Another summer filled with events is in full swing – weddings, a day at the races, an engagement party or two – and as your social calendar fills up, so does the tally for the number of outfits you need. And with so many dressy occasions to plan for, one can be forgiven for sighing at the thought of wearing another dress.
Looking for something a little different? A chic shorts suit is a fun and unexpected update to event dressing that will have you standing out from the crowd. It might feel like a bit of a risk at first, but trust me – once you try it, you’ll be converted.
Afterall, who doesn’t love a stylish trouser suit for special occasions? The shorts suit is just that, but with a summer twist, so you can be effortlessly stylish – and just a little bit different to all the other guests – as well as comfortably cool.
Whilst it might feel like a bit of a niche style, take a quick look at the high street and you’ll find a plethora of chic short suits, that are perfect for event dressing. If the choice feels a bit overwhelming, and you’re not quite sure how to style this look, keep scrolling – I’ve got you covered.
Opt for longer shorts
Short shorts have a time and place – and that’s on the beach. Whether you’re at the races or watching one of your closest friends tie the knot, special occasions aren’t the place show off all the squats you’ve been doing. A more appropriate option is a pair of Bermuda shorts – not to mention, they’re the shorts of choice for the street-style set. The longer length is effortlessly cool and just that much dressier, and you could even get away with wearing them to a church service. If, the almost-knee-length cut of this style doesn’t feel quite right for you, just make sure to keep the shorts you choose at least as long as the hemline of your jacket.
Heels will elevate your look
Yes, you’re wearing a suit – and I hope, a well-tailored suit – but you are still wearing shorts, so I’d recommend heels to elevate your outfit. A pair of flats with a short suit does look stylish, there’s no denying that, but for summer nuptials or any other special occasion, teaming your shorts suit with heels will add that extra touch of polish to your look.
That doesn’t mean you have to be uncomfortable for the whole day though. A pair of dainty kitten heels is a chic, feminine contrast to the masculinity of the suit (especially if you opt for a pair like these printed Monsoon ones) or choose a timeless pair of classic strappy sandals. I would, however, recommend staying away from a pointed pump, lest you look like you got lost on your way to the boardroom.
Choose a suit that’s slightly oversized, but tailored
Oversized but tailored might sound like a fashion paradox, but trust me it’s the key to looking sleek for your next event. Fit is everything when choosing a shorts suit for a special occasion. A tightly fitted blazer and pair of shorts not only looks dated, but is seldom very flattering. Fortunately, with a quick online scroll of short suits on the high street, you’ll see most styles tend to be oversized. That means you should opt for your regular size; the blazer should be a longer length and loosely fitted on the arms, but with just enough of a nip in at the waist that you don’t look swamped by it.
When it comes to the shorts, they should be fitted at the waist and loosely tailored over your legs; a pair with a front pleat is a good option to achieve a more elegant look.
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Team with a cami (or a crop top if you’re feeling brave)
A shorts suit is a great event option because it’s a look you can throw on and look put together. That is, if you know what to style under it. Day to day, shorts sets look great with a plain white tee, but if you’re attending a special occasion, you’ll need something a little bit more elevated. A silk cami is a chic option and there are countless options on the high street to pair with every style and colour of suit.
This satin cami is the perfect neutral to pair with a punchy colour, or if you’re looking for something printed this floral Nobody’s Child number will provide an interesting contrast to the tailoring of the suit.
Want to level up your shorts suit styling? A crop top is an on-trend option and this & Other Stories puff sleeve style is a fun, but elegant option that will balance out the proportions of a shorts suit perfectly. It’s not a look I’d suggest wearing to church nuptials, but for a day at the races or Henley, or even a more informal wedding, it’s got best-dressed guest written all over it.