June 7, 2016

Even as the fashion world transitions into Fall/Winter campaigns, here we are, still facing the wrath of the scorching heat. You’re definitely not alone if you wake up feeling like it’s a hundred degrees, Celsius, mind you, but we still have to put on presentable clothes to face the world. We’ll admit that comfort beats style in these blazing afternoons and nothing feels better than a breezy and cooling outfit amidst the humidity; but there’s definitely a way to dress both comfortably and look put together as well.

Here’s how you can dress up in shorts because let’s be honest – we won’t be getting through this weather without them. Ditch the misconception that wearing shorts are too informal; we’re zero-ing in on some looks that you can look all ~dressed up~.


1. Pair them with off shoulder tops

off shoulder gapOff shoulder bershka

GAP, $54.95. Bershka, $39.90.

Score that ethereal look with off shoulders that are essential for a summer look. Wear them with frayed denim shorts or tailored shorts for a more posh look.


2. Outerwear

Kimono pullnbearBlazer Zara

Pull & Bear, S$69.90. Zara, S$139.

The easiest way to switch up your plain look is to throw on a jacket or extra layer that lends texture to your co-ordinate. Fall in line with the breezy aesthetic, with a long and oversized duster coat that’s bound to look anything but casual. Alternatively, nail that sleek look with a matching blazer and high waisted shorts. It may sound completely crazy to be layering in this insane weather; but be sure to pick those made of lightweight materials such as chiffon and cotton that will definitely help you survive the sweltering heat.

3. Go for belted high waisted shorts

Waisted shorts Stradivarius Belted shorts Zara

Stradivarius, price unavailable. Zara, S$89.90.

These shorts that go with anything. The ribboned details or a D-ring sash lends an elegant twist to the seemingly casual pair high waisted shorts. Here’s the trick: go for neutral and muted shades that will definitely survive the test of time.

4. Pair it with something slightly oversized

Flowy blouse ZaraBlouse gapbell sleeve pullnbear

Zara, S$59.90. GAP, $54.95. Pull & Bear, S$39.90.

You’ll look more put together with a slightly oversized top if you’re going to be wearing slightly shorter shorts like denim or cotton drawstring shorts. Simple details like knotted ribbons, prints or bell sleeves will definitely make coordinating your outfits much easier — and these details will actually save you from looking like you’re just wearing a T-shirt and shorts. Besides, being in a slightly oversized top is definitely more cooling than other body hugging materials.


5. Prints! Stripes!

Bamboo shorts topshopStriped shorts Zara

Topshop, S$79.90. Zara, S$39.90.

Prints and stripes will be your lifesaver on the days that have you looking at your wardrobe in despair. Pair them with tie up sandals and a lightweight cropped top and you’ll be well equipped to fight the ill weather!