Do Get The Length Right
Long board shorts have surfer-dude connotations, and short shorts are always a faux pas. A just-above-the-knee fit is the most appropriate way to do cut-offs.
Do Look For Slim Fits
Forget anything too baggy or relaxed – smart shorts should be tapered like trousers. If in doubt, look to Reiss and Orlebar Brown for inspo.
Don’t Ever Buy Denim
Few things are less polished than a pair of denim shorts on a guy. Stick to chino and linen finishes for a grown-up take.
Do Opt For Bare Ankles
A streamline shorts look requires bare ankles – strictly no socks allowed. Trainers should be styled with inners, while loafers and shorts are always an easy win.
Don’t Tuck In (Fully)
Full tucking-in with shorts is only for the ultra-confident. If you’re dipping your toe into the look, we suggest a tee or shirt with a French tuck (that’s half in, half out) for something that can’t go wrong.
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