From fashion types to board styles, dressed down by the pool or up with a blazer, shorts are one of the most changeable pieces of clothing. Though they are really only outdoor-wearable for three months of the year, they are something that can be brought back out of the wardrobe each year in succession without being dated too quickly.

Over the past few years they have been adopted by fashionable business types to pair with a blazer for a cool, summer-in-the-office type look. If you're not as brave just yet, take comfort in the fact that you can get any length, style and cut of shorts nowadays, both online and across the high street.

This outfit with long-sleeved polo shirt and chino shorts is available from Reiss at BT2

Arnotts have a large range of shorts across their different menswear brands. Try these Farah shorts for €70.

Or for a cheaper alternative. Penguin have both navy and sand-coloured shorts for €55 each.


For workwear with a twist, Marks & Spencer have a few different styles of more tailored shorts for a casual professional setting. The English company have also recently set up their long-awaited shopping website for Irish customers.

Both styles come in at €30-35 as part of the Blue Harbour chino range

If your budget allows, you could also opt for these limited edition gingham Paul Smith for Mr PORTER shorts from Smith's recent collaboration with the online retailer. A hefty price tag of €246 applies to these, but if high-end quality and the promise of limited edition sway you, these would be a great investment.

Fashion shorts

For the more fashion-conscious male, there are a series of printed and brightly-coloured shorts across the entire high street at different price points. Urban Outfitters are always a one-stop shop for quirky pieces to stand out in your wardrobe. These Dickies green shorts come in at €49.

New Look have a good selection of shorts aimed at the music festival market this summer. If you are attending Electric Picnic, Castelpalooza, Sea Sessions, Forbidden Fruit or any of the Irish festivals, they have you covered. These aztec print shorter-sized, fitted shorts would be perfect!

For men who still want to be fashionable but don't want to rock a bright colour or a loud pattern, these shorts come in right at the top of the scale from Slowear at Brown Thomas, €180. In a beautiful pale cobalt colour, these are a pair that would never let you down, whether dressed up with a light jacket, shirt and loafers or even dressed down with a vest, Converse and some sunglasses.

Another brightly-coloured pair are these Denim & Supply shorts from Arnotts, coming in at €80. If the colour is off-putting, pair the look with rust, copper, tan and brown tones to soothe the bright red.

Casual shorts

For a stroll on the beach, a game of football in the park or even just a pair to dunk into the sea with, casual and board shorts are your best bet. These striped, Denim & Supply pair come laden with pockets for the summer adventurer, €90 from Arnotts.

While board and swim shorts come in a variety of shapes, colours and styles -the brighter and bolder the better! Attending 'Sea Sessions' in Bundoran or taking a trip to Lahinch? Get a good pair and they will last you the entire summer and beyond. For other options try stores like Fat Face, Quiksilver. Superdry at Arnotts, €50.

Online shops like ASOS have a huge selection of brand name and own-brand shorts. Check their site out.