Tailored Shorts

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Based on the collections showcased at various fashion weeks across the globe, one of the key pieces for SS13 are tailored shorts, and the notion of shorts suits. It may not be particularly ground-breaking to report that shorts are going to become an influential piece of menswear come spring/summer. Nevertheless, what you should be aware of is the style of shorts that are likely to become popular and the items you choose to pair them with.

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It is clear from my research that a more traditionally tailored style will be favoured by the majority of the high street come SS13, and as Shortlist magazine writes: “It’s all about the slim cut – from hip to hem.” The high fashion designers also demonstrated a penchant for shorts paired with blazers. The concept of the shorts suit (aka a suit jacket worn with matching shorts) has been simmering within spring/summer collections for several years now – could SS13 be the season that this trend comes to the forefront?

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How To Wear
In terms of how to wear, tailored shorts look best when matched with other smart-casual pieces. Oxford shirts, polos, granddad collars and slim-fit knitwear are the perfect accompaniments, and tucking yourself in is also something that complements the essence of this look.
Whether you opt for timeless neutral shorts or more striking statement colours/patterns is completely up to you.

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Modern Shorts Suit & Separates
It is clear that this is a trend which has been trying to claim the limelight for a several seasons now, and I think SS13 could be the time for the tailored shorts suit to shine.

For those looking to take on the shorts suit approach this SS13, it has already been proven that you don’t have to utilise matching pieces in order for it to be successful. The traditional shorts suit is a look that is still not appropriate for the majority of office settings, so instead mix and match your existing separates together in order to create refined, summer appropriate outfits for the weekends or holidaying.

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With this in mind, the style of the shorts is more important, so keep them well fitted at the waist (they should be able to be worn without a belt) and make sure they closely follow the lines of your thighs, stopping an inch or two above the knee.

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Adidas originals 2013

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Original article by Ben Jones here.

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Aztec

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Aztec (or tribal) print is once again set to be a big trend this summer for women, but it is also fast becoming a micro trend in menswear. Be it a printed rucksack, t-shirt or even a pair of socks – there are many ways to explore this trend. The Aztec print was slowly filtering through into stores last year, but this year they are all over the high street so make sure you invest in a key piece to be on trend for summer.

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This print is all about strong shapes, fabrics filled with triangles and circles, black outlines and lots of strong colours; if the bold print isn’t your thing then there are plenty of items that incorporate one colour with different shades to show the detail.

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The key to most fashion trends is understanding how to wear it – for those still a little unsure of this trend, my advice would be to invest in a subtle t-shirt like the one from Topman where the print is just on the pocket, it will spruce up your day-time look much more than just a plain tee whilst still taking a nod to the trend. There are even more subtler ways to wear this trend, we are seeing lots of rolled up jeans this year and the designers have used this to add a splash of colour by printing an Aztec pattern onto the roll ups. Then when you are feeling a little braver you can team some Aztec printed shorts with a plain vest, perfect for the festival season.

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So that’s the understated approach, how about those who are willing to experiment a little more? If you are looking to make a statement then layer up your prints – customize your denim jacket with an Aztec design (maybe on the pockets or even around the collar) and wear it over your printed tee, finished off with some denim shorts with more tribal detailing.

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This trend is suitable whether you are shy or eccentric, and with hues of pink, green and orange set to stay in autumn, the Aztec print can be worn into the winter; just tone down the colours to more earthy tones when the weather gets a bit colder and you are good to go.

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Original article by Kara Stanton here.