From Fendi to Hermès to Prada, all the top designers were jumping on board with one big trend for Spring 2019 – men’s short shorts. In a revival of late ‘70s and early ‘80s style (worn perfectly by Tom Selleck), this season’s short shorts will take you back a few decades. If you’ve been skipping leg day at the gym, it might be time to start focusing on those legs so you’re ready to show off those thighs in this year’s skimpiest looks.
Hesitant to try the trend? We’ve put together some of the best tips and ideas for wearing the short shorts look this spring, so you’ll be ready to wear them with style and confidence.
Try a Dressy Pair in Leather
Designers like Cottweiler and Missoni dressed male models in leather short shorts, and leather offers the perfect way to turn short shorts into a dressy casual look.
Start with a pair of leather shorts, add a light turtleneck, and top with a thin, dressy sweater and you have a great spring look. Leather short shorts also look great paired with an oxford shirt, blazer, and loafers for a look that’s perfect for the office (if you can get away with wearing shorts).
Mix Up Your Prints
Prada’s take on wearing barely-there shorts is to mix up prints. Start with fun print shorts on the bottom, choose a plain top, and then go big with a graphic print jacket. To avoid turning this look into a garish fashion fail, make sure you select prints that have at least one color in common to keep the look fresh and on-trend.
Go with a Sporty Look
The athleisure, sporty look is always fashionable, and a sports luxe look is the perfect way to wear short shorts for spring 2019.
If you’re going sporty, start with short shorts in basic, neutral colors like black, white, khaki, etc. This gives you maximum versatility. Then, team up the shorts with other sporty staples in your closet, such as white trainers, baseball caps, tracksuit jackets, varsity jackets, or an athletic hoodie.
White Short Shorts are a Classic
According to The Idle Man, white shorts are always a classic choice, and they’re a perfect selection if you’re going to try to rock the short shorts trend this spring. We don’t suggest white for men with lily-white legs, so you may want to work on that tan a bit before you try this look.
White shorts look best with a pastel-colored shirt. Go for a t-shirt for a casual look or dress it up a bit by choosing a polo-style shirt. For shoes, you’ll definitely want to wear a pair of boat shoes to complete the outfit.
Givenchy logo side-stripe shorts - White
Brunello Cucinelli chino shorts - White
McQ Alexander McQueen double taped shorts - White
Moschino logo stripe track pants - White
Dsquared2 bermuda shorts - White
Jil Sander wide leg chino shorts - White
Givenchy classic jersey shorts - White
Polo Ralph Lauren logo print track shorts - White
Osklen Coqueiro Classic print shorts - White
Turn Heads in a Neon Pair
Neons have been some of the hottest, must-have color trends on the runways for Spring 2019. From neon green to brilliant neon oranges and yellows, you can mix your trends by choosing short shorts in a head-turning, neon shade. If you’re going to go bold with your shorts, keep the rest of your look neutral and laidback.
Essential Tip: Get the Right Fit!
Male celebrities of every age like Sean Connery, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zac Effron, Mick Jagger, Bradley Cooper, John Wayne (on vacation in the ‘40s) and yes, Richard Simmons, have all boldly worn short shorts through the years.
And if you’re ready to try out the short shorts trend this spring, there’s one essential tip you need to know – get the right fit! Going too big or too small will backfire big time, so make sure you have the perfect fit.