I’ve recently had a lot of women writing to ask how to wear shorts after 40. Here are some Do’s and Dont’s for Wear Shorts Over 40.
- Do stay away from baggy cargo shorts. They’re better suited to younger gals, and the pockets add extra bulk around your hips and thighs, which we definitely don’t need!
- Don’t pick a short with pleats. Pleats add bulk to your tummy and hips, and it’s hard to wear a longer shirt over them without bunching.
- Don’t choose a style that is too short. If you have good legs you may be fine to go shorter than above the knee, but remember the shorter, the more casual, so you may want to stick to wearing them around the pool, at the beach, for a family picnic, rather than out shopping, for example.
- Do choose a more modest top that has some coverage if your shorts are on the shorter side. This balances the look.
- Don’t choose a style that’s too long. When your shorts hit you below the knee or lower, it will look like you’re wearing capris that shrunk
- Don’t buy a short with a cuff around the thigh if you are heavy there. This draws attention to the widest part of your leg.
- Don’t wear a kitten heel or mule with a short. They tend to shorten your leg, and are too formal for this look.
For an age-appropriate way to wear shorts, try these Dos:
- Do look for a simpler, sleeker line. A straight leg is best, especially when it fitted perfectly to your body. You’ll look taller and thinner!
- Do pick shorts with a flat front. Most women over 40 look better with a shirt tucked out to camouflage a bulge around the midsection, and flat front shorts is more flattering and less bunchy than pleats under a shirt. Wide waistband also slim.
- Do wear a chunkier heel, wedge, or flat sandal with your shorts. It’s a hipper look and the right formality.