Looking good in shorts can be tricky for some guys, no matter how shapely their legs and athletic their build, especially if following the catwalk trends – after all, how many can confidently pull off the Prada Summer 2019 look of micro shorts, bare thighs and toned calves?
Never fear though, as we have some simple guidelines on how to navigate this fashion minefield, and land a decent look that will get people noticing you for all the right reasons.
It’s all about the fit
Firstly, pay attention to the fit. It may sound obvious, but shorts come in all shapes and sizes and pulling off the perfect preppy / athletic / relaxed look depends on having a pair that complements your body shape; thank goodness for the much-improved returns policies these days! Aim for a balance of fitted but not tight, and if you’re buying from a retailer you haven’t used before, consider ordering a couple of sizes or fits. Choosing the right fabric is also key for achieving the right look.
Find your look
For a perfect relaxed look, pair with a linen shirt or t-shirt, and a pair of espadrilles or boat shoes. For a smart casual function, choose a chino material with a shirt and blazer or light sweater thrown over the shoulders, with loafers or sneakers to round it off. For a sporty look adapted to everyday wear, team with a bomber jacket, baseball cap and sneakers.
Have fun with accessories such as bright sport watches and different sunglasses shapes and styles to refresh your look.
Know your styles
Short or cropped shorts can looks great on slim to medium body builds, and work equally well day or night.
The tailored short is typically reserved for smart casual looks, and you will be able to adapt the look much more easily if sticking to versatile colours like navy, khaki and beige.
With baggy shorts, proportion is vital, so do experiment with different fits and materials to ensure they flatter your build and height.