Summer has arrived, and it's time to ditch those jeans and slip into something a little cooler. There are plenty of reasons why shorts are the ultimate summer staple—not only do they keep you cool, but they allow for maximum movement, making them perfect for outdoor activities like hiking and cycling.
But when temperatures start to drop below 20 degrees Celsius (68 Fahrenheit), many people begin to wonder if their short-wearing days are over until next summer. In this article, we'll explore whether or not 20 degrees is hot enough to wear shorts and provide some tips on how to rock your favorite warm weather garment during the colder months.
The Science Behind Temperature Perception
Before we dive into whether or not you should be wearing shorts in cooler weather, let's take a quick look at what goes into how we perceive temperature.
Our perception of heat or cold is determined by two factors: air temperature (the actual temperature in the environment) and our thermal comfort zone (the range of temperatures where our bodies feel comfortable). When these two factors intersect—when the air temperature falls within our thermal comfort zone—we're more likely to feel comfortable in lighter clothing (although everyone interprets 'lighter' differently).
Additionally,(indeed!), there is no single ideal thermal comfort zone that works for everyone; several factors including age, gender, weight as well as humidity levels affect an individual’s perception of temperatures(temperatures here does not refer directly call out higher limits eg when standing under direct sunlight hence intended meaning would include feeling much hotter even though surrounding temp remains constant.) . For example,(notice formatted abbreviation) women often prefer warmer environments than men(for obvious biological features) due to their physiology.
These complex physiological responses just go ahead put most fashion rules out of reach ain't?
Can You Wear Shorts at 20 Degrees Celsius?
The short answer is, well, it depends. As we just mentioned, our perception of temperature can vary depending on a variety of factors (like how thick-skinned or insusceptible and plain indifferent an individual).
But if we had to provide a broad generalization, 20 degrees Celsius (68 Fahrenheit) likely falls within most people's thermal comfort zone - in other words, temperatures above this mark would be considered warm enough to wear shorts without feeling chilly. However,(nevertheless) , it’s important to note that everyone has different preferences when it comes to dressing for the weather(definitely more preferential than scientific) . Some people run hotter naturally (ever met those? they never seem cold), and therefore may feel comfortable wearing shorts at lower temperatures; while others might need warmer clothes all year round.
So don't rush into anything!
Tips for Wearing Shorts in Cooler Weather
If you do decide you're up for rocking your favorite pair of shorts despite cooler temps outside, go ahead cause life is too short anyway, there are some tips that can help ensure you stay warm:
If you’re going out expecting colder afternoon/evening/North winds etc.. best dress so :). Adding multiple layers will provide extra insulation and help keep your body heat locked in (really useful after sunset psssss).
Choose Your Material Wisely
When picking out shorts f-for-summer-winter-fall/spring(Whichever-nice...hehe), consider those made from thicker materials like cotton twill fleece as opposed to light linen or denim ones. These heavier fabrics offer additional warmth trapping qualities that'll make wearing them during cooler months more manageable and stylish!(now git gurl)
Opt For Full Coverage Shoes & Socks
To avoid bare legs making tippy taps with icy wind try pairing some chic ankle boots or sneakers with your shorts ensemble, tights/oxy-line stockings all add a little extra insulation while maintaining that casual look.
Accessorize Your Look
Go wild but not to the extreme, (sassy much) by adding scarves, hats and other accessories which provide layered clothing as well as thermal retention (cozy is genderless my beautiful people). Furthermore in addition to wearability component,size-wise we usually react better when exposed to stimulation—that's why soft textured materials like wool can warm you up fast , wearing gloves, earmuffs will keep hands and head respectively cozy.(can say cold resistant if temperature quinces go down further than 20!)
Styling Tips for Wearing Shorts in Cooler Weather
So now that you know it’s OKAY TO WEAR SHORTS AT 20 DEGREES (WE CAN NAIL THESE STREET SUPREME LOOK TOO), here are some additional styling tips to help you nail the look.
Playing with different shades within same color family gives streetwear vibes without trying too hard.Greys/blacks/navy blues etc make great combos(all time!).
Think Textured Fabrics
Similar textures of leather boots or velvet jackets/hoodies especially corduroy add contrast yet complementary dimension(aesthetic adds wonders)
Utilize Light Patterns + Accessories:
Patterns such as Dots/geometric shapes/light bold patterns…also add significant style boost besides being light enough for the weather already mentioned plus accessorizing(wow wow).
As temperatures drop throughout fall/winter/spring seasons(coz summer rocks y'all), most folks tend to hang their short sleeve shirts and leave shorts tucked aways waiting for sunny days only(sniffs) . But let this article serve as proof that there is no need(with a lil mix & match) hiding our favorite pieces while embracing new styles at every chance presented...even when the mercury starts to dip(who said fashion has one season? it's a lifelong mandate y'all!).