THIS OR THAT – WHAT LENGTH SHORTS FOR WOMEN OVER 50

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing tan shorts, a white shirt, and a denim jacket19

Ladies, I’m traveling to Grundy today to work at the lumber company. For those of you who are new to my blog, we own a lumber company (think tiny Lowes), and I used to work there full time until I became a full-time blogger. Nothing says “fashion blogger” like working in a lumber company in a small town with no shopping opportunities. Lol! It goes to show you that anyone can do anything if you put your mind to it. I still work at the lumber company a couple of times each month, and today I’ll be reconciling the checkbook, which I’m hoping will go smoothly.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing tan shorts, a white shirt, and a denim jacket25

Thursday’s are my This or That posts, so I thought I would show you TWO outfits with shorts of different lengths. I love shorts of all lengths, and you can see it isn’t because I love showing off my leopard-printed legs. Thanks to years of not wearing sunscreen when I was young, I have the spots to show. That doesn’t keep me from wearing what I like, and I have shorts in various lengths. A pair of 3″ denim shorts is my favorite, but I also love a longer Bermuda pair. Wear what you like, and don’t worry about what others think!

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing tan shorts, a white shirt, and a denim jacket8

The first outfit starts with an essential White Poplin Shirt with a 3/4″ sleeve. Many of you probably have a white button-up shirt in your closet to recreate this look easily. If you are like me, I try to replace my white shirts yearly or bi-yearly, so they look white and crisp. Usually, I make this an affordable purchase since I know I will be replacing them soon, but occasionally I’ll splurge on one. This is an affordable option at $24.00, and it comes in a wide range of colors. I’m wearing a medium, and it fits fine.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing tan shorts, a white shirt, and a denim jacket20

My jewelry is simple, the Adeline Hoop Earrings, a David Yurman Cable Loop Bracelet, and the Neutral Mother’s Day Bracelet Box Set. I forgot that I was wearing the Phoenix Wrap Ring in Vintage Gold; it is one that I don’t wear often, but it is unique, and I usually get comments when I have it on.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing tan shorts, a white shirt, and a denim jacket27

I added a Wrangler Classic Denim Jacket to the look, and I like the contrast in the colors. A denim jacket is like a white button-up shirt; you need at least one of these items in your wardrobe. I have several denim jackets in different colors, and I even have several in the traditional denim color. Each one is a tiny bit different, so I like wearing all of them. Right now, this one is my favorite since it is lightweight and stretchy. It moves with me and doesn’t feel constricting. I’m wearing a large, and I love the way it fits.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing tan shorts, a white shirt, and a denim jacket5

This is a leather Raffia wristlet in truffle, and I love the material and the size. The bag is perfect for shopping or going for a quick errand when I don’t need to bring my large handbag. This wristlet has HOBO Bags’ signature circular handle, and I love the textured design. The interior has a bill slot and six credit card slots. Plus, the interior back has a zip pocket for items you want to ensure don’t fall out. I’m still debating about getting a larger bag from this company since I like this one so much. I did place an order for some Coach handbags; I’ll link to those below.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing tan shorts, a white shirt, and a denim jacket14

These are 5″ Chino Shorts in Dark Yellow. A 5″ short is probably what I wear most often; it is a good length for me. I am 5’6″ tall, and this length makes my legs look longer than the Bermuda style short. I like the pockets; they seem to lay flat and don’t pucker. I’m wearing an 8 in these, even though a 10 was recommended. I think they fit well, but you might want to size up if you are between sizes. These come in several different colors, and you can never go wrong with black, white, or olive.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing tan shorts, a white shirt, and a denim jacket18

Here is a look from the back. You can see the length of the shorts, the shirt, and the jacket in this photo.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing pink shorts and a floral sleeveless top from J Crew Factory10

Now, let’s switch to the “That” outfit. This look is a lot more colorful, and the shorts are 4″ longer than the previous shorts. I’ll be interested to hear the comments from my Petite readers if Bermuda or a 9″ short will work for you.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing pink shorts and a floral sleeveless top from J Crew Factory6

Let’s start with the Sleeveless Poplin Shirt in a blue and pink floral print. This shirt reminds me of my Great Aunt, who was always hot, so she wore sleeveless button-up shirts a lot, but they were usually in a striped pattern. I love the style of this shirt, and I think it is very flattering. It is a great length that can be worn out or tucked in; the front and back are longer, with the sides being shorter. This top is on clearance, so it can’t be returned. I’m wearing a medium that fits fine, but I usually will order items on clearance larger because I can take it up, but I can’t let it out if it is too small.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing pink shorts and a floral sleeveless top from J Crew Factory11

You can see what I was talking about with the shirt hem in this photo.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing pink shorts and a floral sleeveless top from J Crew Factory21

I’m wearing blue jewelry for this outfit. The Insley Gold Hoop Earring in Blue Lapis and the Mother’s Day Turquoise Bracelet Set look great with the floral top. I love Lapis, so I love the New Arrivals from Kendra Scott. You can also see that I’m wearing my 18 Kt. Gold Vermeil Cross Necklace that I wear daily. I’ve worn this almost every day for over a year, and I haven’t had any issues with the gold coming off.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing pink shorts and a floral sleeveless top from J Crew Factory32

These are the 9″ Frankie Bermuda Shorts, and of course, this color is already sold out. Lol! That’s okay, the Bright Peri color would work just as well for this look, and you could wear them later with navy or white, and a denim jacket would look fantastic. I like the material of these shorts; they almost feel silky. I’m wearing a size 8 in these shorts, and they fit great.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing pink shorts and a floral sleeveless top from J Crew Factory36

I’ve had these Casual Strappy Sandals for a couple of weeks, and I still like them. The faux leather looks fantastic, and they are very easy to walk in. These are highly rated, and I see why since they are also comfortable. I did size up a half size, and the fit is perfect. I’m wearing the natural color, and there are several different colors to choose from if this color is not in stock.

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing pink shorts and a floral sleeveless top from J Crew Factory35

Okay, that’s all for this week’s This or That post. So, which look do you prefer, and which length is your favorite for the shorts?

Over 40 Fashion Blogger, Tania Stephens is wearing tan shorts, a white shirt, and a denim jacket4

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  1. Kate wrote:

    I am short and I try to stick to 7” lengths. On you, the first pair are so much more flattering! I’m surprised because I generally prefer longer shorts.

    Posted 5.21.22 Reply
  2. Sue L wrote:

    I prefer th e longer shorts.The best for me are 7 inch and they are very hard to find.
    Only wear the shorter ones for yard work.
    Also love a nice skort if the length is close to 15 inches.

    Posted 5.13.22 Reply
  3. Fran wrote:

    Definitely the longer pink ones for me but if I had your legs I may well be wearing the shorter ones too! Lucky you.

    Posted 5.13.22 Reply
  4. Tami wrote:

    I prefer the tan shorts, white shirt, and denim jacket outfit. Classic chic outfit! I am 62 and still wear shorts! You look great Tania.

    Posted 5.13.22 Reply
  5. Lori wrote:

    My opinion, longer shorts always look better on women 50 and over. Also like darker colors.. the yellow look to close to your leg color…from a distance hard to tell your legs from the shorts…

    Posted 5.13.22 Reply
  6. Rhonda wrote:

    I like both lengths on you. The longer pair IMO would be great for shopping, going out and the shorter pair for outdoor events.

    Posted 5.13.22 Reply
  7. Willow wrote:

    You look nice in either length short. I prefer a Bermuda length for myself, but at 5’9” anything shorter is a little too short for my comfort. If I’m working in my backyard or sitting out there reading, I’ll go shorter, but for outside the house, I like a longer length.

    Posted 5.12.22 Reply
  8. Barbara Maxwell wrote:

    The longer shorts look great on you. Shorter shorts are for younger women. Just my opinion!!

    Posted 5.12.22 Reply
  9. Debra Calhoun wrote:

    I like the second look and short length best.

    Posted 5.12.22 Reply
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