This summer is going to be hot, hot, hot. So, here are some ways to rock cool shorts while still looking put together.
The weather has changed a lot, and it’s definitely our fault, though that’s another subject. The thing is that we’ve been experiencing some dramatic and extreme weather changes during seasons where they didn’t happen before, and it can be hard to adjust. For instance, in Mexico City, the last few weeks have been really hot, and by really, I mean hellish. Ok, I might be exaggerating, but the weather has definitely reached unrecorded levels, and besides worrying about the tons of medical issues this can cause, if you think about a very simple thing like getting dressed to work and not sweating to death, it can be an issue. Sorry, I know this might make me sound as if I were the vainest person in the world, worrying about trivial stuff, but this is a fashion article, and we’re going to discuss fashion and how to adapt it to these extreme weather conditions we've been experiencing around the world.
So, let’s get to it. Looking formal doesn’t only mean wearing suits or long dresses. It’s all about style and choosing the right fabrics and color combinations that give, let’s say, a more sober vibe (although that’s also changing a lot nowadays). Having said that, we all know that, in general, we don’t tend to consider shorts as the most formal piece out there. On the contrary, these are generally the favorites for a casual look during the spring and summer. But what to do when it’s super hot out there, but you still want to look sleek and cool? You create bold and original looks that look formal, while staying fresh throughout the day, and here’s how to do it.
Play with fabrics
It's worth reminding everyone that denim and cotton aren’t the only fabrics out there for shorts. These days, you can find shorts in basically any fabric, and that gives us plenty of options to combine and create comfortable outfits for every occasion. The trick is to find shorts made with more formal fabrics that fit you perfectly and combine them with dressier pieces, which is the next point.
Wear elegant blouses
The key to creating a more formal outfit with shorts is to wear them with classier pieces. If you already have some nice shorts, you just have to combine them with some shirts or blouses that follow that formal etiquette. I’d also add a subtle accessory to round up the whole look.
Pair them with some cute shoes
Shoes can be that statement piece that determines whether an outfit is casual or formal. Add sneakers to any look, and you’ll give it that cool casual vibe, and the same happens with heels or even flat shoes made with a more dressy material, and with shorts, that’s not the exception.
Give a formal vibe with a blazer
If you’re looking for an alternative fresh look for the office or a more formal meeting, pairing your shorts with a blazer does the trick so easily and effortlessly that, to be honest, it has become a wardrobe staple for me. You just have to bear in mind that when it comes to formal looks, most of the time, less is more, and being smart in combining fabrics, cuts, and colors is key, which takes us to the next point.
Go for a monochromatic outfit
Colors might be one of the most exciting ways to create amazing looks. However, when it comes to formal outfits, most of the time, we tend to go for more neutral and sober hues, but that doesn’t have to be a rule, necessarily. One way to play more with colors to get a cute formal outfit is by creating monochromatic combinations. Still, sober colors look great as well, and with this one color combination, you can really make an outfit stand out even if you’re wearing the most neutral hues.
Rompers can be your best friend
Finally, there’s no doubt that rompers are one fashion piece that is here to stay. This is a nice alternative to summer dresses because they gives you some extra comfort (no-chafing), and you can also get them in basically any cut, fabric, pattern, or color. This is perhaps the easiest way to wear shorts as a formal outfit this summer.
It’s true that shorts are thought to be a classic casual piece, and that in many places, they might not be seen as appropriate, but the thing is that this is probably due to that association with casualness. The trick, as we’ve been seeing today, is knowing how to combine them, but more importantly, to make sure that the shorts fit you perfectly and that they don’t look too casual. Once you’ve mastered that, you’ll be able to make shorts your staple piece for the summer.
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