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Don’t Draw the SHORT straw

Shorts are no longer limited to sports attire and pool parties and few items in a man’s wardrobe seem to cause as much debate as shorts do. Where exactly can you legitimately wear shorts?

As summer is now most definitely underway (although this can sometimes be hard to believe) menswear becomes progressively more casual. But under what circumstances?

Are shorts appropriate for work? A wedding? A night out? We have the answers…

Work
We know what you’re thinking, no matter how “casual” your Fridays are, shorts at work will never cut the mustard. Although, if you’re working for an agency or in a more creative environment, the rules may be a little more relaxed. If this is the case (and unless your work is extremely lenient and will allow floral patterned numbers all over the shop) we would recommend classic, gentle shades or even stretch to a pastel palette. This ensures you won’t stand out like a sore thumb and still look professional to clients.

Minimum Cashmere Blue Frede Chino Shorts – £33.95
Featuring button fly, this Frede Chino Shorts from Minimum comes with a five pocket design. It also comes with low waistband, and is offered in Cashmere Blue. Featuring a brand logo stitched on the right back, it features back buttoned pockets, a coin pocket on the right front, and front button closure.

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Summer Weddings
Unless you’re lucky enough to be invited to a holiday wedding, shorts are generally a no-go. Suited, booted and dapper is always the winner for a UK wedding.

If you are lucky enough to have a ceremony in the sun, keep your look smart and stick to tailored shorts in classic, gentle shades. We recommend keeping them knee-length and choose a concealed fastening for an elegant finish. Remember a photo lasts a life-time.

Minimum Khaki Frede Chino Shorts – £33.95
This Frede Chino Shorts from Minimum comes with a five pocket design. Featuring a brand logo stitched on the right back, it features back buttoned pockets, a coin pocket on the right front, and front button closure. Featuring button fly, it also comes with low waistband, and is offered in Khaki.

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Night Out
When a relaxed pub garden visit turns into a 6am session quicker than you can say “shots” there are some things you should bear in mind if you want to meet the bouncer’s standards. No denim. A lot of clubs/bars will not let you in in jeans or trainers – this includes jean shorts. Get yourself some chino shorts with some well-made loafers or boat shoes and you will have mastered the summer look off to a tee. The summer is also a great excuse to be a bit more playful than usual with colour choices, we wouldn’t advise going too crazy, especially if you’re trying to please the main man on the door, but a light blue or pink always spices things up a bit.

Edwin Light Khaki Union Chino Shorts – £51.95
These Union Chino Shorts by Edwin feature a zip fly to the front, two side slide-in pockets, and two back pockets. These shorts also have a brand patch to the rear right on the waistband. Available in Light Khaki and featuring 7.25 oz, they also have elongated belt loops, and twill poly cotton.

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Comfortable, colourful and casual, without a doubt shorts are the way through those long, hot summer days and nights and we hope we have been able to shine some light on a sticky issue.

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