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Luxe to Less
1 February 2021

Why Bermuda Shorts Are the Chicest Trend This Summer

Words By Eliza Sears

No short style is trending this season like the Bermuda. Below are our favourites in a budget to suit everyone.

Luxe

Worn only slightly above the knee, Bermuda shorts are conservative by today’s standards.

But like most trends, the style is not without controversy.

When women began to don the tailored shorts in the ’20s and ’30s, they raised eyebrows.

The shorts showed much more skin than was the custom and were unusually casual for the time.

In recent years, design houses have taken on the tailored style with some subtle tweaks for the 21st Century interpretation.

While cotton twill is very much still dominant, leather has entered the world of Bermuda shorts and does not look likely to leave any time soon.

Bottega Veneta’s shiny leather shorts are the epitome of the Bermuda short reimagined.

These relaxed fit and elasticated waistband shorts can go from brunch to the office and out to dinner.

Pair with a structured shirt or blazer and your favourite sneakers for a day to night city chic look.

Loewe High-rise Cotton Bermuda Shorts, $915, My Theresa

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If you’ve been dreading itty bitty shorts season, you’re not alone, we feel you.

Micro shorts have been a staple of hot summer days forever, but in recent years hem lines have consistently been coming down inch by inch each season.

Our love of ‘90s fashion has already seen bike shorts re-enter the zeitgeist to become a permanent fixture in the world of activewear for seasons to come.

So, it’s only natural that our affinity for long shorts transcends athleisure to our everyday style.

Over the last few seasons, Bermudas have increasingly lined the racks at some of our favourite high street stores.

Iconic Australian label, SABA, known for simple, tailored pieces have taken on the Bermuda style. SABA’s Dharma shorts project the casual sophistication the label is so well known for, comprised of pleated Japanese polyester, the crease-resistant shorts are the ideal travel piece for a year spent a little closer to home.

Tibi Jenson Belted Pleated Cotton-twill Shorts, $433.05, Net-A-Porter

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The Bermuda style’s beauty is its widespread adoption; this style has truly been embraced by the full spectrum of luxe to less.

So, if keen to give the style a go but not quite ready to invest a less expensive price point is the ideal option.

From linen to cotton to pleather there’s plenty of opportunities to explore Bermuda shorts without breaking the bank, at least not at first.

Arket’s high waist culottes offer a Scandi take on the Bermuda style.

The oversized tailored shorts are made from a viscose-linen blend and pair perfectly with strappy sandals and a crisp white singlet in summer or knee-high boots and an oversized shirt in autumn.

Arket High-Waist Culottes, $79, Arket