In real life though, I'd be too conscious of wearing something that short with heels. Although I know that it would help elongate the legs, wearing flats with short shorts is just as cute.
I found a couple of cute rompers that I'm planning on putting in my shopping cart and thought that it would be fun to create outfits with them. I get a lot of requests from my readers to post more "recessionista" friendly items and I wanted to play around with it to see if I could create two similar outfits but with totally different price points. The best part of this is that all items can be mixed and match so if you wanted to splurge on the shoes, you could still get the rest of the outfit from the "recessionista" set.
I chose a cute romper that I thought would be cute to wear throughout the summer along with a cardigan (as I mentioned, I am always cold!). I added gladiator sandals because it went with the whole casual chic vibe of the romper. I'm also never one without a big cocktail ring so found some options to wear with this outfit.
Total outfit cost: $608
#1: C&C Califonia (Revolve Clothing)/ #2: Michael Stars (Revolve Clothing)/ #3 Tory Burch (Nordstrom)/ #5 Ariella Collection (Nordstrom)
If you want to know my ideal outfit it would be a mix of Recessionist Romper #1, with Richie Rich cardigan #2, Richie Rich sandals #3 and Recessionista ring #4. That total cost would be $475 but the expensive item is the shoes which I feel is always worth splurging. I imagine that the $18 sandals would be cute at first but I can't imagine how comfortable they would be for that price. When buying flats, I like them to be as comfortable as possible. Of course just because shoes are expensive does not mean they will be comfortable but I own many pairs of Tory Burch shoes and find them to hold up really well and are super comfy. I walked through Paris and London in my Tory Burch flats and my feet were quite happy with me.
If you are looking for a mid-range gladiator, I think these Sam Edelman's are fantastic and at $89.95 a great price for a good quality shoe.
Either way, I think both choices could do you no wrong. Since this outfit is more on the side of trendy items, I think the recessionista is a much better choice. However I do always think of the quality of items and how long it would last, which is why I went with the more expensive option of the cardigans. I know I would pair it with a lot more things and would get a lot of wear not only in the summer but in the colder months as well. In fact, I have 3 of those Michael Stars cardigans and I don't know what I would do without them. I wear them all the time over all sorts of tops. They look great and don't lose shape at all even after a ton of washes (which you will find with the cheaper options).
Hope you liked my picks! It was fun putting this together. If I end up liking either of the rompers, I will post up a lookbook of the outfit. But it's gonna be awhile because the weather we are having in Seattle is not going to permit me to wear shorts any time soon!