5 Tips for Wearing Shorts Over 40

5 Tips for Wearing Shorts Over 40

Hi ladies! This time of year, I get asked about shorts for women over 40. How to wear them? What length? Today, I’ve got 5 tips for wearing shorts over 40.

First, let me say if you don’t want to wear shorts, don’t wear them, there are no rules that say you have to wear them.

There are other options; dresses like this one from LOFT are a great casual and comfortable option.

Tee Dress (TTS)// Sneakers (TTS)//Earrings

This dress from Amazon can be worn with flat sandals for a more casual look.

Short-Sleeve Dress (I’m wearing a small, TTS)/Heeled Sandal

Maxi dresses are on-trend and a great option for spring and summer.

Maxi Dress (I’m wearing an XS)//Earrings//Sandals (size up 1/2 size)//Necklace 

I love jumpsuits, and this one from Gibson is really comfortable.

Black Jumpsuit (I’m wearing a small, CYNDI15 for 15% off)//Sandals (size up 1/2 size)//Earrings//Necklace

Here are 5 Tips for Wearing Shorts

Crewneck T-Shirt (I’m wearing a small)//Rolled Denim Boyfriend Shorts (I’m wearing a size 27)//Calla Slide Sandal (TTS, pink light color)//Earrings

1. Wear self-tanner. Self-tanner hides imperfections, and I always feel better when my legs aren’t so pale. I recently shared some of the best self-tanners in this post HERE.

2. Find shorts that fit you well. Don’t wear shorts that are too tight or too baggy. I recommend sizing up in your shorts from your regular size, so they aren’t too tight.

UNIONBAY Women’s Darcy Stretch 5″ Inseam Short (I’m wearing a size 7)//Embroidered Puff Sleeve Sweatshirt Tee (I’m wearing a small)//Earrings//Sandals (size up 1/2 size)

3. Inseam is always a big issue for most women who are over 40. There’s no hard-fast rule, and it depends on your height and body type as to what length will look best on you. Typically shorts are short (3½” – 4″ inseam), mid-length (5″-7″) or Bermuda (9″-11″).

I’m 5’5″ and prefer a 5-inch inseam.

4. Pay attention to the leg opening. I don’t like the leg opening too tight because it accentuates the largest part of my leg.

Eyelet Top (I’m wearing a small)//Denim Shorts (I’m wearing a size 28)//Earrings//Sandals (similar option here)

5. Think about your body type, accentuate the positive, and minimize the problem areas. 

Eyelet Top (I’m wearing a small)//Black Shorts (I’m wearing a size 6)//Sandals//Earrings

  • Tall ladies typically look great in bermuda shorts.
  • Short ladies with shorts legs should stay away from bermuda shorts.
  • If you’re curvy, high-waisted shorts are your friend. They accentuate your waistline.
  • If you have a boyish figure (straight up and down figure), you can add details to your shorts—cute pockets on the backside with detail.
  • Apple shape ladies typically have good legs, so accentuate the positive with dark wash jeans with a cuff.

Bonus tip: To create longer legs, always wear a light-colored sandal with your shorts.

Rolled Denim Boyfriend Shorts (I’m wearing a size 27, these run big, so size down)//Slide Sandal (size up 1/2 size)//Eyelet Trim Top (I’m wearing an XS, TTS for Gibson, CYNDI15 FOR 15% off)//Earrings 

Do you have any tips to share?

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