Can You Wear a Shorts & Jacket Set Over 50?

If you’ve given up wearing shorts because you think they look too junior or casual to be classy, check out the outfit I’ve been wearing lately. This cute shorts and jacket set is a modern, sophisticated way to wear shorts at 40,50,60+

shorts set with jacket

Who knew shorts could look so relaxed and elegant at the same time? I love this new trend that pairs a proper jacket with tailored shorts. For example, I styled a classic pair of black Bermuda shorts with a bright orange linen blazer, a while back and the results were fabulous. I loved the look, and it was a big hit with all of you too!

Today I’m trying more of a suited look with a  matching blazer and suit set made up of a blue jacket (similar), and blue shorts.


shorts set with jacket

This chic shorts set is from Karen Kane. It has a light, unlined one-button jacket with a very California feel.

The jacket is  light and unlined, and the elbow-length sleeves are ruched, so you don’t have to keep pushing them up to get that sporty scrunched-up effect! I love those big patch pockets too!

This smart-looking shorts and jacket set is made of linen, so it’s not stiff or formal, even though it looks tailored. Yes, it does wrinkle, but that’s what makes it charming and gives it that laid-back vibe that is so so fresh and modern.

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linen shorts set with jacket

I like the length of the breezy shorts. They hit at mid-thigh, so they are not too short, but not too long. I know this length will appeal to some and not others, but overall I thik it is a perky, classy length. I do have long legs for reference. (similar shorts here)

linen blazer with shorts

The shorts are also high-waisted, which I find quite flattering since it makes them look more formal like trousers. They’re also very comfy because they have an elasticized waistband! The slanted pockets give them that classic suit feel. You need a top that is light and casual to keep the look relaxed but chic. The bright white tank top is so fresh.

shorts set with jacket

I chose this set in the beautiful blue print, but  it also comes in a lovely soft gray, oatmeal, and light, bright blue color.


linen shorts and jacket

My inspiration for accessories for my shorts and jacket set came from the gorgeous cherry blossoms here at Spencer Smith Park in Burlington. I added a pale pink bag and these nude mules. I love the way the pink bag contrasts with the navy and softens the masculine suiting.

My gorgeous gold initial necklace, bangle bracelet, gemstone bracelet, and double drop earrings from Dean Davidson also add a touch of class!


And that’s my cute shorts and jacket set for summer! To shop this outfit, click the links in this post, or visit Karen Kane for this and other fabulous summer finds!

Still undecided about wearing shorts? Here’s how to confidently wear shorts at 40, 50, 60, and beyond.


*Thanks to Karen Kane for partnering on this post. All opinions are mine

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