By Linda Nuamah
My favourite time of the season is here; summer is finally here, even in London. As Much as I love the layered dandy look on men in the winter, nothing beats a pair of well shaped legs in shorts, tailored shirt and the right pair of shoes. Just like everything in life, there is a correct and wrong way to do things.
After all, you don’t want to look like Tom Selleck in eighties hit show ‘Magnum PI’ – yikes.
Here is what to look out for if you want to pull this fabulous summer look off:
DO – Get the right length
Size, uhm length does matter. More often than not, you will see men, young and old, wearing the wrong length size. This is definitely a style killer. While showing off your bare legs, you want to come across as confident and nonchalant, and not creepy and outdated. Your ideal shorts should finish an inch or two above your knee. Anything else is a no-no.
Do – The right pair of legs
In a city like London, it can become really tempting to follow all fashion craze. You often see people wearing clothes or trends that don’t do them justice. You don’t want to be one of those people. No matter what your friends and family are telling you – they are lying in your face. Be honest with yourself, when you look at yourself in the mirror; do you love what you see? When in doubt, leave it. It means it’s not your style or right fit – or it’s time to hit the gym and do some squats.
My personal way of shopping is to only buy items that I know it looks good on me. The compliments that you’ll get from the outside world should be an extra, and not a confidence booster. Not all fashion trends should be followed by everybody. It takes a really good pair of legs to pull off shorts, but don’t get discouraged here are some tips:
- Tall man – Find shorts with longer inseams (Length between your crotch and where you want the shorts to end, an inch above the knee), so you don’t show too much leg.
- Short man – Find shorts with shorter inseams and aim for a couple of inches above the knee to prolong your legs.
- Skinny legs – Add a couple of folds of the hem to add natural bulk to thin legs.
- Muscular with great calves – not a lot to worry here. If you are almost bursting out of your shorts, I wouldn’t advice to add more bulk.
Do – Slim fit shirt or polo
What you wear on top is just as important as the shorts itself. Opt for a slim fit shirt with long or short sleeves, or go for a classic polo shirt. To all the hipsters out there, it really looks ridiculous to have your shirt buttoned up all the way at the neck when it’s 25+ degrees outside, so loosen up your buttons.
Do – To shoe or not to shoe
Personally, I don’t believe in wearing flip flops in public unless you are at the beach or walking back from the beach to your hotel.
So in my book, it’s a big no-no. The most flattering shoes under shorts are shoes or sneakers; without socks obviously; not everything you see on the runway should be implemented in real life, after all you are not climbing the Mount Everest.
Think of smart and casual loafers, boat shoes, espadrilles, driving shoes, moccasins, and brogues.
Don’ts – Men’s short suit
I’m not really convinced about this fashion trend, and thank heaven I haven’t seen it around. For some reason it simply reminds me of a schoolboy. I mean, why would an adult male want to look like a ten year old?
Don’ts – Season matters
If you live in a country where there is an actual difference between the seasons, then the only time to wear shorts is in the summer, preferably with 25+ degrees. It simply looks better to wear shorts in the summer.
In general looking good takes an effort, but it requires even more effort in attention to detail to look good in shorts. Be honest with yourself, when in doubt; don’t forget to consult your inner self.
Enjoy the summer and be your fabulous self!