At even the mention of the word "shorts," I've seen women's facial reactions range from disdain and disgust to even fear and loathing. To many, the thought of donning a pair is just simply out of the question, which is odd considering shorts are both practical and logical when dealing with the killer Houston heat. They alleviate the constant worry of exposing one's self to the world, like a dress may accidentally do. So what is it about this piece of clothing that makes it so unpopular for women who are 30 and older? There are tons of misconceptions and myths around shorts. So let's set the facts straight while I share my secrets to finding and styling the perfect pairs of shorts that will keep you cool (in more ways than one) all summer long.
Shorts are only appropriate for teenagers and women in their 20s.
Are extremely high denim cut offs the first thing that comes to mind when you think of shorts? You know, the ones where there's a fear of a butt cheek slipping out while walking? Ok, so that may be an exaggeration, but there are definitely pairs I used to wear in my 20s that I now deem too short for comfort. On the other end, there are bermuda shorts that go all the way down to your knees. Though bermuda shorts are great for certain age groups and taller women, a lot of us are not 5'9". So where on earth is the middle ground? The answer is the 5 inch short! It's just the perfect mid-thigh length, not too short and not too long!
No it's not a fanny pack, it's a belt bag and they are a great way to update your wardrobe. Plus, they are so very convenient! Loved having mine during a trip I took to the Guadalupe river this past weekend.
Stripes are big for the season, and so are fresh and bright colors! Double team your stripes for extra fun. I love how the stripes on the soles of my sneakers echo the swimsuit!
Most shorts fit too tight around the booty and thighs, making them uncomfortable and unflattering.
How a piece of clothing fits is extremely important! It's not just about a short's length, but also about a figure-flattering cut. Too tight around the butt and thighs can feel inappropriate and uncomfortable after your 20's. It's all about the tailoring! Pick a short that has wider leg holes to leave plenty of room for thighs to breathe. Choose fits that hug the back end just enough, but not too much. The styles I'm wearing in these pics do just that. Got some voluptuousness to your figure? My favorite place to find these shorts even has curvy fits!
Don't be afraid to mix those patterns! Sure proof way to do it right? Put large scaled prints with smaller ones. In this photo, the polka dots are a larger print than the small checks, which is why it works!
In the picture below, a quick layer change from polka dots to white denim gives my checked shorts a totally new look! The pop of red from my cute backpack and earrings is what really makes these black and white outfits sing.
Shorts are only for casual wear and don't have much versatility.
Many shorts come in casual chino material, which is perfect for an active day in the park and other summertime activities. For an upscale night out, chinos or even denim may not be the right solution for the occasion. It all comes down to the material of the shorts and what you pair with them. The ones I'm wearing in this blog (apart from the denim) range from cotton/spandex/polyester blends and have just the right amount of texture, structure, and weight. The fabric makes them perfect for creating a polished look with heels or dressing down with sneakers!
A hint of the extraordinary in my sequin Christian Louboutin's. Pairing unexpected pieces in your looks will keep you right on trend for the season.
Above, palm leaves and tropical vibes are perfect prints for the summer, like the one in my shorts!
Below, the 5 inch short in black paired down with sneakers for a fun day at a theme park!
My legs are too white to wear shorts. Or I can't wear shorts because_________________.
I was 14 years old at camp when a boy (that I happened to have a crush on) told me that my legs were so white they shone brighter than the sun. This was just the beginning of the many skin tone (and weight) comments I'd hear over the years that would lead to self doubt in my appearance. I regret to say, I even visited the tanning bed for a short time to make my skin darker and more "desirable." It was exhausting (and unhealthy) striving for a look that wasn't me. With the help of family, friends, and some very iconic celebrity women (including Anne Hathaway and Disney's animated Princess Snow White), I came to love and embrace my skin. I'm not white, I'm porcelain and it rocks! At one time or other, the world has twisted all of our minds about how we think we should look. I've heard doubts about knees, leg sizes, weight, aging, and skin tone. But the truth is when you see a woman who exudes self confidence because she loves what she's wearing and accepts who she is, it doesn't matter her age, size, skin tone, or even the style of clothes she's wearing. You just see a woman who makes no apologies for who she is and you can't help but admire her.
See all the shorts and other pieces from my pics here.
Be fabulous you this summer!
Until next time,
Wear it Out!
Ashley Kahn is a Wardrobe Stylist and
Personal Shopper In Houston, Texas.
She helps women everyday build more
efficient, versatile wardrobes that not
only save them time, money, frustration
but provide outfits that leave them
feeling cute, comfortable, and confident!
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Photos by Tiny Mum Photography