Booty shorts are the only shorts you should be wearing this summer
Sun’s out bums out
As the temperature rises, so does your hem line. But just because it’s a little warmer than it was a few months ago, does not mean you can put on those short shorts without a little care and consideration.
Bums are this season’s hottest asset thanks to the likes of Nicki Minaj and Kim K, so it’s no wonder women everywhere are putting time and a half into ensuring their derrières are nice and pert. And you should too, since booty shorts are back for another bootylicious summer of love.
They’ve been around for a while, but they’re going to be your summer staple. It’s been 10 years since Kate Moss rocked the tiny hot pants at Glasto, and you can bet your bottom dollar she’ll be working them this year too.
If you want to work this wardrobe classic, listen up. You need to do it right, as fashion guru Bianca London explains: “It’s time to hit the gym and cram some squats in: booty shorts are back. Thanks to the rise of tiny, derrière-baring shorts, the A-list have a new erogenous zone to show off – the underbutt. Among those with the nerve to show of a glimpse of buttock are Cara Delevingne, Rita Ora and Ellie Goulding – and probably you soon, too.”
Do your squats
A glimpse of cheek is far sexier than a big chest, and this trend is all about celebrating the beautiful behind. But nobody wants to see a flat bum poking out of your short shorts, so you’re going to have to put some graft in to keep it firm and fabulous.
Squats will be your saviour this summer, and the best part about them is you can do them in your living room: no more cowering in the gym because everyone you know has decided to go at the exact same time.
Personal trainer Sam Mitchell said: “Having well developed hips and legs is one of the most attractive physical characteristics in either gender. I often joke with my clients in the gym every day is butt day.
“Squatting heavy five or six times a week works for me, although some might find that excessive. For most people I’d say squat as often as your legs can take it.
“Keep your weight back, hips tight, back tight, everything tight and squeeze through your butt like you’re trying to push planet earth out of orbit.”
Denim is back
80s fashion went out the window as soon as the 90s came knocking, so don’t be caught dead in a pair of tight, shiny shorts this year. In case you hadn’t noticed, denim is making a big comeback, and they’re the perfect material for your booty shorts. But the catwalks are kind this year, and there are so many materials you can play around with if you’re bored of the 90s favourite.
Fashionistas can go for something a little more adventurous, and Bianca has some top suggestions: “Opt for a perennially chic pair of distressed denims if you want to play it safe. For extra brownie points, take note of the catwalks and snap up a pair of white, tan suede or khaki green shorts.”
But don’t go too distressed – there’s enough on show with your bum out, let alone giving everyone a peek of your knickers. Keep it classy by sticking to an acid wash if you want to mix the denim up, and never go for rips. Exposed pockets are also out: this year it’s all about keeping them sophisticated.
Keep them high waisted
Elongate your legs by snapping up a high waisted pair, which sit at the small of your waist. By hugging the smallest bit of you, your curves will be accentuated and suddenly baby got back. Dropped waists are only good if you’re increasing the length of your shorts, and since this trend is all about getting the full leg and bum out, you want as much material above the belly button as possible.
Don’t overload the 90s: Crops are a big no
We’re not actually back in 1997: fashion has moved on a long way since then, and so should your booty shorts. If you’re going to pull off hot pants this year, you’ll need something a little more glam to pair them with.
Your butt is taking centre stage, so cover up your midriff and steer clear of the crop tops. You can tease with a bit of cleavage, but nothing more than a scoop neck. You’re working this style like Beyoncé, not Jodie Marsh circa 2004.
Blogger Sophia Drew recommends teaming your shorts with a blouse for an elegant twist. She said: “One of the ways to wear hot pants without looking too tacky is to stick to tailored styles. Sure, they may be super short, but a turned up cuff or fitted waistband can make all the difference. Pair them with a button-up blouse, too. If your hot pants are made from a stiffer fabric, go with a looser fitting, silky blouse. If you’re wearing a more stretchy fabric, then try a crisp cotton shirt instead.”
They’re not just for festivals
Why should something so sexy be for the reserve of boozers at a festival who can’t even appreciate them? This year, booty shorts are acceptable anywhere, any time. Dress them down in the day with a pair of sandals or Hi Tops, then take them from day to night with a pair of wedges (yes, they’re back too).
Bianca suggests: “Team with a casual white, grey or black t-shirt and Stan Smiths for a daytime look, and add wedges and a tailored blazer to amp it up for night.”
These shorts require attitude
It’s a given if you’re wearing hot pants there might be a bit more on show than you’re used to, but work it. Don’t spend the night pulling out a wedgie, adjusting your camel toe or anxiously looking around, wondering if people are staring at your bootay. They are, get over it. The quickest way to kill your sex appeal is not having the confidence to pull them off, so just hold your head up high and let everyone enjoy your cheeky cheeks.
Booty shorts are a state of mind, not just a piece of clothing.