sheer fabrics linen or wool is always preferable when it comes to shorts. the stiffness of these fabrics helps you maintain an acceptable level of polish. • too short it’s summertime and showing a bit more skin is okay. Still, extra short shorts can be a big fashion faux pas. For optimum results, keep the hem a little bit over your knees. • unfinisheD hems While raw or unfinished hems tend to be subtle, they can ruin an entire outfit.