Style and Styling

Summer Outfit Recipe: Shorts + Blouse

Variations on a theme…

Happy day, reader dear!

Well, summer has arrived in Georgia. We’ve made it past Memorial Day weekend, school is out, and we are well into June. That makes it summer! Even if some of us are still running around with masks on and minimizing trips, there’s a different feel in the air. And it’s not just the humidity!

Since this whole Covid adventure has thrown regular business for a loop, it’s also thrown business dress for a loop. Working at home means dressing differently, for many it’s the Zoom Mullet… Although, I prefer to avoid the who-knows-what on the bottom! Most of us opt for jeans or, now that the weather is warming, shorts. That’s what I’ve been up to, and now Blouse + Shorts has become a quick and easy outfit recipe for summer work days. Who am I kidding? I’m loving it for weekend days, too!

Today I thought I’d share some variations on the theme. These are all outfits I’ve worn in the past few weeks, so if you follow me on Instagram, you’ve likely seen them already. (If you don’t follow me yet, please do! It’s a fun place to interact!) As always, feel free to Pin or share on social media, anything you find helpful or inspirational. It’s a great way for me to meet new people, and it’s good for the blog. She doesn’t get out much…

The first pair are both work days. Heels, especially pumps, put me in work mode, so although you may think it odd to wear shorts and heels, looking at photos from the 40’s and 50’s will rid you of that perception. And I can use all the extra inches I can get! Speaking of getting… Getting the proportions right with shorts can be a challenge. If you are looking for a few pointers, read on right here.

The next two looks are from my spring capsule. I’ve put away my blush blouse for the summer season. I’ve been wearing blush a few times a week for well over a year now, and we need a break from each other. The look with the blue shorts was for work; the jewels are more polished, and the shoes, though flat, are more structured. The grey shorts and blouse took me to the grocery store. Natural stone beads and the big straw bag make this look more relaxed. I would have worn flat sandals if I’d been going somewhere else, but open toes at the grocery store mean frozen feet! (Yes, I had a mask in the basket for going into the store…)

Below, the white shirt and grey shorts was another grocery day (Closed shoes again!). And the teal/green top with the shorts is a look from my summer capsule, channeling my latest color obsession. The plus side to wearing colors adjacent on the color wheel (green/blue/purple) is that even though it doesn’t reflect my ideal color contrast, it’s less overwhelming than choosing complementary colors or others farther apart on the color wheel!

Well, that’s just a few ideas of ways to finesse the work at home look, and add a little polish to your shorts outfits! How about you? Do you wear shorts? Or wouldn’t be caught dead in them? What’s your favorite way to style shorts? Do let me know in the comments below… I love to hear from you!

Stylishly yours,


  • Leslie Susan Clingan

    Zoom Mullet – I LOVE it!! You certainly aren’t sporting any zoom mullets unless just doing so because you are wearing very professional, chic shorts. My favorite is the first outfit with the berry colors. You have such great coloring and can wear such a wide variety of pretty colors. Thanks for showing us how to look professional and put together while still being comfy and keeping it real.

    • Liz K

      Thank you for visiting, Leslie! Zoom Mullet just seemed so right! Thank you for the compliment about colors; I’m very particular, and won’t buy clothes that aren’t in “my” colors. It just looks like I can wear a variety well, when it’s really a matter of selectivity! All coloring is FABULOUS! It’s about finding the colors that make us glow… 😉

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