I’m mostly a frock girl when it comes to keeping my cool as the temperature rises but sometimes the occasion calls for me to wear the pants.
Yes, it does.
Recently I was asked by a couple of readers what alternatives there were to wearing 3/4 pants in summer. Which is a very good question, don’t you think?
I have some thoughts on 3/4 pants and they are not friendly thoughts, so let’s just get those thoughts out on the table, shall we?
If your summer wardrobe staple is the 3/4 pant I totally understand why you might just hate me a teeny bit right now but I’d like you to hear me out.
These pants evolved from our wanting to cover up our legs but not with jeans because that was just too damn hot.
I understand that and trust me, I went there too. In 1998.
It took a long hard look at myself in the mirror wearing those pants to jolt me out of my mumsie ways and on to a more flattering alternative.
That long hard look is something I’d like you do to do too. I’ll wait here while you do, but please consider these points when in front of the mirror.
How to wear summer shorts and pants
1. Is the length of the pant and width of the leg actually making you look wider and shorter? It does for me – having a wide bit of fabric flapping about my calves enhanced this illusion. The overall shape? That just boxed me out.
2. Find the most flattering leg length for you. Start playing with the length of those pants. As you roll them upwards (yes, upwards), do you reach a part of your leg where the overall look is more flattering? The universal spot for this on most people is just at the top of the knee.
3. Maybe you can go even shorter. If you’re still able to bring that short length higher, then go for it. Mid-way down the thigh is super stylish and very much works. And hey, if you’ve got the legs and the confidence, then flaunt them like there’s no tomorrow. It’s not an age thing. It’s a leg and confidence thing.
4. Avoid the shorts as underpants look. I maybe showing my age here but I honestly struggle with this look even on 18-year-old models. I just want to run up and wrap them in a towel or something. As for the “scaping” needed when wearing so little down there? Well, it’s high maintenance. Let’s just leave it at that, shall we?
5. Opt for cuffing your coloured jeans or wearing slimline cropped pants. If I cannot convince you to show a little leg, then these are you best options. They are more flattering than the 3/4 pant and like the styling we did for coloured jeans, slim or skinny styles are always best. It’s how you balance this out on top that will make this style work for you.
Summer shorts and pants styled 3 ways
Ok, now it’s over to you. Do you wear shorts? How do you style them up?
Have you been looking for an alternative to 3/4 pants? Or perhaps you don’t very much like me right now for my thoughts on them? 😉