Think you have to give up shorts just because you’re past a certain age? Forget that old fashion rule! Shorts are age appropriate over 40, 50 and 60. It’s all about having the right attitude and finding the right shorts for your body shape. Here are a few style tips for wearing shorts that will make you feel more confident.
1. Choose a Decent 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 could easily end up looking desperate. This doesn’t mean you have to resort to 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.
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 some 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 out in public, go 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. Co-ordinate your Look
A mish-mash look doesn’t help you look chic. Try to coordinate colors and the mood of your outfit to look pulled together. Fabulous accessories help.
5. Avoid Stilletos with Shorts
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 take you from average to awesome.
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