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On Trend : Shorts

With denim taking a backseat across a wide selection of shorts available for spring and summer this year, loose silhouettes work with noticeably shorter hem lengths to ensure ease of wear whether you’re vacationing or trying to escape the heat at home. Colour is prominent and there’s plenty of opportunity to clash prints and incorporate a focus on your favourite tone. It’s up to you how far you take the suggestion, you can double up colour across shorts and a t-shirt or utilise the bounty of stripes and digital prints available to easily bring pattern into your every day without going overboard.

Climbing-style belts have made the transition from use exclusively within outdoor wear to streetwear orientated apparel. Carhartt WIP make a great example for this through their Clover Shorts which feature an integrated fastening that works both functionally and as a statement detail. Singular tone focuses are interrupted thanks to colour matched drawstring fastenings from Nike SB and Brixton, whilst pockets are in abundance not only across collections but on single garments, making them a functional focal point which is particularly useful for summer excursions. Stan Ray have effortlessly incorporated this micro-trend across their seasonally adapted Hickory Stripe Painter Shorts, designed with a selection of pockets and made from durable 10oz cotton, meaning they’ll transfer into autumn and last for years to come. 

The use of lightweight, breathable fabrics such as cotton blended with elastane and breathable mesh brings a transitional element making styles wearable for both leisurewear and more strenuous activities. Patagonia have captured the spirit of both contemporary style and purposeful design with their range of Baggies Longs 7” Shorts, made from 100% supplex recycled nylon with a water repellent finish and cut with 7” inseams; a relief if your trying to escape the ‘short shorts’ trend. Available in various colourways, inspired by the Tarkine Region of Tasmania as part of their ‘Takayna’ campaign, they make the ultimate holiday shorts thanks to being suitable for wear in and out of the water.

Getting progressively louder as we move further into 2019, the term ‘anti-streetwear’ encourages refined detailing across both shorts and trousers, designed to be worn with t-shirts and trainers for a new take on smart/casual dressing. Parlez have introduced a range of swim and walk shorts to their range, incorporating their continual focus on premium embroidery work and typography. The use of pastel pink and powder blue reflects British seaside influences, whilst khaki proves to be a particularly flattering hue for both tanned and paler skin tones. Pair with a simple white tee for a classic, easy going look and layer with an unfastened printed short-sleeve shirt for relaxed summer evenings.

New styles from adidas remain supportive of their heritage style whilst standing out from the seasons more refined vibe. The Clatsop Shorts provide plenty of breathability for summer skate sessions thanks to the inclusion of Climalite technology fabric and an elasticated waist, whilst the raw grey colourway offers a more subdued take on pastel shades. Sitting alongside their typically work and streetwear driven aesthetic, Carhartt WIP have brought an unexpected capsule range of satin-look striker jerseys with matching shorts to their SS19 release. Reminiscent of a sports kit - but best worn off the pitch to keep the alternating white stripes looking fresh - you can opt for a full activewear look, or pair with an untucked tee, lightweight jacket and bucket hat for an easy-going, ‘90s inspired look.

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