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The Best Short Sleeve Denim Tops For Women Over 50

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know how much I love denim tops. Everyone should own at least one! Now that the temperatures have risen, let’s chat about the short-sleeved versions. These are a great wardrobe staple that can make you feel both comfy and stylish. They’re perfect for pairing with almost anything in your closet, from skirts to shorts to your favorite pair of jeans. So, let’s dive into some of the best short sleeve denim tops for women over 50, why these tops are a must-have and how you can rock them effortlessly! Today, I’m sharing some of the best short sleeve denim tops for women over 50.

The Best Short Sleeve Denim Tops For Women Over 50 – Talbots

Over 50 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a short sleeve denim shirt with a pair of wide leg jeans 3
Elbow Sleeve Denim Button Front Shirt – Surf Blue Wash (Medium) | High Rise Wide Leg Jeans (Size 1) | Gold-Tone Circle Earrings | | River Club Necklace 17″ Gold | Gold Tone Beaded Stretch Bracelet

It takes a classic to know a classic! Talbot’s is one of my favorite retailers! This denim short is a timeless classic with a modern twist. The elbow-length sleeves make it perfect for warm weather, offering a bit more coverage than a short sleeve while still keeping you cool.

Over 50 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a short sleeve denim shirt with a pair of wide leg jeans4
Elbow Sleeve Denim Button Front Shirt – Surf Blue Wash (Medium) | High Rise Wide Leg Jeans (Size 1) | Gold-Tone Circle Earrings | | River Club Necklace 17″ Gold | Gold Tone Beaded Stretch Bracelet

This is perfect for those of us who don’t love showing our upper arms! The denim has vertical fibers, which add a touch of texture and would go with almost anything in your closet. I’m wearing a medium, and it fits me great.

Over 50 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a short sleeve denim shirt with a pair of wide leg jeans1
Denim Ruffle Trim Shell (Medium) | High Rise Wide Leg Jeans (Size 1) | Gold-Tone Circle Earrings | | River Club Necklace 17″ Gold | Gold Tone Beaded Stretch Bracelet

I know this isn’t a short-sleeved top; it is sleeveless. For this post, I’m going to show both styles, and you can pick and choose which one best fits your lifestyle.

Over 50 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing a short sleeve denim shirt with a pair of wide leg jeans2
Denim Ruffle Trim Shell (Medium) | High Rise Wide Leg Jeans (Size 1) | Gold-Tone Circle Earrings | | River Club Necklace 17″ Gold | Gold Tone Beaded Stretch Bracelet

I love sleeveless tops because they work great under jackets and cardigans. This Denim Ruffle Trim Shell is too cute with its tiny ruffles on the neckline and sleeves. I love the V-neckline and the tassels, which draw the eye downward, making the neck look longer. I’m wearing a medium, and it fits me great.

I love that this is called a popover. lol. Not sure how to wear it? Just pop it over your head. This top has delicate ruffles at the cuffs, a detail I LOVE. I’d pair it with my favorite white jeans and some cute sandals and be set for the day. You can be comfortable and polished! If your tummy is a problem area, I’d size up one size.

The Best Short Sleeve Denim Tops For Women Over 50 – Dillard’s

This just looks like it would feel amazing against the skin! It’s made from Tencel fabric and would be not only soft but lightweight enough for warmer days. With a nice length of 26.5 inches, it should hit right at the hip, making it great for wearing with high-waisted jeans or skirts. It’s relaxed fit, so if you want something more fitted, I’d size down.

Here’s a cute and breezy option for summer! The peplum shape and ruffle hem add a fun touch, plus it would be great for hiding a little extra around the waist. If you don’t mind your arms showing (and c’mon, at our age, let’s start letting that GO), the sleeveless design keeps it cool and comfy. Made from soft Lyocell fabric, it’s easy to wear all day long!

The Best Short Sleeve Denim Tops For Women Over 50 – Amazon

This shirt has a cool, vintage vibe that I love! It has a V-neck, which would be flattering on most everyone. The loose fit would make it easy to wear with denim shorts or skirts. Of course, if you prefer things more fitted, size down. This would also be cute worn open with a tank top underneath. I like the light blue wash, but it also comes in a dark wash and a gray, that’s cute. Some reviewers say it runs small, so take that into consideration when ordering.

Here’s a perfect denim shirt for those laid-back days when you are chilling but still want to look put together. This is made from 100% cotton, so it would be perfect for everyday wear. You can wear this a ton of ways – tucked in, out, tied in a knot, or worn like a cardigan. It’s a great pick for anything from running errands to casual meetings!

Denim doesn’t have to mean blue. I love this cute black top! The balloon sleeves are a nice detail. This is a great shirt to wear during the summer when you have a casual event, like a cookout, but t-shirts aren’t your vibe or don’t look good on you. My apple-shaped sister would much rather wear this than a T-shirt any day.

The Best Short Sleeve Denim Tops For Women Over 50 – Walmart

Walmart is always a great choice for an affordable option, and this is no exception at under $30 dollars. This shirt looks super comfy, and it’d be perfect for any casual activity. It’s made from 100% cotton, so that means it’s nice and breathable. The cap sleeves and button-down front keep it classic but still laid-back. Plus, those chest pockets add a cute touch. It’s available in three different washes, so you can choose your fave. Tip: Go with darker if you want a more formal, casual look. LOL.

Talk about a deal – this is available for under $15 dollars. Of course, it’s on clearance so you better hurry. The sizes will start to dwindle if you wait too long. This shirt is sleeveless, but don’t let that stop you. Throw on a lightweight cardigan and you can wear this for several months – hot or cold. Denim is a casual fabric, but you can still dress it up or down. Shorts are casual, white pants and some nice sandals would elevate the whole look. Have fun with your style!


Okay, ladies. Let me know in the comments how many denim shirts you own. If it’s zero, we may need to talk. lol.

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55 Comments

  1. Love denim tops too. I will be sure to be getting one of the short sleeve tops.
    Milkweed is a great pollinator plant. It attracts monarch butterflies.

  2. Lisa Mary Luciano says:

    Love, love, love denim! Thank you for the great ideas!

  3. Love the Talbot’s shirt, the sleeves are perfect!

  4. Great choices from several different vendors/price points.

  5. Roeli Lutz (Canadian) says:

    Milkweed, the blooms will go and pods come in place. With thousands of seeds inside. They are to attract butterflies. We collect and distribute all over the country side. We have them on our property. They seed themselves.
    Go back in a week or two and get a pod, ope it and distribute in your flower beds and let them come up and watch for butterflies to come.

  6. I love a denim shirt. I have one long sleeved. I just gave away my short sleeve denim because I thought it looked dated. I was wrong – should have kept it.

  7. Love all the denim shirt choices.
    Thanks for the suggestions.

  8. I can think of 4 for sure. 2 long sleeved and 2 3/4 sleeve. There may be some I’m forgetting. ha

  9. Joan Bullington says:

    Denim tops looks so nice with white bottoms!!

  10. Susan Williams says:

    No less than 4 or 5! I know the milkweed is pretty, but…Monarch caterpillars eat only the leaves of the milkweed plant, and adults eat nectar from milkweed (in addition to other) flowers.
    BTW, I love the Talbots denim shirt!

  11. Blue is your color! Awesome!

  12. Ginger Hiller says:

    Well, I don’t have a denim top in my closet, but after seeing so many options and reasonably priced options, I am going to order one. I see being able to wear it with so many bottoms I have.

  13. Ooo, lots of cute denim tops! I have one like the Talbots but from Walmart. It looks so cute with my white capris!

  14. I own at this time only three denim shirts. two are long sleeved. the short sleeved one is disintegrating into threads. There needs to be some denim shirts brought into my closet. thank you for this post!

  15. The denim ruffle trim sleeveless is my favorite.

  16. I don’t think I have ever smelled milkweed. I did know it had a milky discharge from the stem, though.

  17. I do not own a denim shirt but will need to get one
    Thank you for the many choices

    1. Oh, my goodness…you need at least 1 denim/chambray shirt. Lol!

  18. I have three and one is short selves. I would love to get a sleeveless one now that I read your post. Great read. Thanks

  19. Unfortunately I have zero denim tops.
    Will need to start looking .. I love how you style everything together ..

  20. I have been on the look out for a denim shirt that has a little bit of stretch. So far I haven’t been able to find one!

    1. That’s a little tough since most of them are cotton. You would need a cotton/spandex, etc. blend.

  21. I have 2 jean shirts, one sleevless and one long sleeve. I’d love to get your opinion on jean skirts for summer!

  22. Lori Gorenflo says:

    I love denim shirts. I own 3. I need another shirt sleeve one. Great choices.

  23. I have denim jackets, denim pants and capris, and a denim dress. No shirts. 🤷🏼‍♀️

    I’ve never seen milkweed with those kinds of blooms. I have lots in pots for monarch butterflies and when they finally get to bloom, it’s red and yellow.

  24. Love denim and these short sleeve tops are great. You look good in everything you post.

  25. Love all the denim shirts! Inspired me to buy some or at least pull out the ones I already own.

  26. I have two denim shirts. I wouldn’t mind more especially in a light wash. I like the shirts you showed especially the first one.

  27. Great variety, thank you! I don’t own a denim shirt but now I’m intrigued. I may be on a mission now to pick up one or two! Love your posts, I read them right after my morning devotions ❤️

  28. Love a denim shirt whether long sleeve, short sleeve, or sleeveless. they are a year round staple for any wardrobe.

  29. Love denim shirts! I just bought a short-sleeved from Ross.

  30. Susan Weston says:

    I agree with Linda-hard to wear unless wearing white bottoms.

  31. I love these! I usually just roll the sleeves up on my long sleeve denim shirts but think I need a summer one!

  32. Thank you! What a fabulous assortment you have shared. I love denim year round and there is always room for “one more”.

  33. sue koren says:

    Love a denim shirt with white pants!

  34. Gay Manning says:

    Like the loose look!

  35. Love the ruffle trim top- looks so comfy and cute. I recently parted with a denim pullover top that was getting threadbare.
    Think it is time for a new one.

  36. Linda Shearer says:

    Love the popover one and the oversized one. I wear them often but find it hard to pair them with pants when I don’t wear white.

  37. Clarice Main says:

    Did you know that milkweed is food source for Monarch butterflies? They lay their eggs on milkweed leaves, the caterpillars emerge to eat the leaves until it’s large enough to form the chrysalis. Later, a beautiful Monarch emerged! So, milkweed plants are grown to provide Monarch habitat.

    1. I did not know that! That is a fun fact!

  38. I have several long sleeve denim shirts and I think I need a short sleeve one now! Thanks for sharing!

  39. Stella Gustafson says:

    Love the black denim shirt

  40. Carole from Canada says:

    Love your post today. I have 2 denim shirts…one sleeveless and one with a small sleeve. Will have to take them out of the closet.

  41. Love Love Love💙these denim looks. Versatile for lots of occasions.

  42. Great selection of denim tops! Denim tops and white pants make a beautiful look!

  43. I love wearing my sleeveless denim shirt from J. Crew with white denim jeans. I’ve had it for years and never tire wearing it for summer. Loving that you’re continuing to do try -ons in your closet. It looks very well done!

    1. I love it when you an item I’ve had for years works for my lifestyle and still looks great.

  44. I have a “few” denim shirts. My favourite is from LL Bean.

    Thanks for sharing the different looks!

  45. Louise Logan says:

    Love these denim shirts!!

  46. Great looks – I love a denim shirt with black leggings, crops or ankle.

  47. Love the Talbots shirts!