It’s perfectly fine to ditch your trousers in favour of shorts this monsoon. But tread with caution, because they can be tricky to carry off. What can you wear to a brunch? What length should your shorts be? What will make you look too casual? And how to avoid looking like you’re at a beach party (unless you actually are)?
We brought in an expert to answer all these queries. Sahil Aneja, stylist to the likes of Arjun Kapoor and Varun Dhawan, tell you how to keep it short and simple.
No polyester, please: Leave the polyester blends, unless you’re out for a run. Cotton and linen are your best options this season as they dry easily.
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What your shorts say about you: Pinstriped shorts give you a serious look (doesn’t mean you wear them to a board meeting). Pastels say you’re playing it safe (not always a bad idea); bold colours say you’re confident. Quirky prints say you’re fun, but wear something that matches your personality. Floral prints? You’re on vacation.
How short is too short?: The ideal length is till your knee — two inches above is allowed, but no shorter, please. Cycling shorts are a big no-no.
Basic accessories only: A simple belt is fine when you're tucking in your shirt or polo-neck. Go for a chunky watch (a coloured one maybe, to add some pop) and sunglasses for when the rains play truant.
What to wear where
For the day: A solid-coloured, knee-length, slim version, with a tucked-in polo-neck works well for a brunch. Instead of opting for a head-to-toe monotone outfit, have fun with colour blocking. Flip-flops work for the day.
After hours: For a casual night out, team your shorts with a smart shirt and a belt. For footwear, pick between drivers or espadrilles, depending on the occasion. Tailored pinstripe shorts with a Henley tee, blazer and geeky spectacles will give you a hipster look.