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Ah, denim. Where would we be without you? It's a material that basically forms the backbone of many-a-man’s wardrobe and, let's be honest, what doesn’t look good with denim? As a result of it's popularity, practicality and the range of styles available, it can easily find it’s away into any outfit - regardless of season.
However, due to their robust nature, jeans aren’t always the most comfortable in summer. So step forward with us into the future and welcome jorts into your life. Shorts are the best option when it comes to summer style due to their practical nature and ease of styling. While there are many other styles of shorts available to the modern man, such as chino shorts, this guide will teach you the wonders of denim shorts, how to style them and what to consider when purchasing.
What are Jorts?
We’ll start with the most obvious question, in case you haven’t figured it out already. What are jorts? Simply put, the word jorts comes from combining the word jeans and shorts, which, for some reason, is what we always seem to do with two words that often come together. You should treat jorts like any other style of shorts. They should be a slim fit and sit just above the knee, with a little room for your thighs to breathe.
Are Jean Shorts in Style?
Are jorts back in fashion? Yes they are. After years of being indecisive, it's finally time we gave up and embraced the trend. Although they were once considered a sartorially questionable, they have slowly but surely developed into one of SS17's must haves.
Jorts come in a variety of colours, just like jeans do. But we particularly like to stick to our basic colours of black, grey and shades of blue. Dress them casually, but properly, with a simple t-shirt and trainers. However, if you plan on wearing jorts to a smart-casual occasion, don’t be afraid to dress them up a little with a simple cotton shirt and come loafers.
How to Wear Denim Shorts for Men
All shorts are ultimately meant to be comfortable and casual, providing you with freedom of movement and keeping you cool in the summer. Denim is a little less comfortable than let's say, cotton, but it does provide a stretcher and more fitted, relaxed feel than most other materials.
As with any pair of shorts, the fit should also relate to your body shape and proportions. They should always be fitted, but also have a little room to manoeuvre. If you’re quite tall, consider going for a longer pair to avoid them riding up and crushing the... ahem, crown jewels.
Different styles should be considered depending on the shape of your legs and how tall you are; for example, shorter guys should be going for shorter denim shorts as they'll create the illusion of longer legs. The same principle applies if you’re shorter, you don't want your shorts falling below the knee as this will cut you off completely.
If you’re a stockier build, this doesn’t necessarily mean you need to buy a looser pair, as this may result in you looking a little scruffy. Stick to a fitted regular fit for a comfortable yet stylish summer outfit.
Denim shorts are available in many colours, which is great. But we do like to stick to neutral and basic colours such as black, grey, blue and even khaki sometimes. The majority of guys will keep it simple, and/or stick to the colour we would usually wear with jeans.
Remember there should be a balance between the jean shorts and what you’re wearing on top. Neutral colours are a favourite because they’re versatile and pretty much suit everyone and go with everything.
Of course it is summer though, so don’t be afraid to add some colours, prints and patterns to any section of your outfit. If you do opt for a more colourful pair of jean shorts then pair them with a fresh plain white tee.
Blue Denim Shorts
Sometimes, it's best to stick to the originals. A pair of blue denim shorts are perfect way to add some texture and depth to an outfit for summer, especially in lighter shades. While you can pair them with almost anything, a simple white t-shirt will always look fantastic.
Black Denim Shorts
Black denim shorts offer a slightly cleaner look than that of it's grey or blue counterparts. Ideal for the minimalist, monochrome style mavens among us, they'll look best paired with a white t-shirt also. That being said, a pop of colour won't look out of place either - as we all know, black goes with everything.
Grey Denim Shorts
Almost describable as a mid-point between the blue and black options, grey denim is another brilliant alternative to the age-old blue. Paired with a black t-shirt, grey denim shorts can give off an air of mystery and will also look incredibly stylish. Win - win!
The StyleDenim shorts are extremely casual and a significant staple among the summer street-style lovers. In short, this means that there aren’t many formal rules you need to follow (phew) and so, they can be completely adapted your personal style.
Jorts were once considered controversial, or perhaps something only dads would wear, but in recent years have become very popular. A pair of denim shorts will definitely look more appealing when fitted to the leg, as opposed a loose board short fit which can look quite sloppy.
You should also consider going for a higher cut when considering a jean shorts style, which some may say is it a bit risky, but if you've got the legs - shorter shorts have become more acceptable in recent years.
Usually, the hem is rolled up to create a fresher, trendier look; this can be achieved by simply folding in part of the inseam, and then rolling up the hem by one or two inches. Usually, jean shorts are already created in this style, but it is easy enough to recreate at home yourself if not.
For a funkier look, why not try denim shorts with a print on the turn-ups of the hem. If this doesn't suit your taste, men's cut off jeans, or ripped denim, is a stylish alternative that's proving to be one of the most popular styles this year. Men's Levi shorts are a great choice for your wardrobe and they're amazing quality for the price.
What to Wear with Denim Shorts
Denim shorts are a great addition to any man’s summer wardrobe and can pretty much go with anything. It’s best to keep it simple, with a plain tee, or minimal patterns and some canvas footwear or trainers.
When choosing a t-shirt to wear with your shorts, it's best to go for something simple, like a basic white t-shirt. Wearing jean shorts is definitely considered an off-duty look, so don’t overthink it.
That being said, florals and bold colours have been major trends this summer season so why not work them into your outfit with a bright or printed a t-shirt and finish it off with a pair of canvas trainers.
Monochrome, pastels and stripes are also a popular summer trends you should consider. Avoid darker coloured t-shirts and instead mix it up with a soft coloured pastel polo shirt. If you fancy wearing darker coloured denim jorts or even black, pair it up with something white on top to achieve that classic monochrome look.
If you’re more of a shirt kind of guy, or perhaps you’re just thinking of wearing jorts to a BBQ or casual summer event, it's best to stick with something plain - don't go whipping out the Hawaiian shirt, just don't. Another option to consider would be mixing a plain tee with an undone casual shirt over the top.
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