Shorts - how to look classy?

(13 Posts)
RideTheLightning Mon 30-May-16 12:39:44

I've tried countless pairs of shorts on recently and none are hitting the spot. I'm mid 30s, mother of two, 5 foot 8, long legs, size 10/12 on the bottom half and (fairly) athletic. I have a baby and a slight tummy. I was pregnant last summer and wafted around in maxi dresses. This summer I want to look classy in a pair of shorts rather than hide my pale pins away as I do every year.

What should I look for? What's a classy length? What material will be cool, comfortable but keep its shape/not be see-through? I want to convey 'relaxed yet polished'.

Thanks in advance

VioletBam Mon 30-May-16 14:48:57

au.pinterest.com/pin/243405554835038366/

I think it's very tricky.

cressetmama Mon 30-May-16 15:02:08

Chino style, between high mid-thigh and top of knee length, plain or patterned, top or bottom, not too fitted, only a flash of bare midriff/shoulder. Bare arms are fine. Keep it simple. De fuzzed legs, no high heels. Smile. No cut-off jeans, except for the beach or gardening! Those are my rules (no midriff on display here as I'm much older than you). No one has fainted, yet, anyway. It is tricky though; you don't want to look like a middle-aged lady golfer!

Mominatrix Mon 30-May-16 15:16:52

I'd go for a thicker fabric - chino is a good one, as is a good quality lined linen. Simple lines. In terms of length, mid thigh is good. I'd wear a crisp button down shirt on top - sleeveless or rolled up sleeves. Channel your inner Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina vibe.

For ideas, J Crew is great at this look. here

specialsubject Mon 30-May-16 15:29:35

As long as none of your underwear or backside is visible, anything is fine in the uK. The girl guides used to say 'check for decency when sitting' - perhaps check rear view is better. Daisy duke not a good look.

Twowrongsdontmakearight Mon 30-May-16 15:31:51

When you try on mid thigh chino ones, have a good look in the mirror. People often look a bit like Captain Mainwaring in them!

HappyGirlNow Mon 30-May-16 15:36:16

I have these Zara ones in every colour grin

HappyGirlNow Mon 30-May-16 15:38:57

Classy and cotton..

I have also just ordered these

HappyGirlNow Mon 30-May-16 15:41:44

And I want these but currently out of stock in my size.. Can you tell I like shorts? grin

RideTheLightning Mon 30-May-16 21:01:31

Thank you everyone, that's so helpful, I'm sure I'll find something I like from that lot. They all look a lot nicer than the shorts I've tried on recently. Here's hoping I get it right and don't end up looking like a dad's army extra!

CointreauVersial Mon 30-May-16 21:35:34

People often make the mistake of going too long in the leg, like they are trying to hide. Boy Scout length (or Captain Mainwaring grin) is rather aging, I think.

HappyGirlNow Mon 30-May-16 22:26:45

Totally agree Cointreau - short is better.. As long as the legs are up to it grin

VioletBam Mon 30-May-16 22:51:12

Short is definitely better...or one looks middle aged before one's time.

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