Five stunning pairs of shorts for Hong Kong’s sweltering summer

Stay cool in style with these on-trend pieces from Zara, Off White, Dolce & Gabbana, Monki, Valentino and Saint Laurent

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 06 August, 2017, 12:48pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 08 August, 2017, 5:01pm

Denim shorts with zip and eyelets (HK$249) from Zara

Forget distressed denim – shorts are getting the couture treatment this summer, decorated with everything from eyelets to studs as spotted at Zara. Match shorter styles with a long tunic and ankle boots for a cool look.

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A pinstripe button-down shirt, as spotted at Off-White, also matches perfectly and looks more polished than a simple white T-shirt.

When it comes to denim, don’t be afraid to experiment with silhouettes or colours. Longer styles with cuffed or frayed hems have been spotted on celebrities like Gigi Hadid while black-and-white denim is a welcome change.

Embellished striped shorts (HK$3,594) by Dolce & Gabbana from farfetch.com

Embellishments of any shape or size will instantly transform your shorts into a fashion statement. Dolce & Gabbana covered theirs in gobstopper crystals and flowers, while brands such as Monse opted for all-over sequins.

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While these versions are great for parties, embroidered styles are a fun alternative and are better suited to casual settings. Look for playful motifs such as birds (by Stella McCartney) or lips (by Saint Laurent). Match your bling bottoms with a fitted cropped top or white boxy tee worn tucked in.

Erin floral shorts (HK$200) from Monki

Floral prints are a summer essential, but they run the risk of looking too girlie. Opt for patterns such as this Oriental-inspired style from Monki featuring various motifs and a fun colour palette.

Anything covered in a print makes a statement on its own, so avoid clashes by matching your shorts with a simple tank top or body suit in a block colour. A logo T-shirt will also work and is on-trend.

Don’t be afraid to wear your shorts to the office – just throw on a tailored blazer and you’re good to go.

Studded shorts (HK$7,500) by Valentino from net-a-porter.com

Tailored shorts suit most shapes and figures thanks to their more structured silhouette. If you’re after a dressier look, Bermudas are the perfect option, due to their longer length.

As structured styles tend to look more conservative, go for a pair with details such as frills, ruffles and even scalloped hems as seen at Valentino. Finish the look with a silk or crisp cotton shirt, a chunky statement necklace and a pair of high heels.

Tailored leather shorts (HK$19,900) by Saint Laurent

Leather shorts may sound like a crazy idea in this heat but the fabric has become a summer favourite thanks to its “cool” factor. Saint Laurent’s tailored leather shorts, made from lush lambskin, will add a rock-chick vibe to your look.

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For the daytime, pair it with a corset top over a button-down shirt, a look that has already been spotted on many street-style stars. A ruffled off-the-shoulder top and black ankle boots will take this look from casual to chic in the evening.