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4 easy ways to style Bermuda shorts for both work and play

When spandex bike shorts made their way onto the Spring/Summer 2019 runways, we were admittedly raising our eyebrows thinking, Have designers taken the athleisure trend a tad too far? While style-savvy models and influencers were open to giving the ’80s-inspired staple a try, those who shared the doubts found a similar but, in our opinion, way more stylish alternative: the Bermuda short.

Sharing a similar knee-grazing length, Bermuda shorts are not only much easier to pull off, but they’re also much more versatile. So far, the figure-hugging denim version has reigned supreme, so much so that even the evergreen ultra-short cut-offs have been forced to step aside. Scroll down to find out four easy ways to style Bermuda shorts for both work and play.

 

Blazers

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Bermuda shorts can be easily dressed up for smarter occasions by simply pairing them with a blazer. However, remember to highlight your waistline by either going for high-waisted shorts or a blazer with a gathered waist.

Get yours here: Balenciagia Hourglass blazer / Balmain double-breasted tweed blazer / Dion Lee cady shorts // Tibi linen-blend twill blazer / Re/done frayed denim shorts

 

Shackets

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Shackets — a hybrid between a shirt and a jacket — also work great with Bermuda shorts. All you need to dress them up is a pair of heels and a belt bag to highlight your waist.

Get yours here: Haider Ackermann panelled cotton jacket / Frame denim Le Vintage bermuda shorts // Ganni patent technical jacket / Prada pleated silk-satin bermuda shorts

 

Crop tops

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For all your summer getaways, pair Bermuda shorts with a crop top or bra top in matching colours and finish up with a pair of trendy squared-toe sandals for extra style points.

Get yours here: Alaïa cropped cotton-garbardine shirt / Frame Le Vintage frayed bermuda denim shorts // Versace printed bikini top / Dolce & Gabbana bermuda shorts 

 

Voluminous sleeves

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Balance out the fitted silhouette of Bermuda shorts with a voluminous one — such as a top with princess or ruffled sleeves — for understated elegance.

Get yours here: Reformation ‘Jewel’ cropped floral-print crepe top / Agolde ‘Carrie’ denim shorts // Silvia Tcherassi ‘Brett’ cropped checked cotton-blend top / The Row ‘Abby’ cotton-twill shorts

Cindie Chan
Style Editor
Fashion blogger turned editor, Cindie has spent over seven years covering all things stylish in the digital world. When she’s not busy poring over the latest covetable releases or attending the most talked-about fashion events in town, you’ll find her enjoying some precious downtime with her newborn son and sweet dog Rosy.