shorts are a wardrobe staple in my closet. and denim shorts are a must-have all summer long. they’re a practical alternative to a cute summer dress, especially when it’s time for a bike ride, packing a picnic basket, a hike with friends, or chasing after your grandchildren. of course, i’m a firm believer that women over 50 can rock a pair of shorts. and you’ve seen me wear a variety of lengths through the years. many brands like J.Crew sell multiple inseams, 5-inch, 7-inch, and 10-inch, so you can choose the length that’s perfect for you. but if you prefer to show a little less skin, Bermuda shorts with a longer inseam are modest and fashionable. it’s important to stay modern, fresh, and relevant so there’s no need to shy away from shorts. denim shorts look fantastic with everything from oversized white shirts, flowy peasant tops, or fitted tees. i especially love a raw hem that’s current without being trendy. if you choose denim Bermuda shorts, the length is long enough to cuff or leave them as-is. today, i share how to wear it now, wear it later denim shorts style.
my trip to Tybee couldn’t have been planned better. the entire weekend was full of blue skies and sunshine. but tropical storm Fred made his presence known the day i left. and today? rain and more rain all day long here in Georgia. he’s moving quickly, so we’ll be back to summer-like temps tomorrow. but for now, it’s a good day to stay inside and catch up on work. even a short getaway leaves my in-box overflowing and a laundry pile (or two). and my car always has to be given a thorough wash and vacuum after a beach vacay. there’s sand and more sand on the seats, in the hatchback, and on the floor. but i already miss all things Tybee.
this time of year can be tricky when it comes to choosing an outfit. but never fear. there are various ways you can wear summer staples like denim shorts or a white shirt well into the fall. a white shirt is a must-have in your wardrobe. but it needn’t be a form-fitting button-up. there are so many options when it comes to an iconic white shirt. this time of year, when the humidity level matches the temps, i opt for an oversized white shirt. linen, cotton, and poplin are good choices for a hot summer day as the fabric breathes. but as we move into fall, silk is my number one pick.
the first ootd for wear it now, wear it later denim shorts style is an easy outfit to pull together. an oversized white linen shirt (old, similar here, here, and here) looks fantastic with a pair of denim shorts. love the contrast of a crisp white shirt with denim. since the 4th of July, i’ve been on the hunt for red slip-on sneakers. and i think i struck gold! this pair from Ilse Jacobsen has to be the most comfortable pair of shoes i have ever worn. love the flexible rubber sole that’s whipstitched to a teardrop perforated upper. and if red isn’t your thing, not to worry. this slip-on sneaker comes in thirteen colors.
shorts | white shirt (similar here, here, and here) | sneakers | handbag | handbag strap
there will be plenty of time to reach for your blue jeans once fall has arrived. but why not opt to pair a blazer with denim shorts for a cute early fall outfit? instead of a white cotton shirt, i chose an ivory silk blouse to slip underneath a black blazer from Banana Republic. love, love, love a long, tailored blazer, and this one doesn’t disappoint. it has a snug fit through the mid-section so consider sizing up one size. i chose my regular size 8 and am happy with the fit. i especially like the nipped-in waist and gold crest buttons. it’s fully lined and will be on style repeat throughout autumn. snakeskin block heels (similar here, here, and here) and a snakeskin belt (similar here) add that little extra something.
shorts | blouse | blazer | shoes (similar here, here, and here) | belt (similar here)| sunglasses
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She’s 63, 5’8, and size 8.
Love all of them, but the one with the navy blazer is my favorite!!!
Thank you once again combinations
I love the casual modern look of the denim shorts and blazer. I love blazers.
When the temps get cooler that is what I reach for, as a cover up.
Love your makeup and your dewy bright look. Do you use a highlighter or something else on your checks to gt that look? Brand that you use, please, Thanks
I would never think of pairing a black blazer with denim shorts. Love it!
Love the blazer and denim shorts look. Very classy! Thank you, Beth
Beautiful look Beth love it! And l so pleased you had a lovely break.
I have 2 pairs of shoes like your red ones. I bought tan and loved so much that I got a black pair. Most comfortable shoes ever!
The blazer outfit feels so french: the jacket very “Balmain”, and the shoes reference Chanel. You look marvelous.
I particularly love the look with the blazer!!! So refreshing to see the great ideas you have for trendy older ladies.
WOW I really like the blazer w/ the denim shorts! I cannot say I would have thought to put these items together. However, I very well may create this look! The sunglasses are a great suggestion too! Thank you for making me think beyond my “normal look”!!!
Thank you for inspiring me to wear shorts again. I’m 68 years old, and thanks to you feel very confident and cool in 10″ shorts
you are so welcome! they’re a great alternative during the hot summer months. enjoy!
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