August 12, 2022

With the UK formally experiencing the most popular day ever this summer season and lots of places of work re-evaluating costume codes for males at work, the choice to put on shorts is changing into an increasing number of acceptable.

Regardless of being declared a trend no-no by gurus equivalent to Tom Ford and Savile Row’s Hardy Amies (until truly on a seaside), a shift in direction of informal costume means many gents are actually embracing the type.

Whether or not it’s traditional denim or a vibrant pair of chinos, the chances are limitless – however how can males get one of the best out of their summer season appears to be like?

London-based superstar stylist Miranda Holder spoke to FEMAIL in regards to the dos and don’ts for males carrying shorts within the scorching climate.

Right here, she shares her high suggestions…



Commenting on James Corden’s look in July, Miranda mentioned: ‘The proper size on James, nicely tailor-made which flatters his body and elevated with vibrant sneakers. Nice combo.’

Earlier than contemplating anything, the style professional famous the significance of an excellent match – which she mentioned is much more essential when your legs are on show.

She mentioned: ‘Take note of the size. Typically talking you need to maintain all the style motion above the knee. 

‘Relying in your peak, a 2-4in glimpse of femur could make your thighs look extra shapely and maintain issues streamlined. Something under the knee will visually reduce your legs in half.’

Moreover, she suggested ditching something with pleats.

‘Shorts merely aren’t voluminous or drapey sufficient to hold this off,’ she mentioned. 

‘As a substitute go for a universally flattering flat-fronted quantity and should you’re in nice form, a barely tapered leg will present the last word definition.

‘If you’re nevertheless slightly portly, a straight leg can conveniently minimise a little bit of a tum.’

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Love Island's Adam Collard opted for the perfect pair of shorts for the tropical setting in this Instagram photo, said Miranda

Love Island’s Adam Collard opted for the right pair of shorts for the tropical setting on this Instagram photograph, mentioned Miranda

‘Neutrals by their very nature all go along with one another, so enjoying it protected with some well-fitting shorts in navy, khaki or stone will serve you nicely,’ Miranda mentioned.

She added you must think about how good the pair of shorts is, and full your outfit accordingly.


Though it’s at all times value investing in impartial colors as wardrobe staples, don’t be afraid to make an announcement in just a few bolder pairs of shorts.

Miranda mentioned: ‘[Shorts] have a comparatively small floor space, and their ‘safer’ location away out of your face signifies that many a wardrobe catastrophe will be averted.

‘Should you’re in a dilemma about what to put on on high, white will at all times match the invoice and has the added bonus of firming the look down should you’ve gone too Membership Tropicana.’

Should you suppose white is enjoying issues too protected, you’ll be able to at all times strive a color conflict, which ‘provides you licence to staff any two random wardrobe gadgets collectively and name it trend’ in keeping with Miranda.

‘If you’re maintaining issues informal with jersey shorts or cargos (word the pockets are a method element solely and never meant to be stuffed, regardless of how delightfully sensible they’re), a relaxed Tee or crew neck sweatshirt would suffice,’ she mentioned.

‘For a extra elegant choice, a tailor-made flat fronted chino brief would look snappy with a buttoned up shirt or knitted polo.’

Nonetheless, the type guru suggested maintaining a tally of color mixtures.

Specifically, she suggested warning with white shorts, despite the fact that they’re preferable in hotter climate as they maintain you cool.

She mentioned: ‘White can look very stylish, will coordinate with something, and is the perfect wardrobe weapon to indicate off that fabulous tan. 

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‘Nonetheless, if you’re a messy eater or keen on a summer season tussle on the grass, this unforgiving shade will maintain a painstaking document of each little misdemeanour all through the day.’

She added there’s additionally a danger of the dreaded VPL (seen panty line) – which she warned is ‘not only a feminine phenomenon’. 


Except you’re a really slim and really tall younger man, it may be a bit dangerous to pair shorts with socks.

Miranda suggested: ‘Play it protected and staff your shorts with any shoe that may efficiently be worn with out a further layer. Sandals, low high trainers and loafers are all strong choices.’



London-based celebrity stylist Miranda Holder said that Shawn Mendes look in July was 'all wrong'. She added: 'His physique is impressive but it all feels a bit try hard.'

London-based superstar stylist Miranda Holder mentioned that Shawn Mendes look in July was ‘all flawed’. She added: ‘His physique is spectacular nevertheless it all feels a bit strive exhausting.’

Miranda advises giving skinny match shorts a miss ‘until you could have the proportions of a giraffe’.

She added: ‘Carrying one thing determine hugging in your backside half, significantly together with your calves uncovered, will solely exaggerate any additional paunch lingering above.

‘It’s a supremely unfavourable look, and also you’ll run the chance of resembling a strolling speaking Sponge Bob Sq. Pants which is way from supreme.’

When it comes to how the shorts ought to match, Miranda mentioned: ‘You need your garment to lovingly “hug” your rear, with sufficient materials to allow springing into motion and rescuing kittens from close by burning buildings with none chafing if required.’

Her high tip is that you must be capable of ‘pinch an inch’ of additional materials in your garment.


No matter you do, keep away from the denim cut-off brief, which Miranda mentioned is a ‘type catastrophe ready to occur’.

She mentioned: ‘Nonetheless you type them – both eye-wateringly brief, packet hugging and provocative; free and under the knee like an outsized college boy in want of a nappy change, or super-distressed as should you’ve simply had a combat together with your garden mower – likelihood is you’ll not look your finest until you’re a trend mannequin, a rapper or starring within the newest weight loss plan coke advert.’

She added the hovering temperatures within the UK don’t combine nicely with the fabric, arguing it may carry a few ‘soggy backside’.

Within the title of sustainability, you can at all times re-fashion a pair of denims into ‘jorts’, however the type guru instructed saving them for indoor actions, like DIY.  

Specifically, Miranda suggested moisture-absorbing materials like cotton and linen for the new climate.


'No, just no', said the celebrity stylist when seeing this ensemble on actor Russell Crowe in July

‘No, simply no’, mentioned the superstar stylist when seeing this ensemble on actor Russell Crowe in July

Whereas consolation is essential, don’t fall into the entice of getting ‘sloppy’. 

The style professional mentioned: ‘Technical materials equivalent to swimwear and sportswear, needs to be worn on acceptable events solely and never adopted into your on a regular basis wardrobe, regardless of how comfy they’re.

‘Drawstring waists are the enemy of wanting dapper, as they add pointless bulk and barely grasp nicely, to not point out reducing in and including additional bulges. 

‘Should you actually should don a pair, at the least add an untucked shirt to disguise the muffin high.’

Whereas jersey shorts have develop into well-liked this season, Miranda recommends maintaining them within the residence.

She mentioned: ‘Loungewear has a spot – and the less individuals who witness you carrying it in summer season ’22, the higher.’