First the short suit, now the short-sleeved suit?
GQ declared this new style is indeed “happening.”
Jake Woolf of GQ had some questions about how to wear this new look.
“For one, will this look insane to wear with a long-sleeved dress shirt? Does this automatically put one somewhere on the Don Johnson fashion spectrum? Will we get thrown out of a wedding for showing up in one of these? Are there savings involved with the whole half-sleeves thing?” He wrote, while ultimately coming up with a solution — to wear the summer garment “with a striped T-shirt and white canvas sneaker.”
“The brand is asking, on the one hand: ‘What does it mean to be a suit?'” She wrote. “But it is also asking, on some deeper level — by way of ribbons and pockets and insistently sassy short sleeves — ‘What does it mean to be a man?'”
It’s unclear if this look will catch on with mid-tier American retailers.
Acne Studios already sells a men’s short-sleve jacket (regularly $US320, at this moment on sale for $US192), although it is not as tailored as the up-and-coming suit.
The short suit went mainstream last summer. The menswear ensemble was sold by retailers such as J. Crew and Topman, even though many people were befuddled by the look.
Deadspin’s Albert Burneko railed against the trend (emphatically titling his post “Do Not Wear A Suit With Shorts”) as did Jonathon Capehart of The Washington Post (“Let’s cut this ‘short suit’ trend off at the knees,” he asked readers in the title of piece.)
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