How to Wear Shorts When You're Over Age 30

If you've ever questioned if it's suitable to wear cutoff shorts after age 30, how short is too short, or what to wear with shorts in your 30s, this one's for you. We're well into the dog days of summer at this point, and if you've recently stepped outside wearing anything that covers your legs, you've probably noticed that shorts are a crucial wardrobe component (unless you like the feeling of your legs suffocating).

The celebrity set loves a good pair of shorts (especially the Los Angeles dwellers), so we turned our attention to those stylish women in their 30s who frequently wear them, to show us how to do it right. Surprisingly, our research proved that according to celebs, cutoffs (even quite short ones) are totally achievable for anyone, although some favor more tailored options. The secret to success lies in what you wear them with. In your 20s, it may have been NBD to just throw on an untucked T-shirt and go, but in your 30s, the key is to pair shorts with polished tops, jackets, belts, and shoes for a more sophisticated look. Want a visual example?

Keep scrolling to check out seven tips to shorts-wearing success in your 30s, and shop our favorite pairs at the end!

Wear tailored shorts with a tailored top.

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On Alessandra Ambrosio: Étoile Isabel Marant top and shorts; Jimmy Choo Lockett Snow Leopard Bag ($2350) and Harlow 80 Boots ($1195).

Try a matching set.

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On Ashley Madekwe: Atea Oceanie top and Bermuda shorts.

Put on a long jacket.

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On Chrissy Teigen: Janessa Leone Dahlia Wide Brim Hat ($264); Alexander Wang coat; Helmut Lang One-Shoulder Top ($125); R13 Double Layer Shorts ($205).

Wear special, elevated accessories.

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On Diane Kruger: Chanel handbag.

Tuck your blouse in and wear sleek sneakers.

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WHO: Alexa Chung

Top your shorts off with a kimono.

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On Jessica Alba: Athena Procopiou kimono; Fidelity Denim shorts; Birkenstock Arizona White Birko-Flor Sandals ($100); Proenza Schouler PS1 Leather Pouch ($1325).

Wear a structured top and polished sandals

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WHO: Jordana Brewster

Channel the on-trend pajama look with these affordable shorts.

These are a Who What Wear editor favorite.

Every celebrity seems to be wearing Re/Done shorts right now.

Tracksuit-inspired pieces are definitely having a moment.

Trouser-style shorts are the easiest way to add polish. (Bonus: that price tag!)

This nautical pair will never go out of style.

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