Dressing for winter is easy; all you need are a pair of jeans, a shirt, a neutral coloured sweater or jacket and a decent pair of shoes to get you going. Summers, on the other hand, are a dreaded season for stylish menswear. It is difficult to pull off both style and comfort in the scorching heat. Latest fashion trends require men to follow a certain path for appropriate season wear. Shorts are a man’s best friend in the heat and a recent addition to the modern man’s wardrobe. Here are some do’s and don’ts of wearing shorts this season.
1. Get the length right :
Length is a key factor when picking out a pair of shorts. The secret is to follow a length that will flatter your body type. Typically, the length should finish an inch or two above the knee. Narrow, slim cut shorts look best when worn casually, and paired with a polo t-shirt. Anything longer will look like three-quarters and shorter like swimming trunks! If you have long, toned legs, anything will look great. But if your legs are too thin, add some fold to the ends for a natural bulk. If you are short, pick pieces that finish slightly above the knee in a slim cut pattern that gives the appearance of longer legs.
2. Flexibility over trend :
The fit is the king. Designers experiment with trends that might look great but are not so versatile. Your ability to pull off a pair of shorts in style directly depends on your comfort level in them. If you have trouble sitting down in your shorts, means they are too tight, and the last thing you want is to be uncomfortable in the heat. The fabric is also an important part of your outfit. If you are going to be wearing your shorts from morning to night, opt for breezy fabrics like cotton or linen. For slightly semi-formal outings, chinos look great when teamed with the right accessories.
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3. Pair it correctly :
It is wonderful to make a bold statement in a pair of floral shorts every once in a while, but does it match with the rest of your outfit? Neutral colours are versatile and will be a staple in your wardrobe. Invest in colours like grey, navy, beige or white. They look great with almost all solid shirt colours and give you the freedom to add colour pop shoes that bring a lovely summery zing to your outfit. Pick classic shorts for a modest look that can be paired with bold printed shirts and a pair of smart loafers. Socks are a big no, no if they are ankle length; opt for no show socks if you absolutely must wear them.
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4. Spend too much on shorts :
When we say the fit is the king, we mean that if a pair of shorts fits you well, it doesn’t matter how little you’ve paid for it. You get good quality shorts/capris at very economical prices. Shorts in comparison to other apparels are very occasionally worn so; it is not practical to shell out a bomb for them.
5. Clash patterns :
A printed shirt with a pair of floral shorts looks out of the place and funny. Loud patterned shorts should be reserved for beach holidays. Everyday fashion styles include chinos or linen-cotton shorts in solid colours like tan, khaki, navy or ivory. Baggy, multi-pocketed pants look a little too casual for social gatherings.
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No one said summer dressing would be easy, but with these do’s and don’ts, you can avoid becoming a fashion victim. When wearing shorts, it is important to consider pairing them correctly with colours and patterns that complement your charisma.