WHAT SHORTS GO WITH WHICH SHIRT?
When it comes to the perfect casual summer uniform, shirts and shorts are the obvious choice. But, not all shirts and shorts combos are created equal. And, depending on how casual the occasion is, they might not all be appropriate for where you’re headed.
Here, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite shorts for summer and paired them with the shirts that we think work best. As always, and particularly with a casual combo like this, the most important thing is that you feel comfortable and confident in your choice. But let this be a guide if you’re not sure where to start.
A LINEN SHIRT WITH LINEN SHORTS
We love linen for summer because it’s lightweight and breathable. For those super hot days, go head-to-toe with the fabric and wear your linen shorts with a linen shirt. These shorts are pleated, which makes them slightly more formal than your average, and the shirt’s grandad collar gives it a slightly more trendy look than a typical button down. This look is perfect for a smart-casual look if it’s going to be super hot, or for a dinner out on holiday.
PIN-STRIPE SHORTS AND A POLO
Another classic summer combo is shorts and a relaxed polo. It’s almost as casual as shorts and a T-shirt, but a bit tidier thanks to the polo’s collar and merino-blend fabric. Our pin-stripe shorts have a pleated front and a turned-up hem, which adds a bit of extra style. Wear this outfit pretty much anywhere this summer, from a garden party to a pub lunch to a park picnic.
RELAXED LINEN SHORTS AND A CUBAN COLLAR
Again, linen is our favourite for the hotter summer months. Here, you get more neutral-toned linen shorts, which pair perfectly with a Cuban-collar polo. It’s a lot like a standard polo, but with a retro feel thanks to the open, almost lapel-like collar. If you’re going for darker shorts, choose a more neutral polo to keep it light and summery. Wear this pairing while on a city break, either during the day or to dinner.
A LINEN-BLEND T-SHIRT AND PRINTED SHORTS
We all love neutral shorts we can wear with anything in the warmer months. But this year, why not try something a little different, like our retro printed shorts (which have a matching shirt, if you’re keen on a set)? If you want to let the shorts speak for themselves, pair them with a navy T-shirt, and you’ve got yourself a perfect daytime holiday outfit.
A WHITE T-SHIRT AND TOWELLING SHORTS
Super-soft terry towelling is one of the most comfortable fabrics out there, and this summer, we’ve got a great pair of sage green towelling shorts. Think of them like elevated sweat shorts, perfect for a long day wandering around the city. This punchy green makes a statement on its own, so we recommend opting for a classic white T-shirt, or any solid colour that works with the green.
No matter what short-shirt combo you go with this summer, make sure each piece fits well and you’re comfortable. Apart from nailing the pairing, both of those things will help you feel most like yourself and maximise your confidence.