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The First Thing You Should Buy This Summer

paisley shorts

photo: gorsuch.com

I love summer. Because it means I can wear a bikini top and shorts, even just to go shopping.

– David Wain

No, I don’t want you to wear bikinis to go shopping. 🙂 I’m referring to a nice, stylish pair of shorts. There’s no better way to show your style in 2012 than a pair of slim-fit, cotton, above-the-knee shorts.

Let me paint you the big picture first. You can wear shorts with just about any item of clothing you can imagine:

  • shirts (both long and short-sleeved)
  • t-shirts and polo shirts
  • sports jackets
  • and even waistcoats

Most types of shoes

  • moccasins
  • boat shoes
  • loafers
  • espadrilles
  • even some lace-ups (this is one of the newest trends)

And a plethora of accessories:

  • bracelets (leather or metal)
  • watches
  • pocket squares and ties
  • and even ascot ties and scarves

There are a lot of techniques on how to look good in shorts but this is something I’ve already covered in the Be Stylish ebook. The only thing I can show right now are some cool outfits that I’ve gathered on lokbook.nu

Let them guide you into finding your next pair of shorts.

Notice anything that all of these shorts have in common? Take a closer look, it’s easy to spot. Did you spot it? Here it is:

The most important thing when you buy your shorts is for them to be above the knee. I know I said it before but it’s worth repeating.

Anything that’s below the knee is not in trend right now (and won’t be for at least a few years). So make sure you follow this simple spec.


Oops! I just found this really cool outfit with shorts right after I published this. I think you’ll love it:

I really like how the braided belt contrasts with the blue on the shirt. What do you think?

George Lavas

George is dedicated to fashion and style for men. Based between the UK & US he enjoys writing about lifestyle and fashion from both sides of the pond. George created BeStylish.org to help readers create a strong sense of style with minimum effort believing that everyone can look and feel good, all day, every day.

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  1. Help for Heroes June 8, 2012

    Summer is all about fun and adventure and a pair of shorts just says I am all in for the ride! My favourite “shorts” look is the fifth picture you have here. I like pairing up shorts with a pair of sneakers, nerdy glasses and a vintage tee.

  2. Alex June 10, 2012

    What should those of us with relatively large thighs wear?

    1. George June 10, 2012


      Shorts are fine for everyone. If you have large thighs, avoid bold colors and check patterns.

  3. amir June 21, 2012

    Hi George,
    I have also been a fan of you after reading your ebook and website content. For the past 3 years i have come a long way from dressing slobby to being someone more stylish than before. Nowdays i am more inspired towards what we call chinos rather jeans. I feel like they are made for me 😀 … the vibe i get from wearing them by combining them with a tee is a lot different than what i got by combining it with jeans. I personally think that ts go great with chinos and casual trousers rather jeans. I am also in dilemma as to where to take my inspirations from as everyone is wearing jeans nowadays and i am not able to find a brand or website that concentrate on this. Please help me on this i am attaching a fliqr link that i have posted some of the chinos pics and my style that i am most interested in. All these pics have a particular vibe about them. Please help me understand the same too.


  4. George June 27, 2012

    Hi Amir,

    I’m glad you’re making progress.

    You say you’re wearing tees with chinos, are you ready to switch to shirts? This will make a huge difference, I assure you.

    Let me know exactly what colors your chinos are and I can give you some shirt suggestions.

  5. George June 27, 2012

    Alex :

    What should those of us with relatively large thighs wear?

    Same thing. The pant should follow the leg line closely no matter what its shape is. When you get a new pair of trousers, make sure they fit you well in the thighs area. This is one place where a tailor can’t make any adjustments.

  6. amir June 27, 2012

    Gone are the days when i use to wear a stylish version of sports shoes/ trendy sneakers, etc. Nowadays i like to wear loafers(suede-more casual version), espedrilles, boat shoes (although never tried wearing same till now – but love the pics shpwing the same)…. i am unable to understand where my fashion or style is mnoving. Am i moving towards a preppy fashion (but i dont like to indulge colours in my wardrobe and preppey is all about colours) or is it dandy or what? i am not getting it? Please help me with this combine with my above look. As per your question i am having a white creamish colour and dark blue colour chinos. Also 1 more thing i have to tell is that i dont like tucking my casual shirts in. I love wearing a caual shirt with jeans but everytime i am doing it, it made me feel that i am overdressing for the ocassion.


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