Hot pants, boy shorts, baggies and bermudas — whatever the style, shorts have never gone out of fashion. A must for the summer, these lowers have transformed in terms of their structure, materials and even length, over the years.
“Summer is all about comfortable style. So, your wardrobe needs to reflect that. Not only are shorts super comfortable, but with the number of options available, they are perfect for just about any occasion,” says designer Sanya Dhir, adding, “Designers are also giving shorts a couture twist. Embroidered hot pants are a delight. A fusion of classic and trendy shorts, this variety has sequins, dabka and nakshi elements, with intense zardozi work.”
A full matching lounge shorts set is all you need for a formal do.
Contrary to popular perception, shorts need not be limited to casual outings only. “Many international celebrities wear shorts on red carpets. Gwyneth Paltrow, Julia Roberts, Diane Kruger, Selena Gomez and Kristen Stewart have often sported shorts at formal events. So, they have proved that dressing formal is not always about being decked up from head to toe. At times, less is more; it’s all about how you carry your style,” says designer Shehla Khan.
— With inputs from designers Rajdeep Ranawat, Shalini Jaikaria and Paras Bairoliya
A model in hot pants designed by Monisha Jaising.
Dos and don’ts
1) Make sure your shorts aren’t too loose or too tight; you don’t want them sliding off or creating unnecessary bulges
2) If you have long and lean legs, opt for hot pants. Those with shorter legs should stick to high-waisted options. Curvy women should go for skorts
3) Opt for shorts that are made using breathable fabrics like cotton, linen or khadi
4) Since shorts exude a relaxed vibe, chose your footwear according to the occasion. For instance, sport brogues with a pastel T-shirt and denim shorts for a casual day out. Or, make a fashionable statement by wearing the blazer-short set with a pair of stilettos at a formal do.
Lady Gaga steps out in style in tiny daisy dukes. (Getty Images)
Bag these shorts
1) Boy shorts: They resemble men’s boxer shorts. Pair them with a cut-out vest or a T-shirt
2) Bun huggers: They’re made primarily for athletic use. They are really short and tight, and allow maximum amount of movement, as well as some air resistance. Pair these with a sporty T-shirt or a regular one
3) Cut-offs: Cut-offs are pants that have been converted into shorts. Typically, they are meant for casual outings. The very short ones are referred to as ‘daisy dukes’. Pair these with a crop top or a poncho
4) Hot pants: You definitely need a pair of hot pants this season. Wear these with something a little more covered-up, like a sporty T-shirt or a bomber jacket, to balance the look
5) Bleached denim shorts: These shorts are the flavour of the season. Mix them up with lace edges and studs, and you are grunge-ready
6) Botanical print shorts: Pair these chic shorts with a plain T-shirt or a knotted shirt to make a statement
7) Well-tailored black shorts: Team these with a black blazer for a formal event
8) Polka dots or printed skorts: Skorts are shorts that have a flap of fabric in front to create the illusion of a skirt
9) Lace shorts: They are delicate and perfect for a night-out. Pair them with a strappy camisole
10) Lounge shorts: With loungewear trending big time, lounge shorts are here to stay. Flaunt a matching set for a bold statement, or mix your favourite satin shorts with a crisp formal shirt.
Gauahar Khan sports well-tailored shorts with a fitted top. (Yogen Shah)
Diane Kruger makes a red-carpet appearance wearing black high-waisted formal shorts with a semi-sheer top. (Getty Images)