From the Mailbag: Thoughts on pairing a sportcoat/blazer with shorts
Sportcoat and shorts. Thoughts, oh yoda of menswear?
Yoda? Nice. I’ll take that title. Let me attempt to channel the green one:
All but impossible, wearing a blazer with shorts is.
This Venn diagram, of times when they look good together you see?
Cross their paths not.
Extremely rare times there are… when work, shorts and a blazer can.
Already be wearing shorts, you must. Outdoors must you be. Go down, the sun must.
Cold very quickly it gets? And nearby, your completely unstructured cotton sportcoat is…
To hell with it then. Cross this stylistic Bering Strait you should, open another beer you shall…
And with confidence wear.
Your thoughts on pairing a blazer/sportcoat with shorts are welcome in the comments. As far as why wearing a sportcoat and shorts looks goofy? It’s unbalanced in both weight and the situations each garment is normally worn in. Shorts are ultra-casual. Blazer’s aren’t. Shorts are light and (obviously) leave your lower legs completely exposed. You’ve got at least two layers when wearing a blazer. It’s the wardrobe equivalent of an El Camino.