Short shorts

I’ve never been a ‘legs out’ kinda gal. At school I’d be the one quietly boiling in the corner in trousers during the summer months when all the other girls cracked out cute pleated skirts (it was the post-Christina Aguilera Dirty years and ‘the shorter the better’ was the general mantra at the time) and up until two years ago I don’t think I owned anything that was leg baring other than a few dresses that I’d don for nights out when I was feeling brave. I not quite sure what it was that kept me covering them up all these years; psoriasis patches probably played a part, combined with the fact that I’m a clumsy klutz who’s always got a bruise or three on my shins who is also horrible at shaving and always misses a patch or ten – yeah that sounds about right. But in recent times I’ve decided to put my scaly, slightly hairy legs on show and grow my short/skirt/dress wardrobe and my latest addition may just be my favourite yet…

Denim shorts. I’m not sure I’ve worn a pair since the ’90’s when I owned some that had an elasticated waistband and were purchased from Woolworths, until now. I just kept spotting them on my favourite style bloggers (Style Drifter being my most oft-browsed inspiration), paired with knits, boots, marl t-shirts, blazers – basically everything else that I own in my wardrobe – looking so ridiculously chic. I had to give it a go. And give it a go I did with this pair of Topshop Hallie Denim Hotpants. And the verdict is in. I love ’em. They work perfectly well with all the aforementioned pieces, the rips give them a casual feel and the fit is surprisingly flattering, nipping in at the waist and creating a silhouette that makes those pins a little longer and ends at just the right length. I’ve been pairing them with slouchy t-shirts and yep you’ve guessed it….my ASH Jalouse Boots. What else?!

Two things to note. I purchased them in a size up from normal (I usually come up a 10 in Topshop, but went for 12 which gives them a bit of extra bagg) and I accidentally picked up a pair that were from the tall section and didn’t realise till I got home which makes them a tad longer than the usual sizings which I actually like. Less chance of my cheeks hanging out the bottom, you know?

  • BeautyBlogmark

    Lovely denim shorts! I wish I could wear shorts more. :) -Jina

  • nueyork

    I was the exact same at school, and I have only just gotten comfortable wearing shorts in the past few years. These are such a flattering cut, it would be hard to resist!

  • Sierra Porter

    Love them! I’m always afraid to wear baggy shorts,but you’re making me want to try them out anyway :)


  • sarah

    Congratulations to becoming more confident in showing your legs off :)

  • Laurie Medina

    Love those shorts! I love wearing high waisted denim shorts with a cool grungy type tshirt or a crop top and kimono or something like that. They’re definitely a staple in my wardrobe almost year round – I live in Texas. It’s hot all the friggin time.

    Love da blog, gurl.

    Annesque – xxx

  • Cadence Woodland

    You’ve described my own relationship to my legs perfectly, I had to chuckle!

  • CassandraMyee

    You could pull off any shorts or skirts, you have absolutely nothing to worry about girl!

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  • The Shanghaiphile

    love the shorts but especially love the t shirt! x

  • Joanne Kilday

    These shorts are really cute!! x

  • Manouk

    Topshop is the best for (boyfriend) shorts/jeans! I remember singing along to CA – Dirrty, I had no idea what I was singing 😉

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  • emilylikesmakeup

    These look so lovely! I used to love Woolworths, oh the memories haha!

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  • Stephanie

    Ooh it’s a clever idea (even if by accident) to buy the ‘tall’ version of shorts, gives you that extra bit of length if you’re less brave! I’m going to try that in the future!



  • AgentSmyth

    Love these, they look great on you. Sadly I really don’t have the legs to pull off these shorts but you make them look effortlessly amazing x

    Claire | AgentSmyth

  • Lauren S

    I agree, cheeks covered and a nice length (not to be mumsy, I just hate pulling shorts down !) i need a good denim pair but then again I have many shorts…sigghh

    Lauren x

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  • Samantha

    Love this, so effortless! Totally agree on the length thing… most of the shorts I see in stores look like denim underwear!

  • Nicola

    So beautiful and amazing legs!
    Would love to find and follow any new fashion blogs

  • Laarni

    I love wearing shorts! I can wear them all year! Nice outfit!

  • Kiara King

    Heck yes lady! Bare those slightly hairy, scaley legs! Hahaha. But in all honesty (not that i wasn’t honest in saying that), I completely agree with you that denim shorts should be purchased in a size or two bigger than ones usual size, even if they’re slightly too big on the hip. This way there is no ‘cheeks’ in sight! Plus, i think they look so much more flattering this way.

    This is such a great, simple post with so much truth.

  • Ashley

    Love the shorts! You look amazing! 😀

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  • Rachel Polansky

    ahh i want them, you’re so toned and fit!

  • Pam Biggin

    They look lovely on you, wish I had your legs! lol

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  • Hayley Porter

    Those shorts are gorgeous! Think I might have to place a Topshop order after reading this!

    Hayley xxx

  • Laurel Loves

    Cool shorts! They look really comfy but also very stylish. I fancy a pair for myself!

  • Hannah

    I just bought a pair of these! Fit so well! x

    Hannah / Like Volcanoes

  • Jess

    These look really nice on you, might have to get some of these. I’m normally not a shorts person but these look really flattering.
    Jess xo

  • Kate Wilson

    You look lovely! Wear them more often x


  • Grace

    They look great on you! The bleached denim looks so pretty, I think I will get myself a pair too! 😉

  • Aimee

    These are so flattering! Love the way they look with your boots too :)

  • Alice Young

    I lovveee the wash on them! They look great on you!

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  • Christine

    I love this look on you! Girl, I have totally been digging your style lately! Don’t get me wrong, I like the shorts, but I LOVE that shirt! Do you mind telling me where you got it? It is so effortless and looks great on you!

  • Beauty Vanity

    They look amazing on you!!! You have legs for daaaaays, you should show them off more often :)

    xx Alyson
    Beauty Vanity

  • Eleanor Humphries

    Your legs look amazing! I like how they’re a little longer, so many denim shorts are completely unforgiving x

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  • Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD.

    Your legs look amazing, and I love the shape of these! x

    Maddy from UNSTITCHEDD

  • Sabrinna Baglio

    oh my gosh i have the same exact top shop ones they are SO comfy they feel like pajama pants so lovely
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  • Sophia Charles

    Love that shorts! They look really nice


  • Mikayla

    Love the shorts! They look so good on you!

    Mikayla :)

  • Ellen Bourne

    they are very, very cool. I love the slouchy style and the boots you’ve paired them with :)

  • Ellie

    They look really nice, I love the rips for a casual edge :)

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  • Charlotte Copeland

    You have cracking pins girl! x

  • Amy’s Corner

    Love these, they look really good on you :)

  • Trish

    I don’t think I could live without my denim shorts during the summer months…so comfy and easy to throw on! Love these!!

  • Ellenor Marie

    These look so cute! I am the same I’m one for getting my legs out either, but this will be the year that I do!! :)

  • Beth

    These look great! I too, am the type of gal who wants to leave a little bit to the imagination on the shorts front, and these look like they could be right up my street! :)

    Beth. x

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  • Gyudy

    I never wear something so short but I love it on you! xx

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  • Savannah Giersthove

    They look lovely on you! x

  • Laura Markle

    The bag in the pic is so pretty for summer!

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  • mageeski

    I think they look great!

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  • Emily Knott

    I really like these! In need of some new denim shorts!

  • victoria

    I really like this outfit on you, you rock this Anna ! :)


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  • Hannah Moseley

    These look perfect. I hate that awkward walk whilst tugging down shorts – such a nightmare! Going to the tall section is a good idea though :) xx

  • lyvie

    With these killer legs I would also be a legs out kinda gal !