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Re-inventing itself from being a primary school kid’s uniform to becoming a must-have in every youngster's wardrobe,the shorts have found a way to becoming the ultimate respite from the scorching summer heat.

May 14, 2009 12:26:43 am

Cotton,lycra and even nylon,shorts redefine comfort this summer with elan

Re-inventing itself from being a primary school kid’s uniform to becoming a must-have in every youngster’s wardrobe,the shorts have found a way to becoming the ultimate respite from the scorching summer heat. As mannequins at garment shops shed lengthy dresses to get into comfort zone,style buffs know it is time to redesign their wardrobes. And when shops in the city fetch the latest trends to their warehouse,you know you will hit comfort in style.

While the conventional length set up for shorts varies from mid-length,knee-length,short bermuda and roll-up,it is the pattern that will be setting the style statement this season. Plaid,tropical prints,polka dot,polka dot belted,canvas pick,stitched denim — according to Sandeep Pethe of Gatwick,people will be spoilt for choice this season. “Plaid and plaid patchwork has always been a favourite amongst customers. It gives you a very smart look but this time,to complement the floral prints,we also have tropical prints,” he says.

Mid-length shorts —the highest-selling length owes its sales to the cool as well as the versatility factor. The mid-length shorts too are available in different patterns this season. “Mid-length shorts suit all body types and are decent so they are sold the most. Normally,we had plain colours and hardly any designs for mid-length shorts. So,people had to settle for less but this season,we do have floral prints,” says Manish Jain of Gazal In Style at Clover Centre.

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Earlier it was considered appalling for youngsters,girls,guys and everyone else to wear shorts beyond their secondary school days,but back then the summer sun did not play havoc with simple folks as it does nowadays. However,now with no signs of the heat wave reducing,city folks and youngsters are taking a cue and going back to taking a short-cut as far as summer wear is concerned.

“The summer sun is terrible and no sane human being would love to venture out into the sun during the day. Also,due to power cuts daily,shorts at least help keep me ventilated,if not cool. Shorts have always been in fashion and as far as Pune goes,summers,winters,rains,all seasons are the same; they really haven’t gone out of style,” says Aditya Bhatt,a software engineer,

“As far as shorts go,there are many fabrics that have been incorporated into their designing. From using lycra-based cottons,to using ripstop nylons,everything is used. In fact,as far as guys go,they can choose from a range of options,like dri-fit shorts,which have a full-length mesh cover that enables sweat to evaporate quickly or normal cotton shorts,which are in vogue. Earthy colours like olive,brown,beige are very much in,although the traditional whites,blues and greys are also seeing a fast rise in sales,”elaborates Yusuf Chowdhary of Sports Station,

While the shops in Clover Centre play it low making the price range be as reasonable as Rs 150 to 300,the branded ones play it big with price ranging from Rs 1000 to 3000. Levis range from Rs 1100 to 1800,Nike ranges from Rs 1400 to 3000.

Also in vogue are cargo shorts and straight-fitted pleated shorts. Guys have a mélange of choices,with checks and stripes being the most common,says H Sohaib,another retailer. “Also,shorts made of nylon and polyester fabrics are very popular these days. Even though they give the impression that they are very uncomfortable at the first glance,as they have a bit of a shine,they really are not. In fact,owing to the ventilation factor in these fabrics,they help keep the heat-prone areas of a person’s body cool,” he says.

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