An easy daytime and flirty evening look


Shorts season is upon us and I’ve intentionally added a few new pairs to my closet so I don’t get bored of denim shorts over and over. Don’t get me wrong, I love a simple denim short, but when it’s too hot for pants and your only options are shorts or dresses, it’s fun to have some different shorts.

I was browsing Nordstrom a few weeks ago, specifically looking for shorts and tried on a few pairs to gauge what size is right depending on the brand. I found a pair from Joie that I really liked, but haven’t bit the bullet on them yet!

I loved the scallop detail on these shorts by Madewell that I found online at Nordstrom. They don’t have much stretch, which I kind of like about them. A lot of the shorts I have do have stretch, but these will keep their shape nicely. Unfortunately they are currently sold out, but I’ll update this post whenever they come back in stock!

It took a little bit of thinking on how to style them, but ultimately I couldn’t go wrong with a simple white tee and long tassel necklace.

For date night, I recently added this beautiful off-the-shoulder top to my wardrobe. It’s light and easy to wear, and the subtle lace detailing at the bottom made it a bit more interesting. I love that this is so different from a lot of what I have in my closet for date night, but is still really easy to wear!

I was trying on this outfit before a Friday night date that Justin and I had planned, to make sure I liked the dark denim with the navy top (which I did) and I immediately realized that I’m seriously lacking in small clutches or bags! A lot of my bags are cross body, which is really easy to wear during the day, but I need to find a few simple, smaller bags for some date night options!

Nordstrom, as you know, is one of my favorite places to shop. I love shopping online, as you can search by “new arrivals” or for something really specific, like “scallop shorts”.

This post was created in partnership with Nordstrom.

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  1. Posted May 19, 2017

    The off-the-shoulder top looks good. It’s so casual, but so girly too!

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  2. Kari says
    Posted May 19, 2017

    Hey Kate!
    Love everything as always! What is your fav denim short. I’m sure you have posted about it but I’m drawing a blank. I’m on the hunt!!

    • Kari says
      Posted May 19, 2017

      Nevermind! Found the post about shorts.

  3. Leann says
    Posted May 19, 2017

    Ok I love the look of off the shoulder tops, but find it difficult finding a bra to go with. I have way to much to go without. Any ladies out there help recommend a good one?

    • Andrea says
      Posted May 19, 2017

      Wacoal Red Carpet strapless bra is a MUST have imo. I am a 34DDD, it fits and holds amazingly. I have never felt so comfortable in a strapless bra.

      • Leann says
        Posted May 19, 2017

        Thanks Andrea! I’ll try that one!

  4. Posted May 19, 2017

    I love the scalloped shorts! It’s hard to find shorts that can be dressed up or down. These would be cute with flats or wedges! Love!

  5. Anna Lyon says
    Posted May 19, 2017

    What kind of bra do you wear with the navy top?

    • Kate says
      Posted May 19, 2017


  6. Elizabeth says
    Posted May 19, 2017

    Just bought those Madewell shorts on clearance last week! Hadn’t figured out what to pair them with but a simple shirt is perfect!!

  7. Karly says
    Posted May 19, 2017

    I REALLY REALLY love the look of the white shirt and shorts on you! I have one go to olive colored shorts and white tee that I think I wear every Saturday!! Front tuck too 🙂

  8. Amber says
    Posted May 19, 2017

    Love the simplicity of these outfits! You look so put together and effortless 🙂 I’ll definitely have to pick up a pair of scalloped shorts and a cold shoulder top. Too cute!

    Amber ||

  9. Tiffany says
    Posted May 19, 2017

    I was really excited to see you posted about the cute date night shirt you shared with us on Instagram…until I saw the price tag! Wowza, is that out of my price range for one shirt! Guess I’ll be on the hunt for something similar but more budget-friendly. It’s absolutely beautiful, but there is simply no way I could justify spending that amount on it.

    • B says
      Posted May 19, 2017

      I thought the same thing, at first, I might spend that much on myself in 3-6 months and that’s if I purchase new jeans. However, I appreciate Kate’s honesty, she didn’t hide the fact the top is pricey, and she also embraces Target. She has great style and if I can get inspiration from an expensive top, I’ll take it.

      • Tiffany says
        Posted May 19, 2017

        No doubt, I appreciate the inspiration as well…and I actually noticed after I posted that she also has some lower price point options at the bottom of the post as well. I was just bummed to discover the particular shirt showcased was not an option for me.

  10. Jordan says
    Posted May 19, 2017

    Those shoes in the last picture, WHERE ARE THEY FROM!? So adorable

  11. Marta says
    Posted May 19, 2017

    Both looks are gorgeous! Those shorts are super pretty and the off the shoulder top is so cute and that colour looks so good on you.

  12. Lo says
    Posted May 19, 2017

    those scallop shorts are so cute and look great on you! i’ll definitely be waiting for them to be restocked!
    XO Lo

  13. Posted May 19, 2017

    I love those shorts! They are so cute and sexy but without revealing everything you own!

  14. Casey says
    Posted May 19, 2017

    Hey Kate! I don’t know if this is common among your readers or if it’s just me, but probably about 80% of your blog posts (including this one) make my iPad feedly app crash 🙁

    Just an FYI!

  15. Kelly says
    Posted May 20, 2017

    Hi! I love these Madewell shorts and am wanting to purchase from Madewell. I haven’t ever purchased bottoms from there and am wondering if they are accurate size wise. Thanks!

  16. Abi says
    Posted May 20, 2017

    I love both of the outfits!! The shorts in the first one are gorgeous x

    Abi | abistreetx

  17. Kelsi says
    Posted May 20, 2017

    Kate, you look so skinny! Bootcamp is paying off. (:
    CAN. NOT. WAIT. for those shorts to be back in stock.

  18. Sabelle says
    Posted May 20, 2017

    Kate, you always look amazing. I think I speak for many of us when I say please, please, pretty please make us a new hair tutorial video for the loose waves you’ve been rocking since you cut your hair. Your hair looks especially awesome in the recent Instagram post about yellow lipstick. I know your “Everyday Waves” tutorial is probably close enough but you have bangs in that one and I especially need help with making the front look nice without bangs. Thank you for sharing all of your tips with us!

  19. Posted May 20, 2017

    Such a cute pair of shorts! I’m a huge sucker for shorts in general and I’m always on the hunt for new cute pairs <3

  20. Melodie says
    Posted May 21, 2017

    I am loving the scallop detail, especially on shorts!! I’ve had my eye on a pair of denim ones from H&M but i do love the color of these, so pretty! xo

  21. Posted May 22, 2017

    super cute look!

    xoxo Ally
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  22. Karyn says
    Posted May 22, 2017

    May I ask where you got the tassel necklace?

  23. Katie says
    Posted May 22, 2017

    So pretty!

  24. Heidi says
    Posted June 4, 2017

    Makeup and hair tips are your strong suit.

  25. Posted June 6, 2017

    I love those shorts! Jess at Just Jess

  26. Joy says
    Posted June 21, 2017

    Love the shorts! So great for a day to night look. Who says you have to wear jeans to have a great night out look!