The key to stylish shorts this summer is getting the fit and colour right. I'd recommend tailored styles in either bright or pastels hues to breathe new life into your wardrobe. Read on for more inspirationā€¦

Shorts are the perfect piece of casual attireĀ (and in some cases even formalwear) during the warmer months. Whether worn with a relaxed gingham shirt or as part of a tailored shorts-suit, it's a great idea to have a stylish selection of shorts in your summer wardrobe.

A slim or tailored fit will give your shorts an added edge of sartorial style. For a preppy/nautical approach, take a leaf out of this gentleman's book and team a striped pair with a sky blue shirt and deck shoes.

For a more quirky take on summer shorts, opt for a high-waisted pair in a relaxed fit and neutral hue. I love how this guy has paired his with a lightly acid-washed shirt, pulled up socks in a bright hue and rugged boots.

Another way to inject a quirky yet of-the-moment feel into your shorts this summer is through the use of print. A geometric pattern as seen on this man gives the look an instant dose of contemporary cool. Finish the look off with a simple tee, well-cut blazer and slip on loafers.

Last but not least, don't underestimate the power of colour. A bright hue like the cherry red shade this guy is donning will turn heads for all the right reasons this summer. I like how he's kept the look casual by teaming his vibrant shorts with an open denim shirt; it makes the whole ensemble seem so effortless.

Feeling inspired yet? Buy into the trend and make it your own by shopping our stylish summer shorts now.