Casual Styling with Vintage Levi's

Hi babes!

My wildest dreams (not the Scott Eastwood in the African wilderness kind of dream -- although I wouldn't mind 😏 ) have come true!

After over a year of sitting in my room, completely untouched, I have finally been able to slip into these patchwork vintage Levi shorts!

Before heading off to Big Bear for the weekend I decided to give them a go, just to see. The zipper went up and the button closed. Fit into goal shorts, complete! βœ”οΈ

What followed was a celebratory prance about my apartment, and a booty shake for good measure.

All of this personal hoopla inspired me to write a little how-to guide on styling vintage shorts because well, they can be a bear.

I have a sneaking suspicion that many can relate. How many times have you popped into a vintage shop, grabbed your usual size, only to discover they don’t go over your knees? For me, too many times to count. Knife to the ego!

Don’t worry though babes, what I’ve learned is that sizing has changed significantly over the years, and what matters most is fit, quality, and working the garment to your best advantage.

You may be wondering, why would you even buy shorts that don’t fit?! And that would be an excellent question. The answer? Clearly I’m a fashion masochist.

The real reason is that I just plain loved them. They are the epitome of the casual cool California girl style, and being a California girl myself, they were a much needed addition.

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This leads me to my styling guide. Now there are often two types of issues that come with how vintage shorts fit in the waist:

  1. Way Too Tight Waist

  2. Crazy Stretched Out Waist

To address dealing with a snug waist, I give you the white tee.

β€œYes yes we know, white tee/jean shorts combo, been there done that, we get it already!”

You know what, I can’t get over it, and neither should you.

Nothing looks more classic and cool than this time-honored combination. As far as styling, it works even more to your benefit.

Choose a tee that is looser in fit, tuck in the front, and watch as your previously snug in the waist shorts completely change into seemingly perfect fitting shorts. It’s your golden ticket my people.

Shorts that pucker in the back are literally the worst. *cue eye roll* Encountering shorts that do this seems to be a consistent issue. If the waist is significantly larger then try going down a size.

Otherwise, if the issue is minor then grab a statement belt and wrap that baby around your waist. I’m in love with this Western-inspired one from Free People, and it’s what I’m wearing in this look. A belt will help minimize an unsightly gap, and make those vintage shorts extra chic!

Since I somehow had a combo of both issues I applied both styling tips to this look. Honestly, these kinds of simple tricks are what make me most excited about fashion. The transformative power of styling is truly amazing!

All that remains of your vintage shorts look is to apply your very own personal style. Add accessories or touches that scream YOU! Allow your look to be the perfect expression of yourself.

Hope you find these tips helpful! Have a wonderful week, mine’s shaping up to be pretty crazy!

P.S. If you follow me on Snapchat then you know this post was originally scheduled for yesterday, but I made a big oops! It happens haha. Thanks for your patience! Love ya 😘

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Brandy Melville T-Shirt  |  Vintage Levi's Shorts  |  Free People Belt  |  Rebecca Minkoff Bag (similar style)  |  Forever 21 Hat (similar style) & Sandals

xoxo Elyse