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10 of the best men's shorts

A short story

Shorts sometimes have school boy connotations, which is a shame because today’s pairs are decidedly grown-up. The shorts suit, shorts to work (we dare you), shorts to summer ‘dos… there is no reason why shorts should be an after-thought. Make them the focus of your summer wardrobe with these beauties. ‘Can I really wear shorts?’ we hear you cry. Yes, yes you can. 

 

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1. Just beachy

Raging Bull Shorts

 

Where once pink in itself was a fashion statement, now it’s a pretty staple shade for most guys. So to push the style boat out that bit further, choose a shorter length which was all over the Spring/Summer 2019 catwalks – and now, admittedly, all over our wish list.


Raging Bull, Shorts, £50

 


2. Cool cloth

 

Super breathable, linen is summer’s most useful fabric and it's also super classy. These shorts have got us dreaming of drinks by the Riviera…


Only & Sons, Lou Linen Shorts, £32

 


3. It’s a match

Jaded London Floral Shorts

 

Co-ords are big news. Printed shorts with a matching printed shirt is our new favourite kind of match-making. The Havana suit it's called, in case anyone asks…


Jaded London, Floral Shorts, £34.99

 


4. Good jeans

Diesel Jeans Slim Fit Shorts

 

These shorts conjure up slightly grunge, slightly ‘90s, slightly geek-chic vibes which is perfect for summer ’19 when the garms of your teenage heyday are now all the rage. 


Diesel Jeans, Slim Fit Shorts, £90

 


5. Line up 

Hymn Drawstring Shorts

 

These are supremely comfy but also very smart, which ultimately is the fashion holy grail we’re all craving – like a night on the sofa but make it fashion.


Hymn, Drawstring Shorts, £172

 


6. Play the field

Umbro Azteca Shorts

 

If Instagram is anything to go by, we’re all a little obsessed with retro sportswear right now. These ones say as much fashion as they do football and happily work for either. 


Umbro, Azteca Shorts, £34.99

 


7. Back to the island

Lacoste Slim Fit Cotton Gabardine Bermuda Shorts

 

Bermuda shorts date back to the 20th century as the attire of British military officers posted on the scorching island. Today, they are perfect for your own corner of paradise – even if it’s more Bromley than Bermuda. 


Lacoste, Slim Fit Cotton Gabardine Bermuda Shorts, £85

 


8. Bring the fun

GANT All Over Print Shorts

 

Whoever said shorts were boring? (We didn’t. Alright, maybe we did. Once.) There’ll be no complaints of sartorial snooze with these whimsically fun GANT shorts.


GANT, All Over Print Shorts, £95

 


9. Smart move

Armani Exchange Chino Shorts

 

If we had to pick the ultimate shorts, the grandaddy if you will, it would be the chino short. As smart as your pair of chinos, they’re classic, suave and will look good with all your summer plans.


Armani Exchange, Chino Shorts, £75

 


10. Press print 

Ted Baker Cross Embroidery Shorts

 

Slap bang in the middle between statement and staple, these Ted Baker shorts have a subtle pattern that’ll go with just about anything. Plus, that grey will suit your newfound tan.


Ted Baker, Cross Embroidery Shorts, £79

How to wear summer whites

HOW TO WEAR SUMMER WHITES

 


 

 

'Tis the season for beach holidays, rooftop bars, Wimbledon and, best of all, wearing white. It's been sneaking into trends all year long and now it’s finally come into its own. All-white is an easy hack for summer dressing dilemmas - think anything from floaty dresses to crisp tailoring paired with fashion-forward finishing touches. Now to try not to spill anything...


Off duty

A breezy white co-ord is perfect for a hot summer Saturday full of brunching, sight-seeing, or relaxing in the park. Keep it casual and comfy with a pair of slip-on sandals, like the studded Kurt Geiger style below, and pop on a pair of colourful sunglasses to complete the look.


In office

White is an easy way to add a touch of chic to your 9-5 style wardrobe. Keep things simple by investing in the classics, like tailored bottoms in white, which will lift darker and neutral tones. Try pairing a suit with a simple white T-shirt and sculptural shoes. 


Summer affair

A little white dress is about to become your plus one for any summer soirée approaching. Add a touch of texture and wedges to transform a simple frock into something garden-party appropriate. Heading to an altogether more casual affair? Reach for your sneakers or espadrilles instead.


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Summer affair

 
 
 

3 steps to glowing summer skin

3 steps to glowing summer skin


Suffering from a dull, tired complexion? That's not what you need during the summer months. From exfoliating to priming, follow our three simple steps to reboot your skincare routine and get glowing, radiant skin.

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Step One: Exfoliate
Before you do anything else, invest in skincare containing Glycolic Acid. Dead cells = dull skin and this popular AHA (alpha-hydroxy acid) gently exfoliates your skin’s surface layer, speeding up the cell renewal process. These products come in the form of cleansers, toners and masks, so play around until you find which one works best for you.


Step Two: Hydrate
Regardless of whether you have a dry or an oily complexion, your skin needs hydrating, even during the summer months. Applying a moisturiser twice a day will keep you glowing as well as creating a barrier between your skin and the outside elements. Charlotte’s Magic Cream contains a boost of hyaluronic acid and rose hip oil, which makes it the perfect base for your makeup. At night we'd recommend applying the La Mer Moisturizing Cream after your serum.


Step Three: Prime
A good primer will keep your makeup in place all day and leave your foundation looking flawless. Choose one designed to illuminate and you can achieve that coveted lit-from-within glow. If you prefer a more natural look, they can also be worn alone to even out skin tone and add a boost of radiance.


Exfoliate


Hydrate


Prime

Summer kidswear made simple

Summer kidswear made simple

Just like that, we blinked and it’s summer again. If you pull out the kids’ summer clothes from last year and find they are way too small and tired-looking, have a peruse of these summer buys. Adorable and practical, they’ve got playdates, holidays and sunny day trips written all over them – not literally though. That would be weird. Let the summer holidays commence…

 

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1. Meet your match

DKNY Girls All In One

 

These DKNY dungarees are made for twinning. But dare we say it, they may beat yours because of the welcome addition of the sassy slogan pocket.


DKNY, Girls' All In One, £65

 


2. Lovely lizard 

Joules Chameleon T-Shirt

 

There’ll be no trouble getting him dressed in the morning with this fun, chameleon tee. It doesn’t change colour though. Sadly. 


Joules, Chameleon T-Shirt, £19.95

 


3. Dress code

Kite Broderie Dress

 

There’s a lot to love about this dress. It’s made from organic cotton for starters, it's super lightweight and in a delightfully summery purple. Pretty perfect.


Kite, Broderie Dress, £38.00

 


4. Line up

Polo Ralph Lauren Long Sleeve Stripe Logo Shirt

 

With summer comes a lot of events and ‘dos where shirts are in order. Make sure your little one is dressed for the occasion with a breezy, striped number.


Polo Ralph Lauren, Long Sleeve Stripe Logo Shirt, £65

 


5. Paradise found

Scotch & Soda Boxy Fit T-Shirt

 

This tee was pretty cool to begin with but the tie detail at the front adds extra nonchalant appeal making it very trendy indeed. We're big fans. 


Scotch & Soda, Boxy Fit T-Shirt, £29.99

 


6. Palm springs 

Scotch & Soda Palm Tree Shorts

 

These shorts are the best of both worlds: a summer print yet in hues dark enough to be massively versatile. All you need now are those flights to Miami.


Scotch & Soda, Palm Tree Shorts, £54.99

 


7. Pleats, please

Catimini Skirt

 

It doesn’t get more mini-me, more ‘I wish this came in my size too’ than a pleated skirt to style up with trainers and a plain tee.


Catimini, Skirt, £53

 


8. Step up

Toms Youth Classics Slip Ons

 

Not only do Toms work to support disadvantaged communities but their shoes are lightweight, practical and super stylish.


Toms, Youth Classics Slip Ons, £25.99

 


9. Good toes

Converse All Star Low Youth Trainers

 

We all love Converse but your affection for the brand is going to skyrocket when you feast your eyes on these mini-size sneakers. One word: adorable.


Converse, All Star Low Youth Trainers, £31.99

 


10. Easy does it

DKNY Boys Sweatshirt

 

As cheery as summer itself, this colour-pop sweatshirt will brighten up any summer day – even if temperature’s more tepid than tropical.


DKNY, Boys' Sweatshirt, £55

 


11. Black and white

Calvin Klein Logo Swimsuit

 

Both sporty and high fashion-esque at the same time, this swimsuit is a lesson in minimalism – and very grown-up indeed.


Calvin Klein, Logo Swimsuit, £42

 


12. Checked in

Polo Ralph Lauren Madras Swim Shorts

 

Channel a little mini-me with some classic Polo Ralph Lauren swim shorts that’ll be just the ticket for your aspiring dapper gent.


Polo Ralph Lauren, Madras Swim Shorts, £49

 


13. Snap back

Calvin Klein Jeans Basic Baseball Cap

 

We're feeling vintage this summer. Rather than the faff of actual time travel (how we wish that were possible), nab this retro-style cap and enjoy the nostalgia.


Calvin Klein Jeans, Basic Baseball Cap, £25

 


14. Wing it

Regatta Zephyr Day Rucksack

 

Carrying a bag can be a chore but this one, with its friendly animal face, will bring a little fun into proceedings. Plus, on a school trip, it’s unmistakable.


Regatta, Zephyr Day Rucksack, £14