Every so often I like to spice things up by taking a risk. A good challenge now and then is good for you, right? So if asked “Chopsticks or a fork?” Handover the chopsticks. Elevator or stairs? I’ll meet you up there, I’m taking the stairs. My most recent risk involved buying shorts to play tennis in.
I was in need of a new pair and came across the Under Armour Women’s Spring Play It Up Short. The thick elastic waistband with a drawcard and “UNDER ARMOUR” printed in large type caught my eye, and I wanted to give them a try. Once the shorts were on, it was a done deal. I had to own a pair. They were so comfortable I debated whether I should ever take them off again.
And that’s when the risk presented itself. No, not the risk of never buying another pair of pants again, although tempting because of how comfy they were. But instead, do I choose the neon pink color that brightens up a room (a positive would be a drop in my electric bill), or do I choose the cool graphite grey that would make any top I pair it with look good? Based on my track record, it may be no surprise that I took a risk and went with the brightly colored shorts.
Now I wouldn’t necessarily say I experienced risk-taker’s remorse. I was just a little out of my comfort zone since these shorts were definitely brighter than anything I ever owned. Though that feeling quickly disappeared after I wore them around for the first time and began to receive compliment after compliment about their color. It was great! I wasn’t used to this magnitude of compliments and was tempted to buy a pair for every day of the week, but I didn’t want to abuse my powerful new compliment-provoker.
So instead of buying seven pairs of the same short, I’ve been keeping a look out for other shorts that fall into the same realm. Like the Nike Women’s Phantom Shorts. The soft training shorts come in fun colors that will light up any room you walk into. Or if you’re not ready to step out of the comfort zone just yet, there’s also the more subtle, darker color that still features a bright accent. Personally, I love the added bonus of a built-in compression short for storing tennis balls. Especially since I have yet to persuade Jason to be a ball kid when I play.
Because men shouldn’t be left out in the dark, I’ve found a few options for the male risk-takers out there. Though I’d like to preface that there doesn’t appear to be as many brightly colored men’s shorts like there are for women. Instead it’s all about the bold patterns to make that same statement.
Besides long walks on the beach, another weakness I have is bargains. Which probably explains why I’m attracted to the 2-for-1 deal the KSwiss Men’s Stretch Boardshort has to offer. After you’re done hitting on the courts, you can jump straight into the pool without wasting sunlight changing into your swimsuit. Money-saver and time-saver? I’m so glad they have some for women, too, with both versions having compliment-worthy patterns that the most experienced risk-takers would drool over.
If you’re one of those who is in limbo between taking a risk and the comfort zone, I think we have a solution: the Fila Spring Baseline Plaid Short. From a distance the pattern isn’t quite as obvious, keeping you in short range of the comfort zone. But up close, the high-energy design calls for people’s attention and will leave them with no choice but to compliment you.
And last but not least (well, maybe least in weight) is the Nike Men’s Summer Distraction Short. It’s not quite as loud as the other two men shorts, but the sharp, edgy pattern will still give you a taste of risk-taker stardom. They’re extremely lightweight, making them perfect for training when those heat waves hit.
So go on, live a little. Grab a pair of these trendy shorts and be showered with compliments for taking a little risk.