People have been talking about “short suits” a lot lately. The trend went mainstream this year when Pharrell Williams showed up at the Oscars wearing shorts under his dinner jacket.
The designer Thom Browne was then spotted wearing a shorts suit at the CFDA Awards last month (surely to be expected of a man who’s always left inches of space between his trouser hems and ankles?).
While I don’t have any objections to the shorts suit as a trend, I do have one question: Where on earth could you get away with wearing one?
Ok, you could always get married in a shorts suit. Your wedding day is one of those days when you get to call all the shots and wear exactly what you want. But who would choose to wear shorts on their wedding day, even if it was a summer wedding?
Another situation in which a shorts suit might be appropriate is for people who work in a fashion or advertising-related profession. In that environment, it might even give someone kudos to walk into work one summer morning with his shirt tucked into his tailored shorts.
But every other profession, in the City especially…? Can you imagine a banker or a trader showing up in the office in a shorts suit? Way to be laughed straight out of the office!
Having said all this, one of the benefits of being a bespoke tailoring company is that the style advisors at A Suit That Fits get to respond personally to each and every customer request. And surely it can’t be that difficult to tailor a shorts suit compared to a regular suit?
You’d just have to cut the trousers off above the knee and – voila! Making the look work is another story entirely, though. You’d have to have a well-tailored jacket, a tailored shirt and a snug fit around the hips. Otherwise, it would just look odd.
Check out Pharrell and Thom in the images above and below: surprisingly cool (in both senses of the word), no?