SHOP NOW: Time and Tru Linen & Cotton Shorts!

I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with summer, even though the fashion I’ve touted (summer dresses, tops, sandals, & more) for over a decade on Style Darling Daily has been some of the most colorful, joyful, & stylish of the entire year. It’s the heat that gets me–literally & figuratively frazzled! I vehemently dislike having to plan my wardrobe around oppressively hot weather when it comes to outdoor events, such as family gatherings, headed to festivals or farms with the family, etc. However, last summer on a vacation to upstate New York with my husband & daughter, I sweat through my cute cotton dress & desperately needed a change of wardrobe just for the drive back to Long Island. Our sudden stop to a Walmart changed my perspective on one long-avoided summer staple: shorts.

I’ve been a fan of Walmart‘s Time and Tru label for some time now, but always steered away from shorts in my adult years out of self-consciousness about my body & feeling much more comfortable & feminine in a dress or skirt outfit. Now, I accept that my legs are my legs & worrying over my self image takes time away from the fun things I could be doing out in the world. I’m usually the only person thinking about my legs, anyways! So… I’ve come to learn that I feel much better about myself when I’m wearing something that I feel best represents me, especially on sunny days, which is certainly the case for the cotton & linen shorts featured below:

SHOP: 1. Linen Blend shorts in Black Soot, 2. Linen Blend shorts in Black/White Stripe, 3. Linen Blend shorts in Navy Stripe, 4. Tencel Shorts in Navy Tropical, 5. Linen Blend shorts in Vivid White, 6. Linen Blend shorts in Watermelon Floral, 7. Linen Blend shorts in White/Black stripe, & 8. Tencel shorts in Sea Turtle.

These shorts can be paired with any variety of tee or tank (see some options below), along with flip-flops, sandals, or wedges for a perfectly fashionable & budget-friendly day or night out this summer. Additionally, I love that Time and Tru designs for a variety of sizes; the featured shorts above are available in XS – 3XL while supplies last, ranging in price from $12.98 – $16.98. Suggested coordinating tanks below range in price from $6.50 – $12.98 in sizes XS – 3XL, which means that you can easily wear an outfit for under $20 before tax!

SHOP: 1. Knot tank top in Galapagos Blue (available in 7 colors), 2. High Low tank top in Orange (available in 4 colors), 3. V-Neck tank top in Black Soot Tie Dye (available in 7 colors), & 4. Tie Strap tank top in Vivid White (available in 4 colors).

What are you summer wardrobe staples? Where do you like to shop to refresh your summer style in season? What are your favorite & most affordable summer steals right now? For more stylish posts, check out: bargain barrettes from Ardene, Blake Lively’s must-have summer little white dress look, & bold suit inspiration from Priyanka Chopra Jonas & Salma Hayek Pinault! Happy Styling!

Quickie Darling Deal & Steal: 4th of July Style for all Sizes!

For the 4th of July, celebrate your love for America in patriotic style!  Break out the red, white, & blue! Here are just a few examples that you might already have in your summer wardrobe that would be perfect for your day at a family barbecue, out with some friends on the pier, or if you’re heading to a bar for some fun with friends!

Start your outfit off with a bold blue applique top with come skinny jeans for the cooler temperature at night, a plus-sized flowy peasant top with some white shorts & wedges, or something like this starry top for capris & red bangles, red chino shorts for a graphic tee & flats, plus-sized chambray shorts with a basic tank & some long beads, or even with a cute belted skirt for a tube top.

Here is where you can blend textures for the most comfortable combinations of looks.  We see a plus-sized striped dress which is adorable for some neutral accessories like a straw belt & metallic sandals, as well as a short one shoulder dress that just calls for some lucite jewelry & a denim tote bag, & a casual blue textured bubble dress for a cropped crochet bolero & polka-dotted flip-flops.  For the ease of being outside try some red sandal flats with any white cotton summer dress or even starry flip-flops & striped flip-flops from Payless for only $3.99!  Even for an early morning run to the stores to catch some great sales, try some espadrille-like boat shoes with a romper & canvas satchel.

Some cute extra accessories also include a stripe-detail fedora to wear with a maxi dress, a nylon blue belt to loop through your cutoff shorts, or a spacious straw tote to carry around your shades & sunblock.  Have a safe holiday & happy Styling!