Men’s shorts have expanded to offer so much more than just a swimming costume or a comfy pair of drawstring shorts for lazing around at home. With a selection of bright colours and fun prints balanced by tailored fits, shorts have now shifted into the smart-causal dress code realm. It’s no longer frowned upon to wear a pair of shorts to a summer wedding, if worn with a slim fit shirt, sophisticated brogues and lightweight blazer. So, whether you’re looking for a pair of your usual cargo shorts for the weekend and hanging out with the guys or a pair of tailored flat front shorts, we’ve got you covered. And, if you need to update your summer wardrobe with a new pair of board shorts, you’ve come to the right place. You can even find loose-fit drawstring fleece shorts for hitting the gym – we know that not everyone wants to wear leggings.
To get formal shorts right, the shorts shouldn’t be too short. Ideally, they should be fitted with a flat front style and the length of the shorts should be two or three fingers above your knee. Pockets should be kept to a minimum concealed side and back pockets are sufficient. If you’re new to formal shorts then choose neutrals like black, navy or khaki, but as you become more comfortable wearing this look then consider experimenting with bright colours and bold patterns. Start with stripes and move your way to those tropical floral prints, somehow, patterned shorts are not as loud in style terms as a printed shirt. Pair your shorts with a neutral or solid colour short sleeve or long sleeve shirt (just roll up the sleeves) and a pair of brogues or loafers (no socks required).