ALL IN THE DETAILS: Short and Sweet

If classic, denim shorts reign as queen of warm weather pants, then flowy, patterned shorts have become princess. Printed pants have become extremely popular in recent years. From tribal and bohemian to simplistic and subtle prints, you can find the perfect pair of bottoms for your bottom (and your bottom dollar) almost anywhere. Prints can be a daunting fashion statement to conquer, but with the right basic pieces to pair, even your dog can pull them off. I know I was wary of investing in patterned shorts for this season, but the versatility, uniqueness and especially the comfort of these shorts have won me over.

This Fashionista’s outfit is perfect for anyone looking to beat the summer heat in style. These shorts can look casual or could be easily dressed up, as this Fashionista did. The thin fabric and airy feel of these bottoms keeps you feeling cool but looking hot on sunny, summer days. Pairing a plain white tank top with these shorts helps show off their detailed, floral print. However, the frilly, lace paneling on this tank top really enhances the entire look, without taking away from the statement-making shorts. Having a neutral, staple sweater with you at all times is a must in summer, as the long days in the sun frequently become even longer nights spent with friends reveling in the beautiful weather and lack of responsibilities.

I am a firm believer that Fashionistas and Fashionistos alike can never have too many pairs of shoes. There are all sorts of fun, strappy sandals that are worth investing in for the summer months, no matter how short they may seem (am I right, Wisconsinites?). A colorful pair of sandals is a necessity. Choosing colorful footwear over your plain sneakers or rubber flip flops can make the greatest difference in an ensemble. These coral sandals add a little more pizzazz to this outfit, still without taking away from these trendy, floral shorts.

How To: Printed bottoms have been popping up in fashion magazines and blogs for a few months now, and it’s one of those trends that some people may be a little hesitant to experiment with. If you’re feeling adventurous enough to rock these fancy pants, all you have to do is find a nice pair of shorts with a fun print and some colors you can easily match. The surefire way to rock this piece is to pair it with a neutral top and simplify the rest of your look—accessories, makeup and all. The key is to simply make the shorts the focus of your outfit.