Blue is perhaps the most popular and versatile color when it comes to men’s shorts. Who doesn’t love a pair of dark blue shorts? While you can’t go wrong with dark blue shorts, you can take the look to the next level by dressing up or down, adding accessories and pairing them right. Dark blue shorts are definitely a wardrobe staple. Here are five tips to help you wear dark blue shorts with confidence:
The right shade
Dark blue can range from navy to indigo to royal blue. Choose a shade that complements your skin tone and matches the occasion. For example, navy is a classic and versatile choice that can work for both casual and dressier occasions. You can go monochromatic by pairing dark blue shorts with a blue shirt. Play with different shades of blue to add depth to the outfit. Chambray shirts with their light blue hues give off a fresh vibe when worn with dark blue shorts. Consider adding a white or beige accessory to break up the blue.
Colored shirt and dark blue shorts
There are many colors that go perfectly with dark blue shorts. Chances are, you may already have these in your wardrobe. So, you won’t have to put in too much effort to pair your shorts right.
A classic and traditional look is to pair those navy or dark blue shorts with a crisp white button down shirt. Be sure to choose a shirt in a lighter material so you can roll it up to make it look effortlessly elegant. A white T-shirt or a gray polo shirt is also a great option.
If you are going for an edgy yet classy look, consider pairing dark blue shorts with a black shirt. After all, black goes with everything.
Laidback and sporty
Combining dark blue shorts with a navy and white crew neck sweater is a brilliant example of how to mix patterns and colors effectively. Wear it with white canvas low-top sneakers to keep the look clean and simple. For example, take a look at the Gin & Juice 5" - Navy Blue Shorts on our website which are ideal for any activity, be it lounging, swimming, working out or casual wear.
Opt for a gray vertical striped short-sleeve shirt paired with navy shorts for an off-duty look that is both stylish and comfortable. Complete the outfit with white canvas low-top sneakers for a touch of class.
For those looking to add a pop of color, the hot pink polo and navy blue shorts combination is perfect. Pair them white low-top sneakers to keep the outfit fresh and modern.
Take up the style quotient
To achieve a casual yet stylish look, pairing your dark blue shorts with a red polo shirt. Complete the look with low-top white canvas sneakers, sunglasses, and a watch for a seamless and stylish ensemble.
For a cool casual getup, a navy polo and navy shorts are the perfect combination. For a more relaxed feel, slip into a pair of bright-colored flip flops.
When the weather is cooler, a gray sweatshirt, charcoal print crew-neck tee, and navy shorts make for a comfortable yet dapper outfit. Add a pair of gray athletic shoes to the mix to give off a friendly vibe.
For casual city style that doesn’t compromise on function, a dark green print crew-neck T-shirt and navy blue shorts work well together. Add dark green athletic shoes for a touch of stylish casualness.
Did you know that floral shorts go wonderfully with dark blue shorts? Opt for a black and white floral short sleeve shirt paired with your favorite dark-blue shorts. Complete the look with black and white canvas low-top sneakers to let your sartorialist shine.
Dress them up
Dark blue shorts can be dressed up for a more formal occasion by pairing them with a button-down shirt and dress shoes. Add a blazer or sport coat for an extra touch of sophistication.
A blue blazer coupled with a white button-down shirt, and dark blue shorts are a classic combination for a semi-formal look. You can dress it up further by adding leather brogues to this ensemble. Layering dark blue shorts with different accessories and clothing items can add more texture and interest to the outfit. For instance, try layering with a cardigan or a denim/leather jacket to give it a more edgy look.
It is important to accessorize thoughtfully. Make sure not to over accessorize as this can detract from the blue short’s innate simplicity.
The right length
The most popular short lengths are the 5 inch inseam and 7 inch inseam. The 5 inch inseam shorts are on the shorter side and give off a more athletic and trendy vibe. They are ideal for summer or beach outings but may not be apt for more conservative or formal settings. The 5 inch shorts are getting popular now a days.
On the other hand, 7 inch inseam shorts provide more coverage and can be a more versatile option for different occasions. You can dress these up or down depending on the overall look and footwear choice. The good news is that both 5 inch and 7 inch inseam dark blue shorts can be paired with a variety of tops and footwear choices.
One of our most popular designs ‘The Boundless Short’ in navy blue and dark blue is available in both the 5 inch and 7 inch inseam lengths and is a hot favorite amongst followers.
The key to making dark blue shorts look more impressive is to pair them with the right colors, patterns, and accessories. Experiment with different looks to find the ones that work best for you and your personal style.