Think you have to give up shorts just because you’re past a certain age? You can forget that outdated fashion rule! There’s no good reason you can’t keep wearing shorts and still look fab.
Here are 5 Ways to Tweak your Chic® and look terrific in shorts over 40.
1. Choose a Decent Length
When you’re young, it’s easy to wear any length of shorts you want. Cheeky denim cutoffs? -No problem. Flimsy boho shorts with pompom trim? – Very Coachella. Skimpy Yoga shorts with super stretch? – Hot! But at 40, 50 and beyond, too short can look desperate.
This doesn’t mean you have to start wearing long Bermuda shorts, but do try to keep things classy. Even if you have fabulous legs, you will look best if you stick to shorts that have an inseam of 4.5″ or longer.
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.
This doesn’t mean you should wear stiff shorts or heavily pleated ones. A pair of crisp shorts with a slimming flat front, in a solid color, a stripe or a modern pattern will do the trick.
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 cool and summery but doesn’t let it all hang out. This cute off the shoulder top with tie sleeves ( above) 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. Great accessories help.
5. Avoid Stilletos with Shorts
A low to medium wedge or a 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.
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 some really cute outfits. I’d love to know your feelings on shorts for women over 40.
Fun and Feminine
Have you noticed there is a lot of mixing of prints lately? 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. The trick is mixing similar colors and a large pattern with a small pattern.
I love the way Ana’s shorts flare out at the bottom. It makes it look like she is wearing a skirt. Did you see the striped shorts I bought that have a slight flare? I think they are more flattering than regular that straight shorts. Take a look and see if you agree.
Lovely and Ladylike
Here’s a look that requires fabulously toned legs. Erin, 40 from the blog Busbee Style looks model perfect in a stunning monochromatic ensemble. A lace top and suit jacket give these shorts a more dressy look. A sophisticated clutch and nude heels keep all eyes on the legs.
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.
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.