Six shorts styles to buy into this summer…
Summer, sunshine and rising temperature call for a new approach to legwear. So hang up your jeans, fold away your chinos and tuck in to our endless supply of shorts…
The Cargo Shorts
A truly adaptable piece, the cargo shorts bring the utility trend into summer along with versatility and laid back comfort. The key feature is the side pockets and a loose fit in the thigh. Pair it with your favourite logo t-shirt and trainers for a casual look. Don’t be afraid to throw on a hoodie either, the shape of the cargo shorts means they can balance with a heavier look up top. Look to Napapijri, Alpha Industries, BOSS and Pretty Green for the best examples.
The Chino Shorts
The chino short, much like its longer brother, is the perfect smart casual companion. A straight fit which finishes just above the knee is the most flattering and versatile. A chino short will fit perfectly for any occasion; slides and a polo shirt will build a perfect weekender look but feel free to sharpen things up with a shirt and boat shoes or loafers. Our favourites come from BOSS, Barbour, Levi’s and Polo Ralph Lauren.
The Bright Shorts
Go boldly this summer. If there’s a time to wear white shorts, it’s when the sun is shining! Pair light and bright coloured shorts with your favourite shirt and sandals for an all-out sunshine style. Tone it down by switching in a navy polo shirt and white trainers to give off a refined, laid back luxury feeling. The brightest and best shorts this season come from Tommy Hilfiger, Lyle & Scott, BOSS, HUGO and Polo Ralph Lauren.
The Drawstring Shorts
The drawstring trouser has been a big hit during and post lockdown, the shorts version is set for the same success. Relaxed in fit with a nod to sportswear, the drawstring shorts style is perfect for those long lazy summer days. A personal favourite style is the Armor Lux; the perfect length and a super soft midweight fabric. No Nationality NN07 and PS Paul Smith are the other key brands to look out for.
The Refined Utility Shorts
Taking cues from the cargo short, this is a more refined, cleaner version. A slimmer leg and neater profile to pockets keep it looking smarter. This would pair perfectly with a short sleeve shirt as a relaxed yet smart option or, much like its more rugged cousin, throw on a t-shirt and trainer for a casual feel. The best offerings come from PS Paul Smith and Maharishi.
The Swim Shorts
No longer just for the beach, the swim short has a relaxed feel that will carry you from the sand to the city without as much as a sideways glance. Bold patterns and bright colours will stand out from the crowd but the more tailored, muted options have serious versatility. Opt for above the knee length and a relaxed fit for the most wearability. BOSS and Polo Ralph Lauren reign supreme when it comes to the swim short but Fred Perry and Armani offer unique alternatives.