Bike shorts or ski pants have been on our radar for a while now, especially with street style influencers and models like Bella Hadid popularising this look. 

But lets face it, on the whole, shorts have always lived very much in the shadow of skirts. Sure, we all love a pair of denim cut-offs in summer, but very few of us take it further than that. And tbh, denim cut-offs are pretty uncomfortable.

The fabric is rather thick, and pulling them on over your bikini straight off the beach is not necessarily ideal. You want a light, loose fabric in summer. It must be breathable and fast-drying. 

Denim is not necessarily that. 

Usher in the era of board shorts, running shorts and men's swimming trunks. It's time for shorts to shine. 

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Wear them to the beach with cute accessories like a basket bag or dress them up with a lovely blouse for a balmy eve drink in the city. 

Add a silk pyjama-esque blouse, an oversized white shirt or even a tee and a blazer. 

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Keep it sporty, sexy or just downright comfy with lightweight fabrics that are perfect for now...

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 01: Jan-Michael Quammie wearing zipped jacket, pink sneakers is seen outside Sacai during Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019 on October 1, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 26: Veronia Heilbrunner wears floral print shirt, black shorts, a silver bag, during Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019, on September 26, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 26: Veronia Heilbrunner wears floral print shirt, black shorts, a silver bag, during Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Spring/Summer 2019, on September 26, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images)

Add a nice blouse that has vibey shoulders, jewellery with personality and your favourite party shoes. Basically, take it from day to night by adding luxe items, a bit of a glow in the form of highlighter and a killa scent. 

We are also crushing on these printed crops...

MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 21: Model Yoon Young Bae, wearing blue sweater and animalier shorts, is seen after the Blumarine show during Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 on September 21, 2018 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Lavenia/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 21: Model Yoon Young Bae, wearing blue sweater and animalier shorts, is seen after the Blumarine show during Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2019 on September 21, 2018 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Claudio Lavenia/Getty Images)

Shop: 

3 stripes shorts

3 stripe shorts - R499, Superbalist 

Sofia shorts

Sofia shorts - R159, Superbalist 

Runner shorts

Runner shorts - R79.99, Mr Price 

Runner shorts

Runner shorts - R79.99, Mr Price 

Every solid swim shorts

Solid swim shorts - R699, Superbalist 

Add some luxe items like...

The new limited edition Chanel Nr. 5. Yes. We want it.

Earrings to die for...

And the perfect summer handbag...

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