CollegeFashionista X American Eagle Outfitters: Day 12

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It is almost time to free your legs. After a winter imprisoned in skinny pants and tight leggings, your gams are screaming for some attention. Although it may feel like a tease to consider warm weather fashion while the snow is still falling, there is no better time to start your spring break shopping. Stores are already filling with pastels, florals and bird prints that will be sure to strike your fancy. As you can see, I have already been pondering my spring break attire. With a cheery pair of AE striped favorite shorties as the basis for my look, it was fun to remember the fresh feelings that accompany spring fashion.

I styled these nautical-inspired shorts with a whimsical bird-print peplum top and a bohemian over shirt. Print mixing is one of my favorite ways to add interest to an ensemble. It combines my love of collages with our eyes craving for contrast. The thin width of the stripes makes these shorts the perfect foundation for a bolder pattern on top. I also appreciate how the low-rise cut allows you to showcase your shirts with interesting hemlines, like the peplum style of mine. To finish the look, I added a few pieces of jewelry and gray booties.

Versatility is key when searching for the ultimate pair of shorts to carry you through the spring and summer months. I was happy to find that this American Eagle Outfitters’ style worked just as well with a solid sweater or a casual tank top while still remaining eye-catching in their own right. Because it is easy to forget that versatile does not equate boring. For proof, check out how other Style Gurus interpreted their American Eagle Outfitters shorts in a multitude of ways.

So if you are like me and find the task of packing for spring break incredibly stressful, then worry no more. With a strategic short purchase, building ensembles will feel as freeing as the warm air on your newly bared legs.

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