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Thread: "Well, they don't *look* like dead fish." (Help me wear salmon shorts).

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    "Well, they don't *look* like dead fish." (Help me wear salmon shorts).

    Hi all. Yesterday, due to a combination of factors (namely, my lack of enough shorts to get through a fast-approaching vacation and a Macy's gift card that's been burning a hole in my pocket), I purchased a pair of salmon-colored shorts. I'm generally fairly reserved in the colors and patterns I wear. I fall firmly into the third category described here.

    But these were a steal, they fit well (trim, fall above the knee) and they were (surprisingly) the most muted color option available. They're a darker, faded salmon, but they're still probably the loudest item in my wardrobe at the moment.

    So, that being said, two questions for you guys:

    What are your thoughts on salmon-colored shorts? Too preppy? Or okay with the right outfit?

    ...which leads to my second question: What should I wear with these that won't make me look like a preppy a**hole. I'd prefer not to end up on this page.

    Thanks in advance.
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    That tumble feed needs to get over itself. There's nothing inherently wrong with those shorts. A lot of those guys are dressed sloppily, but that's no fault of the shorts.

    Without seeing the particular shorts in question, I would say a polo in white or blue is completely safe. There plenty of combinations that would work, but those two require zero brain power.
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    I just picked up a pair of salmon color shorts for the summer, and I think they're great! I live in Chicago, and I would say it's almost common to see a gent rocking this color. The times I've worn mine I paired it with a darker gray/black top, and if you daring I think it works really well with a mint colored top!


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    Quote Originally Posted by alan View Post
    That tumble feed needs to get over itself
    "tumblr"... stupid auto correct...

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    I was just wearing my "mango" colored shorts yesterday. I don't think there's anything wrong with the color - it's summer and you're wearing shorts already, you're supposed to dress a little less seriously.

    Because they're a bit loud I usually pair them with other elements that are fairly understated, like a polo or henley in white or navy. Yesterday I was wearing the shorts, a charcoal t-shirt, and off-white canvas sneakers. Pretty simple.
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    There's nothing wrong with that color, or any of the shorts displayed on that tumblr.

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    I don't understand that tumblr -- is it making fun of the fact that some guys wear pink? Is this the third grade or something, where we assume that pink=gay and gay=cooties, so pink=cooties?

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    How dare America's youth try to look respectable and not like a bunch of hobos or gangsters. Shame on you all.

    With that being said....I frequently look at "salmon" colored shorts in stores and inevitably always end up not getting them. I feel like they are too trendy and will probably fall out of style in a season or two. I know they've gotten big over the past few summers, but I still feel like it's probably a trend that will slow down in the not too distant future. I end up sticking with classic colors (khaki, gray, navy). Yet at the same time, something about the brighter colors still draws me in. haha

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    I've got shorts and slim chino's in that color and love them. Don't give into the hate...

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    I definitely second wearing a white or navy colored shirt. The salmon colored shorts are your "statement" color, so definitely go more neutral with everything else. I'm not sure if I would go with a mint colored shirt. I tried it on once, but it seemed too daring, even for someone more fashion forward. I think that color combo goes much better with women.

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