves, even doing something as simple as wearing something we don’t typically wear, we grow as individuals. You’re helping me grow, let’s do this together.

I’m calling out to all you lovelies who are already wearing shorts to show us how you do it and I’m calling on those of you who don’t wear shorts to go for it, dip your toes in that water, the temperature is just right. Send me your photos at flyingfabu [at] gmail [dot] com by Friday, August 12, with a little blurb either about your outfit or the experience of wearing the shorts. Let’s make this happen!

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Top: Ivory shorts/H&M, ivory lace top/Nordstrom’s, peach blazer/Nordstrom’s, long beaded necklace/Nordstrom’s, orange skinny belt/thrifted, blue suede platform sandals/Barcelona. 

Bottom: White cotton eyelet shorts/H&M, vintage Bergdorf Goodman blouse/thrifted, ochre elastic belt/Anthropologie, gold shimmer tights/Urban Outfitters, steampunk dragonfly necklace/gifted, hand-carved wood earrings/Braindrops.

 

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  1. Shop Sweet Things with Jeanne

    August 1, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Shorts are so hot right now, and you look really great with it! I also taken a few photos this weekend with a pair of shorts I just bought. I’ll share it with you once I have it up on my blog. :)

     
  2. Gracey at Fashion For Giants

    August 1, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I LOVE the top outfit. I might actually try to copy it – it’s just great, especially the bit of red in the belt.

    I just bought two new pairs of shorts online. Hopefully one of the two will work for me and I’ll submit an outfit with them. If not, I have some old standbys, but either way, I’m definitely in!

     
  3. Ofelia

    August 1, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    You look wonderful in shorts! I love the soft colors on the outfit and your lovely smile,
    Please check my blog I tag you a “What’s on your makeup bag award”

     
  4. Veshoevius

    August 1, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    I love those white eyelet ones!
    One way to get over the fear of wearing shorts is live or go on holiday somewhere REALLY hot for a while – very soon wearing shorts won’t be an issue!

     
  5. Terri

    August 3, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    I hope to participate in this event…and I am super impressed that you wore shorts to work. I’m not so sure I could do that, though my male colleagues do all the time.

     
  6. THE-LOUDMOUTH

    August 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    Thank you for allowing me to inspire you. You have inspired me in so many ways as well… I adore you!!!

     
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