Summer means shorts, right? Just like summer means sandals, sleeveless tops, and bathing suits. Whether we are in our 20′s or our 40′s, we want the pure pleasure of wearing shorts in warm weather….. the sensation of a breeze around the knees!
But shorts can be tricky. So many lengths to choose from, how do you know which pairs will look good on you and are appropriate for your age?
Jeanne says: I think of true shorts as having an inseam of 3 to 5 inches and I basically see them as off-limits for someone at my stage in life. I’m pretty fit so I could wear them, but for me it is an age-appropriateness issue. Real shorts are for women younger than me.
But I can rock a 10 inch inseam short, also known as a long short, Bermuda short or walking short. I personally like them for both casual wear and for slightly dressier occasions as you can see in my outfit photos. Finding the perfect pair of longer cut-off denim shorts took some work, but they are perfect for the weekend with a printed tee and espadrilles. My dressier long shorts can go out to dinner or even to work in a more liberal business environment with a blazer and pumps.
Kate says: Even in your late 20′s, shorts length is a tricky subject. Some girls have the right body type and can pull off a shorter short, but I find that with a more athletic and *ahem* womanly body type, 3 or 4 inch inseams are just too short. So my sweet spot for shorter shorts is a 5 inch inseam – long enough to avoid any riding up or inappropriate exposure, but short enough to qualify as a “short short”. When styling a shorter short, I like to go more covered up on the top. This means either a t-shirt (as opposed to tank top) or a blouse or button-up. I like the balance of skin on the bottom with more fabric up top.
I also have several pairs of Bermuda shorts that come in quite handy. Especially in a business casual environment (depending on your workplace!), I think 10 inch inseam shorts are totally appropriate for work during the summer. They are no shorter than many skirts and dresses I wear to work, and with a tailored cut go really nicely with blouses, blazers, and cardigans.
How do you feel about shorts? What is your preferred inseam?