3 Ways To Style Up Your Shorts

By Andrea Zanetich

Playing in sandpits, sitting cross-legged in the park, sprinting after a tacker who’s just found their legs, pushing swings, prams and trolleys. It’s pretty physical work with little ones around, and in warmer months, shorts are my all-time favourite item of clothing for their practicality. And I’m not alone. 1/3 of the women we chatted to for our Motherhood in Fashion survey said shorts were the base of their summer wardrobes too. If that’s you, here’s 3 styling ways to sharpen up your shorts.


1. Crisp up top.

It’s easy to reach for a fitted cotton tank or basic t-shirt, but sometimes it’s not the most flattering choice – even the best fitting t-shirt bra on the market can create bumpy lumps down the side of your back. But team a pair of simple shorts with a more structured top like a shell top, a sleeveless blouse or a shirt with the sleeves rolled up, and you’ll create a crisp, cool streamlined silhouette.


Source: Sara Donaldson from Harper & Harley.


2. Fitted and flowing.

This is a handy mantra for when you’re wearing shorts. If your shorts are longer and wider, balance them with a more fitted top such as a spaghetti-strapped tank or cami-style top. And if you’re wearing short shorts, balance the expanse of skin you’re showing with a top that covers your shoulders, or choose a loose, unstructured top for balance.


3. Flattering flats.

Flip flops are great for the beach, but for everywhere else, choose sandals, ballet flats, a classic loafer or brogue. A more covered shoe will balance the long expanse of leg if you’re wearing shorter shorts. Click here for tips on finding the best sandals for an active summer.

 Gwyneth Paltrow balances short shorts with a loose sleeveless shirt, and ankle-height sandals. 

Source: Bauer Griffin



Are you one of the 30% who love shorts? If so, do you have a fave pair, and what’s your go-to outfit?

And if you’re not a fan of shorts, what’s been the deal-breaker?


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  • http://www.jfgibson.com.au/ Jodi Gibson

    Love shorts. They really are my summer staple. You can dress them up or down and they are so god damn comfy! Don’t like them too short though – if you can see the pockets hanging down that is really tacky – even doesn’t look good on Gwyneth!

    • FoxInFlats

      Yeah I’m with you about the pockets Jodi 😉

  • Sue

    I have been ranting about the ‘shorts should be longer than the pockets’ for ages. Thanks for bringing it up Jodi. I have a Morrison pair that I’m loving to death.

  • http://www.redcliffestyle.com/ Rachel from Redcliffe Style

    My legs are the deal breaker :)

    • FoxInFlats

      You sure you’re not being too hard on yourself Rachel? x A

  • Elizabeth Raymond

    I love shorts. Nothing beats a tailored short, ballet flats and a tank. Perfect for January in the office or weekend wear.

    • FoxInFlats

      Yup, simple & stylish.

  • EmmaJ

    I’ve never been big on shorts until this, my first summer of mummyhood. I got a great pair of black tailored cotton knee length shorts from Esprit that I live in! Easy for wearing around home, but tidy enough that if I need to pop out I don’t need to choose between getting changed or looking like a total scruff!

    • FoxInFlats

      Emma they sound great!

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