How to wear (and rock) shorts this summer

When hotter weather calls for cooler outfits you’ve got the choice of skirt, dress or shorts. Shorts are easily the most versatile of the lot, able to be dressed up or down, and are a saviour on the windy days! But if you’re stuck in the rut of jean shorts and a t-shirt, or haven’t found how to make the most of this awesome fashion item, never fear. We’ve got some hot tips for wearing shorts, which will make them your favourite summer go-to.

Perfect your pins

Obviously, in shorts, your legs are going to be on display. You want them to compliment your legs, but that’s going to be hard if they’re in dire need of moisture and exfoliation. Remove any dead skin that’s been hiding beneath your long trouser legs, and give your legs a good dose of daily moisture to keep them looking smooth. You might want to dabble in some self-tanning, and most legs look longer and leaner if they’re hair free (though we’ll leave that to you!). If you want hairless legs without regular shaving, check out our at-home waxing guide.

It’s a shoe-in

Shorts also provide the opportunity to really show off some killer kicks. The higher your heel, the longer your legs will look, so if you need some leg-lengthening power, pair with wedges for a cute & casual look, or heels if you’re going out on the town. If you’re already blessed with long, slim legs, some cute flats will do.

Say no to the muffin

Don’t try to get shorts that are too small. They will not only be uncomfortable, but will also squeeze anything that won’t fit, out over the top. Cue, the muffin top, which is not a good look for any season! Check the fit of your shorts, especially around the waist, in the rise, and in the thighs. Remember, you’re aiming for a cool and comfortable look.

Accessories

Pair them with accessories like a long-chain pendant, sandals with some sparkle, oversized sunglasses, or a block-colour bag to add some ‘pop’. But the most powerful accessory? Self-confidence! (Cheesy, I know, but oh so true)

Avoid the not-so-hot pants

Not all shorts are created equal and neither are all legs. While teen celebs may rock the ultra short and tight hot pants, they don’t flatter anyone over 18 and they are not practical or comfy. If you want to wear them, keep it to around the house, where you can booty shake in your hot pants all you like!

Flatter your shape

Shorts follow the same principle as skirts – it’s all about the silhouette. The most flattering style for MOST people will sit low on the waist and have a structured, straight leg. But if you have wider hips and thighs, choose a wider, softer leg. Once you know what style suits you, buy them in a few different colours.

The right top

Rocking shorts is also just as much about wearing the right top with them. Balance shorter ones with a long sleeved shirt or tunic, or a light billowy blouse. If you’re wearing longer length or Bermuda shorts keep the look cool by pairing them with an interesting, embellished tank. A good rule to remember is if your shorts are loose and baggy wear a tighter top. If your shorts are shorter and tighter, loosen up on top.

Just like a skirt only practical

Shorts will give you the same cool, breezy feeling as a skirt and they are just as versatile while being more practical for active people. Celebrities have even been photographed wearing them on the red carpet and while relaxing with family and friends. Just like a skirt, there are shorts for work and for play – it all depends on the fabric and the cut, so shop around and build up your collection!

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