1. Vanessa

    June 25, 2007 at 2:54 am

    I’ve never seen shorts pulled off with such panache. And by the way, as you’re in Italy, what do you think of Lapo Elkann? He’s been called the best-dressed man in the world; I can’t remember if you’ve ever done a bit about him or not. It seems like you’d have an opinion.

  2. PAULO

    June 25, 2007 at 3:55 am

    I love the look. The fabric looks very exquisite even just by looking at the photo.

  3. MacGuffin

    June 25, 2007 at 6:35 am

    I bow to your superior fashion knowledge but short dress pants or dress shorts just look wrong to me. Maybe if the shorts and jacket weren’t matching fabric?

  4. velocity girl

    June 25, 2007 at 6:37 am

    Nice find.

  5. Sentir

    June 25, 2007 at 6:59 am

    It seems (since he is wearing shorts and from what others are wearing) that it was a warm day. While the outfit seems well-put together, I am guessing (from the way it looks) that it’s not natural fiber.

    That kind of defeats the purpose of wearing the shorts to cool down! Unless of course that it was for show, then the outfit gets an 8.5.

  6. Edu

    June 25, 2007 at 7:12 am

    Hey, Mr. Sartorialist!

    Let me tell you that I’ve always liked this looks. My father has very old snapshot dressed like this man. IN Brazil this look was originally used by young boy, when adults they started using slacks!
    Cool post!

  7. Anonymous

    June 25, 2007 at 7:28 am

    A great example of American style.

  8. Anonymous

    June 25, 2007 at 7:41 am

    BEYOND COOL! But it is his nonchalance that made it work

  9. Anonymous

    June 25, 2007 at 7:56 am

    Angus Young from AC/DC wants his clothes back.

  10. Alice Olive

    June 25, 2007 at 8:36 am

    Fantastic! Sharp and simple – always best!

  11. hazel

    June 25, 2007 at 9:10 am

    and i love the moleskine accessory

  12. Anonymous

    June 25, 2007 at 9:25 am

    great look for summer

  13. Fes

    June 25, 2007 at 9:30 am

    This is the second time I’ve seen a photograph of a shorted suit! The ex-journo in me is now unconsciously looking for a third so that I can mentally declare it a trend. Although I think the wearer might find it difficult to overcome the Angus Young factor, I can’t help but like this.

  14. AnonymousJK

    June 25, 2007 at 9:52 am

    How do you say: Dee-lovely?! I am really into the suit right now and the way this one is worn so casually, really does it for me!

  15. simply olive

    June 25, 2007 at 10:21 am

    i can’t wait for the women’s RTW shows to begin…all these men in suits is quite boring!

    (photos from RTW are always more fun to look at…don’t get me wrong…i love a man in an impecable suit…)

  16. Off The Cuff

    June 25, 2007 at 10:52 am

    Great outfit; very creative. It’s hard for men to pull off that sort of shorts/suit look, but this is an excellent example of how it can work.

    He does not look like a school boy or someone wearing business casual from Bermuda. The outfit is casually sophisticated and comfortable at the same time. What make it well-balanced are the shoes. I can’t tell from this pic exactly what kind they are, but I recently bought a pair of Tsubos, the Rhod model. They are similar to the ones pictured in that they’re neither too causal nor too dressy.

    All in all, another great find.

  17. Asian Models Blogger

    June 25, 2007 at 10:57 am

    I love the jacket & shorts combo. Totally summer and cool.

  18. Jingoist

    June 25, 2007 at 10:59 am

    I really like the contrast of the tailored suit and shorts versus the vans sneakers.

    I’m not sold on the ill-fitting shirt though; Could be the belt causing the bunching.

    I do think it’s smart he went sans pocket square though- save that for suit/semi-formal look while the lack of it here helps brings symmetry to the sneakers/informal look.

  19. Jingoist

    June 25, 2007 at 11:04 am

    P.S. The guy on the left has the perfect fitting polo… at the waist in the front, slightly longer tails in the back to go with jeans that have just enough break in them. That guy is taller, so it is tough to pull that off just right without the polo looking dorky for looking like it shrank at the cleaners or the pants have too much material.

  20. calm.cool.collected

    June 25, 2007 at 11:33 am

    I’ve said it before…love legs in summertime and mens are no exception! I like this…not a lot of men in my area could pull this off but this man looks polished, cool, and put together.

  21. approaching clouds

    June 25, 2007 at 11:57 am

    when did they change the rule that men above 25 are not supposed to wear shorts apart from the beach? the loss of dignity and attractiveness is immense.

  22. Niki

    June 25, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    I would never imagine cropped pants to look that stylish. He carries it so well.

  23. luggi

    June 25, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    The tennis shoes blow. Other than that, I’m all for it.

  24. Anonymous

    June 25, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    MY HERO! I have yet to see the short and jacket combo at work in LA. I guess I will just live vicariously through you, Sart. As usual, the italians always come through. Baby, they’re the best!

  25. Devin

    June 25, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    I think a hurrah is in order for a short suit done right!

  26. Anonymous

    June 25, 2007 at 2:41 pm

    I adore this look! I just wish I had the guts to pull this off.

  27. Anonymous

    June 25, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    i love the combination of the lace ups and shorts. a really fresh look.


  28. Anonymous

    June 25, 2007 at 3:25 pm

    Um… not my favorite look. It’s too Ellen, or something.

  29. Anonymous

    June 25, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    Like Elvis’ Graceland – formal above, party down below.

  30. Anonymous

    June 25, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    It helps to have nice legs too and he does . . .

  31. Berkelycole

    June 25, 2007 at 6:35 pm

    its almost there for me…trous and coat work cut wise really nicely…but something about the shoes bug me…certainly not that they are tennis shoes – but the laces look long and seeing the sock top bites…as cliched (yet classic) as they have become I would rather see Chuck Taylor’s or Jack Purcell’s…or even better cap or wing shoes NO SOCKS for real!!!

  32. anonymous

    June 25, 2007 at 6:38 pm

    Wow. Really beautiful style. It’s about casual strength – and he pulls it off quite well.

  33. vintagent

    June 25, 2007 at 7:42 pm

    I’m not a big fan of shorts suits, but this one works for me. Perhaps the muted color helps, as with pastels or whites this look tends towards boyish. I think he could have worn nice slip-ons instead of sneakers (btw he IS wearing socks), but his shoes work fine. The rumpled shirt and open collar help keep the look casual – he would look ridiculous with a pocket square and/or tie.

  34. lwf

    June 25, 2007 at 9:07 pm

    Not really my cup of tea. I think it looks too forced and precious for its own good. The quality of the clothes is nice, but, I don’t find it flattering.

  35. David

    June 25, 2007 at 9:18 pm

    While I like the look overall (reminds me a bit of DSquared), I ain’t down with the whole floppy shoelaces.

  36. Three Repute

    June 25, 2007 at 11:29 pm

    now that is how it’s done.

  37. Anonymous

    June 25, 2007 at 11:50 pm

    on the whole, this is carried off well — perhaps a better fitting shirt? or a different color AND better fitting?

  38. Anonymous

    June 26, 2007 at 12:37 am

    Were you on a set of stairs when you took this picture, Sart?

    If not, then this gentleman is of a shorter stature and, IMO, doesn’t suit this suit.

    If so, then great playing up of the angles.


  39. Philippine

    June 26, 2007 at 10:34 am

    THIS is really cool!

  40. José

    June 26, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    Awesome. If only I could get my Boyfriend to try those shorts on for size!!

  41. jetzt

    June 26, 2007 at 5:01 pm

    got these for about 8$ here in vienna—and you can combine them with everything

  42. Howard

    June 26, 2007 at 8:53 pm

    well played Bruce, chic and comfortable as always.
    looks great!

  43. Blaise

    June 26, 2007 at 9:26 pm

    Love the look, with the short pantsuit(??) matched a pair of sneakers.. but I had to say he has great legs for a guy too.. ;)

  44. Anonymous

    June 27, 2007 at 11:07 am

    I always thought somebody could pull off a blazer with shorts–great choice!

  45. edixon

    June 30, 2007 at 7:41 pm

    This length is so good; on girls, too. I think people don’t realize how much this length, many times, seriously flatters the calfs

  46. Anonymous

    July 3, 2007 at 12:50 pm

    Does anyone know who makes a suit like that? It’s the perfect length (jacket and shorts)!

  47. James

    April 13, 2010 at 5:01 am

    Wow! that look really COOL… That blazer with that shorts look a great combination. Lets try that look this time. Thanks guys, i like your post and this is really helpful for me. You have solved my problem on what (clothes) to be worn this time at my cousins party. I am gonna make them so jealous.. Great! it makes me feel so happy. I am gonna enjoy this alot

  48. Vidyuth

    November 5, 2011 at 6:24 am

    Ive worn the same combo. black blazer with khaki cargo shorts and flip flops. felt really comfortable cause it reflected my style to “t”. if u can pull it off, go for it!!

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