How to look chic in shorts over 40
I love shorts. Because I love summer. It is by far my favorite season of the year. Partly because I never loved school (don’t tell my kids) and because summer always meant vacations, the sea and shorts every day. And nothing says summer like Daisy Dukes.
I’m not going to lie - for decades my favorite short has been the style made famous by Daisy Duke from the Dukes of Hazard and more recently by Jessica Simpson. There is something about the carefree combination of shorts and denim that just screams ‘it’s summer.”
But when my daughter started stealing them I wondered if it was time to give them up, and maybe even walk away from shorts... FOREVER. I switched over to long, flowy skirts and knit dresses. I really like the look and they were super chic but I was really missing my shorts especially in the Florida heat.
Wear what makes you feel carefree.
For weeks, I struggled to find shorts that I liked and shorts that were comfortable, gave me that carefree feel and kept me cool. I finally landed on the pair above from J.Crew. They still look and feel great after wearing them all day and I like that they are casual enough to throw on with a tank top and dressy enough to wear under a kimono.
If you are in the market for shorts, here are a few tips to how to select and wear shorts to flatter your figure:
Short and tight is too much. If you are going with a tighter short make sure it has a looser fit. Shorts expose a lot of skin, so keep it classy with a pair that does not cling to the body. Rule: The shorter the short the looser the fit.
Go with a mid-length pair. If shorts are not in your fashion wheel house, choosing a mid-length pair is a great option. Make sure to select a pair of shorts that hits at the skinniest part of your thigh to lengthen the look of your legs.
Balance is key. Again, shorts are showing a lot of skin so cover up a little bit more on the top. Throw on a kimono that will give your leg a little peekaboo look or shorts with a blazer for a more polished look.
Focus on your torso. If you have a longer torso go with a higher waisted short to even out the proportions between your leg and upper body. If you have a short torso go low - wearing a low rider short will give the illusion of a longer torso.
Paperbag waist style to minimize the waist. This is a great style to wear to minimize your mid-section. The belted-waist style is great because it is not too tight or too baggy and provides a great line to the body by accentuating the waist.
Go with a Bermuda style short to run for cover. If you are feeling a bit uncomfortable about your thighs or behind, go with a longer length like a Bermuda short. Bermuda shorts are super slimming, cover problem areas and create a polished professional look.
Just like all clothes in your closet the most important thing to remember is that you select a style that makes you feel your most comfortable whether you go long or go with a short short. I’m in love with this J.Crew short that captures that carefree summer vibe I crave. Happy end of summer!
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