MENSWEAR STYLE GUIDE: SHORTS.

It’s funny being a writer, you look for inspiration in the strangest of places. I’m not complaining of course, I simply find it strange how I’m sat staring out the window, looking at every male that walks by – it’s like I’m on the hunt for a man… It must be the sunshine, it must be.

However, I’m not doing this to gain some sort of satisfaction [believe it, or not] I’m simply just intrigued to see what these men have decided to wear.
I’ll set the scene for you; the sun is shining – for those living in the U.K this is seen as a very rare occasion. Away goes the winter-wear and out comes the summer attire: shorts, vests, sunglasses, plimsolls and even hats.

Shorts are a staple item for the warmer weather, and will never really go out of fashion. However, in the world of menswear, shorts can become the toughest item for a man to comes to terms with.
As I’ve been staring out my window at the male species, I’ve noticed some are getting the shorts-look right, in terms of: the fit, colour and texture, and some are getting it wrong, oh so wrong.

To avoid getting it wrong, here a some tips on how to wear shorts this Summer:

 – THE FIT.
The first thing to consider when wearing/buying shorts is the fit. Shorts should be of a slim but not skinny fit, and SHOULD end at least one or two inches above the knee.

– COLOUR.
NEUTRAL: Investing in a neutral colour of shorts is the best option if you’re a fist-time buyer of shorts or if you are simply revamping your wardrobe.
As well as having navy, black or brown/camel shorts, consider a grey pair as grey compliments every colour.

BLOCK COLOUR: As it’s Summer you may want to embrace the current colour-blocking trend, which is around this warmer season. Adding a bit of colour is sure to brighten up your day.
Consider purchasing green, pink or yellow shorts and wear them with neutral tones up top and finish with boat shoes or loafers.

– QUALITY.
Take into consideration the quality of your shorts. And remember: the more you spend the better quality they become, from having more pockets, better waistband and buttons.

LOOK ONE – Smart/casual day-out short look.
Blazer, Tee, Shorts, Boat Shoes.

LOOK 2 – Casual day-out look.
Patterned Shirt, Denim Shorts, Trainers, Bag, Sunglasses.

LOOK 3 – The everyday short look.
Tee, Shorts, Trainers.

 There you have it, a few tips for you to start rockin’ shorts – quick, do so while we still have some sunshine left!

(Photos: Lookbook.)

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