Uptown Bourgeois is a word-focused blog created by new York-based freelance writer Jefferey spivey. UB explores universal themes through a black, queer lens. 

How To Wear...Shorts Part 1

I first introduced the How To Wear feature in May. I felt it was an important feature to continue because we all need ways to find variety in our closets without depleting our bank accounts. Aside from showcasing your styling prowess, using one item in several looks gives your wardrobe versatility without having to spend a dime.

Despite what you've read about Gap's fashion in the media as of late, there are some real treasures on the men's side of the house.  I consider these Lived In cotton shorts to be one of those perfect finds.  The length hits above the knee and toes the middle line for that guy who wants to be on trend but doesn't want to show thigh.  The pre-faded color softens the hue so that it can match pretty much anything and survive several washes.  And they're just damn comfortable.  I brunch in these shorts.  I watch TV in these shorts.  I walk the length of Manhattan in these shorts. I truly live in them.

In this first look, I kept things dapper.  A deconstructed cotton blazer takes things up a notch without getting too serious (notice the collar pop).  I contrasted patterns with a plaid pocket square and a gingham woven shirt.  I topped it all off with a pair of suede oxfords.  The look is fun, contemporary dandy.  From the new casual Friday to dinner in Central Park, these shorts are your secret weapon for summer.

Photography by SahedPhotography.com

Blazer and Woven: Banana Republic; Shorts: Gap; Shoes: Steve Madden; Belt: Wall + Water; Pocket Square: Y & G (Amazon)

Get this look for $149+ on Lookastic: Blue Cotton Blazer, Black Gingham Dress Shirt, Grey Shorts, Black Suede Oxford Shoes
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How To Wear...Shorts Part 2

Summer Details