I know that as we reach our 50s and beyond many women begin to feel like they have aged out of blue jean shorts. But I still enjoy wearing these classic, casual shorts during the summer. They can be comfortable but still stylish and appropriate if we take the time to put them together with the right pieces from our closets. So today I’m sharing 5 ways to wear denim shorts this spring and summer.
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For all of these outfits I’m wearing these girlfriend denim shorts from Talbots. They feature a 6″ inseam, a high rise and a rolled cuff. Unfortunately these particular denim shorts are almost sold out. But I’ve collected a variety of other denim shorts from some of your favorite brands in the shopping widget below.
When shopping for denim shorts or any other shorts, the main things to consider include inseam (I prefer a 5-6″ inseam, but that really depends more on your height and proportions than anything), fabric, rise, pocket placement and distressing. The choices are boundless really.
Wear Denim Shorts with a Sweater
I love the juxtaposition of wearing denim shorts with a long sleeve cotton sweater in the summer. This combination may not be appropriate for every hot summer day. But it works great for a cool morning at the beach or a chilly evening in the mountains. My cotton sweater is marked down and available for an extra 50% off with code SUNNY. However, it is final sale. I can tell you that it is very lightweight and breathable, perfect for the beach or mountains. And it runs true to size; I’m wearing a medium. It also comes in other colors.
You can give that sweater a little front tuck…or not. Take into account the length of the sweater and your proportions. You don’t want the sweater to hang over the shorts so long that it makes the shorts look disproportionate. Finish the outfit with either sandals or sneakers, your choice!
Wear Denim Shorts with a Popover
An easy breezy popover shirt is another great option for pairing with denim shorts. You’ll still find these pullover tops in cotton and linen, but this year we’re seeing a lot of them in soft gauzy fabric.
Again, you can tuck the popover a little in the front (or all the way around) or not. My popover is slightly cropped so it works really well untucked over my denim shorts. But just take into consideration your proportions and the rise and inseam of your shorts.
Wear Denim Shorts with a Simple Tee
Of course, you can always just pair a simple tee with your denim shorts. Whether you opt for blue, black or white denim shorts, a colored tee tops them perfectly and simply.
My Caslon short sleeve v-neck t-shirt is in a pretty pink flamingo. But this raw edged double v-neck comes in about a dozen different colors and prints. It runs true to size for a loose fit. I’m wearing a medium.
I think the key to elevating this one-two outfit a bit is adding some interesting jewelry and shoes. I’m wearing my gold sandals and a Victoria Emerson wrap bracelet. These Victoria Emerson bracelets or their boho cuffs are such a fun way to add a little style and I find they look especially nice with summer outfits.
Wear Denim Shorts with a Summer Sweater
I’ve always loved summer sweaters. You can find them with 3/4 length and short sleeves, but I think the sleeveless ones are definitely the most casual and cool. I think this rainbow prism sweater tank looks so youthful and fun over my denim shorts. It fits true to size; I’m wearing a medium. I also have the soft periwinkle blue and it comes in a great natural shade, too.
I wore the same jewelry with this simple outfits, but I traded in my neutral birchwood colored Naturalizer sandals. I liked the way these flesh toned sandals keep this more colorful outfit casual and effortless.
By the way, those Naturalizer sandals are soooo comfortable. I wear them frequently already. They run true to size and come in black and a couple of trending summer colors.
Wear Denim Shorts with a Linen Shirt
Finally, I’m wearing my denim shorts with a button up linen shirt (wearing a small). I’ve chosen to wear my chambray blue linen shirt, but you could create a similar look with whatever linen shirt you have in your closet or choose to purchase. But I do love the way the chambray blue (they call it blue ridge/white) works with the blue denim. My linen shirt runs large (as do most of J.Jill’s tops for me), so I’m wearing a small.
Under the linen shirt I’m wearing a linen tank I purchased last year. It’s not available again this year, but any tank could work. I tried to find something similar, but struck out. I completed this outfit with my nude colored Born sandals (and here) from last year (they are still available) and a boho cuff from Victoria Emerson.
I think this is probably my favorite look of the five, so I apologize for creating it with a tank that is no longer available. Maybe you have something loose fitting like that in your closet that would work nicely.
Of course, I also showed these denim shorts in last week’s post about 5 Ways to Wear the Clothed in Strength Tee. The sleeveless tee is indeed out of stock right now, but Pam assures me she is getting more in. So if you’re interested in the Clothed In Strength Tee just select your size and leave your email for notification of restock.
Thanks so much for dropping in today. Now that I have a studio, I’m planning to create lots of these 5 Ways to Wear posts. Do you have a garment or even an accessory that you’d like to see me style five ways? Let me know in the comments below and we’ll see what I can do. Have a great day!
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Over the years I’ve discovered that those who at first seem wise and knowledgeable sometimes later prove to be less reliable than I had first thought. We humans are often enamored with all the wrong things: charisma, impressive vocabularies, piety, exotic accents and picturesque wording. Such things can make a person and their advice sound or look wise when in fact they are not. So how can I know what true wisdom looks like?
The Bible is my guide in spotting wisdom. First of all, the Bible is wisdom. Wisdom is always from God’s perspective. In fact, the wisdom of men is called foolishness by the Bible. And God’s Word tells me that true wisdom is first of all pure (never straying from the precepts of the Bible). Finally, true wisdom is spoken or written from people who have true godly character. They bear the fruit of the Spirit. Let’s be careful as we read and listen today, carefully discerning between that which is truly wisdom from above and that which simply sounds good.
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. ~ James 3:17-18