STYLE : MANS GUIDE TO WEARING SHORTS

Many of you have requested some style articles for men. Many of my clients are men so let’s start with shorts. One of the most difficult things to get right……. men in shorts. Indeed Tom Ford himself said”shorts should only be worn on the tennis court or on the beach” BUT that was in 2011 and today they are at the forefront of mens fashion. Many men carry off the ‘shorts style’ with great aplomb but there are still many disasters out there in the city sidewalks. So lets keep it hot in the city !!

So lets take a closer look how and when we should wear these bad boys……

OCCASION

Firstly let us consider where we are going to wear them, yes Mr Ford we are kind of listening. Of course shorts are acceptable in a sports environment and on the beach (the current trend is shorter the better) but we are talking about updating your everyday wardrobe. In a formal office situation then shorts are still unacceptable. Also not good at an evening event. Unless of course you are Pharell Williams. But during the day , for days out, at lunch, at the pub, shopping meeting your blood brothers all good. so to sum uo when temperature, environment and location call for it.

CUT

The trend is for tailored slim shorts that follow the line of the leg and are flat fronted.. But you have to take into consideration your body type. If you are a muscular mesomorph than obviously you don’t want it too tight around bulky thighs so you may want a little bit more room here. Also endomorphs with a more rounded tummy may opt for a single or double pleated front to flatter the area. No baggy/excess fabric and no cargo pockets they will add bulk—– this applies to every body shape when it comes to shorts. Just not a good look. So try to stay with a tailored straight short .

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LENGTH

The length should fall 1 or 2 inches above the knee. If you have skinny legs a turn up can add a bit of bulk . Men under 25 can wear the fashionable trend for even shorter shorts. But mature adult males please stick to the just above the knee rule !

COLOUR

Stick to the muted/classic colours. The same colouring rules applies to men as well as women (please see my earlier blog on assessing your colour season).So tan/cream for Autumns/Spring, Navy for winters/Summers and even pastels can look great on Summers. But stick to one basic anchor colour. Save the florals and bright prints for the beach. Checks and stripes can look good on dramatic personality types but can be trickier to match so unless you are shopping with your stylist lets keep it foolproof. Solid colours are traditional and therefore more stylish.

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MATERIALS

Keep it breathable in cotton or linen……natural fabrics. Linen has a tendency to crease and normally I hate that crumpled look but it works in a short.

WHAT TO WEAR IT WITH

No baggy t shirts try to keep the top as neat as slim as the bottoms. Polo shirts are a good look if you are going somewhere more casual. The best look is a fitted button through shirt with a collar. if long sleeved roll the sleeves up or a fitted short sleeve can look good too. The big question to tuck or to untuck ? Keep it untucked. . But bear in mind your height if you are taller you will want a longer fitting shirt and certainly if you are short ensure your shirt length is shorter in the body.

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FOOTWEAR

NO SOCKS. Loafers or deck shoes worn with invisible/ballet socks so your feet do not sweat and smell. Save the flip flops and sliders for the beach and NO sandals whatever age you are. Yes I am talking to you !!!

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So there you have it the foolproof guide to keeping the men stylish in shorts so you can dare to bare without putting a step wrong.

JOJOS STYLELIST TIP:AS WITH ALL THINGS STYLE YOU HAVE TO HAVE A FULL TRYING ON SESSION IN FRONT OF A FULL LENGTH MIRROR . IF YOU ARE A GUY READING THIS I HOPE YOU FOUND THIS USEFUL. IF YOU ARE A GIRL THEN ITS OVER TO YOU TO ENSURE THE MEN IN YOUR LIFE GET IT RIGHT !!! GOOD LUCK GIRLS.

MWAH MWAH

JOJO XXXXXX

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