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Style how-to: 6 tips to work shorts into smart-casual wardrobe

No need to go to great lengths to work shorts into cool downtime outfits.

01: BRIGHT SIDE

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A water-resistant jacket in a bold colour adds character to casual styles, and keeps you (almost) impervious to capricious weather.

Polyester jacket, cotton top, polyester bermuda shorts and leather sneakers, from Z Zegna. Plasma high-tech ceramic watch, from Rado.

02: ALL PREPPED

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Heading for a dressy outdoor event? Shorts rise to the occasion when paired with formal-but-notquite pieces such as a colourful knit tie or a light blazer with cuffed sleeves.

Silk blazer and wool cardigan, from CH Carolina Herrera. Cotton shirt, silk tie and silk pocket square, from Hackett. Cotton bermuda shorts, from La Martina. Leather shoes, from Tod’s. Red gold watch, from Omega.

03: OVER AND ABOVE

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Here’s a perfect example of the new, anythinggoes sartorial landscape: Pair beautifully tailored shorts with a slim-fitting blazer – then toss a coolly sporty jacket over that for insouciant edge.

Polyester jacket, from Z Zegna. Cotton blazer, polyester T-shirt and cotton shorts, from Calvin Klein Platinum. Leather shoes, from Tod’s. Ceramic watch, Omega.

04: SHORT TAKES

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You know that colourful chino trousers can be easily worked into your smartcasual wardrobe. Now, work the same look, but with its shorter counterpart.

Cotton blazer, cotton shirt, cotton bermuda shorts, silk tie and silk pocket square, from Hackett.

05: THE FINE PRINT

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A love for colour is not a prerequisite for striking style. Juxtaposed with a subtle mix of prints, neutral shades look anything but dull.

Silk blazer, cotton shirt and polyester shorts, from Black Barrett. Leather sneakers, from Z Zegna. Steel watch, from Rado.

06: IN YOUR ELEMENT

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Black and white make for a timeless combination, but a mix of textures and streamlined layers anchor this classic pair in the now.

Nylon jacket, cotton cardigan, linen shirt and cotton bermuda shorts, from Polo Ralph Lauren. Ceramic watch, from Omega.