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The Best Shorts For Women Over 50

Today, we are talking allllll about shorts. I know some of you might not think that shorts are for women over 50, but trust me, they are! Shorts are something that we all wore as children, and we even loved wearing them even in our twenties or thirties. But, for some, a switch gets flipped once we reach our forties, and shorts get pushed to the back of our closets. The key is finding the right style and length that flatters your body and makes you feel confident and comfortable. In today’s post, I’m sharing some of the best shorts for women over 50. From chinos to bermudas, this list of shorts has you covered!

You might have a different reason for throwing your shorts to the curb, but these were a few I’ve heard from my readers in the past. Let’s listen to our inner voice when it comes to fashion. If a style makes you uneasy, then don’t wear it. If you like a style and want to wear it, don’t let others’ opinions stand in your way. I am going out on a limb here, but I bet none of us have the “perfect” body. Here is another news flash for you: I probably wouldn’t even look at your legs if we met on the street. I might notice your eyes, smile, hairstyle, clothes, shoes, jewelry, and handbag. But unless your legs were colored bright orange, I probably wouldn’t give them another thought.

Now, let’s dive into the best shorts for women over 50!

Best Denim Shorts For Women Over 50

I love a good pair of denim shorts in the summer, especially since they are so versatile! They can wear them with so many different tops depending on where your day takes you, and they look just as great with a white tee and sneakers as they do with a satin blouse and dressy sandals.

There are so many different styles of denim shorts. It doesn’t matter whether they are white, frayed, distressed, or rolled cuff it doesn’t matter… I love them all! You pick the length you are most comfortable with and then wear them with confidence. I prefer a 5″ – 7″ length best, but I have shorts in many different lengths. If you prefer a longer length, check out these Bermuda denim shorts from Lee.

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Chino Shorts For Women Over 50

Chino shorts have been a fashion staple for many years, and this classic and timeless style never goes out of fashion. Chino shorts are comfortable, versatile, and stylish. I love their classic style and the fact that they can be dressed up or down.

 Chino Shorts (Size 8)

Chino shorts come in so many fun colors! I have mainly neutrals in my closet for versatility, but I’ve been seeing them in every color this season, from coral and lavender to emerald and turquoise! This pair is a 5″ length, but chino shorts can come in many different lengths. Here is a 7″ option if you prefer a longer short length.

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The Best Pull-on Shorts

Pull-on shorts are typically made of a lightweight, breathable fabric, which makes them comfortable to wear in warm weather. Most pull-on shorts are designed with a high waistline that can be more flattering for women over 50, as it can help to elongate the legs and create a long, lean silhouette. This year, I’ve even seen pull-on denim shorts!

I’ve been gravitating to this style more and more this year! They make getting dressed in the spring and summer easy because there aren’t any buttons or zippers to fiddle with. I think you’ll be seeing me share more about this style of shorts soon because I’ve been growing quite the collection.

Bermuda Shorts For Women Over 50

Bermuda shorts are a wardrobe staple that offers both comfort and style, which is why they’re such a great choice for women over 50. Their length, typically hitting just above the knee, strikes a balance between showing some leg while still providing ample coverage. This makes them ideal for various activities, whether you’re running errands, meeting friends for lunch, or enjoying a casual day out.

One of the best things about Bermuda shorts is their versatility. You can easily dress them up or down depending on the occasion. Pair them with a flowy blouse or a fitted top for a relaxed yet put-together daytime look. If you’re heading out for a dinner date or a more formal event, you can dress them up with a blazer or a statement necklace for a touch of sophistication. I find that I wear them just as often with wedges as I do with flip-flops!

Bermuda shorts are designed with a relaxed fit and are often more flattering than other short styles. If you are self-conscious about your legs or thighs, this cut of shorts is what you’ll want to shop for.

I wasn’t a fan of Bermuda shorts until I bought this pair. These black Bermuda shorts are so comfortable and fit like a dream. They have a slim silhouette, and I think that is what I like so much about these shorts. They can be easily dressed up or worn casually, so they are very versatile.

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The Best White Shorts for Women Over 50

White shorts might be the most versatile piece in your spring and summer closet. White is the perfect neutral for summer since it goes with everything. You can choose to dress classically in black and white, stay in the neutral family with white and beige, or wear bright and colorful tops for a pick-me-up.

I’m not sure if I wear anything more in the summer than white shorts. It is funny how your fashion style can change over the years. I used to never wear white shorts or jeans in the summer, and now I practically live in them. I have them in many different lengths, like these 10-inch Bermudas.

What’s your favorite style of shorts for women over 50?

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52 Comments

  1. Tania – You have gorgeous legs and look beautiful in all of the shorts — I prefer bermuda personally (longer length/more coverage), and I like the Chico’s shorts — they fit well and are a tad bit dressier. Thanks for this post!

    1. Thanks so much!! Some days I just need longer shorts!

  2. Deborah R says:

    Thank you for all of the great looks, links, and inspiration Tania! I’m sort of new to your site, but I’m enjoying all of it, the fashion, how you share your life & humor, and the inspirational bible quotes. I know today was all about the shorts, but I LOVE that ruffled green sleeveless top you paired with the J Crew chino shorts! Is that a current option?

    1. Welcome to my blog! I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog. The ruffled sleeveless top was from last year. It was from Banana Republic Factory, and it no longer available.

  3. Lanna Adams says:

    Thank you for stepping up with the shorts. They are all so nice and cool in the summer. I would love to receive your next blog.

  4. Cyndie Meline says:

    Great selection of shorts!

  5. Whispering Pines says:

    I haven’t touched base with your blog for quite some time; it was good to read up on your posts again. I thoroughly enjoyed reading them and they give me lots of ideas on how to style my clothes.

    1. Glad to see you’re back!

  6. This was a great post. I was so happy to see the different lengths. I am short (5’1’’ in the morning 🙂) and prefer to wear a shorter length. Have you ever tried the PGA Tour brand? The fabric is wonderful and comes in 2 lengths. No wrinkling and a slight stretch in the waist

  7. Thank you for sharing. I enjoy your blogs and often check out your LTK posts.
    Such a blessing that you are sharing Bible verses.
    ♥️

  8. Susan Weston says:

    Appreciate your thoughts on length–go with what YOU are comfortable with!

  9. You look great in all of the shorts. I enjoy your blog. The Bible verses are a great ending.

  10. You look good in all of these. These are all super cute!

  11. I do love the look of the longer shorts! Thanks for tips on styling them. Also THANK YOU for the Amazon gift card this week! What a great surprise to be your winner last week! Splurge time! 💕

  12. Diane Holley says:

    I love shorts. While living in Florida for a while they were worn 9 months out of the year. Keep sending us fashion

  13. Stella Gustafson says:

    Not a fan of short shorts but like the rest

  14. sue koren says:

    I am very self concious about my legs so I only wear longer shorts – or even a skirt – which is way cooler in hot weather anyway!

  15. Roberta Schwandner says:

    Thank you for this post about shorts and the different lengths. I personally don’t think a short short is flattering on anyone. I prefer a mid or Bermuda length. I agree that the most versatile is the Bermuda which is easy to dress up or down.

  16. As I have aged, I have turned to Bermuda shorts and have several pairs.

  17. I am over 50 but I enjoy wearing Bermuda shorts. I have several colors and like finding tops to change their look for casual or a little more dress up.
    Nice selection of shorts and tops today.

  18. Vivian Penn says:

    Excellent blog! this will make it so much easier looking for shorts this year!

  19. Ginger Hiller says:

    Fabulous scripture verse today! I prefer longer and Bermuda shorts. I can highly recommend Wit and Wisdom shorts as well as Kim Rogers pull on shorts, which can be found at Belk. Some of the Kim Rogers shorts have a panel in the front to help flatten the tummy which is a big plus in my book.

  20. Gloria Vanderbilt has some great pull on shorts and so does Walmart Time and Tru brand. They don’t look like elastic waist.

  21. Love receiving your wardrobe ideas and uplifting Bible verses❣️

  22. Great post as always! So helpful to have someone trying on clothes for us, takes the guesswork out of buying them! I love shorts, 69 this summer & will always wear them even though our season is short.🇨🇦

  23. Nancy Whitman says:

    Thank you, thank you!! I love the shorts review. I prefer white shorts, but they must not be se through!

  24. I only wear shorts in public if it’s over 100 degrees and last year we had many days like that. I don’t like them on me any shorter than the pull on shorts you styled. If my legs get a tan I feel better because the veins don’t look as bad. I will not show my thighs though. Those days are gone.

  25. Karen Johnson says:

    I would wear shorts year round if I could. There are so many cute wearable styles and colors here. I especially love the Bermudas

  26. I’m in my 70’s and still wear shorts. It’s hot in New Orleans! My favorites are the white shorts, 7-9 inches. I believe in being comfortable but also looking cute. Thanks for so many options.

  27. LOVE the Bermuda shorts! I still can’t seem to embrace the white shorts/pants fad. I think they make me look fat, when I wear a size 6. Great post!

  28. Good time for a shorts purge, and you’ve given me some terrific ideas!

  29. what about short a-line skirts instead of shorts? or is that frumpy? I feel like skirts are cooler but hard to find

    1. I love wearing skorts sometimes, instead of shorts. They are equally as cool, and look dressier.

  30. Such a helpful post, thanks!

  31. Great great post on shorts!! I see several I need. I am about to order a couple of the lip glosses. Which color would look good with everything? Not too bright but not full.

    1. The clear, nude, and Los Angelips would all look great with pretty much everything.

  32. Love the pink Bermuda shorts outfit as well as the white with the orange and white top. You look great in all of them.

  33. What a helpful post, thanks Tania!

  34. Love shorts especially pull on. Bermuda length is the best in my opinion. LOL

  35. I love wearing Bermuda shorts!

  36. Shorts can be tricky for me, so I’m loving this post. I lean towards Bermudas, and there are some great options here. Thanks! 💛

  37. Susan Mckenzie says:

    Finding the right length for shorts is always tricky— thank you for modeling all the different lengths!! Very helpful!! Thank you!!

  38. You look nice in all lengths. The Hot Pink ones are very nice. Time and Tru from Walmart had some nice black pull on shorts in different lengths.

  39. Christine says:

    Great post. Where did you get the green ruffle sleeve henley (worn with the khaki chinos?

    1. I think that was from Banana Republic Factory, but it is old and no longer available.

  40. You look cute in all the shorts you wore. I prefer a Bermuda short with a looser fit. I am a bit self conscious about my spider veins so usually don’t wear shorts out in public.