Think you have to give up shorts just because you’re past a certain age? Forget that outdated fashion rule! Shorts are age-appropriate over 40, 50 and 60, and can look especially great when you follow these few simple guidelines.
1. Choose a Flattering Length
When you’re young, it’s easy to wear any length of shorts you want. Cheeky denim Daisy Duke cutoffs? -No problem. Short, flimsy boho shorts with pompom trim? – Very Coachella. Skimpy yoga shorts with super stretch? – Hot!
Try wearing the same shorts at 40, 50+, and you’re going to look desperate. This doesn’t mean the only shorts you can wear are frumpy old lady shorts, but there is a happy medium that will make you look classy and not trashy. An inseam of 4″ or longer is a good starting point. A 5-7″ inseam is midlength- most popular and 9-11 is Bermuda length.
2. Wear Tailored Shorts
If you want to look more like a grown-up gal in shorts, try wearing some shorts with a bit of structure. Shorts that more slightly tailored and less flimsy will help give your softer, rounder 40+ body a nice shape and will make you look more polished and chic.
For example, flat front walking shorts and Bermuda shorts are more tailored and very popular right now. Even a pair of crisp paper bag waist pants can have a more polished look.
3. Balance Short Shorts with the Right Top
Wearing shorts with a skimpy top is fine for suntanning in your backyard, but when you’re going out in public, aim for a classier look. Try shorts with a top that is cool and summery but doesn’t let it all hang out. This cute off-the-shoulder top is a great example of something a little bit sexy, but not tacky.
4. Coordinate your Look
A mish-mash look doesn’t help you look chic in shorts. Try to coordinate the colors and the mood of your shorts outfit, or pick a theme and build on that to look pulled together. Fabulous accessories help.
5. Don’t wear High Heels
Avoid A low to medium wedge or block heel is about as high as you want to go without looking like you’re in a beauty pageant.
6. Grooming is Important
Well-groomed hair and a bit of make-up help dress up shorts and takes you from average to awesome.