Happy Monday ladies. Let’s talk about pleated shorts for over 50 women. Do you wear them? I seldom do. I wore them when I was younger but less and less in my late 20s, and by my mid-30s, I didn’t own any. Let’s face it, I’m not alone in my avoidance of shorts. Many women simply don’t feel comfortable wearing them for a multitude of reasons.
In order to pull this off, I started with the most important thing… a tube of my favorite self-tanner. My pasty white legs are always helped by a tiny bit of color which hides some spider veins and takes away that blue tinge:) I use the “fair to medium” natural glow version which builds very slowly and never leaves orange streaks.
Shorts are a very sporty look which certainly fits my lifestyle but not my style aesthetic so I’m styling a cuffed and pleated pair that feels a bit more elevated and resembles a skirt from a distance. These shorts have a 5 1/2″ inseam which isn’t long enough to be considered a Bermuda short, but the slant pockets, belt loops, and cuffs keep them from resembling gym shorts.
What is the most flattering length shorts for over 50 women? The ones you feel confident wearing. The skin above our knees sags along with many other body parts as we age, so the most flattering length for you is a personal preference. The shorter the shorts, the longer your legs look, but there is a limit and each woman knows her own:)
SHOP THE LOOK
These shorts are a linen/rayon blend with a high rise and are available in 3 colors sizes XXS – XL. Pleated pants and shorts have a tendency to look very full in front so be sure you balance fit with fullness. I’m wearing a small. My shoulders are broad, so pleated shorts help balance my figure and keep me from looking top-heavy.
I tied the sash off center but you could easily remove it and wear your tee or top over the waistband. My straight figure needs as much waist definition as possible so I tucked my navy and white striped tee in to keep me from looking blocky. These shorts also come in several different stripes, but they felt overpowering on my short legs so prefer the stripe on top and solid shorts on the bottom.
I’m loving bright white sneakers this season but they do lose some of their charms when they get scuffed and dirty. I was thrilled to find these Rothy’s lace-ups which will always be clean! Rothy’s uses plastic bottles and marine plastic to create a signature thread which they use to make all of their shoes. They’re totally machine washable, and very durable so will look crisp all summer. They are available in 5 colors and 3 two-tone, sizes 5-13. They’re only available in whole sizes so if you’re between, order up. They will give a little but they do not stretch out.
Are you a shorts wearer? What’s your favorite length?
Thanks for reading ladies and remember to wear what makes you feel confident.