Baring All: The Gentleman's Guide to Tailored Shorts

Tailored shorts are big news in SS15. From the bar and the beach, to business meetings, baring a lot of calf and a little bit of thigh may be daunting, but it's absolutely on trend this summer.

If the idea of exposing so much leg makes you nervous, or if the tailored aspect sends you straight back to your school days (and not in a good, nostalgic way), we've got the complete guide to where, when and how to wear this season's tailored shorts style.

Wear them with...well groomed legs

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For 90% of the year your legs live in full length trousers. That means they get very little attention and very little sunlight. Before you even consider investing in a pair of tailored shorts for summer, you need to perform a little personal maintenance.

From blancmange white calves, to dry, snakeskin-esque flesh, a neglected male leg can be a pretty scary sight in the bright light of early summer. Prepping with a healthy dose of moisturiser is a must, a light exfoliator and some fake tan are optional, but beneficial.

 

Wear them with...grown up sportswear

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No longer the preserve of athletes and the under 20s, sportswear has seriously grown up in recent years, resulting in streetwear which is relaxed but well-made. A sportswear take on the SS15 tailored shorts trend focuses on wide, loose fit shorts which reach to the knee. Although wide, search for shorts that have been cut with precision to achieve an immaculate sportswear style.

 

Wear them with...a blazer

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No matter how relaxed your offices' dress code, shorts in summer can feel like a step too far. This season's penchant for a tailored shorts, however, makes leg baring more than office appropriate – taking shorts all the way to office chic (depending on your industry, naturally).

Pair them with a lightweight cotton blazer and immaculately pressed shirt to ensure you're looking more smart than smart casual and remember to keep your colour palette muted. You're already making a statement, there's no need to make a splash.

 

Wear them with...a matching suit

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You may not want to go all the way with a bold printed shorts suit, but a matching short and jacket takes a tailored short look up a notch, perfect for garden parties and easy, Continental style. Pair with a crisp, button-down white shirt (or granddad collar) and smart brown brogues for instant dapperness.

 

Wear them with...holiday vibes

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For spot on beach-to-bar style, tailored shorts are top notch. Mix tailored shorts in a statement shade or print with leather sandals and a quality white t shirt for unassailable, laid-back cool. Essential for margarita drinking.

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