From time to time, I’m asked by readers to feature an item of clothing I don’t normally wear. Usually I demur, as the outfits I share here reflect my own wardrobe and style.
But during a recent conversation with some of my blogger friends, the topic of “reader requests” came up. We compared notes and we’ve all had requests for shorts. We decided to give shorts another try, and all post about the experience.
You can see how my friends Jennifer, Deborah, and Tania managed with them here:
Other than for working out, I haven’t had a pair of shorts in my wardrobe in probably over a decade. It’s not that I mind showing my legs, pale as they are. And I don’t believe that we have to retire shorts just because we’re over a certain age.
They’re just not my style. For one thing, I can’t get past seeing “summer camp counselor,” which is really not the look I’m going for. 😆 I’m also a bit knock-kneed, and it’s more obvious when I’m wearing shorts. And the proportions are difficult. Because I’m short-waisted, I don’t tuck in my tops, but untucked tops over shorts look very blocky on me.
I’ve never bought into the idea of “office shorts” or dressy shorts. Shorts will always read as casual to me. But could I manage to make them work as part of a more “polished casual” outfit?
I must have tried a dozen pairs of shorts for this post: white, denim, chinos, and drawstring styles. These were the ones that I hated the least. 😆 I decided to style them as if they were jeans. I think it helps that they are close to my skin tone, so there’s less of a broken line above the knee.
It had been so chilly at home before we left on our road trip, and I thought “it will be much warmer in Las Vegas, so I’ll wear them there and take outfit photos.” Ha! We arrived just in time for a freakish cold/windy spell. It was too bloody cold for me to wear these indoors or out for almost our entire visit, hence the mirror fashion show.
These outfits…aren’t terrible. Of the three, the first one is probably closest to something I’d wear (though I’d replace the sandals with off-white sneakers). Still, I don’t see myself adding shorts to my wardrobe anytime soon. If I lived someplace with a lot of heat and humidity, I might be more inclined to try more shorts and figure out the best ways to wear them. But as I don’t, I’ll stick to my linen and loose-fitting pants during the warmer months.
Do you regularly wear shorts during the summer months? How to you style them?
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