OK, before I share my thoughts and ideas for how to wear shorts over 50, let me say this: wear them any way you like!! I am a firm believer in ladies wearing whatever we like as long as we feel confident and strong in our clothes, including shorts.
I’ve written this in many, many posts, and I believe it wholeheartedly. There is no question that our legs don’t look quite the same as we age, but hey, these are our legs and they are the only ones we’ve got!
Now, I am not advocating for wearing short shorts to the grocery store, that is, unless you really want to! But I am advocating for wearing comfy clothes in the warm months. There is no question that MY legs are no longer as fab as they once were, but they’re not all bad! They do have weird spots from sun damage in my youth, scars from various misadventures, and a lump I can’t get rid of after my e-bike falling on me recently, but they’re not all bad.
I compare the aging of our legs with the wrinkles on our faces. We’ve earned them and we can flaunt them.
So, without further ado, here are a couple of styling suggestions for shorts.
Do Style Shorts Over 50
The shorts I’ve picked up recently are on the shorter side at 5-7 inches. We start wearing shorts here in April even though it can still be chilly in the morning and evening. By July, it’s nice and warm and shorts are definitely my first choice. I wear them for my morning walks and for most of the day.
One tip I have for those of you who feel slightly uncomfortable in your shorts is to wear subtle neutrals. You may want to start with these soft shades that don’t scream, look at me!, but still look stylish and put together.
Stretch Tech Shorts
As I was in the mood for some neutral short outfits, I picked up this striped tank and tee shirt. Tanks are a go-to summer top for me and this one is made with a super soft jersey fabric that drapes well.
These StretchTech shorts from Old Navy are a new favorite. The quick-dry fabric has a silky feel and they don’t wrinkle easily. Perfect for packing into my suitcase for Hawaii!
I accidentally ordered two pairs online–do you ever do that? I probably won’t need two pairs, but they might be handy to “stock up on”!! Lol!
The tee is a retro style with a boxy shape and a slightly shorter length. This is a style I really like–maybe cause it takes me back? In any case, it’s a cute look if you like this style. This is the kind of “uniform” I would wear all the time if it wasn’t for this blog! So, you can see how much I’ve grown through the blogging process! Lol!
The last piece I have to share with you is the sandals. These are made with molded EVA and a contoured vinyl footbed, making them perfect to wear around the pool. I fell in love with them right away but my husband said he’s never seen anything plainer. Hey, to each his own, right? Lol! Husbands–‘nough said. They are very affordable (cheap) and come in lots of colors, including a pretty bright pink.
My final neutral shorts outfit is a pair of plaid “dressy” shorts. These shorts are very forgiving with a higher waist and looser fit so they are a great choice for almost anyone!
The pair I’m styling is an affordable find from year’s past, and there is a very similar pair of checked shorts with a paperbag waist this year!
This simple “Muscle Tank Tee” is a great staple at under $10. It comes in several basic colors.
To create a more put-together look, style the shorts with a matching blazer as a suit or co-ord set. Voila, a summer suit!
There is a similar blazer available, much like the co-ords I shared in the post, How to Style a Shorts Suit or Co-Ords Outfit. Honestly, you will get so much wear out of these pieces!
If you feel a little subconscious in your shorts, add a duster! This crochet duster is quite old but I pull it out every now and then to restyle a look. You could add a floral kimono or duster and look very chic.
Do you wear shorts? Are you happy to flaunt your legs? Or at least willing to them? Celebrate every wrinkle, every line, and every sunspot. You’ve earned them, my friends!
Watch for another shorts look with utility shorts in my next post!