Holly Hobkirk | Contributing Writer | Friday, 10 July 2015

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How To Wear Shorts Without Looking Like You're Doing PE

The Debrief: No-one likes sweaty legs - here's how to wear shorts without looking like you're in a P.E lesson

For most of us, wearing shorts brings back memories of falling over playing rounders on a field, or being stuck indoors playing dodgeball while it chucked it down outside. But it's also really HOT out, and no-one likes hot legs. So we've found the best eight ways to wear shorts this summer, without looking like you're off to a P.E lesson.

Try leather shorts 

Leave your boring old denim shorts in your drawer and go for a leather pair instead. Just make sure you keep the rest of your outfit light, or things might get real sweaty, real fast.

Leather Shorts
Leather Shorts

Faux leather shorts, £29.99, Mango, Denim shirt, £31.18, Nasty Gal, Lace Up Heels, £30, Missguided 

Monochrome always looks smart

These sassy Claudie Pierlot shorts give absolutely no nod to your school days. Even if you wear them with an actual P.E kit

Check shorts
Check shorts

Shorts, £77.50, Claudie Pierlot, Polo T-Shirt, £14.90, Uniqlo, Trainers, £45, Superga 

Add a jacket 

If shorts leave you fearing the dreaded 'underbum', go for a pair with a long co-ordinating jacket, like this sleeveless duster from Lavish Alice. 

Duster coat
Duster coat

Sleeveless Duster, £80, Lavish Alice, Shorts, £42, Lavish Alice, Vest, £6, River Island 

Over-the-knee boots work surprisingly well 

Over the knee boots are ideal if you only want to flash a bit of leg. Also handy if you just really can't be bothered to shave them. Two birds, ladies.

Over knee boots
Over knee boots

Tan Over The Knee Boot, £125, Office, Brown shorts, £22, Missguided, Blouse, £22.99, New Look 

Add smart shoes 

If shorts make you feel like you're in school again, forgo your tatty old trainers and go for socks and loafers instead. You'll look dead grown up.

Stripe tee
Stripe tee

Tassel Loafers, £27, Alice & You at Debenhams, Socks, £8, ASOS, Long Sleeve Stripe Top, £25, Boden

Mix different textures up 

It's easy to go for all black when you're in doubt- keep it interesting by mixing up different textures like suede and linen. 

Fringe Jacket
All black

Suede Fringe Jacket, £155, Urban Outfitters, Linen Shorts, £14.99, New Look, Sunglasses, £6, Boohoo 

Khaki + leather = thumbs up 

If you find shorts either too sporty or too girly, toughen up your look with some khaki and leather.

Khaki shorts
Khaki shorts

Khaki shorts, £34, Topshop, White Blouse, £79, La Redoute, Faux Leather Jacket, £39.99, Zara

Night time 

Shorts are the winning option for nights out when you don't want to worry about having a Marilyn moment. Just add a massive necklace and some banging heels.

Going out
Going out

Skort, £15, Missguided, Statement Necklace, £32, Rock N Rose


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