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How To Wear It: Shorts


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Get shorty with (from left to right): Balmain, Tibi, Theyskens Theory and Proenza Schouler

Shorts were a hot trend on the spring/summer runways, and can look sophisticated (and keep you cool) depending on the right style and length. Short suits are a must-have this season, as seen at brands like Burberry, Jil Sander, Acne and Chalayan while polished, tailored styles were spotted at Carven and Tibi. Designers also had fun with prints and embellishments.

Try and experiment with:

Bold colors: Pair cobalt blue or blood orange shorts with a loose neutral Tee for a casual look. Neon is also another favourite.

Tweed: Take cues from Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel and update your shorts in tweed – it’s classic yet sophisticated. Try softer shades of sorbet to lighten the look.

Embellished: It’s all about piling it on from beads and threaded patterns to studs and sequins. Pair it them with a tee for the day, and a silk shirt for the evening.

Futuristic: Shorts are given new life with architectural shapes at brands like Balenciaga. Too Space Odyssey for you? Try metallic fabrics or accents instead.

Hot pants: If you can pull this off, opt for dark, tailored styles (white borders on trashy)  and match it with a more modest button up white blouse or structured jacket.

Pyjama: Forget pajama pants, its all about silk shorts. The trick is choosing a thick fabric without too much sheen – avoid the flimsy kind that’s used for lingerie.

Printed: From floral and tribal to geometric and digital prints, anything goes this summer. Just keep it simple on top.

Short suits: Who needs a tuxedo when you can have a chic, tailored short suit?  Pair with chunky heels and you’re good for a night out.

Try and avoid:

Skin-tight shorts (unless you have an incredible behind) and styles made from sweat-inducing and cheap fabrics like spandex/rayon/nylon. Cargo shorts should be banned completely in my opinion (along with jesus sandals). Reptile or leopard prints are also a little too Miami for the urban streets of Hong Kong – save them for a night clubbing in Ibiza instead. And whatever you do, don’t pair your shorts with stilettos unless you want to look like you’re working the corner.

Guest edited by Tiffany Chan

One Response to How To Wear It: Shorts

  1. backpack-ling says:

    it’s always a challenge to feel relaxed while manage to look serious…

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