Shorts. Are They For You?

Posted on May 18, 2011 by admin

Great look!

My husband and I have been enjoying the lovely weather by taking a walk to Lenox Square on Saturdays and having a cup of coffee at Starbucks before returning home. It is a great way to people watch. One thing I have noticed is how short shorts have become a popular spring/summer style. Short shorts are adorable on the right person but they are definitely not for everyone.

Great legs are imperative to wear short shorts in style. It that is not one of your best features, camouflage, don’t advertise. By great legs, I mean nicely shaped and free of spider veins and other blemishes.

Shorts are designed to show off a toasty summer tan so if your legs look more like the Pillsbury doughboy, use some self-tanning cream. I use Arbonne which comes in a spray. Clarins is also a good brand. The trick is to apply it evenly so you don’t end up with darker spots – easier said than done. There are undoubtedly other brands that will give a nice even tan but these are the two that I have used.

Longer length. Flattering to more people.

Think age-appropriate! A couple of Saturdays ago, while we were at the mall, I noticed a lady with beautiful, tan legs but she was somewhere north of 50. It just looked inappropriate. She would have been perfect in longer walking shorts. Keep in mind that I tend to be conservative, more in keeping with the Atlanta fashion trends. In some other cities like Los Angeles or Las Vegas for example, this lady would have been perfectly appropriate.


Not for public consumption.
Really short shorts, especially those that show a bit of cheek, are not something to wear out in public. If you want to wear short shorts, confine them to working in the yard or cleaning house.

Best left for running.

I find shorts with about a 2” cuff adorable on the right person. Another point, running shorts look better for running. Whether you are at the mall or the grocery store, you never know who you might encounter. It could be a client, your boss or someone with whom you wish to make a good impression. Recently, I was in Whole Foods and a lady approached me and told me that she had attended a luncheon where I was the speaker. This was nearly two years ago. I was very grateful that I was dressed appropriately.

Everyone can find a pair of shorts that works for them. The trick is choosing the right length and fit. Then tan those legs and you will be ready to face the Atlanta summer fashionably.

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