How To Wear Shorts



Why is it that so many of us stop wearing shorts post-school? Probably because they’re (unfairly) perceived as a harder piece to pull off than skirts or dresses. This doesn’t have to be the case. It’s counter-intuitive, but shorter shorts – which show more leg ­– are generally more flattering and easier to wear. Longer lengths are good if you want a bit more coverage; I think the main thing to consider is that they end around the knee. I also tend to steer clear of bold prints and keep to more neutral, subdued tones that feel sophisticated.

Look 1: Monochrome I love a paper-bag finish, whether it’s on a short, skirt or pant. It draws the eye to the waist and the paper bag gives the illusion of a smaller waist at that. All you need to do is add a simple top like this white tank, tucked in, and your look is done. This black sleeveless jacket from Country Road makes these shorts appropriate for a casual work look or a chic weekend look.

Look 2: Tonal These classic linen shorts from Marle are the perfect staple for summer. I’ve added an oversized shirt with cooler short sleeves from Camilla & Marc and have chosen to keep the look neutral with a beige colourway. I wanted to feel easy and effortless, so I’ve loosely buttoned the shirt, leaving it pretty open, and added this fun Le Pliage knitted mesh bag from Longchamp, which I love, but a basket would work just as nicely.

Look 3: Feeling Rosy This is my “daggy-mum vibe but make it cool” look. Ha! I love these longer Bermuda style shorts from COS, which does a great tailored cut at affordable prices. They finish just at my knee, which means my calves still have some shape. I’ve added a knit top in a soft colour and have half tucked it so it feels relaxed, but you can still see the waist band to give you some definition.

Look 4: Elevated Shorts are a great option for work when you want a cool alternative to a skirt. A shorter, tailored option with a classic jacket looks fresh and modern for the workplace. I’ve unbuttoned the shirt here and added a white tank for a pop of freshness. You could add some bold, gold jewellery pieces to take this into a look that works for night.

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