Latest Fashion Controversy: Suit Shorts. Leading Image Consultants & fashion bloggers tell you how to wear them and when.

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Suit Shorts. The latest controversy in men's fashion. 

Made popular by Pharell William who decided to lose his pants and wear shorts to the academy awards and on the red carpets instead.

He also donned them in his music video, Happy

While he may be happy about it. 

Lets find out if the world's leading image consultant, fashion bloggers and men's shoe and lifestyle writers are "clapping along" with this latest controversy 

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Suit Short's Advice on Office Wear/Interview from leading image consultants

These are the actual advice and response from leading image consultants from Singapore.

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Sharon Connolly, 
Image Consultant, TV Stylist, Personal Shopper and Personal branding expert

www.sharonconelly.com

Sharon is one of the most successful and sought after image consultant in the UK and is now in Singapore. 

She has been featured on radio stations like BBC 1, the "one' show,  BBC Radio Bershire and LBC Radio; popular magazines like GQ, daily mail and Berkshire Life Magazine.

Thoughts on suit shorts?

"WRONG - just wrong, don't do it - I don't need to comment anymore on shoes and socks to wear with it. Shorts are casual weekend wear, they don't belong in the office or with a jacket."

Connie Ang
Founder and Principal Image Consultant of DefiningMyStyle

www.definingmystyle.com

Connie is a certified image consultant, personal branding coach and trainer specializing in personal and professional image management, with a diploma from the esteemed Institute of Image Consulting(UK)

For office wear/interview?

In the US and UK, suit shorts are becomingly increasing acceptable for office wear and even interviews, especially in summer, for the more creative industries.

However, in Asian societies like Singapore, the trend has not caught on yet and at this present juncture, office wear like business shirts and pants is still more appropriate. 

Shoes or socks to go with the suit shorts? 

The suit shorts should not be a strong determining factor in the height of the socks. It should not be too high or too low.

As the socks would be completely visible, keep to 'safe professional' colours like black, grey and navy blue.

This is to avoid a completely flamboyant look which may come across too 'flash-y' and unprofessional for serious work. 

What about casual shorts?

For men wearing casual shorts/bermudas, in the Singapore climate, I would say skip the socks and wear comfortable moccasins. Of course, if footwear is sneakers, it may still be more hygienic wearing a pair of low cut socks.  

Denise Ng
Managing Consultant of IMAGO IMAGE

www.imagoimage.com

Denise Ng is a style, personal branding and professional grooming expert.

She is a highly experienced international image consultant and former president of the Association of Image Consultants International in Singapore. 

She is often featured on the radio and in the fashion pages of magazines and newspapers. 

For Office Wear? 

Suit shorts are certainly practical for a hot climate, however short pants conjure up thoughts of rascally school boys and don’t have the gravitas for business wear.

No man showing his knobbly knees and hairy legs will be taken seriously in formal business!

Having said that, suit shorts are fine for a young, trendy office in the modern creative or fashion industries. Still, it is best to stay safe and wear long trousers for formal meetings, when meeting someone for the first time and with “old school” clients. 

For Interview? 

They should never be worn for an interview unless you are going for a job as a male model or salesman in a store selling suit shorts!

Shoes and Socks to match?

No socks looks the most trendy. But knee length socks look good with a winter-y looking suit.

Personal Opinion on Suit Shorts?

Suit shorts look good on young men with good bodies, attractive knees and well-shaped legs.

To look sophisticated, they should reach to just above the knee and no shorter. 

Ultra short shorts just look plain unflattering and should never be seen in business. Not only would your seriousness be called into question but also your overall professionalism.

Casual sports jackets with coloured shorts are a cool look.

Maninder Krishnan
Personal Brand Strategist and Image Consultant for Image & Me

www.imageandme.com

Maninder Krishnan is Singapore's first image consultant with the personal brand strategist certification. 

She had worked on branding projects with leading advertising agencies like J Walter Thompson, Leo Burnett and celebrities like Norah Jones, Gordon Ramsey and Oliver Stone. 

Thoughts on suit shorts?

Based on my experience of interacting with corporates, the corporate sector is definitely not ready in anyway for the suit shorts. 

Suit shorts do not fall conventionally in any formality level of professional dressing, even casual Friday dressing.

There might be a very faint chance of acceptance of this smart casual outfit for someone working in the creative field, however, while it is important to dress according to the image you want to project (creative in this case), one also needs to take into consideration their target audience

Lionel Lim
Certified Style Coach, Master Trainer, Sports Nutritionist & Personal Trainer.

www.lionellim.com

Lionel has won a slew of awards in the beauty, branding and wellness industry. 

His accolades include:
- NUS Outstanding Young Alumni Award 2013
- Southeast Asia Business Excellence Award 2013
- Asia Pacific Brands Award 2013 (Coup D' Established)
- 21st Century The Prestigious Brand - Prestigious Entrepreneur Award 2013
- 2012 Successful Entrepreneur Award
- Singapore's 100 Most Loved Beauty Professionals 2011
- Mister Singapore United Nation 2011

He was also the official fitness trainer for Miss Singapore World 2011 and was also  invited to sit on the judging panels of both overseas and local pageants

For Office Wear? 

Personally, I don't feel suit shorts are suitable for corporate wear or interviews. Standard corporate wear is still very much the suit and pants. Perhaps in some industries like fashion or media, the bosses may allow staff to turn up in suit shorts.

Socks or Not?

If a guy wears suit shorts, I would recommend him to wear very short socks so that they are hidden by the shoes. Exposing your socks appears weird

Personal Opinion on Suit Shorts?

Fashion-forward younger guys can consider wearing the suit shorts. But older men of around 40 and above should steer away and wear proper suits to reflect their status, age and professionalism.

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Thoughts on Suit Shorts from leading fashion bloggers 

Now that we know what leading image consultants have to say about suit shorts in the office, lets find out what do fashion bloggers in Singapore and around the world have to say about them in general. 

Megan Collins AKA Style Girlfriend
Founder and Editorial Director of Style Girlfriend. 

www.stylegirlfriend.com

From 2012 to 2013, Style Girlfriend has 1.8 million page views and almost 300,000 unique visitors 

Style Girlfriend was voted 25 top men's fashion blog 2013 by Complex. 

Style Girlfriend also appears regularly in fashion, menswear, and lifestyle publications and website including GQ, Esquire, Details, Lucky, Huffington Post, and Men's Health.

Thoughts on Suit Shorts?

I think its a fun look that shows the wear has a sense of style, as well as a sense of humor about himself.

Wearing a suit jacket with shorts on is not an easy look to pull off, but if done correctly, it can be a unique chic look. Although this look may not be for everyone, there is no harm in trying! 

How to wear suit shorts

  • Nail the proportions: The jacket shouldn't be too cropped but it should have a modern look to it, so the shorts should be a few inches above the knee.
  • Keep it simple. Neutral colors and simple accessories work best with this look
  • No socks! Unless they're no-show
  • Suiting summer feel. Make sure the short suit is a light weight material - a linen cotton blend, khaki or seersucker

William Tan
Founder & Managing Editor of His Style Diary

www.hisstylediary.com

William Tan has over 10 years of experience in magazines and have worked for titles like Esquire Singapore, August Man, Prestige, L'Officiel, Her World, Female.

With his vast knowledge in magazine content and marketing, he started the leading online men's style and grooming website, His Style Diary in 2011.

His Style Diary cater to digital savvy alpha male who are looking for relevant style tips and content for Asian men.

Thoughts on Suit Shorts?

"haha, okay, that's not a trend for everyone to try"

For me, it's yes if its styled properly for a creative/fashion type of event or a semi-dressy outdoor function, and definitely with a great pair of shoes because it is going to be the focal point for the eye

Definitely NO

  • For formal/business event
  • if you have super hairy legs (and have no intention to groom it)
  • if you have super big legs or super skinny legs

Ena Teo
Writer of lifestyle & fashion blog, Enabalista

www.enabalista.com

Enabalista was awarded Hotelclub's best Singapore Lifestyle Blog for 2013.

Ena was profiled in Cosmospolitian's Make me over feature in Apr 2014 and has been sharing her experiences at fashion events such as Audi Fashion Festival, Blueprint Fashion Tradeshow, FIDe Fashion Week, Digital Fashion Week, Chanel Runways & Hermes Art Exhibitions. 

Suit shorts, Yay or Nay? 

"I don’t have a definite Yay! or Nayyyy. I’d say, it depends."

I think these work great on men who work in the creative industry with a great sense of style and fashion and also oozing with confidence.

But definitely nay if it’s gonna be on men at CBD areas working as bankers and lawyers. Just not professional.

So if your boyfriend wears suit shorts?

I'd be totally cool if my boyfriend/close friend wears a short suit shorts, assuming he can pull it off.

It's all about the creative vibe and attitude, just like how Hong Kong actor, Bosco Wong can pull it off so effortlessly on screen and on the red carpet. 

 

Wong Su Ann
Blogshop Model and Fashion Blogger of SweetHotJustice

www.sweethotjustice.blogspot.sg

Suit Shorts, Yay or Nay? 

I am not a men's fashion expert or commentator, but speaking as a normal Singaporean woman I find the suits to be quite charming and fun!

The arrangement evokes the winsome professionalism of a suit jacket sans the daunting formality of long pants - a great combination on a guy for casual dates.

So If your boyfriend wears suit shorts? 

If my boyfriend wears suit shorts on a casual date I'd be pleasantly surprised! It's flattering when a man dresses up for his woman. 

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Best Style of Shoes to go with Suit Shorts

 

So who cares about what other people say about suit shorts, you still want to rock out with your socks out in your suit shorts. Well...no worries, Custom Shoes Singapore got you covered! 

Here are our personal recommendations and of course, recommendations from leading shoe experts on the 3 best styles of shoe to rock with suit shorts and casual shorts. 

Justin AKA The Shoe Snob
Shoe Designer, Maker and Owner of J.FITZPATRICK FOOTWEAR, Writer of TheShoeSnob

www.theshoesnobblog.com

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Well, at least we know what are the 3 best style of shoes to wear with shorts & bermudas.

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TOPMAN

I believe TOPMAN needs no explanation. Its TOPMAN afterall. 

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Well played..TOPMAN, well played indeed. With a name like The Shoe Aristocrat, i guess TOPMAN does make a fair point that i would be more than qualified to answer this question. 

In my opinion, these are the three best styles of shoes to go with suit shorts

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Oxford 

Oxfords with suit shorts would give a very sophisticated yet cheeky look, due to the contrast between the formal oxford shoe and the casual suit shorts look.

Pro Tip:

Try to wear it with a dark brown or tanned cap-toed oxford as a black oxford may seem too dull and formal while full brogue or wingtip oxford might seem too flashy and casual, which takes away the casual/formal contrast you are going for.    

Suede Bucks

As mentioned in an earlier article on wearing shoes with jeans, suede bucks are my personal favorite when it comes to casual footwear. Suede bucks put the smart in smart casual.

For a smart casual look, you can hardly go wrong with suede bucks.

Pro Tip:

Chukka Suede boots would give a nice "flashier" touch to the overall look, however be wary of how high the cut is. Typically, too high of a cut do not look good with shorts. 

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Loafers

Loafers tend to be a good safe look for shorts, suit shorts or casual shorts due to their casual nature. 

For a dressier look, opt for a more formal loafers like the first two gentleman on the top row below. 

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Lionel Lim
Certified Style Coach, Master Trainer, Sports Nutritionist & Personal Trainer.

http://www.lionellim.com/

Tips on wearing suit shorts.

Suit shorts should always be cropped slightly above the knees. For shorter guys, never cuff up your suit shorts as it will make your legs appear even shorter.

Wearing a belt to finish the look is still a must. Guys should match the colour of the belt with that of the shoes. 

3 Best Style of Shoes to go with Bermudas/ Casual Shorts

My recommendation would be casual shoes, trainers, sandals or boots (in this order).

1.) Casual shoes like Tod's moccasins or Timberland's boat shoes would be a great match.

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2.) Trainers (white especially) like Adidas or Asics sneakers with different coloured stripes.

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3.) leather sandals and black/brown boots

Denise Ng
Managing Consultant and Founder of IMAGO IMAGE

http://www.imagoimage.com/

Type of shoes to recommend to men wearing casual shorts/ bermudas?

Loafers or a casual lace-up in a coloured suede look cool, particularly with casual fabrics like linen, cotton or seersucker.

The more conservative or formal the suiting material e.g. pinstripes and traditional business colours and wool suiting are better with polished leather lace-ups with a casual sole in modern versions of traditional tan, dark blue or cordovan.

Avoid black as its too formal a look for shorts.

Socks or no?

With summery fabrics like linen and cotton, a no sock look looks on trend. 

Plain knee length socks with an interesting rib or subtle fleck with a brown brogue shoe and winter-y or “country” fabrics look smart.

 

Suit Shorts Controversy

Unlike formal men's suit and pants, It seems that when it comes to suit shorts and how to wear them, there is no one fixed opinion. Even leading image consultants, fashion and lifestyle bloggers have clearly differing opinions on how to wear them or whether they should even be worn. 

However there seem to be a common consensus about suit shorts, that there is no place for them in a formal business setting or interview. 

What are your views on suit shorts?  

Should men ever wear suit shorts? If not, why not? 

Please feel free to share any opinions and comments. 

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Singaporean Inside Humor

Singaporean girls' "standard battle order" outfit, short shorts or FBT shorts.  This has been widely discussed in popular websites like STOMP and also among ourselves.

Every so often, one would chance upon a casual remark from a fellow Singaporean like this, "Wah Lau Eh, her shorts so short might as well don't wear lar" 

Over the years, as fabric prices increases and the weather of Singapore become increasingly warmer, we gradually see shorts makers skimping on materials and as a result, shorts become shorter. But strangely, pants or jeans do not go shorter.

It came to the point where we can no longer use "shorts" as an apt description for that attire but must instead add in an addition adjective, "short". So now, we ended up with two 'shorts', short shorts. 

How expensive must fabric be or how warm must our weather get before we have to add another 'short' to make it short 'short shorts'?

Perhaps Singaporean Girls enjoy taking fashion advice from LMFAO and Lil Wayne.

"Shorts, Shorts, Shorts, Shorts, Shorts, Shorts! Every Body!"  

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Clearly, the ladies cannot keep their eyes of these shorts and their legs. 

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