The 5 Rules of Wearing Shorts in 2021
Summertime brings long, magical nights, sunny, sweltering days and the return of (gulp) shorts. But if the task of finding the perfect pair feels harder than the Sunday crossword, we’ve got you covered. Read on for our five rules for making sure your bottoms really can’t be topped.
Rule 1: Shorter Hems and Dark Washes Highlight Your Legs
Got awesome gams you want to show off? Got a wider middle you’d rather not draw attention to? Go for a short inseam in a dark color to draw the eye downward in a grownup, polished way. We like a high-waisted style which nips you at the middle before widening at the hip to streamline your silhouette.
Rule 2: Bermuda Shorts Should Hit Two Inches Above the Knee
There’s a delicate art to Bermuda shorts and a very fine line between chic and frumpy. In order to nail this look (which happens to be a huge trend this summer) opt for a pair that hits about two inches above the knee and is cinched at the waist, rather than sitting near your hips. This simple rule will save you from feeling swallowed alive if your legs are short, or super awkward if you have long stems.
Rule 3: Balance Sexy Shorts with Breezy Tops
When grabbing that flowy pair of Bermudas, wear a fitted shirt to even out the look. Or, if you’re rocking your favorite barely-there cut-offs or snug-fitting bike shorts, play with a loose, oversized top to add more dimension above your waistline. After all, in 2021 it’s all about creating a balanced look that won’t leave you feeling too exposed or drowning in a sea of fabric.
Rule 4: Say Yes to Pinstripes and Coordinated Patterns
Contrary to popular belief, patterns and colors are your friends in the shorts department. The trick is tailoring said patterns and colors to your personal body type and concerns. If you’re looking for a slimming effect, opt for a pinstripe that will elongate you. If you’re on the short side, stay away from a light top and dark bottoms, which can cut your body in half. Instead, go for a patterned co-ord or a neutral all-over monochrome.
Rule 5: Remember that Rules Are Made to Be Broken
Look, this is your life and you only get to do this once (as far as we know). If your legs are “too short” or “too big” or “too skinny” for a certain style, we say go ahead and buy them anyway and throw all the “shoulds” out the window. Worst case scenario? You throw on a blazer and heels for instant sophistication.