Today I’m talking about shorts over 50 with my blogger friends Susan, Jennifer, and Tania. Shorts is a topic that always stirs up conversation and divides women into two camps: those who like and wear shorts and those who wouldn’t be caught dead in them.
There’s a real fear of looking old and frumpy in shorts, so many of us avoid them. But does it have to be that way? Check out this chic way to wear shorts over 50, and let me know if it changes your mind about wearing shorts this summer!
I’m the first to admit I don’t wear shorts that often. I have a couple of medium-length pairs I take on vacation and at the odd time, I will wear them in the backyard. But with Bermuda shorts trending, I thought I would give them a go.
I recently ordered several pairs of long shorts to try on and settled on this pair of black Bermuda shorts from NYDJ. The Amazon Essentials pair in black looked identical and was a close second, but I loved the stretch built into this sleek pair. It made them so much comfier.
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I’ve noticed a lot of suits around – shorts with matching jackets, and I quite like the look. However, today I’m experimenting with this orange jacket that I already had in my closet. ( similar here) I’ve paired my black Bermuda shorts with a cute leopard tee and added this relaxed linen jacket to create a chic shorts look.
Here’s a better look at that tee. It’s just a simple scoop neck tucked into my shorts. I thought the leopard print went well with the black and orange, and that safari feel is always so summery.
Lovely jewelry from Dean Davidson, one of my favorite jewelry designers, also elevates the look. Have a look at the photo below to see the matching gold stud earrings and chain link bracelet from his Manhattan collection. These pieces have a lot of texture ( hammered gold), which works well with the exotic animal print.
Don’t forget to push up or roll up the sleeves to give the outfit a youthful, sporty feeling. As you can see, the longer shorts make a big difference to the look. These shorts with the 10″ inseam are almost like a pencil skirt but more sporty and relaxed. I like the above knee length; they have just the right leg opening size. When the leg is too wide your body can look boxy.
Here’s that bag. I love switching from leather to something like this in the summer. It gives an outfit so much personality.
So there are my non-frumpy shorts look. I call this a sophisticated version of shorts since it’s more dressy with the jacket and longer shorts. To get the look:
- stick with a neutral color on the bottom, like black, navy, or beige, which is more elegant, and then have fun with some color up top.
- Go for simple tailored tops and jackets – nothing fussy. Keep it sleek and streamlined.
- Add texture like linen, snakeskin, and straw to make it summery.
- Beautiful, quality jewelry elevates the look.
My blogger friends Susan Une Femme d’un Certain Age, Jennifer A Well Styled Life, and Tania 50 is Not Old area also shared some ideas for wearing shorts. Drop by their sites to pick up some more shorts outfit inspiration!