While some women think they can’t wear shorts as they get older—even Helen Mirren quipped “I wouldn’t be seen dead in shorts,” many of us are still happy to be in the gam game. Maybe Dame Mirren hasn’t seen the current crop of shorts. There’s a whole range of gorgeous styles: lace, eyelet, wrapped, ruffled, wildly printed, canvas, linen, silk, denim, destroyed. For many people, shorts have definitely preempted skirts as a summer sartorial style choice.
Shorts (in the right style) can be worn to cocktail parties and to the office. Oh wait. Most of us are working from home. Well, then, you definitely can wear shorts to work, and they will be a nice upgrade from PJ bottoms on your Zoom calls.
If you feel shorts are just too, um, short, try the skort, a popular fashion lovechild: shorts bred with a skirt. You’ll still feel all the freedom of shorts tempered by the modesty of that skirt panel.
Here’s my, ahem, short list of options for working the look this summer.
The Short List
Where: Walks in the park, hanging out with friends.
Where: Cocktails at sunset.
Where: Garden parties.
Where: For a night out on the town.
Where: The nautical look makes them perfect for beach or boardwalk visits.
Where: Any place! This is the perfect shorts silhouette for sophisticated dressing.
Where: Backyard BBQs.
Where: Day trips into the city.
Where: Visits to farmers’ markets and antique festivals.