The summer months are not cool for men’s fashion. Hot and humid weather can make wearing a suit to work feel suffocating. However, retailers are allowing you to breathe a bit with the latest trend: the short suit.
Thom Browne most notably brought this trend to life in the mid-2000s with his “shrunken suit,” which featured tight-fitting jackets and shorten pant lengthen that are more closely related to capris.
More retailers such as Barneys, Topman, and Asos have added the trend to their look books this season. All business of top, summer fun on the bottom, short suits fuses traditional business and a more laid back look.
“We have wanted to make a suit short for a long time but knew it had to be just right for it to look good,” the site’s product description reads. “It has an old-school country club vibe (more Gatsby, less Caddyshack) and is almost guaranteed to win the battle for best-dressed at nearly every summer occasion.”
Is your office not too suit and tie? Check the Wallace & Barnes worker short suit that has lightweight-cotton-linen “ideal for the hazy summer days when air-conditioning seems like the world’s greatest scientific discovery.”
Not “happy” with this new trend? You have the singer of the summer smash, Pharrell Williams to thank for bringing this style to the red carpet of the Academy Awards last year.
The length of the shorts varies from knee length to shorter, and can be paired with a button-down and tie, or a plan crew neck T. Finish the ensemble with loafers, oxfords, or suede driving shoes and a pompadour hairstyle.
Guys, would you rock this summer style? Ladies, what do you think about the short suit?