Living the good life for less is what our new friends Leah Ashley and Mary Elizabeth are all about. They're the dynamic duo behind the blog Fabulous on a Budget, and they have the champagne-taste/beer-budget thing down pat,

Still, we were a little skeptical when they told us these shorts from Forever 21 were one of their top style picks for summer. Luckily, our resident fashion expert Brian came to the rescue with some tips on how to wear these ultra-floral shorts.

Brian says: These shorts are a refreshing break from the sea of khaki Bermudas and cuffed denim shorty-shorts we've been seeing for a while now. They may seem tough to wear but they key is to tone down the precious print with some basic menswear-inspired solids. On top, try a slouchy tee layered under a twill or denim vest. Top off the look with some tough-as-nails chain jewelry and studded sandals.

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An oversize boyfriend tee like this one by Old Navy will help to make these shorts seem boho instead of "oh, no." The soft heather-gray hue will help to tame the all-over-the-place print.

Over the tee, throw on a casual blazer like this one by American Eagle Outfitters. Wear it unbuttoned to keep the vibe casual-cool.

I love balancing out a super-girly piece like these shorts with something a little edgier. Here, a layered chain necklace like this one by Guess toughens up the feminine florals of the shorts.

Finally, slip into a pair of flat sandals to finish the look. I like this pair by Giani Bini because the studding will echo the in-your-face attitude of the chain necklace.

Brian Underwood is a fashion and beauty writer living in New York City.