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How to Wear: the Shorts Suit for Men

June 23, 2014
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Men, listen up!  It's the year of the short.  That may seem like a bit of an odd statement.  'Haven't shorts always been in fashion?'  You might ask yourself.  Well, yes, they have, but never have they been so fervently embraced by the fashion industry as they have this Spring/Summer 2014 season.  Why?  Well, this season marks the triumph of the shorts suit.  That's right.  Designers are elevating shorts to a slightly more dressy category this season by pairing them with suit jackets.  There are two ways to wear the trend.  The first, we think, is an easier way to wear it, in the 'Half Suit' style?  What does this mean?  It means that the suit jacket and shorts are not sold as a 'suit set', they are completely separate.  But, worn together, they create this sort of suit-esque aesthetic.  The second way to wear it is much more fashion-forward and slightly more difficult to wear, and that is the 'Full Shorts Suit', where the jacket and shorts are sold as a set, creating a more stylised 'runway' look.  Guys, which ever one you choose to attempt, here is Stylecab's on how to wear the shorts suit this summer.


Half Short Suit


Preppy: A fail proof way to wear this trend is to go all out with your preppy classics.  Pair your classic navy blazer with a trusty white shirt, perennially summery seersucker shorts and suede slip-ons.  These are all items that you should already have in your repertoire and they go brilliantly together.


Brights: We like the way a bright shirt and shorts look when paired with a more neutral blazer.  This is also a slightly more preppy look that is perfect for a weekend away in the Hamptons.


Masculine Monochrome: However, if you're not that into colour and want a more masculine look, you can't go wrong with a grey suit jacket paired with black shorts in a looser, boxier cut.  Add a crisp white pocket square, a blue shirt and beat-up leather shoes to finish off the look.


Neutrals: We like the idea of pairing your suit jacket and shorts in similar tones.  This works best with neutrals such as beige and grey.  The tones of the jacket and shorts are similar but not 'matchy-matchy' in the way that a full-on shorts suit might look, lending itself to a slightly more relaxed feeling overall.


Loose Fit: Pairing a looser-fitting pair of shorts with a more relaxed-fit blazer on top gives you an automatically more laid-back look.  Top it off with your favourite white tee that you wear so much it's falling apart at the seams.


Pop of Colour: Brighten up your neutral-toned jacket and shirt with a pair of colourful shorts.  This is instantly summery and still utterly sophisticated look.


Full Shorts Suit


Casual with a T: Dress down a full shorts suit by pairing it with a basic tee.  Top it off with classic, simple white lace-up sneakers (such as the Adidas Stan Smith style).


Classic Blues: If you're going to wear your full shorts suit with a shirt, first of all, we would recommend selecting a shorts suit style that is done in a more relaxed style, such as this one with its exposed pockets and contrast buttons.  The blue hue of this shorts suit also lends itself to a more casual look; pair it with a classic blue and white striped shirt and leather shoes and it's a great look for a smart-casual weekend brunch.


Summer Seersucker: Being a summer look, it makes sense that the shorts suit would look great in the most summery of fabrics, seersucker.  The slim-cut style of this one in particular looks best on a lean but muscular shape.  Paired with a basic shirt and sleek tie, it's a great look for summer.

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