After | The Printed Shorts

Betcha never thought you could get a cute outfit out of a pair of shorts as high-waisted, pleated, printed and billowy as these, did ya? I was doubtful. But I knew these vintage shorts had potential.

First I added a belt (this one’s vintage) because cinching a billowy vintage piece often does the trick. But that clearly did not work so then I tried cuffing them. And because that didn’t work wither, I took them to the tailor, where I had them shortened and taken in a bit, though we left a little volume to allow for the pockets.

And then, after all that, I belted and cuffed them anyway.

I paired them with a turtleneck (because it’s cold out) and a rugged jacket because those floral shorts needed a bit of a roughing up.

And I added a vintage men’s Omega watch. Just because I love the thing.

[J. Crew jacket and turtleneck, vintage belt, shorts and Omega watch.]

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  • Reply Sheena S. January 12, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    I *knew* that jacket looked familiar. I have the same one. Nice work on the shorts, by the way. : )

  • Reply Miche January 12, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    um….name of tailor please :)

  • Reply Kastles January 12, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    Love those shorts! Great find, and great eye!
    <3 Kastles

  • Reply Liv January 13, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    the pattern on those shorts are terrific – actually even the BEFORE photos aren’t too disastrous. The tailoring is executed beautifully as usual – love our tailor on cambie.

  • Reply Kelsey Dundon January 13, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    Sheena — May I say… you have impeccable taste!

    Miche — Oakridge Tailors on Cambie (not in the mall)

    Kastles — Thanks, lady!

    Liv — Really?!?! The “before” shots don’t bug you? They drive me nuts!

  • Reply Sabrina January 14, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    What I want to know is, how are you winterizing those shorts?! I was back in Van for a week in December (didn’t see the sun for 4 straight days), and it was definitely too cold for shorts. Are you wearing them over tights with boots?

  • Reply Teresa January 16, 2012 at 1:00 am

    love the shorts! where did you find this gem?

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