You know how I’m not a very good spring and summer dresser? Well, I think this summer is going to be a hot one, so I’m looking to change my pitiful ways. Sneaking off to the mall a few weekends ago, I wandered through Banana Republic despite being unimpressed with their offerings in a while.
I’m a tough cookie to impress when it comes to summer clothes. I like fitted silhouettes, saturated colors, and quirky menswear inspirations, all of which are noticeably absent on summer shelves full of floaty fabrics and soft colors. So when these seersucker shorts caught my eye, I got really excited.
My size wasn’t available in store in the color I wanted (fatigue), so I snapped some photos for Fit Review and made a mental note to check back later.
Banana Republic had a 40% off “Happy Hours” event on Tuesday, so Clinton and I took a little trip to the mall to see if my shorts were available yet. I’m usually not very good at scoring amazing deals on clothes, but after taking advantage of the 40% off promotion, 25% off for a Banana Card upgrade, and used a $10 Rewards Card, these shorts came to a grand total of $7.96!
And if I do say so myself…they’re much more flattering in real life that on the model!
Fit – There is a slight waist gap, which I intend to fix with a belt. It’s not large enough to require alterations, and I think these will look great with a belt anyways, so it’s a no-brainer. Also a nice fit in the hip.
The leg/thigh on shorts is usually a problem area for me, since I don’t like how my “tooth-pick” legs don’t usually fill out leg-openings in a flattering way. These shorts are slim enough to look casually loose on me, but still have room to spare for ladies who are blessed with shapelier legs than my own.
The hem has been folded two times by the retailer, and I find this length to be really flattering. The cuff is not bulky at all. There are no stitches at the cuff, so it can be unfolded for a more modest length if desired.
Fabric – Seersucker is quickly becoming my summer fabric du-jour. Reminiscent of Ralph Lauren advertorials, I love it’s stuffy country club, menswear vibe. These shorts are the typical crunchy, waffle texture of seersucker. Unlined with pockets, there is a chance of pocket see-through in bright light. There is also a chance of bright colored undie see-through in bright light, so beware!
Details – Cotton reinforcement lines the waistband. Pockets are nicely stitched and detailed. Oh yeah…and they have pockets!
Verdict – Keepers! Especially for $8!
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