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5 Unique Ways to Wear Your Summer Shorts

June 4th, 2011

men's shorts

photo: poshbeauty.com

Men style is so big that most guys shrug their shoulders when you tell them that shorts can be part of a preppy look. The first image that comes to their mind is Huckleberry Finn on his Mississippi’s raft ride and that’s enough to put a smile on their face. I’m here to tell you otherwise.

The right kind of shorts can draw a lot of attention to you (especially from girls) if you make sure you match them to your outfit. But how do you do that? I’m going to give you five ways to wear your shorts that will give you a style boost – guaranteed.

But just why are shorts stylish? Well, take a look at the photos in this article and you’ll see exactly why.

Don’t think even for a second that shorts are for guys under 25. Even at 50 you can still pull out a stylish yet classy look if you find the right pair for you.

#1 With moccasins/boat shoes/espadrilles

Shorts should only be worn during summer and thus should be paired with summer clothes. And what better choice is there for summer shoes other than a super-comfortable pair of espadrilles?

shorts with espadrilles

photo: xssatstreetfashion.com

If you’re going for a walk on the beach, a great alternative to the types of shoes mentioned above are flip-flops.

You shouldn’t wear them across town but they’re great if you’re at a beach or at a pool. Notice how the guy below is wearing cargo shorts for a more casual, relaxed look:

cargo shorts

photo: denverpost.com

This outfit is actually A-W-E-S-O-M-E and it shows that cargo pants are extremely stylish. Be sure to also pack your straw hat for your next visit to the Cayman Islands. You’re going to get noticed.

Speaking of which, wanna know an even better way to get noticed in your summer outfit? Try matching your shorts with…

#2 … a colored canvas belt

Canvas belts are casual by nature and thus perfect to be paired up with cotton or linen shorts.

men style ebook

Take a look at how these white cotton shorts are paired with this white and blue canvas belt (both from Ralph Lauen):

canvas belt and shorts (polo ralph lauren)

#3 With a dress shirt

While I don’t recommend that you wear shorts + a dress shirt as part of a business-casual outfit, go ahead and wear them when going out. For an even more casual look, go a head and roll up your shirt’s sleeves.

If you’re not comfortable rolling up your sleeves, go ahead and wear a short sleeved shirt. As long as you match your outfit, you’ll be miles ahead most men.

#4 With low-cut socks

Most guys don’t know this but low-cut socks are an opportunity to color match your outfit. They’re discrete yet they can make a huge difference if their color is repeated once or twice throughout the outfit.

For instance: I wore yesterday a pair of brown boat shoes, khaki shorts, blue low-cut socks and a blue belt. The color blue from the socks was repeated on the belt. Easy as pie, yet very visually appealing.

Word of advice: never wear long socks with shorts. Either go for low-cut or no-show.

#5 Wear patterns and MATCH them with your outfit

Last but not least, patterned shorts will give you another possibility to upgrade your style.

patterned shorts

photo: ralphlauren.com

Do you see the shorts in the photo above? Their pattern introduce give you at least 3-4 new possibilities to repeat the color. Wear them with blue, red, dark red, pink or a combination of these colors!

If there’s one thing that i want you to get out of this article is that there are plenty of choices when it comes to shorts, besides those all men wear for sporting activities.

The first step is to choose the fabric: linen or cotton will do.
The second step is to decide what to wear with them: a polo? a pair of moccasins? a canvas belt?
Finally, the third step is to color match.

Looking stylish in shorts is as easy as 1-2-3 and you have plenty of pictures above to inspire you. You just need to TAKE ACTION!

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  1. June 7th, 2011 at 22:21 | #1

    I always wear shorts in summer.It is classy and stylish. Great post!

  2. June 8th, 2011 at 15:44 | #2

    I like the combination of blazer and shorts. I have a nice anthracite blazer from New Yorker but still no shorts to match it. Any ideas? :)

  3. John
    August 16th, 2011 at 03:39 | #3

    In torpical areas, it would always be hot and summery if its not raiing… This post helped me a lot and creating a variation in a seemingly uniform style. This is very helpful and, even without intending it, a little play in style always makes you stand out. Thanks a lot.

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