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Miranda Holder reveals her dos and don’ts for men wearing shorts – and why denim is off the cards


With the UK officially experiencing the most well liked day ever this summer and plenty of offices re-evaluating dress codes for men at work, the choice to wear shorts is becoming increasingly more acceptable.

Despite being declared a fashion no-no by gurus resembling Tom Ford and Savile Row’s Hardy Amies (unless actually on a beach), a shift towards casual dress means many gents are actually embracing the style.

Whether it’s classic denim or a vibrant pair of chinos, the chances are limitless – but how can men get one of the best out of their summer looks?

London-based celebrity stylist Miranda Holder spoke to FEMAIL in regards to the dos and don’ts for men wearing shorts in the recent weather.

Here, she shares her top suggestions…



Commenting on James Corden’s look in July, Miranda said: ‘The right length on James, well tailored which flatters his frame and elevated with vibrant sneakers. Great combo.’

Before considering the rest, the style expert noted the importance of a great fit – which she said is much more necessary when your legs are on display.

She said: ‘Listen to the length. Generally speaking you need to keep all the style motion above the knee. 

‘Depending in your height, a 2-4in glimpse of femur could make your thighs look more shapely and keep things streamlined. Anything below the knee will visually cut your legs in half.’

Moreover, she advised ditching anything with pleats.

‘Shorts simply aren’t voluminous or drapey enough to hold this off,’ she said. 

‘As a substitute go for a universally flattering flat-fronted number and for those who’re in great shape, a rather tapered leg will provide the last word definition.

‘For those who are nevertheless a bit of portly, a straight leg can conveniently minimise a little bit of a tum.’


Love Island's Adam Collard opted for the perfect pair of shorts for the tropical setting in this Instagram photo, said Miranda

Love Island’s Adam Collard opted for the proper pair of shorts for the tropical setting on this Instagram photo, said Miranda

‘Neutrals by their very nature all go together with one another, so playing it secure with some well-fitting shorts in navy, khaki or stone will serve you well,’ Miranda said.

She added it’s best to consider how smart the pair of shorts is, and complete your outfit accordingly.


Even though it is at all times price investing in neutral colors as wardrobe staples, do not be afraid to make an announcement in just a few bolder pairs of shorts.

Miranda said: ‘[Shorts] have a comparatively small surface area, and their ‘safer’ location away out of your face signifies that many a wardrobe disaster could be averted.

‘For those who’re in a dilemma about what to wear on top, white will at all times fit the bill and has the added bonus of toning the look down for those who’ve gone too Club Tropicana.’

For those who think white is playing things too secure, you possibly can at all times try a color clash, which ‘gives you licence to team any two random wardrobe items together and call it fashion’ in line with Miranda.

‘For those who are keeping things casual with jersey shorts or cargos (note the pockets are a method detail only and never meant to be filled, regardless of how delightfully practical they’re), a relaxed Tee or crew neck sweatshirt would suffice,’ she said.

‘For a more elegant option, a tailored flat fronted chino short would look snappy with a buttoned up shirt or knitted polo.’

Nonetheless, the style guru advised keeping track of color mixtures.

Particularly, she advised caution with white shorts, though they’re preferable in warmer weather as they keep you cool.

She said: ‘White can look very chic, will coordinate with anything, and is the perfect wardrobe weapon to indicate off that fabulous tan. 

‘Nonetheless, for those who are a messy eater or keen on a summer tussle on the grass, this unforgiving shade will keep a painstaking record of each little misdemeanour throughout the day.’

She added there’s also a risk of the dreaded VPL (visible panty line) – which she warned is ‘not only a female phenomenon’. 


Unless you are a very slim and really tall young man, it will probably be a bit dangerous to pair shorts with socks.

Miranda advised: ‘Play it secure and team your shorts with any shoe that may successfully be worn without a further layer. Sandals, low top trainers and loafers are all solid options.’



London-based celebrity stylist Miranda Holder said that Shawn Mendes look in July was 'all wrong'. She added: 'His physique is impressive but it all feels a bit try hard.'

London-based celebrity stylist Miranda Holder said that Shawn Mendes look in July was ‘all fallacious’. She added: ‘His physique is impressive nevertheless it all feels a bit try hard.’

Miranda advises giving skinny fit shorts a miss ‘unless you’ve gotten the proportions of a giraffe’.

She added: ‘Wearing something figure hugging in your bottom half, particularly along with your calves exposed, will only exaggerate any extra paunch lingering above.

‘It’s a supremely unfavourable look, and also you’ll run the chance of resembling a walking talking Sponge Bob Square Pants which is removed from ideal.’

When it comes to how the shorts should fit, Miranda said: ‘You wish your garment to lovingly “hug” your rear, with enough material to enable springing into motion and rescuing kittens from nearby burning buildings with none chafing if required.’

Her top tip is that it’s best to find a way to ‘pinch an inch’ of additional material in your garment.


Smouldering snap: Zayn Malik soaked up the sun in denim shorts in April in a very rare candid Instagram post shared with his 45 million followers

Smouldering snap: Zayn Malik soaked up the sun in denim shorts in April in a really rare candid Instagram post shared together with his 45 million followers

Whatever you do, avoid the denim cut-off short, which Miranda said is a ‘style disaster waiting to occur’.

She said: ‘Nonetheless you style them – either eye-wateringly short, packet hugging and provocative; loose and below the knee like an oversized school boy in need of a nappy change, or super-distressed as for those who’ve just had a fight along with your lawn mower – chances are high you is not going to look your best unless you might be a fashion model, a rapper or starring in the newest eating regimen coke ad.’

She added the soaring temperatures within the UK don’t mix well with the fabric, arguing it could bring a couple of ‘soggy bottom’.

Within the name of sustainability, you might at all times re-fashion a pair of jeans into ‘jorts’, however the style guru suggested saving them for indoor activities, like DIY.  

Particularly, Miranda advised moisture-absorbing fabrics like cotton and linen for the recent weather.


'No, just no', said the celebrity stylist when seeing this ensemble on actor Russell Crowe in July

‘No, just no’, said the celebrity stylist when seeing this ensemble on actor Russell Crowe in July

While comfort is essential, don’t fall into the trap of getting ‘sloppy’. 

The style expert said: ‘Technical fabrics resembling swimwear and sportswear, needs to be worn on appropriate occasions only and never adopted into your on a regular basis wardrobe, regardless of how comfortable they’re.

‘Drawstring waists are the enemy of looking dapper, as they add unnecessary bulk and infrequently hang well, not to say cutting in and adding extra bulges. 

‘For those who really must don a pair, not less than add an untucked shirt to disguise the muffin top.’

While jersey shorts have turn out to be popular this season, Miranda recommends keeping them in the house.

She said: ‘Loungewear has a spot – and the less individuals who witness you wearing it in summer ’22, the higher.’

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