Turning 30 doesn’t mean you have to give up wearing anything, at all. However, if you’ve reached the stage in life where the ripped cut-offs and a band tee feels a little too juvenile, this article is for you. The summer months can be grueling, especially when you feel like you have to be wearing pants and a blazer to look put together. These are just a few of the ways to feel a little more comfortable about stepping out in shorts this summer.
Age is just a number, so if you feel right in the cut-offs that you were loving when you were in your 20s, don’t stop wearing them. These suggestions are for women looking to keep cool whilst feeling sharp and comfortable in their own skin, all year round. There are so many different hot weather looks that can leave you feeling comfortable and looking fab,
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Here are just a few ways to carry off shorts in a stylish and grown-up fashion, over 30:
1. Tailoring Shorts
Tailored anything looks put together, but a pair of beautifully tailored shorts is definitely your answer for summertime. These look amazing when paired with a workwear ensemble, or with a simple tucked-in tee and sandals. Choose a pair in a dark navy or black to really up their professional vibe.
2. Bermuda Style
Bermuda, or walk, or dress shorts, are a perfect compromise. They are timelessly chic, majorly flattering and inarguably made for full-blown grown-ups. Find these in cupro, cotton or denim to make your summer shorts outfit look incredible.
3. Add a Blazer
Throw on a blazer and the world is yours. A powerful, sharp blazer can work wonders with any outfit. Although it is hot out there, a smart jacket in the air-con or on your commute will balance out any casual implication from a pair of shorts. Go for A-Line shorts with a shoulder-padded blazer for ultimate summer power dressing.
4. Tuck in a Blouse
A tucked in, boho blouse is a great way to wear your shorts in a more sophisticated way. Opt for something flowy and baggy to harmonize with the cut-off silhouette. Why not lean into the bohemian style and pair with tan sandals, layered necklaces and a fringe bag, perfect!
5. Throw on a Business Shirt
When in doubt, add a button-up. A business shirt will never fail when trying to look more put together. Roll up the sleeves and tuck it in slightly to refine your shorts. If you want to try a more casual version of this style, try to find an oversized men’s style button-up and tuck it in fully. This creates a relaxed yet sophisticated look.
6. Add Some Height
Why not throw your favourite pair of platforms or wedges on with your shorts? These will give you a kick of height whilst also making your entire outfit look more elevated. Higher shoes will avoid you feeling like you’re hitting the beach in your shorts and thongs.
7. Find Something that Flows
Flowing, loose shorts look fantastically chic. Try to find a pair that’s layered to go perfectly with a strappy singlet or a Bardot blouse.
8. Go Monochromatic
An entirely black or white outfit can take you from feeling drab to fabulous. A solid toned ensemble looks great in linen. Find a linen short and tee set, and you’ll be feeling more sophisticated than ever!
9. Pay Attention to Material
Denim shorts are a great, modern staple, but they can feel a little like they belong to a teenager. Explore the world of options outside of denim to find something that feels appropriate and right for you! You can explore cotton blends, lyocell, chino and linen for shorts that feel like they’re made for a grown woman!
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