Autumn may be a time when the weather is a bit cooler, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still wear shorts. Considering how versatile they are, shorts should be a staple in every man’s closet and something you wear for a large portion of the year.
If you are looking for some fresh new ways to wear shorts, or you want some inspiration for Autumn, here are the best ways to wear your shorts this Fall.
How to Pick the Right Pair of Shorts
When it comes to mens shorts, the first thing you need to do is make sure you choose the right pair. Much like any other garment, there are a few things to remember when choosing a pair of shorts.
The style you choose is a personal choice, but there are a few that are more versatile and better for someone who wants a pair of shorts that can be both formal and casual. Two details that you should look for in a pair of shorts are if they are tailored and if they have a tapered leg.
It is also best to avoid shorts that have a skinny fit or are way too baggy. These two styles aren’t flattering to most body shapes and heights and also don’t have the same versatility as a pair of tailored or chino shorts.
When it comes to length, shorts should never be longer than the knee. Once shorts exceed this, you begin to give the impression of being shorter, and it also takes away that touch of style a well-fitted pair of shorts gives you.
When it comes to the fit, you want a pair of shorts that aren’t skin-tight but also not so loose that they feel too big. If you have a little bit of room when walking and sitting, that is usually a good enough sign that you have the fit right. You will know when you are wearing them if they feel right or not.
Regarding colour, it is always bit to buy pants and shorts in neutrals, as they are much easier to style. Black, grey, tan, khaki, and even dark greens are all great colours to choose from and are easy to pair with shirts and shoes.
If you want bright colours, rather opt for a bright shirt or colourful pair of shoes, as the shorts can be used to balance the entire look.
If you want some inspiration for a few outfits, here are the best items and styles that will match perfectly with your shorts.
The classic button-up is one of the best items to pair with shorts in Autumn. Not only will it provide the warmth you may need if the day becomes a bit colder, but it is also the best item to choose if you want a more formal look.
Shorts only begin to look more casual when you wear them with sneakers and a t-shirt; instead, wear a button-up with a pair of loafers or Derbies, as this will give you a big hit of style and make your outfit more office-ready.
The classic V-neck or crew-neck sweater is another brilliant option to pair with shorts, especially on those days that are a bit chilly. Keep it simple with a pair of sneakers and t-shirt for a casual look.
If you want to look more formal, opt for the same shoes as mentioned above, but add a Polo shirt or a collared shirt underneath your sweater.
Over the past few years, long-sleeve t-shirts have become one of the most under-utilised pieces of men’s clothing. They give you the same breathability and freedom as a t-shirt but add a little bit of warmth that you may need.
Never underestimate how cool an oversized jersey can look. Oversized items have become all the rage over the past couple of years, and considering many are designed to still be tailored and fitted, it won’t look like you are wearing clothing that is simply too big for you.
The combination of an oversized knitted jersey, sweater, or t-shirt with a pair of well-fitted shorts will give you a slightly edgy, grunge-inspired look that is perfect for a day out or a relaxed evening date or dinner.
The most formal a pair of shorts can look is if you pair them with a well-fitted blazer or dinner jacket. This preppy look is brilliant for warmer days when you are heading into the office or if you have a meeting.
A blazer is also great for a date, and if you wear a button-up shirt underneath, you can still look formal and stylish, even if the blazer gets too warm.
In the cooler months, layers are your best friend. You don’t want to dress too warm, but you also don’t want to be too cold either. Instead, combine items that can be worn no matter what the weather is. This can be a shirt and jersey, t-shirt and blazer, or whatever else you may find comfortable.