5 Fresh & Classy Ways to Wear Shorts Over 40, 50 –

Whether you’re at the beach on vacation or barbequing with friends in your backyard, the question isn’t, can you wear shorts over 40 or 50? It’s how?  Here are 5 fresh ways to wear shorts to look casual, stylish, and classy.

1. Combine Earthy Neutrals Shorts - Khaki Tie waist

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The easiest way to look and feel your best in shorts at any age is to create a coordinated look. Pick a theme and build an outfit around that.

For example, soft, muted earth tones and neutral shades create a shorts outfit with a quiet, sophisticated look.  You’ll have no problem finding these”Out of Africa colors” in the summer. Tan, Khaki, black, olive, brown, and rust are always popular.

To create this shorts outfit, start with a pair of cute shorts like these classic cuffed tan ones with the modern twist- a tie front waist. Next, add a top in a soft earth tone. I like this desert pink tee with the flattering side ruching.

Finish off your shorts outfit with a great leather bag, and a pair of strappy leather sandals. These ones have a pretty touch of metallic rose gold, which fits right into the earthy feel. It’s that easy!


2. Create a Bright, Tropical Vibe

Shorts - Black Cargo, tropical print topshop the look

If you like wearing colorful clothes in the summer, a shorts outfit with a tropical vibe is cheery and upbeat. Start with a pair of adventurous looking cargo shorts (I like this chic, streamlined black pair).

Then, add a bright top with an exotic leaf or flower print. Accessorize with straw or rope wedge sandals, which go with the tropical island feel, and don’t forget a textured summery tote to complete the look.


3. Layer Linens

Shorts - Pink Linen, Check shirt

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Linen is a popular summer fabric because it keeps you cool, and it has a classy, laid back look and feel. To look instantly chic, pair a linen top with linen shorts.

These cute pink drawstring linen shorts are comfy and feminine. Add a pair of rope and leather espadrilles, a fun, round, rattan bag, and some exotic, textured earrings, and you are all set for summer.


4. Go Edgy With Snake Print

Shorts - White Bermuda,snakeprint top

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Bermuda shorts are trending this summer in a big way, but if you are concerned at all about looking a little old lady in them, (they’ve had that reputation in the past), just wear a trendy top.

This sleeveless, button-up snake print shirt is edgy and cool. Add some sexy square toe sandals (trending right now) and a fabulous leather bag, and you will look chic.


5. Add a Preppy Scarf Belt

Shorts - Khaki with floral scarf belt

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For anyone who likes more of a playful, preppy look, here’s an idea. Roll up your shorts and tie a scarf around the waistband.

These shorts are great because they come like this, with the scarf built right in. All you need to do to get this look is to add a flowy sleeveless shirt, a pair of braided sandals, and a leather crossbody bag. Brown and navy is a very sophisticated color combination that will make any shorts outfit look more grown-up and chic.

What ideas do you have to wear shorts this summer? Is there a theme you rely on or would like to try?


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