When the sun begins to shine, it is time to rifle through the wardrobe in search of something that lets your legs breathe. However, with this newfound freedom comes a whole list of potential style mishaps. To improve your chances of success of baring your legs in style, read ahead on these time and stress saving ways to wear shorts.
Chino Shorts & Breton Shirt & Blazer:
Thanks to their smart-casual pole position, chino shorts are difficult to steer wrong with. Fit-wise, you are looking for a pair that are not too long but also not too short, with a slim cut. In terms of colours, sand, navy and white are timeless choices, while pink and cobalt blue shorts offer a more novel, but equally as stylish, alternative. When it comes to styling, set your sights on the Riviera. Team your cotton or line-cotton chino shorts with a classic Breton shirt and an unstructured navy blazer and finish off with a pair of loafers.
Printed Shorts & Basic T-shirt:
Printed shorts can go one of two ways: loud, garish eyesore, or punchy point of interest. Assuming it’s the latter you’re after, there are a few things worth bearing in mind before taking the plunge. Once you’ve picked a motif (florals, stripes, modernist geometric takes and microprints are all valid options) it should go without saying that everything else you are wearing needs to take a back seat. Considering printed shorts rarely work dressed up, team yours with a plain tee, then simply layer an over-shirt or lightweight denim jacket on top for coverage come sundown.
Denim Shorts & T-shirt & Sweater:
Jeans are easy, but cut short, denim is risky business. Find a pair that is cut slim, but not skinny, and which ends a couple of inches above your knee. When styling, start with a simple slim-fitting tee, then layer a fine-gauge jumper or sweatshirt on top if the weather gets chilly when the sun wanes. Tread carefully, too. By this we mean it is never acceptable to wear your denim shorts with thongs. Running trainers can be tricky as well, so pull on a pair of canvas or leather low-tops instead.