Can we all agree that bermuda shorts are hard to style? Yes? Ok, good. But shorts are a necessity during the warm months, and those of us who need the extra length in shorts are presented with a challenge -- to make them look good. 

So today I'm dedicating a whole post on how to style them and where to buy them. 

There are three basic kinds of bermuda shorts: boyfriend (usually oversized and distressed), fitted (these are usually cut from jeans and cuffed, or store-bought with a nice hem), and chino shorts. 

The key when wearing any of these shorts is to make your outfit look pulled together and purposeful. By nature, bermuda shorts aren't super flattering to your leg because they cut off right in the middle. So throwing on a basic tee is going to make your entire outfit just blah. So we need to learn how to make an outfit with shorts look stylish, pretty, and flattering. Two things -- wear the right top, and accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. 

Here we go.

First up, boyfriend shorts. 


  • How to wear them: 
    • With a fitted top. I'd recommend this only if you have a slim rectangular shaped body. The looser fit on bottom will accentuate any fullness in your lower body. It looks best if your fitted top is tucked into the shorts. 
    • Knot your tee. Tie a little knot into your tee to tighten it up and create a contrast against the looseness of the shorts.  
    • Feminine tops. Balance out the masculine feel of the shorts by wearing a feminine top, like I did here. Something eyelet, lace, ruffled, pleated, or lace up is perfect. 
    • Structured tops. A crisp button down offsets the casual boyfriend shorts, and creates a really clean and modern look. Loosely tuck it in for an effortless vibe. 
  • Which ones to buy: 

Next, Fitted Cut-Off Jeans or Fitted Hemmed. 


And lastly, Chinos Shorts.


What not to wear with bermuda shorts: 
  • Don't wear long tops, like this one. You want to keep your proportions balanced, and long shorts and a long top will make you look you clothes don't fit properly. If your shirt is a little bit long, half tuck it into your shorts waistline to help elongate your look.

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