With the arrival of warm weather, it’s time to break out the shorts, right? Not so fast! After a certain age, many women don’t feel confident wearing shorts. We all know that spider veins, changing skin, extra weight, cellulite, and even winter-white legs are a reality! Even if you don’t give a hoot about those things, or if you have Tina Turner legs, wide-leg pants are a great option for staying cool and for having a more elevated look.

These lightweight floral pants from Nordstrom have a vivid hibiscus pattern, crinkled rayon, elastic waist, and wide, billowy legs. They’re as comfortable and soft as pajama pants, and I’ve already worn them three times this week!


Floral pants in front of apple store


Styling Ideas

Wide-leg pants are such a hot trend right now. They’re highly versatile and could easily be worn for casual days around town with sandals or sneakers. The ones I’m wearing could go with a boho style, or by adding heels and accessories, you could get a chic look for evening. You’ll definitely want to bring them on your next cruise or tropical vacation. In fact, you could even wear them as a swimsuit cover up.

I’m always so excited when I find cute pants long enough for my 5’10” frame! If you’re shorter, you could either wear them higher waisted or with platform sandals or both! I’m wearing a medium for reference. These similar wide-leg pants are from Loft come in multiple sizes including regular tall, petite, and XXS through XXL.


Wide-leg floral palazzo pants as a stylish alternative to shorts in summer from Lisa at MidlifeinBloom.com. Fashion for women over 40.

woman wearing orange floral pants and black shirt on restaurant patio

Ipanema T-Strap Sandals | Woven bucket bag (in 4 colors) | tie-neck sleeveless top (in 3 colors) | wicker hoop earrings (very lightweight)

When we enjoy restaurant patio dining, as we frequently do in downtown Scottsdale, I like to have a little more coverage because shorts tend to creep up when sitting, and I don’t want too much thigh showing or have chair marks on my legs when I get up. Know what I mean?


More lightweight, wide-leg pants (some are 40% off)

Can we talk about my purse from Anthropologie for a second? If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen me showing it. I love this bag because it is also versatile enough to wear dressed up or down, it’s just the right size, and I can wear it as a cross-body bag or a tote with the removable strap.


woman wearing orange floral pants and black shirt on restaurant patio


More cute summer bags

Dress options

The same hibiscus pattern also comes in two dress styles: a midi-length dress with tank straps and a maxi dress with a flounced front opening (use that cute dancing emoji when you post it on on Instagram).

I hope you’re inspired to find some stylish and comfortable alternatives to shorts like these wide-leg pants. Click on any link to see more or to shop, and thanks so much for taking time from your busy day to read. I’d love to know what you think…so leave a comment or ask a question below.

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