I Found The Best Age Appropriate Denim Shorts!

How To Wear Denim Shorts

Remember these shorts from Instagram.? I talked about how awesome they are because they are not scandalously short like most denim shorts.

Before you dismiss these, thinking there is NO way you can wear these, hear me out. If you like your legs (I know some of you don’t because of skin laxity or veins), I think you can wear these regardless of your age.

Age Appropriate Denim Shorts, Fashion blogger over 40 Erin Busbee of BusbeeStyle.com wearing AGOLDE denim shorts and a black tee and panama hat at Lake Powell

Age Appropriate Denim Shorts, Fashion blogger over 40 Erin Busbee of BusbeeStyle.com wearing AGOLDE denim shorts and a black tee with white Superga sneakers at Lake Powell

 

Age Appropriate Denim Shorts, Fashion blogger over 40 Erin Busbee of BusbeeStyle.com wearing AGOLDE denim shorts and a black tee with white Superga sneakers at Lake Powell

Age Appropriate Denim Shorts, Fashion blogger over 40 Erin Busbee of BusbeeStyle.com wearing AGOLDE denim shorts and a black tee at Lake Powell

Age Appropriate Denim Shorts, Fashion blogger over 40 Erin Busbee of BusbeeStyle.com wearing AGOLDE denim shorts, a black tee, and panama hat at Lake Powell

Age Appropriate Denim Shorts, Fashion blogger over 40 Erin Busbee of BusbeeStyle.com wearing AGOLDE denim shorts, a black tee, and panama hat at Lake Powell

Age Appropriate Denim Shorts, Fashion blogger over 40 Erin Busbee of BusbeeStyle.com wearing AGOLDE denim shorts and a black tee at Lake Powell

SHORTS | TEE | ANOTHER TEE OPTION | SNEAKERS | HAT | SUNGLASSES

These shorts are by AGOLDE. This line is by the same designer as 7 For All Mankind and Citizens of Humanity…both amazing brands! These shorts give me a 90s vibe I love, but with a twist. I love the minimal distressing, raw hem, and high waist. These are not your average high waist shorts…they have a 12.25” rise! So you feel very secure and tucked in. The inseam is 4” so they’re not too short and completely cover your bum. I’m wearing a black cutout tee, comfortable white sneakers, and my favorite Panama hat to finish off the look!

More AGOLDE shorts here.
Shop more denim shorts here.

Age Appropriate Denim Shorts, Fashion blogger over 40 Erin Busbee of BusbeeStyle.com wearing AGOLDE denim shorts and a black tee at Lake Powell

How To Find The Perfect Denim Shorts

I did a video on how to wear shorts over 40 with lots of great tips that you can watch here.

  • Check The Rise – The shorts above have an 11” rise, so they’re very high waisted, which is quite flattering. Anywhere from 9” to 12” inches is considered high rise. I prefer high waist shorts because they make my legs look longer!
  • Check The Inseam – I usually like to wear shorts with an inseam between 3” and 5”. 3 inches is pretty short, but if you are petite like me, you can get away with it. If you are taller (think 5’7″+) I wouldn’t go shorter than 5″.
  • Size Up – With denim shorts, it’s best to size up one size. You don’t want anything too tight in the waist creating a muffin top.
  • Think About Fit & Fabric – Give yourself some breathing room in the leg area (sizing up helps here). If the leg holes are a bit wider, it will make your thighs look smaller! Denim is traditionally more structured which helps with hiding lumps and bumps. If the fit is tight around the legs, they are not the right shorts, send them back and try again.
  • Bend Over – “Moon River. Hey doc, you ever serve time?” Anyone know that quote?? 😉 For REAL, when you put on the shorts, turn around in the mirror and bend over. I would also drop something and pick it up off the ground. If you can see your bum in that process, they are not the right fit. This is likely due to the rise.
  • Fingertip Test – How short is too short?? When in doubt, you can try the fingertip test. Put your arms down by your sides. If your shorts are WAY shorter than the end of your fingertips, you might want to opt for a longer inseam. If they are close or even below the fingertips, you are good! If you have longer arms, be sure to add that into your calculation here. And, remember this is just a guideline. You do not have to adhere to this rule.

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  1. Love it! I am having a jean transformation! High rise for me now… I got “Good American” destrcutive faded shorts but love what you have. It takes a while to get used to it. It’s so hot here that I will wear that with a fancy top to a restaurant. thanks for all you do! It’s difficult to stay caught up with all you do!

  2. I love your chanel, and your news letter! Its one of the few emails i ACTUALLY open! Love Seeing colorado. Makes me want to move from California. Keep doing what your doing, you make a big DIFFERENCE in womens lives. May God CONTINUE to bless you.
    Irene

    1. Aw, thanks, Irene!! I love the newsletter too. I love sharing in that way. California is pretty amazing too! Come visit CO!! xoxo

  3. Erin, I’Ve been RECEIVING your emails foR quite a while now. I happenend upon your site when i was searching for age appropriate/non-frumpy clothes. Now that I just turned 60, i am not ready to join the baggy capri look. I am a high school physical education teacher that wears gym clothes to work everyday. I’ve struggled over the years in my professIon of Trying to dress like a girl, over dressing masculine, as some other colleagues in my profession do. My husband Tells me there is no way i Can look like a boy(so sweet!) . I enjoy Wearing “normal clothes” on the weekends, for teacher meetings, Etc. i identify with your struggles of trying to stay fit while working full time. I am about The same size as you, but struggle with the saggy skin of 30+ years of southern californiA sun. (Back in the day, sunscreen was not emphasized) my work shorts have gotten longer, as have my sleeves;) i want you to know, i really enjoy your Seeming AUTHENTICITY and humbleness. Your Shared struggles of feeling down and reaching out is so endearing. I also truly enjoy your tips on trends and Style. Some of the styles you wear, i never would have considered, but you alWays manage to make it look so cute With style and not “stuffy.” Even lOw cut items, look cute and not trashy(i hate that word, but for lack of a better one) 🙂 i also enjoy your travEl tips, as my husband and i travel light to Europe for a few weeks every summer. i want to encourage you to continue with your clasS, style and humbleness. You are a True gem. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to write my first ever Note to someone in the media. 🙂 may God bless you.

  4. I especially like the belt and the bracelet. Can you list those also??? Thanks Erin. I’ve gone for a lot of your recs these past few years.

  5. Hey erin! Cant wait to order those shorts! Question – with such a high rise, how do shorter ladies woth bogger boobs make that outfit work?

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