The shorts suit is a great alternative to the traditional two or three piece suit seen in workplaces up and down the country. Wear a shorts suit with a white shirt, tie and silver cufflinks for the cool yet corporate look. Alternately, wear it with a t-shirt or fine knitwear on casual occasions. The issue is maintaining a fine balance between smart or casual.
If you are thinking of wearing a shorts suit to work then check your office dress code first. This type of suit probably won't go down too well in a conservative environment but looks the part in a less formal or creative workplace.
Dare to bare
That is the issue for many men. Do they take a risk and reveal their legs in a short suit or play it safe and stay covered up? The shorts suit is ideal on warm or hot days when you need something which is cool and comfortable yet smart enough for work.
Only you can decide if you want to show your legs or not. If you have toned calf muscles then why not show them off but chunky, flabby legs can be a turn off.
A shorts suit looks great with toned, tanned legs.
Versatile and accessible
A well-tailored shorts suit, made from cotton, linen or a mix of these is light and easy to wear. Plus it is versatile enough to mix and match with other items in your wardrobe.
You have the option of wearing a co-ordinated suit or mixing and matching, for example a burgundy red jacket with grey shorts or navy blue and cream. But many men prefer to keep the same colour throughout.
What about a waistcoat? Avoid wearing a three piece suit but if you want to wear a waistcoat then wear this over a shirt and shorts but without the jacket. The aim is for a slick, cool yet understated look rather than corporate or conventional.
Keep it relaxed yet stylish
One option is to have a pair of bespoke pair of shorts, made from the same material as a pair of trousers. This gives you more options. But ensure that the shorts are tailored not casual and fit just above the knee. Avoid football style of shorts or those which resemble a pair of running shorts.
A pair of tailored shorts goes well with a blazer and casual footwear such as loafers or espadrilles. But remember: the look is cool and informal.