Judging by the red carpet, tuxedos with shorts are taking over in the warmer months this year. As cool and effortless as celebrities make them look, pulling off a suit with shorts is challenging. But if you have the confidence, there are no true limits to what you can wear. Just to get you started, scope these pointers (they’ll have you giving Pharrell a run for his money):
This isn’t a 197os roller disco, so avoid the hot pants. But shorts that are too long will look like you’re bracing for a flood. The solution? Make sure your shorts are between 2 to 3 inches above your kneecap.
Stay Slim on Top
When showing a little leg, look for a matching blazer that’s fitted. Having that hug-your-torso perfect fit will keep you looking svelte from head to toe—even if you haven’t hit the gym in a while. If you have the time and dough to have a tailor work some magic, even better.
Pair Patterns Sparingly
Keep it simple when adding patterns. Sure, it’s cool to add a striped tee or floral button-down underneath, just avoid wearing too many overly loud colors and multiple prints. If your suit is made of patterned or textured fabric, try a solid color underneath.
When Going Formal
If you’re wearing your shorts at work, or a more formal event, try a classic button-down, tie and blazer on top. Your shorts and blazer don’t have to match in color, just stick with a similar scheme—grey, navy and white pair well together.
When Keeping It Casual
Go casual by throwing on a classic tee and light, breathable blazer on top. Here’s where you can really experiment with colors—go bold with red shorts and navy jacket. Any boat shoes or your classic loafers are appropriate for this look.