I agree with you – no shorts suits – too boarding school boy looking! These men all look really great, except for the shoes – there must be some better choice. Also, I love that necklace on the woman in the bottom photo.
Agree- I truly can’t think of a single occasion in which a grown man can really pull off a suit with shorts. All 3 examples you show are soft construction jackets which look good when slightly rumpled. For us in South Florida, sometimes it is necessary to wear just the shirt outside and then throw your jacket on when you enter chilled buildings, and it makes for a nice evening look if you stay out past sundown. I like to buy JCrew’s chino jackets (when they go on sale) and other unlined linen or cotton blazers, and those seem to do the trick. Jorge from W Palm Beach
The first two look great, while embodying such completely different styles. I wouldn’t wear either of these ensembles, but both suit their respective wearers beautifully. I will work on my own combination, though, after being inspired here. Number three I find too disjointed and looking too carelessly thrown together- the belt (a little sloppy), the cuffs on too-tight shorts, inappropriate-looking shoes.
The first guy looks great. Is that a three button jacket rolled to two? The second one looks really boring in my opinion: rather the sort of look you see on every Tom, Dick and Harry in Hyde Park when it’s sunny. The bottom one has all the right attributes but I think something about the fit of the shorts makes the look a bit uptight.
Short suits are just awful and I think it takes a certain type of flair and body shape to pull off shorts with a jacket…the first and second one are great but there is something about the shoes in the third that is throwing the entire look off for me.
I think the top outfit looks confused. The low-riding shorts don’t seem to work well with the classier shirt and jacket. But, the bottom two are both great. Middle photo is casual and relaxed, bottom photo is a more of a business-look. I’d have gone with a more casual shoe in the bottom photo to better match the casual belt, but the jacket (is it seersucker?) works great with the shirt and shorts.
Not crazy about the striped jacket in the first picture, but the unbuttoned white jackets are fine. I’m still deciding if I like this look or not. In the office, probably not, but on the street when temperatures are roasting, yeah, probably.
I have a naive question: How does someone go about finding wardrobe elements in an intentional way?
I’ve been enjoying this blog for a few weeks now, and have seen some stylistic ideas that I’d like to incorporate into my wardrobe, but I realize that I don’t know where to go to find nicely cut lightweight summer sportscoats, etc.
I’m not looking for a shopping list, but really for some thoughts on how a person would assemble his own shopping list.
(Is finding a good tailor the answer? I fear that that’s the answer.)
Thanks for your thoughts – I’ve been enjoying the posts on this list quite a lot.
Are these three short men, or does this look just sort of give a ‘shortened’ stature? I was thinking of suggesting it to some guys and then I started wondering if it would make them look shorter: probably not the best choice for guys that are already under 6-foot.
I like the last guy a lot – I like when things that are not usually stylish, like a binder, can become stylish accessories (nice stripes!). I also like the soft pattern on his blazer, and his watch. Nicely done.
For Greg in Boston: A lot will depend on your budget and personal style. Do you tend to favor classic looks, or do you want something more edgy? If you have some money to spend, and if you like a classic look, here is a place in the Boston area you can check out: http://www.mrsid.com/ If you want a place with a mix of classic and new styles you can go here: http://www.louisboston.com/ Both of the places mentioned above have tailors on staff for alterations. You can’t go wrong with either of these places (in my opinion). If you are on a budget, you can go to the places I mentioned above to get ideas, and then shop around at lower priced stores to find a similar look at a lower price. Good luck.
I love this look but its totally misleading to show it just on guys- i think it looks equally as good on women! In fact, i just bought the most amazing quarter-length sleeve blazer from shop goldyn.com and have paired it with everything from colorful long shorts to jean cut offs- fabulous.
i agree too. short suits are for 5 year olds or the catwalk while the right shorts and jacket can look so good on any age man. 1 and 2 are great, i love #1′s jacket, but #3 doesn’t quite hit the mark for me,it’s a bit random and the shoes feel too heavy.
I find the first guy the most charming. I think the fit is just so in all the right places and to me he has an air of confidence (perhaps arrogance?) that carries the clothes very well. I especially love his choice of jacket and shoes.
The only thing I find interesting are the fabric of the second guys shorts and the fact that he has some some pretty nice legs. Other than that the hideous necklace and too trendy bags are a bit distracting.
Lastly, the Japanese gone American Eccentric look has failed in the last picture. It’s too thrown together and the shoes are way too severe for his look. And maybe he should try a roomier short next time, no?
I like the third look, but the same rules that apply for women apply for men, and unless you’ve got decent legs, don’t wear outfits that scream “LOOK AT MY LEGS!”, which all of these do, simply by process of elimination (only skin visible…). There are definitely such things as nice legs on a guy and legs that are better under wraps…
Shorts with or without jackets look great/modern/fresh on men . Scott You looked terrific recently in “madameFigaro” – shorts and a jacket. The article and the pictures were great – reminden me of why I love/need this site so much.
Great outfits, all of them! Perhaps I would choose different shoes in number one. I believe that they are called boat-shoes simply because they belong on a boat deck! but then, it is also a matter of taste.
love the shorts on men, in fact i much prefer the smart version of them Thom Browne style to the more relaxed slouchy shapeless surfer look. Shorts can be sharp. At the same time, loafers or boating shoes are such a no no for me – forgive me – just a personal opinion
The shorts suit can most definitely work. Sometimes. In very specific locales. An all-inclusive resort in the Turks & Caicos? Yes. Also, it can be done ironically on an L-train platform in Brooklyn. We've seen it!