Give those solid-colored chinos a makeover with a fancy patterned blouse and metallic wedges. Light pink earrings and rose gold touches on your handbag finish off the look.
Clockwise: Kain printed washed-silk tank, $155 at Net-a-Porter; faceted geo bead earrings, $5.80 at Forever 21; Jean-Michel Cazabat Pia wedge, $92.57 at Endless; Paduano clutch, $45 at Aldo; chino short in bright violet, $45 at J.Crew.
Dress up patterned cutoffs with a sexy top and heels. Add a few shiny accessories, and no one will notice your casual shorts.
Rebecca Minkoff wallet on a chain, $225 at Piperlime; stud-collar top, $22.99 at Charlotte Russe; ikat-print shorts, $76.01 at Lord & Taylor; Lucia leather sandal, $89.95 at DSW; pavé python ring, $42 at BaubleBar.
Since these shorts are already dressy, you can go more laid-back with the rest of the pieces—think mod flats and a casual top. A intricate bangle and a neutral bag are two easygoing touches.
Meg Biram writes about interiors, art, and fashion on her blog, Mimi + Meg