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Shorts- What Length Do You Prefer?


Happy Friday Ladies

I took a few Fridays off recently, as I needed a mental break. Typically in the summer, we go on a summer vacation, but as you know, everything has been canceled. I would take off the blog,  a week during the summer just to recharge. So, a few Fridays here and there is what has become my “break” this year.

Birthday Celebration and Shorts for the Summer

I know everyone is dealing with this Pandemic in their own way, there are days I feel sad, other days I feel angry, and yet I continue to stay informed and talk about it at our morning breakfast table on the patio. We are doing the best we can, and worry doesn’t help, but sometimes its all you’ve got. I am grateful I have my family and my dogs to get me through the days.

We have had a few “quasi-normal” outings over the past several weeks, which puts your spirit a little higher, lifting it a bit. We have gone to sit and enjoy lunch by The Lake, noting the waitresses not wearing masks even though an ordinance was going to be passed that evening. Nonetheless, we sat apart in tables and enjoyed a nice meal together. Two other times, we have gone out to be the only ones sitting outside eating lunch, finding the “sweet spot” in the afternoon.

Had a great day for my Birthday, the Big 5-2! My hubby bought an amazing strawberry cream cake and bought a beautiful card. My sister and niece came up to enjoy some cake and celebrate. She got me the cutest doggy Birthday balloons, a lovely card. I received a new Lenovo laptop computer as a combined gift from my hubby and mom. I look forward to working on a faster computer, as my old one was such a monster and was quite slow! I have decided to save my Birthday sinner for next week when we will order curbside at a favorite restaurant with amazing seafood, Fig Tree.

Moving on..

So, I continue to write about fashion, something that brightens my days, and feeling good is important now just as anytime.

Forging ahead…

Are you a shorts wearer, and what length do you prefer?

I always feel that it is a personal choice, what works for your figure, and what you feel most confident in. I myself, prefer more of the 4inch inseam.

4 inch shorts- show more of the leg and are a modern style.

 6 inch shorts are midrise and offer a more modest look. I love the flat front for a structured look.

8 inch inseam– are more like bermuda shorts and offer a lady a cooler style with a classic  sillouette.

10 inch inseam– these are the Bermuda style short. More coverage but you still love the style of a short.

Paper bag Shorts

Paperbag shorts  with a fabric tie can be dressed up or down.

Pull on Shorts

An easy pair with an elastic waist and olive color. Mix and match neutrals with these.

Ruffled Shorts from Nordstrom. Comes in polka dots and floral. A ruffle at the leg give these a feminine feel.

Cotton twill shorts in camo keep you cool and have a bit of stretch for movement.

Striped Linen Shorts will keep you cool in the heat!

Denim Shorts

Dark denim shorts

Light denim bermuda shorts

Denim shorts bermuda


Stay safe,

Have a good weekend!
Jess xx

  • Neti*
    Posted at 13:13h, 13 July Reply

    Happy EveryDay Jess. Looks like your birthday was a great one. You have the legs to wear all lengths of shorts. . .Kudos!! The only shorts I own are bermudas and they only get worn on vacation.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 16:22h, 13 July Reply

      Thank you Neti! We did enjoy a beautiful day and a really yummy cake ! Aw, I appreciate the lovely comment, I am living in jean shorts and dresses. Take care!

  • Elizabeth Walker
    Posted at 11:32h, 12 July Reply

    Happy birthday Ms. Jess. Wish you all the best!
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  • gatacollins
    Posted at 11:30h, 12 July Reply

    I love the denim one because it’s easy to mix and match for me!
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  • Lisa D.
    Posted at 09:32h, 12 July Reply

    WOW! A new laptop! Thats gonna be great! The cake sounds delicious too! Glad you had a great birthday.
    I have shorter legs and fat knees so the longer shorts make me look stubby. I prefer the shorter 4 inch shorts.
    If I were skinny, I would like the long shorts for a more dressy approach.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:07h, 12 July Reply

      Hi Lisa
      Yes, it was a combined gift and I love it! My other one just died, after 10 yrs.. so perfect timing! It was a lovely birthday! The 4 inch are my favorite too.

    Posted at 23:40h, 11 July Reply

    Happy birthday!! Glad you were properly spoiled and celebrated. I am wearing shorts this summer more than I have in years. First of all, we have had triple digit temps for days. But I have finally decided that even at 62, I can still wear shorts. Love the green pull on pair you shared and your floral shorts with that darling ruffled top. I have a new pair of floral shorts that are a little shorter than my usual 6″. Need to get to wearing them before I blink and summer is over.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:14h, 12 July Reply

      Thank you! It was a very nice day! Now those are some hot temps! I can get ornery when it is 90! I say yes to shorts too and think that as long as the wearer is comfortable and feels good in them, then go for it. I live in my jean shorts and dresses in the summer, but I have other ones I want to style as well. Have a great day!

  • Maureen
    Posted at 19:38h, 11 July Reply

    Happy belated birthday Jess! You look amazing in this outfit. Love the colors of your shorts and I can agree that this COVID has got me on the edge too. I am normally fine with being at home and staying inside but with this virus and uncertainty, it’s hard to enjoy so many days of it. I have heard of the Fig Tree, great choice for a such an occasion. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  • Cheryl Tucker
    Posted at 20:55h, 10 July Reply

    Great post Jess! I love shorts and I prefer they hit at the narrowest part of my thigh. I like cropped pants to hit the slimmest part of my ankle too. Happy weekend!

  • Michelle
    Posted at 14:28h, 10 July Reply

    Belated Happy Birthday! I am glad you had such a nice day in spite of the pandemic. While this is no doubt going to be stressful until there is a good solution – an effective medication or a vaccine – I think it would be a lot less stressful if everyone would take precautions with masks and social distancing. Besides a mandatory mask order now in place, because only about 50% were doing it voluntarily, the governor has once again closed bars in our two most populous counties. People don’t want businesses to close, but won’t behave responsibly. I find it all very frustrating.

    As for shorts, I’ve never felt they looked that great on me, but I did wear them when I was younger. I preferred a medium length. Bermudas looked especially bad on me. Your shorts outfits look fabulous on you though!

    Have a great weekend!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:25h, 12 July Reply

      Thank you Michelle! We had a nice day. I agree with you 100 percent! We also have a mandatory mask order and between it and the social distancing, you would certainly hpope things slow down. I also agree that it is very frustrating! I wont go on a soap box here but it would be nice to get some good news!
      Thank you! I used to have Bermuda shorts, but I prefer a shorter length too. I am either wearing shorts or dresses in the summer.
      Take care !!

  • Jodie
    Posted at 13:06h, 10 July Reply

    You deserve a wonderful birthday Jess!!
    I have been wearing shorts SO much more since moving to AZ. Right now I like the 5″ inseams although I still have some 4″ ones.
    You have the legs of a goddess.!!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:27h, 12 July Reply

      Thanks so much Jodie. We had my mom here and sister/niece social distanced when coming for my Bday. It was very nice! I bet you are wearing shorts all the time, AZ is hot!! Aw thank you!

  • eva @StyleMyThrift
    Posted at 11:49h, 10 July Reply

    um, you have zero problem wearing any kind of shorts my love! you have the legs for any length! i am more vertically challenged…almost felt a little embarrassed putting on shorts for my latest upcycle—i hope you can check it out jessica! i’ll put the link here just in case you’re not subscribed….i used to never think about putting on shorts and something happened to me when i turned 48, i started doubting i could pull them off….also, i don’t tan anymore, so i lack color…and the sagginess that starts happening at above the knee–typical for my age group, starts to happen…..and i have a TON of shorts…oh geeze, look at me? i can talk your ears off about shorts! lol!
    you are beautiful my dear!
    here’s my link, not for any other reason except to show you in my shorts!
    xo eva

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:29h, 12 July Reply

      Thank you Eva! I have some longer ones I can style, but do enjoy wearing the 4 inch – and wear denim shorts often. I am tempted by the paperbag style shorts. I saw your shorts and upcyled top, i was in awe, so pretty! I love the corset back! Thank you for your lovely comments. I think you look great in shorts, I just love your “new” outfit!

  • fiercefashion
    Posted at 09:47h, 10 July Reply

    I’m glad you’re getting some downtime. This past week, I’ve not looked or listened to any news at all for my own sanity. As for the shorts, as I age, I prefer them longer either 8″ or 10″, I guess. It’s not like I think I can’t show my legs, they just seem more appropriate for me somehow. Plus, I’m adding more summer skirts and wide leg pants. I agree with Kellyann, that your legs will look great no matter what you choose. I’m loving the last outfit with the lace up top, kind of a “tough girl” look, ya know? Happy belated birthday!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:35h, 12 July Reply

      Hi Kim
      Thank you. I read newsletters from the New York times and Maria Shriver’s newsletter for news. I just cant watch the news every day. I like different lengths but do wear the 4inch more. I appreciate your lovely comments and thanks for the bday wishes!

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 06:11h, 10 July Reply

    Glad you had a nice birthday and I bet it will feel good to get a new computer. It’s amazing what an upgrade can do. You wear shorts so well – all the lengths – with those long, slender legs you can pull off any pair with ease!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:36h, 12 July Reply

      Thank you my friend! I am typing on it as we speak! The other computer of 10 years, finally bit the dust, so the timing was perfect, it was so nice! Aw, I appreciate it, I may buy a few pairs from Loft on sale. 🙂

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