Mens Spring Summer Fashion Formula #7: Sophisticated in Shorts

May 20th, 2009

Mens Spring Summer Fashion Formula #7
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When it gets warm outside, you don’t have to forego style for comfort.  Sure, a pair of shorts doesn’t usually scream style - but worn right, it can provide the foundation for a polished warm weather look.  Here’s how to pull off laid-back sophisticated in shorts:

1.  Start with a crisp  button-down shirt and a pair of knee length shorts.  We love the clean look of the white and navy.
2.  Layer on a shawl collar cardigan, left unbuttoned.
3.  Slip on a pair of leather flip flops.  A canvas bag will complete the laid-back look.

How do you pull off laid back sophistication?  Share your style with us in the comments!

Entry Filed under: Men, Ready Made Outfits

6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Donna  |  May 21st, 2009 at 5:14 am

    Nice concept, but if it’s warm enough for shorts, most people are not going to wear a long-sleeve shirt and sweater!

  • 2. Trisha  |  May 21st, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    True, but it can work for areas in which layering is a must. And I’ve personally pulled off the women’s version of this outfit - though when it got hot in the afternoon, I took off the sweater :)

  • 3. Nate  |  May 23rd, 2009 at 11:07 am

    I wore an outfit similar to this to class a couple if days ago. The only difference being I wore a pull-over shawl collar sweater instead of a cardigan along with Sperry Top-Siders replacing the flip-flops. I’m a big fan of this look.

  • 4. Gary  |  May 26th, 2009 at 4:46 am

    I like this look but I agree that pairing a sweater with shorts seems wrong, not only for the temperature factor but also for how they look together. In my book, heavy top with light bottom does not go together. I’d substitute the shorts with lightweight khakis/chinos.

  • 5. Trisha  |  May 26th, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Let’s agree to disagree on this point :) Sweater + shorts isn’t exactly conventional, but there are times when it can work. Though, if the capsule wardrobe were more diverse, I do agree that I would have chosen a lighter weight sweater…

  • 6. Jay  |  June 2nd, 2009 at 2:39 am

    I don’t ‘do’ shorts, so I would automatically wear similar jeans instead.

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