Three of the Best

Patterned Shorts

The sun's out, so it's only fair you get your legs out too. We like navy shorts as much as the next man, but variety is the spice of wardrobes (and life, if you're pedantic about phrases). And while they can be daunting, patterned shorts are perfectly wearable with the right outfit.

Here's our three favourites:

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1 Black Fleece Seersucker Shorts (above)
We've shown how smart seersucker can look in the latest issue, but it can be dressed down to. Black Fleece is the ongoing collaboration between Brooks Brothers and US designer Thom Browne. If you don't know who Thom Browne is, he's the reason trousers have gotten so ankle grazingly short. The green seersucker pattern on this means it'll match well with a navy t-shirt and white trainers. (£175, Mr Porter)

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2 Gant Rugger Madras Shorts
Madras on your lower half can be tricky (one step wrong and you can look a bit Wall Street Banker on a vocation). The key is finding a pair slim enough to avoid looking too Michael Douglas inspired. This Gant Rugger pair hits the sweet spot, with a toned down madras pattern that'll work well with a white t-shirt and grey trainers. (£65, End Clothing)

 

 

3 Post Overalls Menpolini Shorts
Not for the faint hearted these ones. Post Overalls have been making patterned shorts for the last few years now, and these shorts are their pièce de résistance. While this does look a bit much at first glance, the white base keeps it wearable. A dark navy polo and white trainers should keep you from looking like Timmy Mallet. And, obviously, keep it away from the office - unless you're planning to quit in style.  (£185, Couverture & The Garbstore)