I’m 46 and have wrestled with the question of whether I can still wear shorts for far too long. So I’ve decided to just go for it!
The problem is it’s been a while since I bought shorts, so I’m kind of out of touch about what’s in style. Can you tell me what’s trending, and how to create some cute shorts outfits that are flattering for an over 40 gal? Thanks, Sharon
I’m glad to hear you decided to embrace shorts this summer. Too many of us struggle trying to figure out if shorts are age appropriate, when in fact they are. To look your best in shorts at any age, all you need to do is find a pair that 1) suits your body type and 2) is currently in fashion. Then you just style them with other modern pieces to create shorts outfits that look modern and pulled together. Here are a few examples:
Front Tie Shorts Outfit
If you follow my blog, you know I wrote a whole post about the front tie trend. Front tie pants are everywhere, and now we’re seeing front tie shorts too. This is a super popular look and a great starting point for a cute shorts outfit. These floral shorts are very pretty and ladylike and to make them look great, just add a relaxed sleeveless summer top in white or a color from the print.
Slides or flat sandals go with it, or you can dress these shorts up a touch with a low heel sandal like this one above. It’s the cute accessories that really elevate this outfit. Beaded tassel earrings are fun and modern to pair with casual shorts. The purple crossbody bag is sporty and ties the whole look together.
Bermuda Shorts Outfit
You’ve asked, and I’m now reporting that Bermuda shorts are back. They’ve always been around but were kind of lurking in the background. This summer they’ve returned in full force. Women appreciate the fuller coverage and brands have come up with new ways to style them that shifts them from frumpy to fabulous territory.
These hot pink Bermuda shorts have built-in stretch which gives them a super comfortable fit and sleek look. Wear them with a longer top and a cute pair of slides for a sophisticated summer look.
Checked Shorts Outfit
Gingham is another fashion trend that has been very popular and is a natural choice for a summer short. Pink or baby blue denim can look a little sappy over 40, but these black and white gingham shorts make up for that. These are cute without being too cute. Black and white always looks sophisticated even when you have a casual summer look like this.
This breezy bell sleeve top is a nice complement to these crisp shorts, and the black slides and tassel crossbody make this shorts outfit look classy and cool.
Cargo Shorts Outfit
There are some shorts we never get tired of which is why cargo shorts are still so popular. When you want to create an adventurous, active summer look, these shorts are a perfect choice. Top off a pair of khaki utility shorts like these with a simple cotton tee in a bright color to add some punch. This tee has a lovely ruffle which adds a touch of femininity to a more masculine short. Metallic slip-on espadrilles and a studded tote give it some glam.
So there you go Sharon, four styles of shorts that are trending right now to create stylish shorts outfits at 40+ or any age! Shop these looks below and visit here to find out more about how to wear shorts over 40.
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