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With that big flaming ball in the sky really upping the ante recently, it’s time we got ripping off our shirt sleeves and tearing our pant legs away. But before you get too excited, make sure you soak up this intel. Wherever you’re headed with your arms and legs on full show, make sure you’re looking your best, with our pick of the best shirt and shorts combos for summer…

A street-styler wearing a bright-yellow co-ord | ASOS Style Feed

The festival set

Alright, so your stamina might take a beating from a full weekend of wet wipe baths, late nights and greasy food, but your style sure as heck doesn’t have to. Co-ord shirts and shorts are the headline trend for this festival season — they dance on the lines between slick and relaxed, and smart and fun, and look hella good to boot. A brightly colored set is perfect gear for dancing until the small hours, no matter who’s on stage.

A street-styler wearing an open shirt and short-shorts | ASOS Style Feed

The poolside duo

No running, no wild splashing… we’re all familiar with the rules of the pool. But there’s only one law when it comes to poolside style. That means going big, bold and patterned with half your ‘fit and toning down the hype by keeping the other 50% classic and plain. Don an unbuttoned shirt above a pair of sun-ready short-shorts and you're good to go.

A street-styler wearing a polo shirt and tailored shorts | ASOS Style Feed

The preppy pair-up

Anthony Minghella’s 1999 movie The Talented Mr. Ripley is the benchmark by which we should all measure our hot-weather smart-casual 'fits, with Jude Law’s Dickie Greenleaf our sartorial savior. "What would Dickie do?": four words that should be running through your mind any time the climate forces you to switch out your chinos for shorts. Pop on a pair of tapered shorts to look as if you're dripping with Riviera goodness, and style with a vintage polo — exactly what the man himself would rock to sip his Aperol Spritz.

A street-styler wearing a T-shirt, printed shirt and denim shorts | ASOS Style Feed

The beach twosome

The only thing that you should be applying to your skin when the sand’s calling — other than tons and tons of SPF 50 — is some pure Californian finery. It’s all about West Coast heritage vibes this season at the seaside, and with buckets of brands to choose from, you’re spoiled for choice as to which way to go. Opt for surfer-style denim shorts and team them with a lightweight shirt — preferably printed — for a super-chill look. 

A street-styler wearing a white T-shirt, printed shirt and chino shorts | ASOS Style Feed

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The street team

Let’s be frank: you’ve been working hard on your sneaker game this year, and it's high time — now that the elements have eased up on trying to trash your kicks — to let those puppies on your feet sing. How? Plain chino shorts will do it. They're no fuss and their super-slick cut will divert all the focus towards your bottom half, allowing your kicks to receive the attention they deserve. Don't forget to rock your finest, whitest athletic socks too. Wrap the lot up with a short-sleeved shirt worn over a white tee for laid-back steez.