July 3, 2012

Style Feature: The Linen Short

Linen is one of the quintessential summer fabrics. Not only is it breathable, it’s also incredibly durable, naturally resistant to dirt and stains, and can absorb water better than any moisture wicking performance fabric out there. So what better way to incorporate it into your wardrobe than a pair of shorts (especially in the midst of another heat wave)?

1. Plaid

Infuse your summer wardrobe with some extra style. Plaid linen is a great twist on a classic summer item.

Extra Tip : The simpler the color palette, the more versatility the piece will have. In this shot, the bold statement tee dominates while the red accents in the tee, bracelet, and hoodie, tie it all together.

Extra Tip II : Be careful with pattern mixing, pick one piece to focus on and let your other patterns complement it.

Shorts by Theory; Hoodie by Burberry; Tee by Dolce & Gabbana;
Sneakers by AllSaints Spitalfields; Sunglasses by Bulgari; Watch by Bulova;
Woven bracelet from street vendor; Leather bracelet by (Product)Red

2. Solid

Shorts by Kenneth Cole New York; Shirt by J Crew; Sneakers by Paul Smith Jeans
Watch by Bulova; Thrifted leather bracelets; Woven bracelet from street vendor

The beauty of solid linen shorts is that not only will they keep you cool when it is hot, they will match well with pretty much anything. They are a great piece to anchor your casual look in the season.

Extra Tip : Don’t fight the wrinkles, embrace them. That is what makes linen the ultimate wash and wear fabric.

3. With a Twist

Shorts with a sport coat? If it is the right jacket and the right shorts, absolutely. Not to mention that this look is particularly on trend right now, as shown in this Favorite Finds and nearly every SS13 runway show.

Extra Tip : Keep the jacket tailored to balance out the casual look of the shorts.

Extra Tip II : A seasonally appropriate fabric for your jacket, like this gingham seersucker, will help tie the look together.

Extra Tip III : Unconventional items make great pocket squares. This one happens to be a vintage lace doilie.

Shorts by Kenneth Cole New York; Jacket by BOSS Black;
Shirt by Gant Rugger; Shoes by Ted Baker; Sunglasses by Prada;
Vintage lace doilie used as pocket square

Shorts may not be for everyone, but if you're looking for a pair this summer, linen is a great option to add to your closet. And don't forget that linen is perfect for pants, jackets, and even wovens too.

Stay stylish,
- JJ

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