Fancy Pants

Thank you for all of the kind words about the Redbook award! You sure do know how to make a grown woman blush like a school girl.  I slept with a smile on my face like a creepster last night. So thank you again, your kindness means a lot.

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These shorts. These are the shorts that I put in my cart, took out of my cart, put in my cart, took out of my cart for the entire duration of the Nordstrom anniversary sale. I (obviously) ended up taking the plunge on the very last day. Once they arrived, I knew I made the right choice. I’m kind of on the ‘shop for fall’ kick right now so I’ve been drawn to mainly fall pieces anyways. I’m always on the fence when it comes to shorts in the fall. For me it works because Texas is hot until it’s not, you know what I mean? So I like the tougher feel of these shorts that definitely make them feel like fall. Plus I think that I’m into the tights under shorts thing again this year. I go back and forth with that trend each year (last year no) but this year I’m back with it. But let’s not talk about tights until we have to okay? 
In my searching, I did find a few other options that give a leather look but aren’t necessarily leather. Coated denim gives a great leather look with more stretch and a lower price point. 

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I also ended up browsing through Nordstrom’s Via C collection while I was contemplating the purchase of these shorts. Via C is their contemporary designers collections, I don’t usually find myself hanging around that department but I ended up finding a few things that I’d love to put on my high hopes list. (It’s like a wish list but with higher expectations.) Below I pulled a few of my favorites:

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  1. Kreyola says:

    Cute look. I have shorts that look similar and the way you paired it look really nice here. I especially love the shoes!!!

    Kreyola Jounerys

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  2. At least you're in the Dallas area so you'll probably be getting some fall weather before Austin does 🙁 Is it October yet?? I have a leather skirt wanting some attention in my closet, ha!

    http://www.daydreamfrenzy.com/

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  3. Jyoti says:

    I love that top and pretty much every outfit you've paired it with! I totally agree with you on the shorts/tight combo – I may just have to bring it back again this year. I'll be trying to rock shorts till December down here in Texas!

    Jyoti @ whatjocraves.com

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  4. Kimberly says:

    I just bought a pair similar to this from Mango (but mine are "faux" leather) – now I need to drop a few lbs so they fit perfectly – ha! 🙂

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  5. Angela Remondi says:

    Such a perfect combination!! I'm so in love with that top, and it looks gorgeous on you 🙂

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  6. Zoe says:

    I've never been a fancy shorts girl. I'm all about either a classic denim cutoff or some sort of cloth for comfort. I love this look though. I think you're right-those shorts are the perfect blend of fall/summer, a great transition piece! As for tights under shorts, I am the same way, each year I change my mind about how I feel. Most years it's no, but perhaps that's just because I'm not quite sure on how to pull of the look

    The What's In Between

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  7. Natali says:

    Perfect black and white outfit! I wouldn't take away or add anything! 🙂

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

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  8. I love the shorts – adds a little bit of rock and edge to the outfit!

    Liz @ ShoppingMyCloset.com

    Come by! Weekly Style Me Wednesday fashion blog link-up

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  9. lavieenliz says:

    obsessed with the shoes

    http://hashtagliz.com

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  10. Elizabeth Hawn says:

    great look! love your top

    http://www.atlantastateofmind.blogspot.com

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  11. nikki says:

    those shorts are awesome!

    xxoo,
    nikki

    http://www.dream-in-neon.com

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  12. Love the look and the shorts! And let's take a moment to gush about those heels, girl….!!

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  13. Sarah says:

    Those shoes are fabulous! Great for a day-to-night ensemble.

    http://www.bohochiccafe.com

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  14. Kelsey Wilburn says:

    this top is totally gorgeous!

    ladies in navy

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  15. the shorts are cute! but those shoes are so awesome!

    http://www.footnotesandfinds.com

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  16. Cassandra says:

    You are seriously amazing at mixing high/low. I'm sick of reading blogs where the outfit is worth over 2k (including outrageous handbag). While the outfits are great, (and I'd love to wear them) they don't fit my grad school budget. But you rock it every time. Love your style.

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  17. Sheila says:

    Love the shorts and shoes!!

    xo – Sheila
    http://www.sheislovelyblog.com

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  18. Ashton Vaughan says:

    I love this top! It is so sweet and the pairing with the shorts gives it just the right amount of edge! Hope you have a great day!

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  19. Ah yeah!! The shorts are everything. I've been wanting to do shorts with a little fancy for a while but I get nervous for trying too hard. Love this though. It's simple, chic and actually very European! Loving those heels too! x

    http://www.chevronsandeclairs.com/blog

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  20. Jessica says:

    My fall list looks very similar! leather skirt, black distressed denim and a(nother) moto jacket. oh and some suede ankle boots too 🙂
    Jessica
    http://www.thebellevoyage.com

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  21. Monic says:

    love this outfit ! the shoes are amazing !
    M♥

    Simply Sutter

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  22. Love these elevated basics! Always out doing yourself Kendi! Those shoes are killer!
    xo Adri
    http://www.adrilately.blogspot.com

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  23. Simple summery and chic.

    http://www.eyelikefashion.com

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  24. Nora says:

    Such a stunning look!

    Nora /
    1310bynora.com

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  25. Tara CW44 says:

    Obsessed with that bag and those mules!!

    -Tara
    http://threewishesstyle.com/

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  26. Shoshana says:

    Really cute look. keeping the shorts in your cart and actually hitting purchase, smart choice. You look adorable in that top.
    http://www.stylegonerogue.com

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  27. Molly D says:

    You are killing it with this outfit – absolute perfection! I adore your style and your beauty (inside and out)!

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  28. Sarah says:

    I want to try shorts with tights this fall!

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  29. Gorgeous look! Love your bag 🙂

    xx,
    Lily
    pslilyboutique.com

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  30. catiekat says:

    I am all about this right now. Especially the shoes!

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  31. Ahka Vintage says:
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  32. Amy says:

    Kendi, I owe you such an apology. I left such a degrading comment yesterday on your Redbook post. I had so right to respond so negatively. First of all, congratulations on making it as a winner. 2nd, please ignore negative people such as myself leaving a comment like I did. I need to keep my opinions to myself and if I don't have anything positive to say, I should just shut-up!! Please accept my apology. I truly am sorry!!

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  33. Laura Rose says:

    Wow love this look!

    Laura Rose

    republicofrose.wordpress.com

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  34. That top is really cute!
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

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  35. The slow pace says:

    You look so lovely!
    xx,
    E.
    http://www.theslowpace.com

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  36. Agi says:

    Cute look. Love the black and white combo.

    Agi:)

    vodkainfusedlemonade.com

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  37. Sasa Zoe says:

    Love the heels! Looking so chic:)

    http://www.shallwesasa.com

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  38. Tamara W. says:

    I need that shirt! Love it!

    Tamara
    http://www.trulytamara.com

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  39. Jessica says:

    I love your heels!

    notjessfashion.com

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  40. Katie says:

    These look SO much better on you than the model on the Nordstrom link!

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  41. Sarah H. says:

    I haven't been able to get on board with a pair of mules since 1996…until now. Those are pretty great.

    ~Sarah of Sarah's Real Life

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  42. DelicateAndLayered says:

    Such a pretty outfit! I love the shorts and the handbag the most.

    https://www.etsy.com/shop/DelicateAndLayered

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  43. Marifer says:

    I love the top!!! Sadly is currently out of stock.
    http://unmoleskine.blogspot.com/

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  44. Tamara Stevulova says:

    Your shoes are awesome ! 🙂 Like your outfit .

    STALKING STYLE

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  45. Everytime I see that Bag I love it even more!

    XO

    http://aprettythought.org/

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  46. Stella says:

    Should of sized up on shorts …

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  47. yeaaano says:

    Are you missing the giant camel toe? Not only is that not a good look on anyone but it's damn uncomfortable. There's no need to call anyone a bitch especially since nothing untrue was said. Take a step back and calm down.

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