Women's shorts enhance the figure, while variants for men boast brighter colors.
Suppliers of shorts in China are launching more attractive designs that conform better to the body as a means of boosting overseas sales.
|The model FW967 men's shorts from Farway are made of yarn-dyed cotton and have a plaid motif.|
Women’s styles, including hot pants, and city, balloon and cargo models, adopt constructions aimed at emphasizing the wearer’s figure. A few companies offer versions that have high waists, but low-rise kinds are still mainstream. Products usually fall to the mid-thigh. Cuffed leg openings are popular as they highlight the lower limbs.
Releases come in a range of colors, and both dark and bright tones are adopted. They may be decorated with braided or woven tape to enhance visual appeal further. Gold-finished, rhinestone and textile-covered buttons are also employed as adornments.
In addition, details such as stitching, draping and pleating are incorporated for improved aesthetics. The zipper closure can be placed at the side rather than in front. A synthetic leather or self-fabric belt is sometimes included.
Prices of women’s shorts start at $5 and exceed $7 per pair. Low-end types are made of pure or blended polyester, acrylic, viscose or rayon. The fasteners are mostly plastic, but factories may also use metal zippers. Trimmings are minimal.
Midrange designs come in 100 percent cotton or cotton-spandex. The elastic yarn often accounts for 2 to 5 percent of the fiber composition. Cotton, linen, viscose and wool are utilized in the most expensive styles.
Suppliers employ metal fasteners for upscale products. A few even choose branded zippers such as YKK. Companies also go for increased decorations.
As regards the men’s selection, several manufacturers are turning out bolder looks by foregoing dark, neutral hues. Green, purple, cherry red and orange shorts are gaining ground. Plaid continues to be a trendy motif. The garments can undergo washing and incorporate wrinkle effects to become more eye-catching.
Knee-length cargo and Bermuda styles dominate. The former type often has six or seven pockets. Some feature drawstring hems. Bermuda versions boast turned-back leg openings and buttoned fabric tabs. Slash front and flap back pockets are common.
Quotes of men’s shorts are $5.50 to more than $7.50 each. The simplest, most inexpensive variants come in polyester, rayon, cotton or T/C. Nylon or other kinds of plastic fasteners are utilized.
Makers use yarn- or piece-dyed pure cotton and 98:2 cotton-spandex in upscale releases. Products generally adopt metal closures and emphasize additional decorative components and finishes.
Model: Sally Shorts
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