The Long and Short of it...

Style Theory: Shorts..incredibly practical, a key item in any Summer wardrobe and when styled right they can look pretty cool....

ph via Pinterest
Here are a selection of the best shorts from the high street that will be endlessly useful throughout the summer..

The Khaki Short
Hush Marseille Shorts £40
H&M £14.99
Khaki is a neutral that you can throw on with any colour top. I particularly like khaki with bright oranges and denim. These shorts would look stunning with a lightweight denim shirt and a pair of tan strappy sandals.

The Denim Short
Levis 501 Cut Off Shorts £45
Fat Face Short £38
Denim shorts, year after year these are the perfect item to wear on hot sunny days, perfect for walking down to the beach with a boho top and a pair of black sliders. I have the Fat Face shorts, they are a supersoft denim and actually slightly longer on than in the image (see photo in My Style below) so they are perfect for wearing day to day in the UK, I tend to feel more comfortable in the shorter shorts on holiday!

The Patterned Short
Zara High Waisted Print Shorts £29.99
H&M £14.99
A dressed up version of the short, taking you seamlessly through from day to night. During the day pair them with a neutral grey t-shirt, in the evening wear with a loose, soft cream blouse tucked in and again I would pair with flat tan strappy sandals.

The Skort
Topshop Textured Wrap Skort £36
Topshop PU Asymmetric Wrap Skorts £36
These are really flattering as the front section hits further down the leg and the points elongate the legs. These are great when chasing after the kids in the evening on holiday, they create the effect of a skirt without the exposure when bending down to pick up a child!

The Longer City/Boyfriend Short
Asos Linen City Shorts £18
Gap Boyfriend Short £24.99
I have long been a fan of the long short (see streetstyle Pinterest photo above top middle of Pandora Sykes) the styling is perfect. I love these with an oversize striped shirt and flat black pointed shoes. I wore these when I was in my 20s constantly and I really feel the need to bring back this styling as it is super flattering and such a cool look.

Shorts are definitely worth their weight in gold for me in the summer, so easy to throw on, so comfortable and look good. My advice, as usual, is to try, try lots of different styles on, length is really important so they hit your leg at the correct, most flattering point. To flatten a tummy avoid pleated fronts and go for a flat fronted short. 

Coat: H&M similar here
Top: Zara similar here
Shorts: c/o Fat Face £38
Bag: Spain Boutique
Sandals: Mango £19.95
Are you a fan of shorts, do you wear them constantly in the summer, or am I just getting older and loving the idea of them?! 

As always I would love to hear your thoughts and comments, until next time Frances xxx


  1. I had a couple of pairs of maternity denim shorts last summer and wore them a lot (obviously I had limited maternity clothing!) so it was always in the back of my mind to find some regular denim shorts for this summer. Not looked as yet but thanks for the reminder!

  2. I fell back in love with shorts last summer after finding two very comfortable pairs, denim boyfriend ones from Gap and a bright red pair from Boden, I tend to only wear them on holiday and maybe in the garden during our heatwave summer week, we may have.

  3. You look fab Frances. I've avoided shorts for the past few years and am just getting myself used to wearing them again. Got a little red and black printed pair in New Look today (need to get used to them though) and for a khaki pair on order. Feel happier wearing them on holiday than in the UK! - Keri x

  4. I love the length of the H&M khaki shorts.....something to go on my high Summer wishlist! Love how you have styled yours....I shall be stealing this look! xx

  5. I bought 2 pairs last year & it was the first time in years that I've bought/worn any! I'd love some more & the khaki ones are really cute. x