What Length of Shorts is Appropriate For Women Over 40?

It’s summer, and that means it’s shorts weather! First, let me say if you don’t love shorts, don’t wear them. You have options for summer weather.

This year crop flare pants/jeans, maxi dresses/ skirt, and the midi dress/skirt are on trend. These are perfect for summer and they can keep you cool in hot weather.

One of the questions I get a lot, is what length of shorts is appropriate for women over 40? I don’t think there are rules when it comes to age and length of shorts. Wear the length that you like (of course if you’ve got cheek peeking out, then add a few inches. That doesn’t look good on any age woman).

It also depends on your height. If you’re petite, 3-inch shorts may work for you but if you’re tall, you might want a longer length. I personally like a 4 to 5-inch inseam, and I’m 5’6″.

Today I’m styling different length denim shorts, 4, 5, 6, and 8-inch. First up, are these 4- inch Wrangler Cutoff Denim Shorts. These are probably my favorites, but it might be because I like the frayed hem.

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These are a 5-inch inseam short, and on the website, they call them bermuda shorts. I don’t think these are bermuda, but this is my favorite length of shorts.

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Joe’s Frayed Denim Shorts (I’m wearing a size 28)//Star V Neck Tee (I’m wearing an XS)//Earrings//Necklace//Sandal

I really like the feel of these 6-inch Wit and Wisdom shorts. I would size down one size because they have a lot of stretch in them.

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Wit & Wisdom Ab-solution Cuffed Denim Shorts (I’m wearing a size 6)//Star V Neck Tee (I’m wearing an XS)//Earrings//Necklace//Sandal

In fairness to these 8-inch Kut from the Kloth shorts, they are too big on me. I think they would look a little better if I sized down. But, I’m not a fan of the bermuda style shorts on me. I see them on other women, and they look great!

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Kut From The Kloth 8-inch (I’m wearing a size 6)//Star V Neck Tee (I’m wearing an XS)//Earrings//Necklace//Sandal

Overall, I like the 5-inch length the best on me. I do wear shorter shorts, but it depends on where I’m going. If I’m on vacation, shorter lengths don’t bother me. If I’m going to a summer church event, I will wear the 5 -inch length.

What is your favorite length of shorts? 

Make sure you head over and see what Jo-Lynne is styling today for our summer fashion series.

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Beauty For the Heart~~This devotion encouraged me and I thought it might encourage you too.

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter… (Proverbs 25:2)
The secret things belong to God… (Deuteronomy 29:29)

Many years ago, just days apart, I read these verses. I may have read them before, but not like I did then.

It was such a formative time for me spiritually. I was in a very difficult season of life, facing things I couldn’t understand and didn’t know how to handle.

I already believed that God loved me, but I wanted clarity. I wanted answers. I wanted to know what was going to be the outcome of my situation. Frankly, I was searching for a glimmer of hope.

Through these two verses, God gently reminded me that there were currently things going on in my life that only God could understand.

In the quietness of my time with God, He comforted me with the truth that He had everything under His control. My situation was not unknown to Him. He was fully in control.

Looking back now – over 25 years later – knowing what I know now, I realize He was doing things in my life, in the lives of other people involved, and in my circumstances that at the time there was no way I could have understood – even had He revealed them to me at the time.

Perhaps you’re in a season like I was once in (and like I have been in before and will likely be in again). Life is full of those seasons. If that’s the case, may I loan you an old friend – or two?

Be encouraged. Your God is fully aware. He cares. And He is in control.

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter… (Proverbs 25:2)
The secret things belong to God… (Deuteronomy 29:29)

-Ron Edmondson

Have a blessed day!


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  1. I am petite 5′ with more muscular legs. Shorts are an issue for me. The only shorts I love are Crown and Ivy Caroline shorts from Belk…I have them in just about every color, and they have great patterns too! (5 in inseam) I like that the legs are cut a little wider. Highly suggest!

    1. you are right. I could not figure out what my objection was because i usually prefer longer shorts. Must be the crazy late hour i am reading my email. ha!

  2. Cyndi you cannot imagine how much I needed to hear your sweet encouragement in the beauty for the heart section. I’m currently in a season like that, and your words are exactly what I needed to hear! Difficult and trying situations are bad enough when we do understand why God allowed it, but even more so when we don’t. These verses really made me think. God will give us the information we need, not all the hidden details we want! I guess that’s where faith comes in huh? Also I love how you stumbled on two similar verses separately within a few days. My mom always says that when that happens God is trying to tell us something! Thank you for this reminder! God bless!

  3. Great post, I think the 5 & 6 inch length looks best on you. The finger tip idea is a great. I was watching a fashion blog and then said if you are a pear shaped body type to never wear Bermuda shorts.. They emphasize your hips instead, wear shorter shorts that have looser legs to make your thighs look thinner.

  4. Hi Cindy! You are the first ever blog I have ever followed, and I have learned so much about fashion from you. I look forward to your posts every day. I have been thinking about starting a blog (not fashion related) and wondered how you got started. Any information would be appreciated and thank you!

    1. Julie, when I started there wasn’t any information but now you can find everything you need online to start a blog. I recommend starting here>>https://amylynnandrews.com/how-to-start-a-blog/
      Hope this helps!

  5. I think height is only part of the story. The real deal is body proportions and thigh length! My daughter and I are the same height but she has a shorter torso and legs for days. We are 5’8″ and she takes tall in her jeans but I need regular length. As a result, her shorts need to be longer and they’re still “short.”

  6. I like the 5in the best. The 6in is nice too. The 8in I didn’t like. I do not like that cuff at all.
    I love to see all the things you model for us!

  7. I like the 4” for myself even though I am tall (5’10”). Bermuda look too frumpy on new! I like the 4 and 5 on you!

  8. Love all the shorts. The last pair…kut from the cloth would be better in a smaller size. Yes you are correct. But , in my opinion, the cuff is too large. If it was smaller and no cuff, I would love that length on you.

  9. Love the BFTH. For church events, I think 5 or 6 inch shorts are best, probably 6 inch. Even though 4or 5 inch look alright, perhaps we should consider as another comment pointed out, could they be distracting.

  10. Love the BFTH. I think you look great in shorts and I agree the last one is too big, but I think if you got the right size and they weren’t so big in the lower leg, they’d look great too. I always think of bermuda shorts as right above the knee but I have a shorter pair from LOFT……not sure the length but similar to the 5″ ones you are styling and I really like them. I bought them last year when you styled them on your blog. I really don’t like shorts but some days you need them. 🙂

  11. Hi Cindi – I love all the shorts but the last ones are a little weird to me, and I like the longer short sometimes. Those huge cuffs ruin that long short in my opinion, so I agree with you on not a fav.
    I loved the BFTH and oh my, does it resound with me too. I am in such a great place today and so blessed, that 20 years ago would never have been on my radar. But God knew what was in store for me! Hallelujah!

  12. Great Post!!
    I prefer to wear 5”. I will wear 31/2 when I’m relaxing on my boat or at home but never in public. The 5” look best on you too!

  13. Thanks for this post.. I always wore shorts then I stopped and switched to skorts and dresses… then at 50 I started wearing shorts again. I am so glad as with our summers getting hotter it’s another great option. I prefer the 5 inch length and I’m 5’3 but I like to know my butts covered standing or bending over lol.. love all but the Bermuda ones I’m not a fan for me either I lose too much of my leg.

  14. I totally agree with you!!! I love the 5″ on your frame, and the long ones are a big no!!! I look like a spotted whale in shorts, so i mostly just wear crop pants, except on vacation!! LOL!!!

  15. You look great in shorts! I think even the bermudas would look great if you had the right size and they were tighter to your leg. I am 57 and agree that age doesn’t matter as much as body type with shorts. Thanks so much for the BFTH as it is exactly what I needed to hear today!

  16. Hi Cyndi, I could not agree with this post more!!! I don’t think we should limit ourselves to things as we age. Have fun! Be you! And with modesty of course. I love the first 3 shorts on you the best. You look great! But you always do. Thank you for sharing and keeping it real!!!

  17. Great post! I tend to wear the 6-7 inches because I have bigger thighs and am a little self conscious about that. 🙂 I think you look great in the 4 or 5 inch ones. I recently purchased a bunch of dresses at Old Navy that I can wear to work or on the weekend – I love clothes that do double duty!

  18. If you aren’t comfortable wearing the shorter shorts to a summer “church event”,
    then should you be wearing them at all?

    1. Hummmm. Don’t you feel that certain types of clothing are to be worn to certain types of events tho?? I dont really think it was a religious convection, just a more of a preference to the given occasion.

    2. I don’t think our wardrobes should be confined to what we would be comfortable wearing to church. I love distressed jeans and wear them all the time, but I wouldn’t wear them to church. (Maybe others would, and that’s fine for them, btw. ;-))

    3. Karen, I understand that each of us differ in opinions. I wear some outfits like this one https://www.cyndispivey.com/2019/06/12/palm-print-jumpsuit-from-social-threads/ on a Saturday date night but I wouldn’t wear it to church. I personally don’t think there’s anything wrong with the jumpsuit, but it’s not a church outfit for me.
      The same goes with some of my shorts. But I don’t feel my shorts are inapproprite for vacation or running errands.

    4. I think the 5 and 6 inch looks the best on you. I am a pastor’s wife and I am like you and some of the others. I wear whatever length I have around the house, but out in public I like 5 or 6 inch. I also grew up as a pastor’s daughter and my dad didn’t really want me to wear any shorts. As Christian ladies, I think one knows what makes one look modest and what makes one look trashy.

  19. Hi Cyndi,

    Thanks for styling the different lengths of shorts. I’m short and petite, so the 4-5″ definitely look better on me. this may be a silly question, but how did you fray the bottom of the shorts? I’ve seen people fray jeans, but I’m not sure of the technique.

    1. I used to make my own cutoff shorts all the time back in the 90s when I was a teenager.

      To fray them, just cut off the finished hem, and then we’d use a fork of all things – to pull out some of the threads and create a frayed edge. That’s probably not the “proper” way to do it, but that’s how we did it back then 😊

    2. I’ve never tried this (I buy shorts already frayed), but there are a special kind of scissors you can buy at craft stores that do this, they’re designed to make those frayed edge t-shirt quilts. Maybe check at hobby lobby or michaels?

  20. I like the 6 inch inseam, but I also wear Bermuda shorts. I think a lot has to do with the culture of the area you are living in. I am a pastor’s wife, and anything shorter than 6 inches would probably be a distraction at a casual church event.
    And I agree with you—those 8 inch cuffed shorts are a big NO!

      1. Hey Cyndi…..Does this self tanner have the smell? What does it smell like? I can’t do strong smells. Does it stain your clothes if used too soon after applying? Do you like it better than the one you were using last year. I can’t remember the name of it now.

  21. Cute outfit! Great post! I agree with you 100% – the length of shorts depends on personal comfort. I have shorts that I wear at home or running errands that are shorter-probably 4″ – but I have shorts that I wear to church that are 5″ and 6″. I’m of the opinion NO self-respecting woman/girl should wear the Daisy Dukes – LOL. Longer shorts-7-8″ look best on tall very thin women IMO. Also, since we’re talking shorts – I’ve seen a lot of women of all ages in the short jumpers and the length is typically shorter, which is fine except when you walk and the looser leg “swishes” it can get cheeky in the back – just saying to look out for that :).
    At the end of the day, we should wear what feels best comfort wise, and makes us feel the best – as in, if you’re pulling on them or feel self conscious then don’t wear them. No one rule applies.

  22. Hi Cindy,
    I don’t think the length of the Bermuda shorts is the problem but the wide cuff. I’m 5’9” tall and I wear longer shorts or Bermuda shorts all the time.
    Thanks for all your fashion advice and especially BFTH!


  23. For me (I am 65 with nice legs 🙂 5″ looks best, I think. The only women I have seen who look good in Bermuda length shorts are very, very thin. For staying at home and working outside I will wear shorter shorts (usually running shorts), but I don’t wear those out. The Bermuda shorts you style here – even though you say they are too big, I also don’t think the large cuff is flattering for you (and you look fantastic in most everything!)

  24. Love…Love…Love this outfit! I was going to order the shirt for the 4th of July, but $58 was a bit steep for me. I was looking for something about half that price.