Shorts are inherently youthful, as they’re a favorite bottom from the moment we can toddle to well into our twenties. But as we get older, thoughts of whether or not the length, or lack thereof, is still appropriate for one well past her mid-thirties. But as we firmly believe, age is just a number, and putting on the uniform of your youth might just put an extra spring in your step. That my friends, is always a good thing. 

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There are many cute ways to style shorts in a way that will make you look and feel vibrant. Add to that the benefits of beating the heat and moving about easily. To further convince, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite looks worn by women in their 40s. These outfits have all the freshness with the polish that comes with a seasoned dresser.

As monochromatic beige is always a sophisticated choice, give it a carefree whim like jewelry designer Joyce Makitalo, who kept her fabrics soft, and her shirt unbuttoned a bit too low to reveal a beige bralette beneath.

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Always a ray of sunshine with her down-to-earth yet glam sensibilities, designer Hindy Weber proves that a loose cropped top is just what you need to pair with your soft but tailored shorts for a fun day in the garden.

The ’90s phoned Ria Prieto and told her to bring her denim cut offs back in circulation. Keep it casual with a basic tee, but luxe it up with your favorite jewelry—minimalist metal preferred.

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Make it all about hues, just like Dr. Aivee Teo, whose red tee makes for an aesthetic color pairing with her pale pink shorts.

A long shapely top, espadrille slides, and a dainty cross-body bag are all you need for an easy weekend, according to Amina Aranaz-Alunan.

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Amanda Griffin’s olive-hued loose smock and shorts combo show you can enjoy sophistication and all the comfort, too!

Rissa Mananquil-Trillo’s suit of choice is tweed, white, and so light on the eyes—polished and pretty!

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Rompers are a great option if you’d like to still look dressed up while enjoying the shorter length. We love how Joey Mead-King paired her pink number with a tan leather belt.

Marga Nograles’ woven Kaayo shorts with their elastic gathered waist look both dressy and cozy all at once. Her classic look can be dressed up by simply slipping into a pair of minimalist heels. 

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A favorite styling trick, dress up a basic tank and khakis with an elaborate robe like Donna Cuna-Pita. 

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