5 Ways to Style your Shorts
Here in Britain, the arrival of the summer sunshine heralds the influx of bare legs – but how can you make sure you stay on trend whilst also staying cool? Shorts have come a long way since the days of embarrassing high waisted efforts or flimsy athletic shorts, today the humble short can be paired with a wide range of clothing to create a stylish look to take you through the summer. If you’re looking to fill your wardrobe with style staples, here are our top 5 tips to sporting the short.
Cargo or CarNO?
Cargo shorts can be tricky. Worn correctly and they can look effortlessly relaxed and stylish, worn the wrong way and you run the risk of looking like a Boy Scout Leader on an expedition into the woods. The key to cargo shorts is the length, opt for a pair that ends an inch or two above the knee and avoid large, chunky pockets unless you need to carry a compass and a packed lunch.
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Who wears short shorts?
Unless it’s in the gym or for lounging around the pool, ‘short shorts’ should typically be avoided. Anything that can be described as ‘airy’ should not be worn to the pub or for a trip to the shops, however a tailored pair of above the knee shorts is acceptable if matched with a t-shirt or polo shirt.
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Leave the Dukes to Daisy
Denim shorts are a fashion staple, there is no way around that. A 3/4 pair of classic denim shorts look great day or night and can be paired with almost anything to create a classic look. With a wide range of washes available, it can be tricky to find the right match for your style – a great rule of thumb is to stick to a darker denim wash if you want to slim down and elongate your legs. A lighter wash will emphasize these areas however look great on those with toned calves and thighs.
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Best Foot Forward
At Stuarts we know we do not need to reiterate the following statement, but we will. There is no excuse for socks and sandals. This ultimate fashion faux pas has yet to die out entirely, with some still reigniting the look that should be left to older men on walking holidays in the Lakes. When wearing shorts, your footwear choices should not be compromised. Obviously you would not wear a smart dress shoe or brogue, however a stylish boat shoe is acceptable with a tailored short. Alternatively, chuck on your flip flops or a pair of high tops and really embrace the summer.
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If you’re on holiday, or if the UK is suddenly hit by an unexpected heat wave, shorts CAN be worn in the event of a formal occasion. This may have some traditional fashion experts up in arms, however with the introduction of a more tailored look for this seasons’ short collection – a pair of linen or knee length roll up chinos can be paired with a shirt for a laidback look that’s perfect for a summer party or event. Stick to muted colours for this, turning up at a wedding in neon pink short shorts will not go down well.
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