A Guide to Wearing Shorts When the Weather Turns Cool

Shorts are great. You only have to put on a pair like our Sahara Twill to enjoy much more comfort and freedom than you’ll get from any pair of pants. If only there were some way to wear shorts all year long…

Of course, everyone knows that’s just a fantasy. Some occasions call for pants. Some weather patterns demand it. But if you know what you’re doing, you can maximize the life of your shorts this season and any season by following a few simple tips for staying warm as the weather starts to cool down.

Add the Layers on Top First

If the weather starts to get cool – particularly for people in cold weather states, where this phenomenon is absolutely ensured come autumn – then the first layer you should add is up top, not down below. Put on a sweatshirt first. Add a rain jacket. Heck, you can even wear a light sweater with shorts if you’d like. As the weather starts to turn, you won’t find yourself getting any strange looks because you’re still dressed somewhat warmly.

Don’t Forget About Length

If your summer short-shorts start to feel a little cool, you don’t have to automatically switch to pants right away. You can still wear that “short” look you’ve mastered over the summer simply by switching to shorts with a little more leg-covering length. You’ll be amazed at the difference a few inches can make when it comes to your all-day comfort. 9” shorts and longer can do a lot to keep you covered and feeling warm even on particularly breezy days. Oh, and remember: don’t add lengthy socks to keep your legs warm. That’s a risky look that might help keep you warm, but will bring you down a few notches in the fashion department. Better to simply switch to pants instead.

Blazers and Shorts: More Fashionable Than you Think

It’s not unheard of with today’s casual style to wear a blazer or sport coat with shorts. It’s just difficult to pull off unless you have some fashion experience. It can be an interesting look for a beach wedding, or a great way to “dress up” for another formal event without sacrificing the comfort of, well, wearing shorts. The phrase “blazer with shorts” returns some 18+ million hits on Google, which means there’s a method to the madness here. As per our first tip, remember that it’s important to add layers on top before you switch to pants…at least if you want to keep your shorts a regular part of your wardrobe.

When to Give in to the Weather

In warm-weather states, you might rarely have to give in to the weather –only on formal occasions. But the farther north you live, the more likely it is that you’ll face inclement weather that gets downright icy. When should you switch to pants? The moment your longest shorts and upper layers no longer keep you comfortable. It’s possible to get away with pairing a variety of tops with shorts, of course, but sometimes, even your legs need covering.