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Mixing and Matching: Palm Trees and Tropical Floral

Shorts are either people's favorites or not so much, am I right?  They don't really hide much and accentuate every curve or lack thereof.  I have some body image issues and 2-3 years ago I was 20 pounds lighter.  It's a long story for another time, that was mostly stress related, but that summer I wore a lot of shorts because nothing exasperated the internal issues that I've had since I was a kid.  Shorts were non-triggering and pretty fun for one of the first times in my life.  Since then I started dressing in a more vintage fashion so shorts didn't fit into my chosen wardrobe as well.  As of this summer I'm trying to be more fluid with fashion and I'm trying to embrace being at a healthy weight again while practicing self love.

Plus, um...there were so many cute dress shorts EVERYWHERE this summer!!!  The power was strong and I couldn't resist!  I got these over Memorial Day Weekend from Express because Express does such amazing sales.  I've caught on that they tend to do sales around holidays (Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, etc), and often up to 40% off.  So my trick is that if I want something, I come into an Express store a few days before a holiday weekend and make sure I know my sizing is right.  That way, since I'm electing to go to a mall in a crowd inducing holiday weekend I'm able to just walk into the store, grab my size, and get in line.  That or buy what I want online once the sale starts.  So while out and about during Memorial Day I popped into an Express store and I grabbed these and a pair of similar red ones for a fraction of the price with no muss or fuss.  In and out within 5 minutes!  (Also, there somehow were no crowds so yay!)
I love to mix prints so I decided to try different kinds of tropical prints here that didn't 100% match.  Admittedly, this isn't my favorite venture into mixing least photogenically speaking.  I thiiiiink in person it worked better, but sometimes photos don't lie.  I mean, Cher Horowitz had a point in Clueless when she took polaroids instead of relying on mirrors, right?
Outfit Details:
Hair Flower- NicCoco Creations
Sunglasses- Flea Market
Top- Marshalls
Shorts- Express (They're super on sale now so click the link!)
Shoes- Nine West
Bag- Kate Spade
Do you guys like dress shorts?  Personally I'm planning on wearing them more with tights, boots, and sweaters come fall and winter.  That's why if you follow me on Instagram that you'll notice most of my daily outfits don't include shorts just yet, including these bad boys.  When do y'all wear shorts, if ever?
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  1. Love the sandals! You look amazing!


  2. Hi sweetie, great look, I love those shoes, so feminine and chic!! where do you find your inspirations? Have a great day.
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  3. How cute do you look!! Love it

  4. First of all you have a killer body and that high waist pants looks great on you! And how cute is the floral wedges too? It makes your legs look endless!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  5. I hear you on the body issues--I've dealt with them all of my life too. I really love these shorts though! The vintage vibe from the buttons and high waist really works on your very gorgeous little body!

  6. lovely post!
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    Jess |

  7. you look fabulous!

  8. I love tropical prints! Lovely look Lauren!

  9. You look DAMN fabulous Lauren! You really do just own your style and I'm obsessing over your shoes, they are stunning and so are you! :)

  10. I just love your hair color, these shoes are amazing!

  11. Love your shorts!! You look so cute and pretty!! Xoxo

  12. Love those shoes...awesome!! You look so good in shorts, what a great outfit for summer/hotter days! :)

  13. I'm lovin these shorts and sandals on you Lauren! I want those shoooooes!

  14. Very cute prints, love the sailor shorts.

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  15. I think these shorts look amazing on you, the high waist make you look so good. And I love your shoes. adorable. Love, Kirsten xx

  16. Love ur look, remind me of Hawaii :)
    love, Kanchan

  17. You shorts are amazing! I liked the front part, so sweet, a retro vibe! I loved the top as well, and the shoes, wow, the shoes are my favorite piece, they are outstanding! Well, I wore shorts in the past... and just like you, due to stress... I gained a lot, really a lot of weight in the last 3 years. I won't even say how much cause it's horrific. But I do understand what you feel, I guess, and you look very beautiful now, when I got to "know" you! You really do, and I love your smiley pictures! Hope you have a very nice day, dear Lauren Blair!

  18. Glad you embrace your body the way it is. You are beautiful. I think we all have body issues of some kind. I love your print mixing here. The high waist and buttons on these shorts are so fun. I like the retro vibe.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  19. stunning outfit!:)

    Jess |

  20. your shorts are so retro and cute :)


  21. I love the pattern mixing! It's so smart to try your size on a few days ahead of time, I'm usually too lazy to make two trips (I also always end up seeing something I ABSOLUTELY must have), so I've taken to wearing tank tops under shirts so I can change in the store. I still get weird looks, but beats waiting in the changing room line for 30 mins!

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  22. Cute outfit!
    Have a nice week-end!
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