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HOW TO REFINE YOUR SUMMER SHORTS COLLECTION

This season, shorts are back, but not of the baggy cargo-pocket variety. For the new cut is tailored and slick. On the men’s runways, Dior Homme and Thom Browne made the case for replacing suit trousers with smart shorts. The Short Suit is a stylish alternative for a summer occasion when the weather is warm.  Our tailors have been researching some dos and don’ts to get it right this summer.

Know your Body Shape

Not everyone feels comfortable in shorts – some men say they feel like a school boy! A tall slender build wears a short suit well, but if you are stockier it is best to go for a tailored style that fits perfectly. A slim fit will give a refined look, whilst a deconstructed jacket will be more relaxed. Equally if you have slim legs, too-baggy shorts will make your legs appear skinnier.

Always have your shorts finish at The Perfect Length – Just above the knee, this will also allow a roll up –which means you can wear them in two different ways – formally or for a more casual look with a turned -up hem. 

Which Jacket?

If you don’t want to go for the formality of a suit, you can do a mix and match look. A linen or cotton suit jacket will work well with shorts. The fabric doesn’t have to match completely – in fact it sometimes helps the look if you mix up the colour, pattern or texture of the outfit. If unsure stick with shorts in a pale colour – cream or beige or neutral classic – navy or grey. 

Which Shirt?

Cotton Jersey popovers make a more casual dressed down look whilst cotton button down oxfords, Egyptian cotton or linen shirts unbuttoned at the neck give a formal touch. If in doubt a (clean) plain crew neck white T-shirt will bring the whole look down a notch.

Which Shoes?

A Loafer is the obvious choice, or a low-cut brogue in suede or leather in a pale tone (not black). However; for a dressed down look you could wear a boat shoe, canvas pump or leather sneaker.

Tailor Josh suggests a good rule: ‘if you are wearing your shorts with a turned- up hem, they definitely look more casual, and can be teamed with a clean all white leather sneaker or deconstructed summer loafer.’  NB: It’s always a No to socks. They ruin the formal nature of the look, you could wear a hidden sock to avoid sweating feet.

White Short Suits

Can be tricky to pull off – can look a little too Tennis, however the white short suit makes a great contemporary summer wedding outfit for a modern groom or guest.

The fabric used here is key, should be cotton or Linen, not too thick so it looks 70’s in style – or too sheer, so you can see through it. 

The beauty of white is it is a totally neutral palette, so can choose any colour accessories (tan, brown or orange look great) and any colour shirt from pale blue to dark navy.

When to Wear?

Summer Occasions: Summer Events such as Wimbledon, Summer Parties, Summer Weddings.

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