How To Wear Shorts This Summer (When You’re Not At A Festival)

30 July 2014 by

As anyone who has graced those tent-filled fields knows, things you can get away with sartorially speaking at a festival bear little resemblance to real life. From leotards to muddy legs, festivals bring out the exhibitionist in many – and that’s certainly true when it comes to the miniscule shorts we’ve been seeing on this year’s festival circuit.

Bloggers Camille Charriere and Leandra Medine show how shorts can work outside a festival

The question is, can you make those shorts work in any other environment – and if not, what is the alternative to channel a similar vibe? For starters anything that shows your actual bum is going to be a no-no outside of a festival unless you are actually Cara Delevingne and even she should know better. Once your derrière is covered you can consider several options.

Olivia Palermo Works chic shorts in the city [Getty]

Frayed denim, unless you work in a seriously liberal office will always be verboten from the workplace, but well cut shorts, even if they are pretty mini can work for a more professional or urban situation if styled properly. If you’re talking anything above mid thigh and you’ve got some serious leg acreage on show, heels are not an option for day. Ditto anything tight on top, following the maxim that a lady can only ever have legs OR boobs on show. The ideal is to pair well cut chino, leather or silk shorts (all festival fodder for sure) with an oversized boyfriend shirt and masculine sandals to balance to raunchy with something more nonchalant and androgynous.

Grazia's Katherine Ormerod in urban shorts [Instagram]

If you aren’t happy showing your legs or you’d feel overexposed in shorter shorts, knee length Bermudas or culottes are a great option and you can definitely wear heels if you are looking to balance your silhouette (although the looks is pretty cool with skater sneakers too). As you’re more covered up below you can opt for a more revealing vest on top to deal with the rising mercury.

In summary: Festival shorts can be translated outside the fields BUT caution MUST be exercised. Voila. Get more Shorts In The City inspiration via the gallery above...


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