STYLE: The Edit – 5 Of The Best Chino Shorts

Now that summer is finally here, getting dressed in the morning is less about layering and functionality and more about figuring out how to get through the day without sweating uncontrollably. Out are the heavyweight jeans and wool trousers and in are the cotton-blend trousers and chino shorts. The latter will become your best friend when the heat really picks up and, such is the versatility and simplicity of their design, you’ll likely be wearing them with everything. A wide range of styles are available this season, but we’ve sifted through the ghastly patterns and eye-aching colours to provide you with the only SS14 chino shorts edit you’ll need.

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Ralph Lauren have been producing preppy staples since the dawn of time. Their chino shorts are made from a lightweight cotton and with their classic, relaxed fit, they will become the most comfortable pair of shorts you own. Polo Ralph Lauren Classic-Fit Chino Shorts White, £110 from Ralph Lauren 

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Purchasing a pair of shorts in a bold colour such as this rich burgundy is an easy way to integrate colour into your wardrobe this summer. Pair these soft AMI shorts with neutral pieces and you’ll be making a stylish statement wherever you go. AMI Washed Cotton-Twill Shorts, £125 from Mr Porter

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Pastel shades are big this summer and this faded teal pair by J.Crew hits the nail on the head perfectly. In terms of fit, they offer the haloed combination of a slim cut and a comfortable feel, which is largely due to the fact that each pair of Stanton shorts have been washed for over 300 minutes, breaking them in so you don’t have to. J.Crew Stanton Shorts Faded Teal, £64.50 from J.Crew

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Similarly to their long-legged cousins, if you don’t own any chino shorts then the first pair you purchase should be neutral, like this stone example by Sunspel. Coming in a straight fit, these shorts are perfect for a number of occasions, but they can be smartened up with a navy blazer and oxford shirt for a contemporary smart-casual ensemble. Sunspel Chino Short Stone, £95 from Sunspel

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Paul Smith London are defined by their classic garments that are infused with modern twists. These shorts are no different and are cut from an ultra-soft Italian cotton that will only get better with age. Furthermore, the polka dot half lining and buttoned back pockets deliver an attention to detail that can only be executed by the British brand. Paul Smith London Cotton Shorts, £180 from Mr Porter


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