Winter Shorts

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When it’s winter on the East Coast, you can’t really get away with wearing shorts outside (unless you want to freeze to death). Luckily for me, these pictures were taken in California, where winter = 60 degrees in December.

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I only packed two pairs of shoes when I went home last month: my heeled ankle boots from Nordstrom and my Sam Edelman Petty boots. I’d been lusting after these boots for months and I finally took the plunge when they released the black leather version last fall. They were definitely pricier than what I’d normally pay but I know the splurge was worth it. I wear them all the time and I’m hoping they’ll last for many years.

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Outfit Details: Cardigan and Shorts- Forever 21 // Top and Tights- Joe Fresh // Necklace c/o Gorjana-Griffin // Shoes- Sam Edelman Petty (in Black Gladiator Leather) // Lips- NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Dragon Girl // photos- my sister

  • Jenmarie

    LOVE the way you paired your shorts with the tights! It’s a cute trend that not too many people try or do right but your take looks really nice!

    • Thank you Jenmarie! I’d tried it a couple times before but it didn’t look quite right. I think this is my best attempt so far!

  • I had to look closely to see that they were shorts, but I actually love them. This may just be the only way to actually wear them in winter, so good for you for giving it a go. Happy New Year! /Madison

    • Thank you Madison! Happy New Year to you too!

  • sartorialsidelines

    I swear I have the exact same F21 shorts…and now I’m totally going to wear them with some tights!

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

    • Yay- I love these shorts! I remember hunting them down when they first came out- I had to have them!

  • A good pair of boots is always worth the splurge, and getting to wear shorts and eyelet lace in december is always quite nice.

    • Yes, it was pretty nice not to have to wear a gajillion layers when I was home in CA!

  • love this look! I wear my leather shorts the same way in winter.

    The Style Scribe

    • Thank you Merritt! :)

  • Eli

    I have the same boots in a light brown suede, I LOVE them. They’re so comfy. I just noticed the other day shopbop has them in the black leather like yours with a black sole, if I didn’t already have two other black boots Id get them!!

    • When I was looking for the link I noticed the ones with the all black sole too! Is it bad that I kind of want to buy those as well?!

  • You could wear this cute outfit on the East Coast if you topped it with a warm long puffer. I recently got the same SE boots and they are so versatile! Happy New Year Nnenna! Stay warm!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

    • You’re very right- if it warms up some, I may be able to wear this with a thick wool coat on top! Happy New Year to you too Rowena :)

  • Love that blouse and those booties, Nnenna! I just love the Sam Edelman petty boots in leather (not suede) – I want to get a pair! Also, so jealous you’re in beautiful Cali weather!

    • Thank you Jessica! I really wanted the Petty boots, but I was hesitant about the suede because I didn’t think they would stand up against the mean streets of NYC. That’s why I was so happy when they finally released them in leather (and apparently there’s a leather version with a black sole too!). Of course I loved the warmer Cali weather, but I left CA and headed back to frigid NYC right before the New Year!

  • Too cute, Nnenna! and the lighting on the photos are gorgeous too. I have a pair of shorts that I’ve been wanting to wear for the winter since they’re thick, faux leather, and I can really only envision wearing them with tights. But it’s too cold right now! :(

    • Thank you Laura! I’ve been complaining about the cold weather but I know you guys in the Midwest have it way worse! Hope you’re staying safe + warm!

  • Katrina Sophia

    gorgeous! I really like the whole monochrome look with a pop of colour, cobalt blue fingernails. you rock it to perfection!

    glad you liked my painting! will have more coming, stay tuned x

    Katrina Sophia Blog

    • Thank you Katrina Sophia! I really love a bright nail color- this particular blue is definitely one of my favorites.

  • OMG shorts! Love it! And are these by any chance the new Litely filters?

    • Thank you! No, these aren’t the Litely filters. I hadn’t heard of those before- I’ll have to check those out! These are from a different site but I can’t remember the link at the moment. I have it saved on my computer at home- remind me to look it up!

  • Tallia

    You are so cute. Your smile is so radiant. The nail polish is a really nice pop of color to the outfit


    • You’re so sweet- thank you Tallia! :)

  • Code Overdressed

    Cute! Love the way you’ve winterised your shorts, the weather there is almost identical to the weather here, so this is something I’d definitely wear! Plus your top is super pretty!

    Cee. ?
    Code Overdressed

    • Thanks so much Cee! :)