The traditional suit is as popular as ever, but there’s a new trend influencing sales this year and that’s blazers worn with matching shorts instead of trousers. Despite not being the hottest summer on record, men have deemed the tailored short to be smart enough for the office but cool enough for stuffy public transport like tubes and buses.
The trend was easily predicted with the likes of Louis Vuitton, Jean Paul Gaultier and Dries Van Noten all featuring the look on the catwalk for SS11. There is a great range of different fabrics and colours to choose from, but a customer favourite at Debenhams has proved to be a powder blue linen pair of shorts and matching jacket from Jeff Banks.
But what do you wear the shorts suit with? Guys are teaming their shorts with deck shoes, another hot trend and ideal for smart casual dress codes. Avoid wearing with a cap and tie or you could end up looking like Wee Jimmy Krankie – not the best fashion statement. ACDC lead guitarist Angus Young championed the look in the seventies and eighties but recent fans of the short and blazer combo include tennis player Roger Federer, designer Henry Holland and The Only Way is Essex’s Mark Wright.
Ruth Attridge from our PR department told me, “We have heard about the emergence of ‘mankles’ – male ankles peeking out from rolled up trousers. Well, this takes it to the next level. All over the world, British men are renowned for exposing their white knobbly knees during the summer holidays. We want this great tradition to continue whether you are jetsetting, staycationing or off to work. For the daring few, wearing a short suit can be liberating experience, particularly when faced with the tropic temperatures of a morning commute”.
If you prefer your suit slightly more traditional, then watch our top tips suits video with Jeff Banks below. He has some great tips for finding a style to suit you and getting the perfect fit for your build.