Short it Out – A Comprehensive Guide to Men’s Shorts
Where did Shorts Originate?
Typically throughout history, shorts were used more for necessity than fashion and were only really used when you were spending time at the beach or for some form of sport.
However, as the years have rolled on and fashion has changed along with social perceptions, shorts have now become an important part of men’s fashion for use outside of just sun, sand and sports. The first appearance of the knee hugging trendy pants was by fashion-forward-thinking Europeans and used mainly in the warmer climates. It wasn’t long before the idea reached the military and they redesigned shorts to create cargo shorts to allow soldiers to keep cool whilst maintaining the ability to cram many items into the pockets. Like many items that were adopted by the military they soon became extremely fashionable and many people were wearing shorts in public.
Shorts for Every Occassion
Today we see shorts everywhere from the beach to business. They are not only suitable for warmer climates and summer months in the UK, but also seen used in both casual and formal wear.
With so many different styles available we bring you the low down on every pair of shorts available to help you find the best possible pair for you.
The sportswear trend is in full swing and the sweat pant/short is a popular item of streetwear (as well as being used for leisure and lounging). The sweat short is a particularly casual pair of shorts, but can provide a unique urban look.
To create this style you can pair sweat shorts with a regular or oversized fit t-shirt – a logo print or graphic t-shirt is the ideal partner here. Finish the look off with some vintage style running trainers and to give your outfit an edge, layer your top half with an open casual shirt.
Chino shorts are the opposite end of the spectrum. They are versatile and can be used for either formal or casual wear. The chino short is a summer staple for most men due to its versatility and ability to work well with almost any outfit.
The denim short is another example of a casual or streetwear item, especially if they are plain blue. These shorts are a more relaxed fit generally and will hang around at knee level. You can find smarter denim short styles if you opt for slim/skinny fit and darker colours such as black.
As you know, the cargo short first started life in the military and were designed for troops in warmer climates who still needed to be heavily packed. They soon became popular with the public and have stayed a prominent feature every summer since.
Pair sand coloured cargos with a black t-shirt and all black trainers to give your outfit some eye popping contrast.
Mainly for use at the pool or the beach, but we know those summer beach days often lead to you strolling into the local town for an afternoon bevvy. Therefore, it is important that your swim shorts still look great in public and not just when you are half naked.
Swim shorts have gone through a number of changes and it wasn’t that long ago that board shorts were the only ones you would be seen dead in. The style has changed somewhat and swim shorts have got a lot shorter, which allows for a more stylish look.
For versatility, keep your shorts one block colour that can be matched with a lot of other items (think navy, black or charcoal grey).
The Short Summary
Shorts are an excellent addition to your wardrobe and especially during the summer months (and warmer climates).
Remember that shorts can be particularly casual, so it is important to wear the correct shorts for the occasion and pair items accordingly.
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