This ensemble was inspired by a Summer outfit formula I suggested in 2012 and that has been repinned 618 times on Pinterest. It’s one of the simplest ensembles I’ve posted, so it just goes to show the popularity of casual outfits that are comfortable and easy to put together. 


Here’s the updated version with more variety in each of the components. It’s the type of outfit you can wear in very casual settings. As a Mum on the go at the park, out and about at the beach, lake or pool, or on a hot day at home. Two things make this outfit a little more special. Most importantly the top, which is more interesting than a basic T-shirt. Next, the footwear, which is a step up from rubber flip flops.

Here’s the updated version:

Denim Shorts with Interesting Top and Hat

Here are the components:

Denim Shorts: Choose a pair of denim shorts in blue or white at a length that works for you. From short shorts and mid-thigh lengths to denim Bermudas and longer clamdiggers. Jeans that have been cut off to create shorts work well too. Boyfriend denim shorts are another way to go, but might require a belt to hold them up. Shorts that fit on the waist without a belt are an easier and more comfortable option. 

Interesting Casual Top: Think beyond the basic T-shirt. For starters I’ve used a striped tee with side seam beading, a ruffled white boho top, a kimono blouse, a shark’s bite tunic, and an asymmetrical tank top. But there are many more styles of casual top to consider in either a knit or woven fabrication. Choose any colour in a solid or pattern. Fluid or oversized fits work best for this very casual look 

Tunics are fab with tight clamdiggers if you’re shy about showcasing your thighs. Most tops can be worn out, but feel free to partially tuck the front for a little more structure. 

Footwear: Think updated casual footwear like Birkenstocks or other styles of soft footbed sandals. Thong sandals, gladiators, low wedge sandals, slip-on sneakers, flatforms, espadrilles, slides, Toms and loafers are other options. 

Hat: Think big floppy straw or felt hats, a straw fedora, Panama hat, or Western cowgirl hat. Choose any colour in the hat. No need to stick to neutrals if that’s not your cup of tea. 

Accessories: Choose a very casual bag like a straw tote, beach tote, upscale backpack, crossbody or leather tote. Finish off the look with jewellery, eyewear and watch as desired. 

I wore this outfit formula on holiday in hot Arizona last month. I combined a pair of old and long denim cut-off shorts with a white cropped waffle knit top, white loafers, a casual red suede clutch, and straw cowgirl hat. Apart from the shorts, here are the exact items of the outfit. The loafers were a tad dressy for the look, but it worked well nonetheless.