The great shorts debate

Should mature women wear shorts? If so, what length, and how do we style them? Fear not, loyal readers, I offer the following for your consideration.

Shorts originated as an item of clothing for children. The expression, “put on your big boy pants” comes from the time when children graduated out of shorts and into trousers. It was a rite of passage that signaled being a grown up.teal purple skirt

I’m personally not a huge fan of women in shorts – but I realize I’m in the minority. I think a great skirt offers all the comfort and coolness of shorts, but with a more feminine silhouette. Certainly for mature women, skirts can take you all the places you need to go in the summer.black bermudas

If you like wearing shorts, there are some easy tips to style your look. In terms of length, shorts have run the gamut from ‘daisy dukes’ to bermudas, and everything in between. If you have great legs, a mid-thigh short can work well, especially if paired with a great blouse, beautiful sandals, and sunnies.

Bermudas are a dressy casual look that some workplaces accept for daytime. Style bermudas with a smart blazer and wedge heeled shoes for office, or sandals for leisure.

daisy dukesAlas, for mature women, the days of short-shorts and daisy dukes are in the past. Neither is appropriate for women past the age of 30.

Stay cool this summer in style.


Easy summer style

Many women wonder how to stay cool and stylish during hot summer months. There are some great options that don’t involve oversized Ts and cargo shorts. Try these looks for afternoons at the Farmer’s Market, a family backyard bbq or strolling City streets window shopping.

striped dressThis cute sundress is perfect for sunny afternoons on the patio (yours or a local pub). The bright colours are perfect for summer and it’s fashionably easy to wear. It’s also suitable for office if paired with a blazer (which will also help keep cold A/C off your neck and shoulders).

Many women like to wear shorts, especially outside of work. The French believe that no one over Chicos linen shortsthe age of 12 should be caught dead in shorts, especially women. If you do like to wear shorts, be sure to choose those with natural fabrics, such as these great linen shorts. Please do not wear cargo shorts or athletic wear! Neither is flattering nor suitable for daytime events. To be chic and stylish, never wear shorts with athletic shoes, sun visors or fanny packs. Instead, pair shorts with a light tank top or blouse. Don’t forget to accessorize with a chunky necklace and sleek sunnies.

The other look I like for summer is a cool maxi dress. Many people Chicos paisley maxi dressmight think that maxi dresses are too warm, but they are surprisingly light and flow-y. Again, choose natural fabrics that breathe and move with you.

There are many great looks – find your own style and have a chic summer!