Harriet Walker: In short, a guide to bare-legged sartorial cool
Keep your shorts well conditioned too – nothing spoils the look like a rumpled crotch or bulging pockets
Monday 11 April 2011
The designer and dandy Tom Ford declared last week that gentlemen do not wear shorts. The buying public, it seems, have largely ignored him – the business of summer apparel is a matter of personal choice, after all. Would-be wearers should note the importance of length below the belt – anything above the knee is too sporty and liable to be mistaken for swimming trunks; anything below should be left to the skateboarders. To flout Ford's maxim with confidence, gentlemen should look for a slim-fitting, tailored pair of shorts in a neutral navy or some other blue variant. Keep your shorts well conditioned too – nothing spoils the look like a rumpled crotch or bulging pockets. The biggest pitfall however remains the clunky athletic trainer. For a triumphant shorts ensemble, pair with plain lace-ups, espadrilles or loafers. And make sure that your socks and sandals keep their distance from each other.
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