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Our favourite Instagrammers are loving these retro style shorts

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Shorts are back for spring/summer 2020; and our favourite fashion influencers are loving this retro style as much as we are.

Retro P.E. shorts are back. Over the last few weeks our favourite fashion influencers have gone wild for this comfortable style, it’s an easy summer alternative to your tracksuit bottoms (you can thank lockdown for this one). 

They are the love child of your school P.E shorts and your fave pyjama shorts - they have an elasticated waist; sit happily above the knee without being too short; come with or without a tie at the waist; and are made from light  fabrics like twill, linen and jersey.

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How to wear these hassle free shorts? Take inspiration from your P.E. kit and mix in some lux elements, soft knits and simple t-shirts. Muted colours are the go-to for the fash pack, as they are much easier to to style with existing pieces in your wardrobe; however if your style is a little bolder try teaming warm tan tones with electric blues, and pastel hues with clashing sorbet shades. 

See below for the Instagram influencers who are fans of the trend and the shorts you can invest in to get the look.

Jessie Bush

Jessie Bush’s (@wethepeoplestyle) has relaxed take on the retro short, wearing with a simple white tank top, for a timeless summer look.

Brittany Bathgate

Brittany Bathgate (@brittanybathgate) goes matchy matchy in this cool co-ord from Terry Towling for a retro beach look. 

Lizzy Hadfield

Lizzy Hadfield’s (@shotfromthestreet) cosy take on the retro short includes a soft knit and ankle socks. Note the french tuck styling to give this loose ensemble some shape.

Bianca Valle

Bianca Valle (@vbiancav) styles her retro shorts in an all black look with statement accessories.

Shop our edit of the best sports shorts online now

COS / £55

Linen-mix shorts

A simple white t-shirt and a classic white shirt will be the perfect top for this tailored style

Arket / £45

Black twill shorts

Go head-to-toe in black with these sporty shorts from Arket for a chic monochrome look

Asceno / £155

Zurich lemon linen shorts

Add some interest to Asceno’s light lemon shorts with a bold coloured racer vest

Ganni / £175

Silk linen leopard print shorts

Keep your accessories minimal with Ganni’s leopard shorts to let them hold the attention

Monki / £15

Super-soft sporty shorts

These simple black shorts are a great option to ease you into this trend gently

Uniqlo / £19.90

Cotton poplin cargo shorts

For a slightly smarter look pair your sporty shorts with a short sleeve white shirt

Tommy Hilfiger / £55

Organic cotton sweat shorts

If you’re tired of trainers pair your shorts with simple sandals or leather flip flops

Weekday / £25

Tica shorts

For a fully casual look wear your shorts like track pants and pair with a soft oversized hoodie

Paradised / £175

Prim crinkled cotton-guaze shorts

These sunshine yellow shorts are the perfect addition to your high summer wardrobe

Les Boys Les Girls / £45

Cotton shorts impatient pink

Channel the 90's trend with these shorts; add a tank top and your flip flops

Everlane / £40

The Easy Chino Short

Sustainable brand Everlane is hitting all the right notes with these tan shorts, just add a linen shirt to finish off your look

Samsøe & Samsøe / £85

Hoys Shorts

A bit longer in length, this style is a great workwear option

Opening image courtesy of Getty.

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