We're updating our WWC in early 2019! The Clyde Work Short in Midweight Linen will be updated with new sizes and colors for WWC Generation 2 in 2019! We'll remove it from the site, along with the rest of the WWC, at the end of January 2019, and you will see it return shortly after!
A short based on one of our most popular, practical pant styles - the Clyde. I am decidedly not a shorts person - I don't like showing skin, and short lengths on anything usually make me uncomfortable. But dressing comfortably for warm climates almost always requires some kind of alternative to pants, and I wanted to tackle the challenge.
The silhouette I'm most drawn is that of the 1930s and 1940s tap shorts, with a slim waist and wide, full thigh opening. To create the most flattering division of leg, I aimed to follow the rule of thirds, with the distance from natural waist to hem of the shorts taking up about one-third of total leg length. This also puts the hem of the shorts on the part of the thigh that has just begun to taper in circumference, which slims the leg visually. Those factors combined with the wide, full silhouette create a beautiful shape that still feels modest and elegant. A generous inseam makes them practical and wearable (everybody knows that a one or two-inch inseam on shorts is a recipe for discomfort).
These are incredibly versatile with our classic Clyde pockets and durable topstitching. Distinctly utilitarian in feel, I picture these being right at home on an archaeological dig. But also very wearable for a weekend brunch and trip to the park.
Cut from a sturdy, incredibly durable linen that can be pressed to a neat, crisp finish, or left wrinkled after washing for a perfectly lived-in look. It will only soften and improve with age, a beautiful benefit of clothing meant for a life fully-lived.