They’re not always as easy to pull off as you may think.

Shorts are a classic style piece. They’ve ebbed and flowed in terms of their popularity over the years, but with the weather heating up, you should be ready to start breaking them out soon. As comfortable as they can be, there are also things you need to be aware of to ensure you’re looking your best when rocking some shorts. Here’s what you need to know…

Keep It Slim


Unless you’re going for a major fashion statement, slimmer shorts are going to work better. They’re more flattering and work better with a larger variety of outfits. They will work nicely with a casual or a slightly more formal outfit.

Watch Your Lengths


Above the kneecap is absolutely essential, gents. Don’t let your shorts fall any lower than that. This is just what’s best for everyone so that you look like you know what you’re doing. Also, in terms of shortness, keep it around 3-5 inches from the top of your kneecap. If you really want to go full 70’s NBA, you can, but know that it’s going to attract more attention.

Long Top, Short Bottom


One of the coolest ways to style shorts is with a long sleeve shirt or a jacket. Just because it’s warm and you want to show some leg, don’t feel like you automatically have to throw on a tank top or a t-shirt.

Go Bold


Bold patterns are totally in this season. Loud shirts have been popping up on all of the runways, but don’t fear a great pair of bold shorts, either. They make a great statement, just be sure you style them with a more muted top. Going too bold all over will start to just look sloppy.

Rather than list out a bunch of do not’s, basically just stick to the do’s and you’ll be fine. You now know that you don’t want something too long and baggy. You don’t want to be too short, unless you do. You don’t want to go with the automatic tendency of wearing a short sleeve tee with your shorts. Lastly, you don’t want to simply do the same thing you’ve always done, be bold! Try something new and by generally sticking to these guidelines, you’re going to look great!

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I’d love to see how you style your shorts this summer. Find me on social media @parkeryorksmith or email me at!

About the author

I'm Parker York Smith, a curious dude still very much figuring everything out. I hail from the Midwest but have been dwelling in Los Angeles for the last few years being a pretty stereotypical west coast transplant. I'm a fashion geek, I love to walk (a LOT) and I do my best to find the bright side. I'm extremely excited about this blog and hope that (with some hard work and luck) it turns into what I believe it can. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please get in touch with me via my social networks (which can be found in the sidebar) or email me at

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