Style blogger Megan Saustad wearing Agolde Denim Short, DL1961 Camo Jacket and Gucci Belt.

Happy Friday! I hope you have all had a great Memorial Day weekend and a fabulous week. I feel like the days have flown by and I spent this week reeling in from the most EXCITING weekend EVER!!! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you might have heard that my middle son’s lacrosse team, the University of Virginia, won the NCAA National Championship game on Memorial Day by beating Yale 13-9. Sheer JOY!  If you are interested, you can read all about the game here.

Now that summer is here, many of us are ready to pull out our denim shorts. I’m sharing my top style tips on how to wear denim shorts while still looking age appropriate.

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My denim shorts are by one of my favorite brands, AGOLDE.  This line is the same designer that gave us 7 For All Mankind and Citizens of Humanity.  Every blogger I know is grabbing these amazing denim shorts, called the Dee Short.  I really appreciate the minimal distressing, the raw edge hem, and the high waist (12″ rise), so the waist line is flattering and you feel smoothed out and sucked in.  At my age, I also appreciate the 3″ inseam which is a good length and hits mid thigh.  These shorts are just a great cut, super flattering and a good price point for designer denim shorts.  I suggest sizing up one size from your normal size in these.

If you like a longer denim short, I would suggest the Rumi Short by AGOLDE. This short has an 11″ rise and 6.75″ inseam and is super cute.

Utility and Camo continue to be a hot trend going into the summer months.  My cropped camo jacket by DL1961 is super light weight and perfect paired with denim, white and black.  I have been traveling with this jacket all spring because it is super versatile and can be dressed up or down depending on how it is styled.  I love it worn with denim shorts but wear it often with black jeans or thrown over a black tee shirt dress.  Its a great piece for capsule wardrobe packing.

STYLE TIPS TO FOLLOW WHEN WEARING DENIM SHORTS:

 1.  SIZE UP

I always suggest wearing your shorts a bit over-sized.  A middle-aged woman should NEVER wear shorts that are too tight or too short.  Denim shorts look best when sized up at least one size.  No muffin top ladies and sizing up makes the leg opening wider which helps make your thighs look smaller.

2.  LENGTH IS KEY

A middle age woman should never wear shorts that are too short.  When in doubt, the finger tip test is a good rule of thumb.  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.  I like shorts that hit at mid to upper thigh.  You want your legs to look long and lean and this length will help with that.

3.  PAIR THEM WITH AN OVERSIZED JACKET OR BLOUSE

Having more volume on top will give the illusion of your lower half looking slimmer. This helps create balance in your look by not having everything on your body form fitting.  I love denim shorts paired with a blazer and especially love a crisp white blazer with denim shorts in the summer for date night or GNO.  I also think a white linen shirt looks super cool with denim shorts.

4.  CHECK THE RISE

The shorts I’m wearing have an 12” rise, so they’re very high waisted and make your legs look longer, which is quite flattering. Anywhere from 9” to 12” inches is considered high rise.

5.  WEAR A SLIGHT HEEL OR A WEDGE

Of course I’m going to throw my sandals on with my denim shorts on very casual days, but if I’m really wanting to look my best, I will always wear a wedge (espadrille) or slight heel with my shorts.  Not only does this look more polished, but again, you will elongate the leg creating a leaner, slimmer look.

6.  USE CHARLOTTE TILBURY’S SUPERMODEL SLIMMER SHIMMER

I don’t like to look super tan but I do like to have a nice, healthy glow in the summer. I DO NOT lay out and I rarely get spray tans because I just don’t love the smell.  This bronzing and slimming shimmer by Charlotte Tilbury is the super model’s trick to create an optical illusion of longer, leaner limbs and firmer contours!!!  All the Victoria Secret models use it.  Try it…you will thank me!  A glowing body looks gorgeous in shorts.

Fashion blogger wearing camo jacket, Agolde denim shorts and Gucci belt.

Fashion blogger wearing camo jacket, denim shorts and Gucci belt.

Style blogger Truly Megan wearing camo jacket and Agolde denim shorts.

Dallas fashion blogger wearing camo jacket, Agolde denim shorts, Gucci belt and carrying Chanel Boy Bag.

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