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MINIMALIST FASHION TIPS FOR SUMMER: MEN’S SHOES AND SHORT COMBINATIONS

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MEN’S SHOES AND SHORT COMBINATIONS

There is nothing more stressful than packing for a vacation. It could all become overwhelming amongst all the travel plans you need to make. Thankfully, there is a trend that has swept the pages of fashion magazine across the ages. Minimalism has been the saving grace of many when it comes to simplifying all aspects of life. From the way you live, to your wardrobe. Minimalism, in terms of fashion, means taking staple pieces (one item) and using that to build an outfit. For example taking a pair of shorts and being able to pair it with various shoe types, shirts and accessories - eliminating multiple pairs of shorts or shoes.

With summer on its way, it is a good idea to prepare clothing wise for being outdoors. We have decided to put together a style guide of shoes and short combinations that will help you stay current without cluttering your suitcase. Being simplistic with your style choices can make packing a lot easier and it will give you a more polished aesthetic. Here are our shoes and short combinations for a summer look.

JERSEY CASUAL SHORTS AND CASUAL SHOES

If you aim to be comfortable or you will be doing loads of walking and sight-seeing – Jersey shorts are ideal for such an occasion. Not only are they comfortable but they allow you to walk around all day without breaking a sweat or feeling too overdressed. Pair them with a casual shoe, like a canvas trainers or casual shoes or sliders, and you are bound to relaxing while taking in the sights.

Jersey fabric screams relaxation and comfort. This option is the most versatile as you will be able to dress it up with white plimsolls and a nice cotton shirt or you have the choice of dressing it down with sliders and a T-shirt, preferably V-neck. Pair it with a leather sling bag, sunglasses and a hat, and you will be summer tourist ready – whatever the destination may be.

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SMART CHINO SHORTS AND BOAT SHOES

The chino shorts are a wardrobe staple. It serves as that transitional piece as it bridges the gap between smart and casual. For your vacation or summertime wardrobe, the chino shorts are a must have as they will serve many purposes.

For example, it is the ideal pair of shorts for semi-formal occasions like an outdoor wedding. When paired with a crisp white shirt, loafers and a colourful tie, you are able to dress the chino shorts up. If you are looking for a more casual look, opt for a bold print short sleeved shirt with a fedora hat and sunglasses – don’t forget your boat shoes.

When on vacation, you never know when you will need to dress fancier, so pack your loafers or boat shoes along with your chino shorts and a formal white shirt.

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DENIM SHORTS AND TRAINERS

This is considered by far the most popular option on this list. Seeing as the 80’s has made a big come back so has jean shorts or commonly referred to as denim shorts. If you are bold and brave, the denim shorts are an excellent option for semi-formal occasions like a birthday party on a rooftop or a deck party. Paired with a polo shirt or an Oxford shirt and a pair of crisp white trainers will have you looking fresh on a Summer’s afternoon – no matter the activity. Not only is the option comfortable but it is still polished and stylish.

To give this option a more casual aesthetic, you can pair your denim shorts with a plain T-shirt and a pair of colourful sneakers. This is a good look for a day at the mall or at a Summer braai/pool party.

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