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Eton shirt with Brax shorts

It’s official—long, baggy shorts are history.

While skinny pants have fallen out of fashion’s favor, slimming, tailored trousers and jeans have continued to reign for nearly a decade and ankle-length pant hems have been main-stream since 2015. We’ve waited with bated breath for shorts to take the same style cues and become shorter and tapered. Thank-fully, designers this season have confirmed that cargo and other droopy-style shorts have gone the way of 1970s’ leisure pants. For spring/summer ’19, shorts are slim, trim and sexy.

No longer relegated to the gym, beach, ballgame or backyard barbecue, shorts are a fashion must -have this season. While many designers showed very short shorts at Fashion Week, choose the length that feels most comfortable to you. Appropriate lengths range from two to six inches above the knee. Fabric options range from soft-brushed cottons to seersucker to feather-light perfor-mance fabrics that combine the technical advantages of board-shorts with the sophisticated styling of fashion shorts.

The cuts available this year are appropriate for the office, date night and other business casual occasions. You can dress up shorts with a woven button-up, fabulous floral print shirt or even a sport-coat or lightweight cardigan to really refine the look.

Sandals with shorts should only be worn in very casual situations. To stay sharp, pair shorts with driving moccasins, boat shoes, loafers or leather sneakers. Keep in mind, socks should not be visible, so go barefoot or pick up no-show socks.

Stop in the store and we’ll help you find your perfect pair of shorts.

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