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Choose 3 sure winners for women’s shorts over 40.

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Looking for some affordable, flattering options for shorts this summer? Avoid common shorts shopping mistakes and read on to choose some winners. Just 3 great-looking shorts will get you through the summer.

Disclaimer: All statements below are my personal opinions.

Top 3 Shorts Must-Haves

In an effort to make the most of my budget, I limited my shorts categories to the 3 must-have groups: the Jean Short, the Bermuda, and the Athletic Short. I also limited my shopping to 3 retail locations: Wal-Mart, JC Penney, and Old Navy. Most of my winners are found in a variety of options, so even if I list them in only one category, there are often cross overs.

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The Jean Short

My requirements for jean shorts were:

  • Casual, not sloppy
  • Fitted, not stiff or uncomfortable
  • Dark wash
  • Updated detailing
  • 11 inch inseam

Wal-Mart Jean Short

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Wal-Mart Jean Short

At just $13.92, these were quite a bargain. They fit true to size, met all my requirements, and had an adjustable-length cuff. The distressed detail adds a little fun without trying to look too young. They also come in a lighter wash, if that’s your look.

JC Penney Jean Short

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JC Penney Jean Shorts

At a higher price point of $44.00, my standards were pretty high. These shorts were fun and felt great, but just too short for my taste. They also came with a scarf-type belt I knew I’d never wear.

Old Navy Jean Short

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Old Navy Jean Shorts

Priced at $24.99, these shorts were a nice pick, but nothing really special. Color is limited to one choice, a moderate wash. They’re a great option for Old Navy lovers or for those of you who have store bucks.

The Bermuda Short

My requirements for the Bermuda:

  • Options in several colors, including black
  • 11 inch inseam
  • Casual enough for errands, dressy enough for date night

Wal-Mart Bermuda Option (T-shirt dress)

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Wal-Mart Shirt Dress

After a frustrating battle with dowdy pull-on choices, I spied this little beauty. No, it’s not shorts, but just WOW. At $12.44, this piece definitely meets all my requirements, with a bit of extra style thrown in. Sideseam pockets are extremely flattering and versatile. Size down for this comfy cutie. I went back for another one in grey!

JC Penney Bermuda Short

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JC Penney Bermuda Short

Priced at $37.00, the Penney’s St. John Bay brand short is extremely versatile. It comes in a variety of colors, was very comfortable and had a bit of support at the waist for those of us with a little extra fluff there.

Old Navy Bermuda Short

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Old Navy Bermuda

Sorry to say, not one of the “bermudas” on the women’s side of the store fit my requirements, mostly because their longest inseam was 9 inches. I bravely ventured to the men’s side for these slim fit Bermudas for $29.99. The fit is obviously male and definitely not a winner. Let’s step up the game for Moms, Old Navy!

The Athletic Short

I must confess, this is the category I dreaded most. Here are my stringent requirements:

  • Flattering cut
  • Easy movement
  • Neutral color
  • Fun detail

Folly to hope for so much, you say. Check it, I found a winner:

Wal-Mart Athletic Short

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Wal-Mart Athletic Capri

My go-to athletic brand for Wal-Mart is Avia, but I couldn’t find a short I liked. This capri, however, priced at $12.96, was wonderful. My favorite feature is a huggy waistband that comes just under the naval. No more worries about the fluff showing when I raise my arms!

JC Penney Athletic Skort

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JC Penney Athletic Skort

This fun little skort for $37.00 was very cute, but didn’t have quite as much mid-section support as I was looking for, so it was a pass for me.

Old Navy redeemed themselves with this $22.99 short. Not only did it meet my requirements, but I needed to size down, always a plus! The side detail is hard to see in my photo, so check out the link.

Old Navy Athletic Short

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Old Navy Athletic Short

And the Top 3 Shorts Winners are…

The Jean Short Award goes to Wal-Mart.

The Bermuda Short Award goes to JC Penney.

And, the Athletic Short Award goes to Old Navy.

I hope my shorts adventure saved you some time and dressing room angst this month! Looking for more simple suggestions to up your style? Click on over to this post.

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