|Raf Simmons on Forward
Shorts as oppose to long pants are easier to pull in a strong vibrant color. You wouldn't find too many guys wearing long pants in red, pink or green, never the less a bold colorful pattern but they will wear shorts in these colors...and i as a fan of colors am encouraging it.
What style? i personally not a fan of the looser fit cargo shorts, or the draw string closure, i know they might be comfortable and easy but they are fine for walk on the beach or walking your dog so if you are like me looking for a summer replacement to your long pants that can be used on a daily basis for work and pleasure than go for a slimmer fit with a bit of a dressier cut and a waistband, like these navy shorts from Raf Simmons above. The length of the shorts depends on your body type, i have long legs therefore i like them longer and usually make mine knee length, but on average i think a good length should about 9" inseam, i think the shorty short ones are a bit too feminine for my taste.
The tricky part in wearing shorts is what shoes to wear? And i think a lot of you will disagree with me but i say NO to Flip-flops and NO to sandals! I dont care how many designers show their summer looks on the runways with sandals it never looks good...they either look too nerdy or too feminine no matter how well they are made or designed...therefore my suggestion is either cool colored or white sneakers or a chioce of boat shoes or loafers and all with either low socks (that will not be seen)or better no socks at all.
Below: Colors on Selected at Asos
Patterns from Burkman and Gant both at Barneys