Dressing Up Casual Shorts ~ What I Wore

If you’re still undecided about whether shorts after 40  are right for you, then take a look at the photos these 40+ bloggers sent in.

By dressing up their shorts, these gals have created fabulous looks that are both stylish and appropriate. Take a look, and let me know your feelings on shorts for women over 40.

shorts for women over 40 Fun and Feminine

There’s a lot of mixing of prints this summer and one of the best ways to experiment with how to do that is to put together a shorts outfit. Ana from Mrs. American Made has done a wonderful job of combining a mod pattern up top, with a more painterly print below for a look that is playful and pretty.

I love the way Ana’s shorts flare out at the bottom. It almost makes it seem like she is wearing a skirt, which is a softer look than shorts. In an earlier post I talked about a pair of striped shorts I just bought have a slight flare and how I thought they were a little more flattering than regular straight shorts. Take a look and see if you agree.

white shorts over 40Lovely and Ladylike

Here’s a look you definitely have to have the legs for. Erin, 40 from the blog Busbee Style looks model perfect in a stunning monochromatic ensemble.

Since the shorts bare all, Erin was careful to balance out the look by covering up on top with a feminine lace top and matching suit jacket. A sophisticated clutch and nude heels keep all eyes on the legs.

wearing-camouflage-after-40 Cool in Camouflage 

Here’s a pretty way to wear the camo trend.  Rebecca, 48, from Red Tag Chic Los Angeles looks fab in her tailored Bermuda shorts, beige peep-toe slingback heels, and gorgeous orange lizard clutch. Camouflage is a natural, sporty choice for summer, but here’s a tip. I think camouflage looks best when you add a feminine touch.

Rebecca has the right idea.  Her studded collar and leather pockets are spot on. They soften the look and add real style.


Cute in Checks

Fashion blogger Bella, from The Citizen Rosebud , looks darling in a pair of cute navy, gingham shorts that she has dressed up with a white, sailor-style blouse. Her outfit has a nautical vibe that’s perfect for summer.

Casual wedges finish off this easy breezy look.


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  1. Lesa Carroll says:

    It’s my opinion that, after the age of 40, regardless of how nice one’s legs look, short (more than 3″ above the knee) shorts, culottes, skirts or dresses are inappropriate. Mrs. American Made and Busbee Style would look much classier if they would follow in Rebecca’s “pumps”, if you will, and keep the length closer to the knee. Bella can get away with her look, I feel, because it is a little more casual and her wedge sandals are much better with the short look.

    • Trinity says:

      In response to Lesa’s comment, I respectfully disagree with your opinion that it is “inappropriate” for women over forty to show more than three inches of her thighs. Sounds stodgy and horribly old fashioned! Not to mention illogical. If one’s legs are fabulous, then for heavens sake why not? We don’t walk around with our age stamped on our foreheads. How would anyone know? Are we to police ourselves then? Ha!

  2. I like shorts, but my problem isn’t veins or crepiness, it’s keratosis pilaris. I am chocolate skinned, and I never have done short shorts, but I like burmudas. I am hoping that some self tanner might hide the dark bumps on my legs. Wearing stalkings in the summer just looks odd.

    • Hi Elle,
      No matter what issues we have with our legs Bermudas (or longer shorts) are always a great option. Self tanner can be help but if you have bumps it really won’t hide them that much. You are right, stockings really are not that great of an option (see our article on stockings) Sometimes we just have to face reality and do the best we can to look good. If that means longer shorts or skirts then so be it…we can still be fabulous!!

  3. These are looks I would love to copy..perfect for me! Thanks!

  4. My legs are not pretty bare. I am not tan and the veins, though not varicose, are really starting to show. Add to that, all boo-boos I had as a kid have left their mark. Solution? Sally Hanson’s spray-on leg makeup. It’s great, does NOT come off on your clothes — or even in the water without really scrubbing — and looks very natural. I really don’t wear shorts very often though, just skirts (knee-length) and capris in the summer.

    • Hi Mary, Yes, I too have tried several brands and Sally Hanson’s is a good one! Thanks for reminding us that spray tan is a great option to smooth out some of the little imperfections that we get as we age. Also for those who don’t tan it can be a lifesaver to feeling good about showing off their legs!

  5. I also think a good point to bring up when considering shorts after 40 is the condition of your skin. I see so many woman over 40 who are size wise fine to wear shorts but then their skin looks so bad all you can think is “Cover it up!” I’ve noticed my ow skintone and suppleness has been going downhill for the last year so I’ve totally switched over to the longer shorts and capris for the coming summer. Bye bye short shorts, I sure will miss you!

  6. Michelle says:

    I love these outfits. It’s nice to see such pretty combos.