Pleated shorts have occupied a pretty solid spot on the don’t list since about 1990, however this year they started cropping up alongside high waisted jean shorts, overalls, and all sorts of other trends that we thought had been long buried and forgotten. While I won’t be wearing overalls anytime soon, the pleated short trend is worth trying out, especially when it’s on sale for $17(!) during J.Crew’s Final Summer Sale. With a skinny belt, a striped shirt, and some pops of color, these navy pleated shorts are totally chic and nothing like my “summer uniform” pleated shorts from Catholic school days.
The outfit below is slightly nautical but with orange as the accent color rather than red to avoid doing a too literal take on classic Americana. A tan Tory Burch tote coordinates with the braided belt without being matchy matchy. A summer scarf is ready for cool seaside nights and a navy and ivory hat shields midday’s rays. Gold jewelry, big sunglasses (I wanted to do a sporty pair but it’s just not me!), and a coral lipstick round out the look.
Shop the look using the links below – and definitely pick up the shorts while they’re $17!