Sunday, August 28, 2011

LACE SHORTS

All right. I can't rock shorts like some good friends of mine can (you know who you are!).  And I nearly lost my nerve posting this after seeing the beautiful Natalie Suarez's post.  But how could I resist summer's favorite -- lace shorts -- which I've been admiring on everyone else's blogs?






I present white lace, California style.  Our Victorian great-great-...-grandmothers would turn in their graves seeing lace put to such scandalous use.  (Horrors!  Apoplectic fits all around!  Note:  I actually did have a great-aunt who wore floor-length skirts and lace shawls everyday of her life, in later years spiffed up only by huge sunglasses.)




My summer was mostly spent in dresses.  I realize now how liberating it is to be in shorts, even in lace!  I find myself walking everywhere I normally wouldn't, like to the grocery store down the road. (New Yorkers do this. Californians do not. * I have since been duly corrected that a lot of Northern Californians walk everywhere. 'Tis true.)

A few days ago, I walked to the Swim and Tennis Club in this outfit to meet someone.  I had this urge to hop over the nets and grab a player's racket.  I mean, I was practically in tennis whites.  Imagine doing all that dressed like these ladies below:


Source: a rare book
British Sports and Sportsmen: Athletic Sports, Tennis, Rackets, and Other Ball Games. 1930.

I'm the worst tennis player in my family.  But with opponents dressed like this, I might have a sporting chance at unreturnable serves!

I'm curious, did you get into the lace trend?  Are you still wearing summer shorts where you are?

Shorts: from a little boutique in Los Gatos
Blouse: Patrick Robinson
Wedges: Charles David
Sunglasses: Valentino
Hat: husband's Panama

45 comments:

  1. Such a profound and beautiful comment from someone so young and beautiful.
    You are fantastic, my friend.
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  2. I wish I was still wearing shorts! I think there were about 3 days all summer where it was actually hot enough here - love your lace ones and you have great legs so fret not and revel in wearing shorts while you can!

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  3. Your white outfit is amazing and your blog is very nice.Love to wear shorts and where I live can do it most of the year.
    XX.Y

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  4. so cute! the lace shorts are adorable! i love the hat too

    love from San Francisco,
    Britt+Whit

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  5. I walk everywhere. In California. Northern Californians are walkers, I am a Nor-Cal girl. Anyhoo, I live in either shorts or dresses- shorts are more modest than mini's and I plan to wear them well into the winter months.
    You look fab by the way. Love your lacey shorts and sophisticated outfit! xo Bella Q

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  6. @Bella, thank you for the correction! You are right - Northern Californians do walk everywhere! Teaches me not to make gross generalizations! xxx

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  7. I love lace shorts and yours are fabulous!

    Lots of love from Sydney,

    x Kel

    talking blogger bullying

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  8. aye aye oh! those are stunning shorts..i indulged in the lace mania ealier this year..like in april i bought a lace bordered top..it's so precious :P
    and that illustration is awesome..i wonder how earlier women even breathed with those corsets and all.

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  9. You probably rock them better than your friends because they look so good on you! Yes Nor Cal people prefer to walk which is better but So Cal people love to drive everywhere..

    Cheers! ~Angel

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  10. Lovely hat! I like the outfit and those shorts! :D

    xx

    www.sickbytrend.com

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  11. love the pics! :)

    http://freakyfriday-sabrina.blogspot.com

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  12. It is indeed a fabulous shorts..
    Lee x

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  13. very cool outfit, thhose shorts are awesome!

    Costin M.

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  14. Very classy look! I love the hat!! you look so lovely. xx

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  15. If I owned a pair of lace shorts like yours I'd wear them in all weathers. As Veshoevious said above, we had around 3 days worth of 'real' bare-leg, short-wearing temperatures this summer. However, I still wear my shorts all year round with cable or opaque tights. But what I really want this winter is a pair of knitted shorts. Blogger Barbro Andersen makes her own (and looks incredible in them. I may have to give the DIY knitting a try.
    You look as crisp and pretty as a spring daisy here, with a spring in your step too - loved the thought of breaking into a sprint to leap over a tennis net and grab a raquet from a startled player.

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  16. well, i think you're looking pretty amazing too!

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  17. lovely :)

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  18. you're looking super cool in those shorts. love the colour too.

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  19. your outfit here is great!!


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  20. I think you could give Natalie a run for her money! You look great and they look great so any grandmother would duly approve, as I do :)


    Lots of love from Sydney,

    x Kel

    being a nerdy hipster

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  21. Tres Chic! Love your hat and shorts!

    Xx

    http://chelseasgirl.wordpress.com/

    http://www.bucketlistnation.com/

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  22. -Your pictures look amazing!

    Please check out my blog when you get a chance!
    http://www.goodbadnfab.blogspot.com
    a fashion lawyer by day, fashion police by night...I play at red carpet events, shop all over town, and live life in the fab lane in LA!

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  23. WOW honey, I am totally in love with your shorts!Great look!

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  24. I really love this look, so feminine and elegant yet laid back and perfect for summer~!!

    xox

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  25. You can totally rock these shorts - they look great on you! I'm very much in love with the lace shorts trends, but here it's becoming rather autumnal so it doesn't seem to make sense to try to get one now.

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  26. i love the white on white! that photo is so interesting! i love it

    thestylechildblog.com

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  27. I could use your look as I have a white party to go to on Thursday. This is a great look. Thanks for following. you are on the list. Good Luck. Xxxx

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  28. Love your shorts! You look gorgeous!

    GTBB,
    http://badjoan.blogspot.com
    http://cookingjoan.blogspot.com

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  29. Love the lace shorts and the white shirt - a touch of masculine!

    Hey, I'm in LA but love to walk as much as possible - that's why I chose to live in Los Feliz, bc you actually can! Not our fault the metropolitan city is spread out!

    http://www.inherentstylela.com/

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  30. Loving your shorts!! You look stunning! Happy Wednesday babe xx

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  31. those are super cute... here in FL they would be great with this terrible heat!

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  33. you are chic even in shorts! I regularly wear some shorts too in summertime and I still do now because it is still warm and sunny here in auvergne :)

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  34. LOVE LOVE LOVE the short ant this hat ^^ you look great ;D

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    Peace n' Kisses from France

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