On The Runway

How To Wear It: Shorts

Get Shorty with (left to right): Akris, Dries Van Noten, DSquared2 and Costume National

It’s been so hot outside lately (33 degrees at 8pm last night, can you believe it?) that I am tempted to give up clothes completely. But then I had lunch with a friend who looked stylish and sweat-free in a simple white tee and cute blue and white shorts. She swears by them to keep cool in the summer.

While I love the idea of shorts, they are not so easy to wear especially if you have a bit of a J-Lo behind like I do. And although they weren’t the biggest trend on the catwalks, they were still featured by many designers as a must-have summer staple.

Try and experiment with…

A suit: Pair your tailored shorts with a matching blazer for a stylish work appropriate look as seen at Akris. For a less formal look, try a suit made from crumpled fabric as seen at Bottega Veneta.

Fun prints: Anything from abstract to vintage inspired prints add some pep to your look. Always remember to go plain on top though.

Longer styles: Bermudas that graze the knee can look super chic and are ideal for curvy girls. Just make sure you choose a straight leg  as tapered styles are not flattering.

Rompers: Playsuits are a fun way to experiment with shorts, and create the illusion of a longer torso. Try bold colours such as electric blue, seen at Costume National.

Cuffs: Cuffs at the hems are a cool fashion detail and add a laidback casual vibe. Only do this on longer styles, otherwise they will make your legs look chunky.  

Floaty tops: Pair your tailored shorts with a floaty top or blouse to keep proportions balanced. Silk, cotton and chiffon are great fabrics.

Nautical: Stripes are out but styles with bold buttons are bang on trend. Navy is also a hot colour this summer.

Colour: White on the bottom not advisable especially if you are bottom heavy. But other brights such as blue, green and red will add fun to your look.

Layering: If you have a big bum, pair a tailored style with a super long tank belted at the waist for a streamlined silhouette.

Evening looks: Rich fabrics such as metallic brocade are suited for the evening. Or pair your shorts with an embellished blouse or top, as spotted at Dries Van Noten.

And what to avoid:

Unfortunately a bad pair of shorts can make you look like a dodgy tourist or soccer mum. As a general rule I advise against super tight clothing and this applies especially to shorts unless you want to look like an overstuffed sausage. Try to find a pair that sits comfortably on your waist (high-waisted styles shouldn’t really exist if you ask me, unless you are taller than Gisele).

I also think utility or cargo style shorts with lots of pockets should be banned – they are ugly and unflattering.  The jury is still out on denim shorts, bloomers and hot pants – I would keep them for the pool and beach holidays. And unless your style is tailored, dump the stiletto heels or you will look like you work in Wanchai. Cool flats or wedges are better. And while leather shorts may seem like a cool idea – they are not!

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