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Back to Basics: Classic Mid-Rise Chambray Shorts

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One of the challenges I’m having, as I create content this summer, is finding recommendations that meet my standards. In all my years in and around retail, I’ve never seen such low inventory levels.

With the lack of inventory comes a void of size options. 

For example, I’ll find a great pair of shorts, but there will be almost no sizes available, or they don’t offer an inclusive size range. Which means I can’t feature them.

As much as I want to do one comprehensive round-up of shorts that is size-inclusive and offers a variety of lengths, there aren’t enough options to do a full post.

Instead, I’m going to dedicate a few posts to specific options within our Back to Basics series. Doing so will allow me to post quickly, and you can act fast. I am starting with these mid-rise chambray shorts, at an astonishingly low price from Old Navy. 

Old Navy Classic Mid-Rise Chambray Shorts

Chambray Shorts from Old NavySizes:  0 – 20  $13.50 and Sizes 16 – 30, $16.00

These have an almost 5-star review from customers. The fabric is soft and light – not a ton of stretch, with a 5″ inseam or a 7″ inseam here

Thank you, Old Navy, for offering one of the most inclusive size ranges in retail. I know they are not the highest quality, but for shorts that you are going to wear a handful of months, you don’t need to pay exorbitant prices. 

I like chambray as a more polished alternative to denim. You can wear them the same way; the fabric is just a little more elevated.

They are an easy short to pair with tops you already own. This poplin top from Banana Republic (featured here) would be super cute, so would this sweet and simple white top from Boden (featured here), or this popular eyelet top from LOFT – on sale for $22 (featured here.)

Of course, my favorite way to wear these is paired with my Breton Stripped Top from Boden.

Chambray Shorts from Old Navy

Sizes:  0 – 20  $13.50 and Sizes 16 – 30, $16.00

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Back to Basics: Classic Mid-Rise Chambray Shorts

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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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Friday 26th of June 2020

Great suggestion as always. I have gotten some cute pieces from old Navy this year. I agree it’s been Difficult to find sizes and also I think the quality of just isn’t there like it used to be. If you haven’t done so already, can you do a post an age-appropriate denim shorts?


Wednesday 24th of June 2020

Where can I find this short in a 7 inch length?

Megan Kristel

Wednesday 24th of June 2020

Hi Cissi! I just updated the post with a link to there 7" option. You can check it out here.


Wednesday 24th of June 2020

I also am finding low inventory levels. I wear a size 16 and it’s sold out and many retailers. I really needed some new clothes for spring and summer this year. I have found some really cute things but there have been items that I would have purchased if there were sizes in stock! It’s very frustrating! Thanks for recommending size inclusive items - you really suggest lovely things, and it’s so helpful to us curvy girls.

Megan Kristel

Wednesday 24th of June 2020

Thanks Alison!


Wednesday 24th of June 2020

I have those shorts in the 7” length. They are great!