How to Style Long-Sleeves with Shorts?

Long-sleeve shirts and shorts may seem like a fashion faux-pas. In reality, it really isn’t. Believe it or not you can make it look stylish - hence why we’re putting together this guide on how to style long sleeves with shorts. 

Pairing clothes can be a challenge because of the different styles, colors, patterns, and so on. But you can learn how to put together different styles easily without making it look bad. After you’ve finished reading this article, you’ll be able to effortlessly pair long-sleeves with your favorite pair of shorts? With that said, let’s get started. 

Balance is important 

If there is one word that you need to remember when it comes to style it’s this - balance. That’s why you want to find it when it comes to styling long-sleeves with shorts. Here’s an idea for you to play with - longer sleeves and shorter shorts. For example, if you are wearing a long sleeve button up you could pair it with Vintage 1946’s Performance Solid Windjammer Hybrid shorts. 

It also helps that you dress seasonably appropriately. If it’s a warm day, a lightweight shirt and lightweight shorts might go well together so it's breathable and you don’t have to feel overheated. 

To tuck or not to tuck it in? 

This seems like the age-old question when it comes to long-sleeve shirts. It can play a role in the overall aesthetics. In this situation, you want to half-tuck it or tuck it in loosely in the front. This way, it looks a bit more laid back.  

You still have the option to leave it untucked if you so choose. After all, you want to look good while you’re relaxing, whether it’s poolside or by the beach. Tucking it all the way in with a pair of shorts might not look the best if we say so ourselves. 

Consider using other textures 

Not every long sleeve shirt or shorts are made from one texture. You could play around with different types depending upon the time of year. Warmer months mean lighter weight fabrics like cotton or linen. Both of these fabrics will be ideal for a long-sleeved shirt or a pair of shorts. 

You could get away with wearing more structured textures like khakis when wearing shorts. Especially if you want to wear them during an outdoor party or a cookout on the beach. It never hurts to go with a little something dress casual when it comes to shorts. 

Of course, it wouldn’t be a wise idea to wear shorts in cooler months. However, you want to wear heavier textures that will keep you warm like knit or wool. For long sleeve shirts, a good option is the Heathered Rib Henley. 

Tailor it for a better fit 

Needless to say, your fit will be one of the driving forces behind making yourself look polished and put-together. If you have long-sleeved shirts or shorts that don’t look like a perfect fit, you could consider getting them tailored or altered so they fit your body perfectly. As a result, it enhances your silhouette and provides that touch of refinement to your overall appearance. 

Don’t be afraid to experiment with colors and patterns 

There are so many different colors and patterns to experiment with. So don’t be afraid to experiment with them. This includes working with complementary or contrasting hues. If you want to go a little bit bolder, you can mix and match patterns as well. 

Even if you do experiment with colors and patterns, you want to make sure you keep things balanced. This will prevent you from overwhelming your overall look. That way, you don’t want to look like everything is clashing together. 

Also, if in doubt when it comes to color matching, just remember that white always goes well with everything. So if you wear a white long-sleeved shirt, you can match it with just about any color when it comes to the shorts you wear. 

Final Thoughts 

Long sleeve shirts with shorts can be styled properly. All you need to do is follow this guide and make sure you take the time to experiment with different ideas. You can play around with different colors, patterns, even textures. 

At Vintage 1946, we believe in making sure you look your best. Our collection of shorts, shirts, and pants are always worth a look. If you want to put together some of your best fits yet, we’re here to help. Check out our site today to see what stands out to you best.