The idea of men in shorts, especially tailored, fitted shorts, is something that has taken me a while to adjust to. There are men who slip on baggy cargo or denim shorts once the weather is warm, but these styles are not what I'm talking about. Well-cut Bermuda shorts seem to be having their day in the sun and I think it's a nice look for men who want to look casual but neat. I've noticed that sartorial gents have been having fun experimenting with this look. If you can imagine a pair of crisp chinos that are cropped at the knee or just above the knee, then you know what I'm talking about. It's important to make sure the legs of the shorts are straight - neither flared nor tapered. Stay away from anything baggy. While cotton is the most common material, those who have the courage to experiment can opt for silk or shantung. Just make sure you keep the colour subdued so you don't look too flamboyant (unless, of course, you want to). Tailored Bermudas are really just a warm weather alternative to casual trousers. This means you can pair the bottoms with anything from breezy linen shirts to faded tees or even light knits. Take a cue from Brandon (left). He's wearing a pair of pale grey frayed-hem Bermuda shorts that he's topped off with a white tee and a dark grey knit. To add a pop of colour to this ensemble, he's wearing an apple green belt that matches his sandals. It's a great outfit for this transitional period when summer starts to wane. Shops such as Giordano and H&M have great options in nice, thick cotton fabrics that won't break the bank. Or, head for some vintage stores such as Midwest (Shop 53, Victoria Centre, North Point, tel: 2802 6886), which carries chinos in many colours by the classic American brand Dickies that they can alter for you in-house. If you fear Bermuda shorts are a passing trend, then save yourself some money and dig through your closet for old trousers that you don't mind altering. Have them professionally cropped or take a pair of scissors and hack them off yourself. Chinos and denim both work for this look. Chris (above), for example, has cut off a pair of denim jeans. Worn simply with a white polo, he dresses up the look by wearing soft leather loafers and a matching belt. His look has a cosmopolitan feel to it. The best part is it's an easy look to pull off even for someone who is timid when it comes to fashion.