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Why Bermuda Shorts Aren't Just For Boys

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When the models took to the runway of London Fashion Week last September, one trend we certainly weren’t expecting to see quite so much of was Bermuda shorts. Formerly the domain of British military commanders and surfer dudes, they seemed to be everywhere for SS13 and frankly we haven’t been able to stop thinking about them since. These comfortable, flattering and super chic shorts are ideal for spring/summer and are surprisingly easy to wear without looking like a teenage boy. Whether patterned or plain, printed or bright, we think Bermuda shorts are set to be a staple piece for every forward thinking wardrobe this season.  Here are some of our favourites: 

Thomas Tait threw together textured tops and flashes of neon with plain block colour Bermuda shorts on his SS13 runway to create an androgynously sexy effect that was almost culotte-like.


At PPQ, spring green shorts were offset by exotic prints with flashes of eye catching brights and slim easy shapes. We loved these versatile Bermuda shorts for their neatly tailored fit and fold up cuffs.


Over at Unconditional, the shorts were casual (fitting loosely within the 'Bermuda' definition), working voluminous sports chic style in billowing shapes with plenty of movement.  Jewel bright fabric brought glamour and below the knee lengths made these a super flattering option.

Kinder Aggugini kept things simple, pairing tailored Bermuda shorts in bright fabrics with a buttoned up shirt and blazer – the ideal update to the City short for working girls with an eye for a trend.

Finally, from New York fashion week, Peter Som brought us ladylike imperfection, applying florals and pastels to Bermuda shorts worn with embellished pointed collar shirts and lashings of nonchalance.

On paper, the idea of the Bermuda short as high fashion is faintly ridiculous – why would you opt for ‘short trousers’ when you could be wearing a statuesque Saint Laurent style maxi or a glamorous Pucci–esque silk jumpsuit for SS13?  The answer is that these shorts are cool and they are versatile.  And come April (or as soon as the sun comes out) you’re unlikely to see a pair of fashionable pins without them.

Guest words by Jade Stokes (, edited by GP
All images London Fashion Week.

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