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5 RETRO SHORTS

By Lakeisha Goedluck, September 7, 2017

Channeling old-school styles, from your cap to your kicks, has been a key trend of 2017. It may now be September, but don't pack away your summer gear just yet — keep the vibes going with a pair of sportswear-inspired shorts that look like they've been plucked straight from the '80s. Here are five of our favorites to help you get inspired.
Classic cut-off shorts | ASOS Style Feed

Classic cut-offs

At this time of year, it's always worthwhile having some steezy denim cut-offs in your sartorial arsenal. This pair has all the traditional elements of the wardrobe staple but with a vintage twist. The raw-edge hem gives them an authentic feel, while the bold white side stripes deliver a distinctive finish.
Classic cut-off shorts | ASOS Style Feed

The fact that the shorts come in a dark wash also makes them ideal for the transitional period. Don a graphic-print T-shirt and a pair of minimal sneakers to secure a 'fit that's both retro and late-summer/early-fall ready.

ASOS denim shorts with side-stripe detail, $40
Red, white and blue striped shorts | ASOS Style Feed

Strong stripes

If there's any pattern that transcends the seasons, it's stripes. Switch it up with these soft-touch jersey shorts patterned with horizontal stripes in varying widths. They're regular fit with handy side pockets so make for a solid daywear option.
Red, white and blue striped shorts | ASOS Style Feed

As they come in a subtle navy, cream and red colorway, they're versatile enough to pair with different top halves but still stand out. Try wearing them with a navy long-sleeved top and off-white kicks.

ASOS jersey shorts with stripes, $29
PUMA ticker-tape shorts | ASOS Style Feed

Vibrant vibes

PUMA's garnered a lot of hype over the last year. From celebrity collabs to brand partnerships, the sportswear giant's been offering stand-out streetwear pieces and some seriously slick footwear. The terrace style of the '80s is still going strong, so, to truly champion the look, get involved with these soccer shorts from the label.
PUMA ticker-tape shorts | ASOS Style Feed

Cop the matching shirt and wear them for sports on the weekends, or pair them with a crew-neck sweater and suede kicks for a laid-back, off-field get-up.

PUMA retro football shorts, exclusive to ASOS, $46
White panel shorts | ASOS Style Feed

Popping panels

Similar to denim cut-offs, a pair of white drawstring shorts are a warm-weather essential. These cotton ones come in a skinny fit, so are close but comfortable cut. What really makes them so fresh, however, are the knitted cut-and-sew panels on each side.
White panel shorts | ASOS Style Feed

This DIY-inspired technique is big this season, so opt for the matching sweater if you're really feeling the look. For a more relaxed feel, wear these with a brightly coloured hoodie, white T-shirt and high-tops in a complementary hue.

ASOS skinny short with knitted cut-and-sew panels, $35
Horizontal-striped shorts | ASOS Style Feed

Horizontal hype

Back in the '80s, toweling was everywhere, from sweatbands to sports tanks and fluorescent ankle socks. These regular-fit shorts are made up of a toweling jersey knit, so pay homage to the era. The thick drawstring waistband makes them easily adjustable, while the pockets provide a relaxed touch.
Horizontal-striped shorts | ASOS Style Feed

Pictures: Miles Drury

The corresponding hoodie makes for a great set to chill in, or wear with a T-shirt, bomber jacket and monochrome sneakers when out and about.

ASOS jersey shorts in retro stripe, $29

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