Pants suits continue to trend on the fringes, with the leg-baring shorts version getting the most attention. These are shorts and jackets in matching fabrics. We’re seeing them in solids, patterns, interesting textures, and many colours. The jackets are generally blazer silhouettes, with some variation. Sometimes the toppers are waistcoats and gilets. The shorts are usually mid-thigh, but there are longer versions too. Sometimes the shorts are skorts. The idea is to wear a shorts suit with a simple layering top, camisole, cropped top, bra top, or tee. Sandals, ballet flats, sneakers, espadrilles, boots, slides and mules can work as footwear. Personally, I prefer the shorts suit with flatter footwear.
Here are some visual examples.
Practicality-wise, there are some things to consider. For example, when would you wear a shorts suit? It can be a seasonally confused and uncomfortable pairing when you’re layered and insulated up top, and somewhat naked from the thighs down. Wearing a shorts suit to work means you’d have to find shorts that adhere to the dress code, and that you feel comfortable wearing. Maybe the look is reserved for nights out only, or dressier occasions with Summer air conditioning. Maybe it feels odd to wear dressy shorts, full stop. Perhaps you’d prefer to wear skirts and dresses when you dress up.
Practical challenges aside, I love the look. I think it’s absolutely stinking cute if you like to wear shorts and blazers — only this time dressier, together, and in matching fabric. I don’t wear shorts unless they are knee-covering, so I’ll leave the shorts version to those who enjoy showcasing more of their legs. In reality, my version would be a pair of short cropped pants with a matching blazer. The pants would be mid-calf length instead of mid-thigh length. I’d love a cropped pants suit in a bright colour or pattern. I wouldn’t feel too warm in it, especially in air conditioning. I love pants suits!
Over to you. What do you think of the shorts suit?