Friday, August 8, 2008

Let’s Consider…Silk Shorts



I don’t own a pair of silk shorts but the idea intrigues me.

I love the color and print potential that only silk can bring to a look, plus the natural sheen of silk would be an additional visual element that you just can’t get from cotton.

Hopefully will will see a few more options in the stores next season.

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  1. Jorge from W Palm Beach

    August 8, 2008 at 9:25 am

    Oh, brother, this is a tough one. Let’s not forget shorts are a casual item, to me they should be mostly something you can toss in the wash and fold right out of the dryer. In the last couple of years we have seen summer-weight wool that would be at home with a nice year-round suit, and those are a bit more formal, yet masculine and streamlined. Linen is another option. Silk? My vote is no. Too high-maintenance, although I love the looks here! Jorge from W Palm Beach

  2. K.B.

    August 8, 2008 at 9:27 am

    From the angle in the first picture, the shorts look like boxers, like the gentleman forgot his pants. Silk shorts would have to be tailored just so (the ones in the second picture look better) to look like they belong on the outside.

  3. momo

    August 8, 2008 at 9:29 am

    I agree! Silk shorts are intriguing.. love the first photo

  4. sromeo

    August 8, 2008 at 9:29 am

    I like the idea of men wearing silk, because in my opinion it’s more of a feminine material, and the juxtaposition is really sexy but fresh. Have to say, though, I love the gold shoes and the tatoo in the 1st pic the best. Not that huge a fan of tatoos but sometimes you see ones that make you say, oh yeah. That guy is cool.

  5. Cristina Redondo

    August 8, 2008 at 9:29 am

    Wow I really like the pair of silk trousers! A great treasure to get make fashion!

  6. Gabriela

    August 8, 2008 at 9:33 am

    I like the idea!

    The pair in pic #1 are nice, but not a fan of that outfit’s style. If I was a man I would wear those silk shorts in a very simple way, not showing off about the silky item, perhaps with a pair of plimsolls and a cotton shirt, somehow like they’re worn in pic #2: the same way as if they were made of cotton and then people would say: ‘You’re wearing silk shorts.’ and I would go: ‘Oh, really? Gosh, I wasn’t aware of that!’ LOL!

    Fun and very interesting!

  7. Dan

    August 8, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Great idea. I bet silk would look great in a variety of cuts too, and would feel great on if it wasn’t too hot. And here you have them worn casually and with a jacket. And yeah, someone besides me would wear metallic shoes! I had never considered them with shorts, though. Especially like the pair in the lower photo. Top ones look a little too much like boxers to me. I’d like to see more, though.

  8. Carolina Lange

    August 8, 2008 at 9:46 am

    Interesting…

  9. gingerdan

    August 8, 2008 at 9:48 am

    I know we’re supposed to be talking shorts, but I LOVE the gold/bronze shoes and tattoo in the top photo! If only I had those legs…..

  10. Jeremiah William McCarthy

    August 8, 2008 at 9:50 am

    love the lanvin shoes up top. i couldn’t really concentrate on much more.

  11. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 9:50 am

    The combination of the gold shoes, the shorts, and the tattoo could have come from a fairytale! Talk about a modern-age dandy. Do you have a picture of the entire outfit? The shorts are gorgeous…and I want those shoes! Beautiful photos all around, today, Sart!

  12. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 9:57 am

    practical, non. fun? yes. love the first, paisley pair. especially w/ the tat. hate the shoes w/ it though. tap dancing in vegas. maybe a plain loafer. crazy preppy tatty.

  13. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 10:07 am

    i love this idea! wow! i need the paisley ones :P

  14. Ms. Lyssa

    August 8, 2008 at 10:08 am

    Now, I am not feeling the silk short. Kinda looks like a guy walking around without pants on.

  15. suzanne nelson

    August 8, 2008 at 10:12 am

    LOVE the idea of silk shorts! wonderful way to introduce colour and print to a man’s wardrobe. I really like the top picure, the shorts , tattoo and those fabulous shoes. It’s one of my favourite pictures of this week. I hope he’s going to leave the tattoo as it is and not have it colored. Thanks Sart for an inspiring post.

  16. Chantilly

    August 8, 2008 at 10:25 am

    I’ve heard they feel great even on a hot day!

  17. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 10:33 am

    Maybe chill with the metallic lanvin shoes, and you don’t need to wear the whole Balenciaga runway collection at once. But I always appreciate men who aren’t scared trying new things!

  18. uppergeorgetowner

    August 8, 2008 at 10:41 am

    omg – the bronze shoes and tattoo outline against the pattern of the shorts. It’s enchanting!

  19. norawoah

    August 8, 2008 at 10:43 am

    Can I just say, gold shoes, WOWZAH!
    And that tat goes perfectly with the shorts. It might be too much, but I don’t care, I think its fabulous.

  20. The Domina

    August 8, 2008 at 10:43 am

    Silk shorts and trousers inevitably scream bedclothes to me, regardless of fit and style.

  21. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 10:53 am

    let’s not… looks costumey and like someone is trying wayyyy too hard. but that’s just me. i’m as much into the practical aspect of clothing as i’m into the aesthetic. neither of these photos meet either criteria.

  22. sanyukta

    August 8, 2008 at 10:54 am

    woosh! love the tattoo + bronze shoes + silk shorts

  23. Tone Rock

    August 8, 2008 at 11:05 am

    he’s killin it

  24. Joanna

    August 8, 2008 at 11:25 am

    where can you get a pair of silk shorts?

  25. Mike and Vic: LDRS of the CHI

    August 8, 2008 at 11:27 am

    dayam!!! the guy on top is awesome with the lanvins….i woulda never thought to wear em like that..

    i wish I could see the whole fit, from the yellow bag to the paisley shorts to the lanvins he looks like a real sharp guy.

  26. landis smithers

    August 8, 2008 at 11:38 am

    look, honestly,
    silk shorts require
    um
    a rather “supportive” undergarment.

    men don’t have the luxury of “free-floating” in silk shorts.

    and the sweat stains . . . not so sexy and silk is HOT.

    i’m gonna thumbs down here.

  27. The Sartorialist

    August 8, 2008 at 12:48 pm

    lets not forget that silk is available in lots of different weights, hands and textures. To think only of “silk boxers” is to not really be considering all the possibilities that silk can be.

  28. Dalaruan

    August 8, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Ah, the first pic is larger than life: Nobody, nobody else could wear this without a blooming embroidery on his leg ;-)

  29. Emily

    August 8, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    I really love the first photo, the silk shorts, floral tattoo and metallic shoes is so beautifully luxe!

    I think silk shorts could look incredible on a man, for some reason I’m picturing raw silk in rich dark colours like burgundy, navy or even mustard?

    Emily @ fashion156.com

  30. Mariko

    August 8, 2008 at 12:59 pm

    Any man who can pull off gold shoes is okay in my book. In fact, far from looking underdressed, these two pairs of shorts seem to dress UP the outfit to me.

  31. Charlotte

    August 8, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    Nope, too louche for my taste.

    A silk/linen blend would be nice, but 100% silk belongs in a man’s bedroom.

  32. Rob Gould

    August 8, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    definitely agree with sart about silk weights and therefore looks. however the look featured is a big no in my book. maybe for lounging and bedroom but i think a no for out in the world. and people complain about flip flops being inappropriate? no shiny silk shorts for me.

  33. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    I just saw silk shorts for women on the J Crew sale website. I thought they were over the top, but after seeing this post, I’m reconsidering.

  34. Leeza

    August 8, 2008 at 1:18 pm

    I think the raw silk texture, hem detailing, and casual styling of the second photo exemplify great style and an ideal way to wear this look. That said, the second man’s clothing with the first man’s accessories would take the outfit straight from the garden to the city.

  35. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Yes, if they look like the second gentleman’s shorts, no if they look like one is wearing his underwear out in public!

  36. josh y lola

    August 8, 2008 at 1:35 pm

    Mmm looks like boxer…but if is summer and in the coast…are fun.
    (Mmm parecen calzoncillos…pero si es verano y en la costa…son originales).

  37. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 1:44 pm

    where can i find thoes shorts in the first pic i love them any ideas people thanks
    james x

  38. J e s s i c a

    August 8, 2008 at 1:48 pm

    I saw some in Urban outfitters today. I don’t think i’d wear them though.

  39. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    Raw silk shorts can be magnificent I think….with these two gentlemen, perhaps the first would have been wise to add a couple of really clunky gold bracelets and rings with some vibrant colors….the second gentleman….pure brilliance combining nice flashy D&G espadrilles with a digital watch.

  40. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 2:13 pm

    love the tattoo and shoes!

  41. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 2:19 pm

    I love the tatto. I love it just like that. I wonder if he is going back for coloring, or just gonna leave it like that.

  42. olaf germany

    August 8, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    LOVE both looks, but prefer the second one. The embroidered shorts are great…I would wear them. Where can I get them ? A little bit moroccan style.

  43. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 5:31 pm

    Listen people, lets get practical with these silk shorts. I am not sure where these folks live, but I will never forget the summer in Texas when I was wearing a silk dress and the ac in my car went out. Tramatized in Texas.

  44. Blanca Estela

    August 8, 2008 at 5:40 pm

    all i’m looking at is that sweet pair of gold shoes.

  45. (R)evolver74

    August 8, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Shorts aside, I’m loving that tattoo!!

  46. POST-IT UP

    August 8, 2008 at 5:56 pm

    Nice, but only in the tropics

  47. Meindert

    August 8, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    I love the first pic, love the shorts, the shoes and the tattoo combination. Wish i could see the whole picture. Sart do you have a picture of the whole outfit????

  48. paulinew

    August 8, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    don’t forget a pair of copper lanvins!

  49. Sara

    August 8, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    i sort of want to marry the man in the first picture

  50. ephidrina

    August 8, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    that paisley, that tattoo, those shoes … *sigh*

    have to agree that there’s an element of “still in my pajama’s” to prints on silk-satin shorts or trousers – personally, i think it’s quite sexy.

    a bold stripe or jacquard in silk mixed with cotton/hemp/linen/ramie might work better on mere mortals – easier in the wash as well.

  51. dalia

    August 8, 2008 at 6:38 pm

    i love the second look. the first one is fun, but there is something so chic about the second guy’s outfit. the trim is a really lovely touch. i’d love to meet a guy confident enough to pull this off. what a dandy!

  52. Pooja

    August 8, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    these are great shots, especially the first one, from the pattern on the shorts to the tattoo on his legs and the shoes, wow. where was this?

  53. monique

    August 8, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    Hmmm. I can’t really feature it. I’m not lovin’ silk shorts but there are some strange things that can be pulled off on the right person with the right accompanying garment and/or accessories in the right light at the right time and of course, in the right place. Other than all those rights, for me silk shorts are generally wrong.

    I do however think the dude in the shades (all his accessories are wonderful) pulls it off as good as it’s gonna be pulled…. or is it just his winning smile and confident, sexy gangsta lean?

    He’s a 10 on the richter scale, even in silk shorts.

  54. Anonymous

    August 8, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    the look of the tattoo coupled with the silk shorts is sheer coolness but LOVE the gold shoes!

    -charly

  55. Christina

    August 8, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Sart, please post entire photo from look #1… very intriguing, would love to see the rest of him. :)

  56. USelaine

    August 8, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    Forgive me for going off topic, but my imagination is captured by the copper shoes! You could wear those to change the spirit of so many things. First idea, with original raw denim 501s.

  57. erin de la cruz

    August 9, 2008 at 12:56 am

    Actually, I am loving the shoes. What the.. I wanna have a pair as in now!

  58. Leah Catharina Euser

    August 9, 2008 at 5:16 am

    where are all of these beautiful, bold men in my life? silk shorts have infinite potential to spice up a wardrobe.

  59. Branquinho

    August 9, 2008 at 5:40 am

    So funny how things just come up. I was thinking about those silky shorts the other night. Now this morning i’m reading some old fashion magazines and found the same pair of silk shors with cashmere print the guy with the golden Lanvin shoes is wearing. In a editorial with The Virgins band shot by Tery Richardson for Vogue Hommes International, Donald Cumming is wearing the same shorts. They are by Balanciaga.

    And no i don’t think these were meant to be for the street. Just enjoy the comfort of these items in your home, or maybe at the beach while buying an icecream.

  60. Anonymous

    August 9, 2008 at 8:07 am

    The first look is a bit on the kinky side, don’t you people think? The underwear look of his shorts, the shoes, the tat combined with bright yellow bag.. and his legs are so hairless they look shaved. Great foto and like the weirdness of the look.

  61. Anonymous

    August 9, 2008 at 10:41 am

    Love how the Lanvin shoes make the silk shorts look even more luxurious…
    Brilliant!
    (wonder if it would work with silk drawstring pajama pants hum…)

  62. Ashley Calhoun

    August 9, 2008 at 11:57 am

    i’m sure they are incredibly comfortable

  63. Anonymous

    August 9, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Silk shorts look good but it take a certain body shape, a certain type of silk and a excellent tailor. If you have even a bit of hip the silk will cling to it and make you look large. without good structure you look like you are wearing a skirt or boxers and of course the weight and type of silk will be the largest factor.
    The first picture doesn’t work as well because the silk is too light weight and doesn’t have the right fit and structure.

  64. Harlen

    August 9, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    i think silk shorts suit the right person, but not in that paisley pattern that looks like boxers, as the above commenter pointed out, or an old neck scarf. i’m also a bit hesitant about the embroidery on the brown shorts, but he pulls it off in the outdoor setting.

    i love the concept though, and it certainly takes a brave soul to pull it off. i would prefer solid silk shorts.

  65. Ann (MobayDP)

    August 9, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    hmm…if you’re talking about silk shorts like the pair in the second pic, then maybe.

    The first pair reminds me of silk boxers – which funny enough, I think are the sexiest things ever. But for some reason I just want to walk up to this fellow and whisper so very softly in his ear, “Errm…sir, I think you forgot your pants this morning.”

    As for his shoes… :-) I’m “intrigued”.

  66. Hendra

    August 9, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    really vintage I think-anyway, the Tattoo impressed me..

  67. Wilhelmina Hernandez

    August 9, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    Yeah, way too much like a boxer.

    I’d like to be best friends with that top guy though. Loved the bronze shoes.

  68. Anonymous

    August 9, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Way too hot. They make ski underwear out of silk for a reason.

  69. fawn lust

    August 9, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    ooh, what a beautiful tattoo on that first man!

  70. Anonymous

    August 10, 2008 at 1:29 am

    I’m not meaning to completely ignore the clothes, but the man’s tattoo in the first picture is just amazing, how it is so complex and unique but yet simple, being that it is just an outline in black and white. That really is a great photo!

  71. Meander

    August 10, 2008 at 10:05 am

    can we please consider the fabulousness of that tattoo? wow – love it!

  72. Anonymous

    August 10, 2008 at 11:52 am

    um….ever heard of cotton sateen??

  73. Maeva

    August 10, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    You msut look like a prince of Arabia with this sort of silk shorts, where is you harem dear ? :) Pretty smart, i like it.

  74. Nadia

    August 10, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    Just not my cup of tea.

  75. hoyden

    August 11, 2008 at 3:31 am

    gee i don’t know…. they kind of remind me of the Thai Silk boxers I see everywhere in Thailand. But the 2nd picture seems an okay outfit to pull off…. but, in the tropics.

  76. fabio

    August 11, 2008 at 10:04 am

    Yes, let’s consider slik shorts, only the red one. Not the shoes.

  77. Jen

    August 11, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Very Hugh Hefner!

  78. Becs

    August 11, 2008 at 4:16 pm

    I love the shorts but only certain Men would be able to wear them correctly! Best, Becs

  79. Jeffrey Byrnes

    August 12, 2008 at 12:38 am

    I love how well played the tattoo is on the lower right leg. Tattoos are a fashionable accessory.

    Jeff
    Lenshare.com

  80. TheShoeGirl

    August 12, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Hmm… I say pass.

  81. morton

    August 13, 2008 at 1:40 am

    now that is fly. this does not look like a costume, it just looks cool.

  82. Steve

    August 13, 2008 at 8:39 pm

    The second shot is good, I like the detail on the fringe, but the shorts look just a little too tight. Make them a little baggier looking and I would wear them.
    .

  83. amanda

    August 14, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    I really like the gold shoes from first pic, and the bag too..
    but did he matched it with a jacket? I’m not really sure how they’d look together..

  84. Brikena Ribaj

    August 14, 2008 at 9:20 pm

    Tougher to sell. To me, at least….

  85. Anonymous

    August 15, 2008 at 5:33 am

    loving that tat!

  86. Imogen Quest

    August 17, 2008 at 8:01 am

    Like it but would err on the side of caution. The first look seems to work better, maybe because of the tattoo? And the bold unapologetically metallic shoes that simply say ‘Iam going the whole hog here – like it or leave it’. It somehow lends the silk an extra wow factor that takes away the pyjama shorts look of the second pic.

  87. Anonymous

    August 17, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    yea the silk shorts are nice, but check out the completely bronzed shoes!! amazing!

  88. Anonymous

    August 17, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    i think all silk shorts should have at least some prints on them, or it would be a waste. the sheen of the fabric has this great majestical glow about them.

  89. Zoe

    August 18, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    I just have to say Sart, your site has singlehandedly made me appreciate mens’ fashion. I’m even a bit jealous that I can’t achieve some of the same looks, like the second shot, with the same effect. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  90. Eroll

    August 19, 2008 at 4:02 am

    If you’ve got the right legs and the right shoes, go for it! It’s summer after all!

  91. Joel

    August 20, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    Yes, a full picture of the first guy would be highly appreciated!

  92. Malcolm Peter

    August 21, 2008 at 3:20 am

    yea im really digging the silk shorts and the tattoo on the guy’s leg in the first pic. i think it complements the overall look very well

  93. yariten

    August 22, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    If they were heavier raw silk (which can look like rough linen especially when washed) and much baggier I could understand a little better but this just smacks of exhibitionism to me. The guy in the top photo probably works in the circus and they guy in the bottom looks way too pleased with himself. Plus, if you’re gonna wear fitted silk, for crissake’s take the cell-phone outta your pocket!

  94. amgel_on_the_highway

    August 24, 2008 at 1:03 pm

    Paisley printed silk boxers, rose tatto, metallic shoes and not to miss an egg yolk coloured bag…. was his intention by any chance to bring out the sun in his life! great, ‘make your own rules’ is the kind of message that i got from him. keep up the spirit!

  95. Anonymous

    August 25, 2008 at 4:31 am

    I must say, when I first saw the picture, I laughed out loud. When I read your first sentence, I had to smile. It’s the first time I actually got to check out this blog of yours. It’s very inspiring. It was nice to see your kids, and you too, looking so classic. And I must agree. silk shorts are intriguing, because the fabric itself is so sensual. Looking forward to more of your pictures =?

  96. la gata lista

    August 25, 2008 at 10:59 am

    That tattoo is beautiful! Hmm, the problem with silk shorts is the weight of it. It has to be the high-grade textiles that you can pick up in India or the stiffer silks you can source through China and Japan. Otherwise you look like you wore some Hefner boxers out to play.

  97. Sohiny

    August 27, 2008 at 2:59 am

    depends on what weave in silk.. i would love to see a thicker twill or a jacquard, or even slub-silk. (no habotai please)! the cut is most important- slightly long, till just above the knees probably, and slighly tapered, with maybe a turn-up. it would be a quirky yet masculine look (provided it is teamed up well)

  98. calachiem

    August 28, 2008 at 12:12 am

    I Toatally adore these shorts they add a wonderful sense of structure, texture and color Amazing
    And dont even get me started on the shoe WOW!! Love
    calachie

  99. Tabs

    August 29, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    I am afarid I think the shorts look like boxer shorts… silk on a woman may be more wearbale but eve still… no. However, I think in amterial such as raw silk or thicker dupion type, one could probabaly get away with thme, i mst say the last one of this set of pictures looks ht e best and rather cool. just my opinion.

  100. Anonymous

    August 30, 2008 at 5:56 am

    love the bronze shoes!!

  101. mademoiselleb

    October 31, 2008 at 11:58 am

    The golden shoes are killer !

  102. SilkScarves

    January 6, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    I like silk pajamas, it’s great on bed.

  103. Delphine

    July 5, 2011 at 11:44 am

    Love the pattern on the shorts with the tattoo

  104. jj

    April 17, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    Not a fan , looks cheap

  105. dcinDC

    July 11, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I had dark teal silk shorts once. They felt like I wasn’t wearing anything – great for the hot DC weather, but disconcerting – wondering if your pants had disappeared! LOL!

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