Sun’s Out, Gam’s Out – This Is Your SS19 Guide to Men’s Shorts
How short could a pair of short shorts go before they become too short to be even be considered short shorts? Trick question. There’s a very implicit line between shorts and budgie smuggler – one you shouldn’t shy away from crossing. We’re all for showing as much leg as possible, and thankfully, the menswear SS19 collections signal a rather liberal cut for shorts moving into the summer months. In the church of Girls Aloud we trust, and when a young Cheryl Tweedy tells us “it’s a long hot summer and it’s 95 degrees shade,“ we listen. Think of all those brisk winter mornings lugging yourself out of bed to have a go on the cross-trainer. Do you really want to hide those newly spawned calves of steel you’ve got when the weather’s cracking the flags? Exactly. Here’s our verdict on finding the perfect fit to flash those gams this summer.
The shorter, the better
Never mind a Supreme bogo or a Palace tri-ferg hoodie, Kylie’s skin-tight, shiny gold hot pants from Spinning Around was the first holy grail. It wouldn’t be a shocker if Miss Minogue’s infamous look occupied Miuccia Prada’s mood board for the menswear show. A parade of boyish shorts, swung low on the hips, don’t look too far off the swimming trunks your mum used to make you wear when you still wore arm-bands. They’re perfect then for a bit of peacocking at London Fields Lido. Prada weren’t the only ones all in favour for a skimpier cut, both MSGM and Fendi were balls to the wall with barely-there shorts, in both pops of colour and putty neutrals. Clad in a pair of these and you’ll catch the perfect summer glow, without any awkward tan lines across your knees, happy days!
Channel your inner Bradley Wiggins
We don’t know much about cycling, the only Tour de France we know is finding the quickest ways to speed between shows at PFW. But when Martine Rose’s street-casted gang of lads trudged through Kentish Town’s St. Leonards Square last June, wearing ribbed cycle shorts in candy floss hues, we wanted a piece of the action. The skin-tight, form clinging element makes cycling shorts the ideal attire for all occasions, just look at Cottweiler’s yoga-retreat inspired outing. But we support you wearing them at all times – to work, to do the food shop, and even paying your council tax. Gone are the days when you wore sportswear to actually do sports. Why go the gym when you can look good, and feel gorgeous, all whilst plonked on the couch watching Lorraine?
Go loud with some out-there prints
We know not everyone will be as daring as Luke Day, who can be seen in Issue 49 of Ten Men in a killer pair of Prada hotpants. But as hemlines shorten, you can count on Francesco Risso for an ultra oversized moment. His Marni SS19 menswear collection saw scrawny frames swallowed in XXL sweaters and bomber jackets, teamed with culotte-like basketball shorts in cleverly clashing prints. From Rizzo’s kitschy florals and comic-book-like graphics to Liam Hodges fondness for leopard print and sky blue camouflage – loud prints are a summer staple.
Photographs by Jason Lloyd-Evans