Outfit Highlight: Daisy Dukes…NOT!

Daisy Dukes_NOT! (1) | My Rose Colored Shades
I’ve stayed away from denim shorts because I naturally associate them with either daisy dukes or acid washed pleated shorts from the 80s, both of which bring back unpleasant memories. I have to say, though, that I’ve been seeing some really cute denim shorts outfits lately, which made me want to revisit the idea of purchasing one.

The updated denim shorts that I’ve been looking for definitely offer more coverage than daisy dukes and are more clean cut and relaxed. I found the perfect ones at the Gap, and they were on sale! They have a more relaxed fit and they’re cut-offs but with a longer inseam. Sometimes denim shorts can look overly casual, which is fine if that’s the look you’re going for but I wanted to dress them up a little bit so I added an eyelet button-down shirt and a classic navy blazer for a preppy chic look. The blazer worked out perfectly as temperatures cooled down a bit around here. And did I lie when I said that these Circus slip-ons were getting a lot of wear this summer? I wear them almost every day.

I’m excited to be guest posting for Alison over at Get Your Pretty On today! Please stop by and see how I’ve restyled three of my summer favorites.

Daisy Dukes_NOT! (2) | My Rose Colored Shades

Daisy Dukes_NOT! (3) | My Rose Colored Shades

Daisy Dukes_NOT! (4) | My Rose Colored Shades

Daisy Dukes_NOT! (5) | My Rose Colored Shades

Daisy Dukes_NOT! (6) | My Rose Colored Shades

Daisy Dukes_NOT! (7) | My Rose Colored Shades
J.Crew blazer | Gap denim shorts | Madewell shirt | Circus slip-ons | Guess tote (red sold out, similar) | starfish necklace (at T.J.Maxx stores, similar here and here)

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43 thoughts on “Outfit Highlight: Daisy Dukes…NOT!

  1. I adore the denim shorts with the white blouse & navy blazer and will try this out on my own. Those are some awesome slip-ons sneakers also. =)

    Always love hearing from you so stop by sometime Beautiful Cynthia.

    Have a Happy Monday! <3 Ada.

  2. I love the denim shorts this season too! You look fabulous with your white top, blazer, and red purse. Such a classic take on the shorts. Hope you had a great weekend!

    xo, Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

  3. I love denim shorts this summer. They can be comfy and stylish. I love how you styled yours with the eyelet and blazer – very cute!

  4. This is such an adorable outfit! I would totally imitate this for a weekend look! You look gorgeous in these shorts..and i know what you mean by coverage, I seek the same,and thus its hard for me to buy denim shorts which are not daisy dukes or ripped apart, with a malfunction waiting to happen.

  5. Stopping in from GYPO! I too am having a moment with denim shorts – I love these on you and I LOVE that Guess? purse. I use to work at the HQ’s in LA and worked with the company that design’s all of Guess’s purses – so I adore their work in general but this one is so fresh. Going to follow along via Bloglovin.

  6. I love how you’re wearing casual jean shorts with a smart navy blazer. Your Guess bag adds a pop of colour and the detail of your blouse adds a feminine element, super!

  7. So funny I’ve just published a blog post on “Kimono & Denim Shorts”.
    I absolutely love your outfit. You look very chic… Who would have thought an outfit with a pair of denim shorts can be that chic <3

    <3 <3 from Vienna
    Mahshid مهشید


  8. love this whole look! so casual and classy. love the shoes and the pop of red from your purse is my favorite!

    i just bought denim shorts myself recently and my husband said, since i haven’t worn denim shorts in so long, thinks he said it’s not my style anymore. but i said i like it and how you’ve styled it is how i envisioned wearing the denim shorts myself 🙂

    thanks for linking up cynthia!

    rhea @ rheaetcetera.com

  9. OMG I ‘m in love with that bag, I’ve been looking for that kind of shade for some time and I love red. This look is so lovely and shorts are great!

  10. Love this look! i’m also not really into denim shorts on myself, but i just love how you styled them. they’re chic with the addition of the blazer, but still playful with the slip on shoes. well done 🙂
    xo jac

  11. Love how you have styled the shorts- I am more of a skirts and pants girl but these shorts do look like something I could wear.

  12. I enjoyed your post at Get Your Pretty On, I love your style Hun now that I got a glimpse of all of your outfits together. Cute shorts and purse here. Rachel xo

  13. Hi Cynthia you look great in this outfit. I know what you mean about daisy dukes.
    I will not wear my shorts any shorter than a little above my knees. I just don’t feel comfortable. I really like the eyelet shirt with the blazer. Thanks again for linking up to the #WhatWivesWearLinkUp. I look forward to seeing more of your looks.
    Have a great weekend! ~Sherri

  14. When I think of acid wash it does make me think of the 80’s too. Wow I remember everyone rocking a pair of something acid wash. HaHa!!

    You always look lovely. I am loving the blazer with the shorts. I might be borrowing this for some outfit inspiration 🙂

    Happy Weekend!!


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