Darren Kennedy: How men can find the perfect summer shorts
This season fashion designers definitely liked short shorts. From Dior and Dries Van Noten to street-style favourite Jacquemus, shorts in their many variations were prevalent during the spring menswear fashion shows. At Prada, they were in denim and neoprene and styled with roll-neck tops, sports coats and tennis socks.
At Hermès and N°21, beige and cream versions were the order of the day. Simon Porte Jacquemus said he was inspired by a "Mediterranean man" whom he didn't think the industry was catering for, hence the Adonis-type models who wore either thigh-skimming shorts with bucket hats and branded bum-bags (very 'tourist, but make it fashion') or knee-length bermudas juxtaposed with shirts, ties and blazers. Casual Friday, anyone?
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Looking for a modern way to style a check suit? Instead of a traditional dress shirt, opt for a granddad collar. Hero Fiennes-Tiffin, the budding actor and nephew of Ralph and Joseph Fiennes, earned his place on best-dressed lists when he stepped out in this Armani look. For the LA premiere of his new movie After, Fiennes-Tiffin kept the look fresh by teaming the suit with a pair of clean white trainers.
One for the boys
Now that it's getting closer to summer, a lot of people will (hopefully) be jetting off for some well-earned 'R&R'. Perhaps you've heard of the 'in-flight beauty routine' from your sisters, female friends or significant others. If not, allow me to elaborate: since planes can be incredibly drying on the skin, for a long-haul flight it's wise to give your complexion some extra TLC.
A hydrating mist is good - but an effective leave-on overnight mask (a clear one, don't worry) is even better. Pop a light layer of this Kiehl's mask on before checking your bag and witness its magic by the time you reach your destination. Ultra Facial Hydrating Overnight Masque, €35, Kiehl's
TIP: Alternatively you can always ask for a sample of a mask or an extra-nourishing moisturiser at the Duty Free counters to apply in-flight.
Universally speaking, the most flattering shorts are those that hit just two to three inches above the knee. In terms of fit, a 'close fit' or 'slim fit' is usually best, as extra bagginess can result in a bulky, ill-fitting look. If you're wary of trying out the trend, remember that solid colours such as khaki, navy, tan, brick and beige are usually the safest, and most flattering, options.
Suede loafers, €170, Mulo from mrporter.com