America in crisis: Menswear designers rolling out … the “short suit”

posted at 3:31 pm on June 9, 2014 by Allahpundit

Reminds me of a question I had after seeing “Her” — namely, how might the fashions in that movie, set in America in the near future, plausibly evolve? How would we/could we get from guys wearing baseball caps and jeans to Joaquin Phoenix sporting a mustache and slacks pulled up to his nipples circa 2030?

This is how. This is how it begins.

From all perspectives, the short-suit is an odd pairing. Sartorially, the look is equal parts business and schoolboy. Functionally, it’s both breezy and stifling, and socks are a no-no, unless they go up to one’s knees. The list of people who can pull it off doesn’t stretch much beyond professionals in Bermuda and street-style icons such as Nick Wooster and Pharrell.

[F]or most guys it’s a gutsy decision. For retailers, however, it’s not very risky at all. Most high-volume brands focus on staples, which is a great way to capture the everyman en masse. But staples generally don’t go out of style and thus don’t need replacing that often. The short-suit is something different. It may go the way of square-toed dress shoes next week…

“It’s an easy and affordable way to kind of be in step with what’s going on,” Patrick says. “It’s also a merchandising play, because guys will come in and buy ties and shirts and a bunch of other stuff.”

Business Insider has an extensive photo gallery. We can all agree, I hope, that the shorts with chiffon paneling are … bold.

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Their problem here, I think, is that they’re trying to push this directly into the cultural mainstream without the obligatory detour through a subculture first, where it can acquire the necessary patina of cool to make it a target for cooption by the rest of us. J. Crew is selling it, for cripes sake. If they’re serious about trying to make this lame bird fly, they should offer Jay-Z a few million bucks to wear it for a few months and see what happens. If they don’t, this is going to end up as quasi-ironic “bro wear” for semi-formal occasions this summer, and everyone will hate it because everyone hates bros. Maybe the designers can convince, say, Matthew McConaughey to wear it to the Oscars next year; he’s the sort of guy, I sense, who might see the humor in it, and he won’t get beat up too badly by critics because, for the moment at least, tastemakers have decided he can do no wrong. Red-carpet photo caption: “All right, all right, all right.”

Realistically, there’s only one man who can pull off this look. Exit question: Why a long-sleeved jacket and short pants instead of long pants and a short-sleeved jacket? If you’re going to take this much of a risk in alienating women, you might as well hedge your bet by showing off the guns.


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ThePrez on June 9, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Throw in a free pair of mom jeans and I’m sure some beta male lefties will go for it…..

dentarthurdent on June 9, 2014 at 3:34 PM

It’s like it’s September 10, 2001 all over again.

Ward Cleaver on June 9, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Obama will be wearing these when he next meets with Putin…

PatriotRider on June 9, 2014 at 3:35 PM

Bermuda will sue them.

TX-eye on June 9, 2014 at 3:36 PM

haaaaaaaaaa!

That is hilarious beyond words.

coolrepublica on June 9, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Whaaat? The men skirts are outmoded already?

Schadenfreude on June 9, 2014 at 3:36 PM

If Obama wears it…..

I won’t…

Mooch might look good in it?

Electrongod on June 9, 2014 at 3:36 PM

O.K., that’s just Ghey.

ToddPA on June 9, 2014 at 3:36 PM

Hipster douchebaggism has just reached critical mass.

somewhatconcerned on June 9, 2014 at 3:36 PM

The millennials’ equation…abdication of responsibility=remaining in short pants forever.

ebrown2 on June 9, 2014 at 3:37 PM

“No, you’re not hired. And make sure you take your application with you….put it in your European man bag”

BobMbx on June 9, 2014 at 3:37 PM

That suit just screams, “Please, hire the other guy!”.

He Who Some Call A Traitor on June 9, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Know why I have a short suit?

Because the Man wouldn’t let me have a big one!

forest on June 9, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Lib-wear

Because manliness is unreachable for leftist males. Might as well go all in and wear the skirt too.

HotAirian on June 9, 2014 at 3:38 PM

The young morons will hit the “Truth Wall” the very first time they wear one of those to a job interview. It’s like I tried to explain to my nephew who likes to “express himself” with tattoos on his forearms – you limit your potential career pool severely.

PJ Emeritus on June 9, 2014 at 3:39 PM

Alright, that’s it! What do I have to do to apply for Canadian citizenship? (Or are they just as faggy up there?)

SailorMark on June 9, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Does it come with a clutch purse ?

Lucano on June 9, 2014 at 3:40 PM

The nice thing about that suit is it makes the wearer look younger!

Around 3 years old.

s1im on June 9, 2014 at 3:40 PM

“It’s definitely having a moment, particularly with younger guys who never plan on getting laid.”

Fixed.

Physics Geek on June 9, 2014 at 3:40 PM

“Having a moment”? Hmm.

The only situation I can see a suit and something other than pants working for a guy is if he’s Scottish and rocking a kilt.

Othniel on June 9, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Is that a photo of Weiner in his new gig?

BigSven on June 9, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Unless you’re Angus Young, you shouldn’t wear this. And if you are Angus Young, you’re getting too old for this crap, too.

Mr. D on June 9, 2014 at 3:41 PM

No. Keep them in Bermuda!

22044 on June 9, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Nope nyet no way

cmsinaz on June 9, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Just more proof to my claim that we are definitely living in the Biblical End Times…..

bimmcorp on June 9, 2014 at 3:41 PM

The guy in the cover photo is wearing it wrong.
The belt line should be below his butt, so the cuffs will be down around his ankles.
Now THAT be fashizzle – or something…..

dentarthurdent on June 9, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Maybe it would enhance the appearance of the likes of Sally Kohn or Rachel Maddow, but other than that?? Doubtful.

bimmcorp on June 9, 2014 at 3:43 PM

Horrible

bazil9 on June 9, 2014 at 3:44 PM

The world is all gay, and the results are in. Just look around, wherever you go.

Not even the US Military is macho any more.

Schadenfreude on June 9, 2014 at 3:44 PM

“It’s definitely having a moment, particularly with younger guys who never plan on getting laid.”
Fixed.

Physics Geek on June 9, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Except – even sci-fi nerds wouldn’t be caught dead in that….

dentarthurdent on June 9, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Why does everyone want to dress like a boarding school kid?

libfreeordie on June 9, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Oh goodness. This is so sad, but so Pajama Boy … all they need is a sailor hat and some cotton candy …

djl130 on June 9, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Not even the US Military is macho any more.

Schadenfreude on June 9, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Well, the drop seat pants kinda ruined that…..

dentarthurdent on June 9, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Jack Lambert said something like “They should let them wear dresses”on rules for hitting QB’s.

docflash on June 9, 2014 at 3:45 PM

I own one suit and the pants are short – in the waist.

Akzed on June 9, 2014 at 3:45 PM

How gehy. I wouldn’t let someone wearing that within 100 yards of my children.

tommyboy on June 9, 2014 at 3:45 PM

This is what a bunch of homeless dudes wear in our downtown , WOW…now it’s a ” look” ??

burrata on June 9, 2014 at 3:45 PM

If you’re going to take this much of a risk in alienating women, you might as well hedge your bet by showing off the guns.

LOL. Seriously. This particular style has beta male metrosexual written all over it.

No way I’d date this. Not happening.

lineholder on June 9, 2014 at 3:45 PM

Why does everyone want to dress like a boarding school kid?

libfreeordie on June 9, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Sing it, brutha!

SailorMark on June 9, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Challenge is for anyone who can come up with not ridiculous looking men’s business attire that can be worn in the heat.

I don’t think these cut it.

ZachV on June 9, 2014 at 3:46 PM

America in crisis Death spiral

FIFY.

Exit question: Why a long-sleeved jacket and short pants instead of long pants and a short-sleeved jacket? If you’re going to take this much of a risk in alienating women, you might as well hedge your bet by showing off the guns.

Completely missed the point AP.

nobar on June 9, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Looks like Pajama Boy has some job interviews lined up.

GreenBlade on June 9, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Why does everyone want to dress like a boarding school kid?

libfreeordie on June 9, 2014 at 3:44 PM

You probably have two or three of these ordered, amirite?

bimmcorp on June 9, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Now I realize no one cares what an old chick has to say but this look does not indicate stud muffin. Muffin at best.

Cindy Munford on June 9, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Why does everyone want to dress like a boarding school kid?

libfreeordie on June 9, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Only you lefties.
Well, and Angus Young, but rock stars can get away with a lot…..

dentarthurdent on June 9, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Not even the US Military is macho any more.

Schadenfreude on June 9, 2014 at 3:44 PM

I blame their CinC :O

burrata on June 9, 2014 at 3:47 PM

“You did the regular guy.
Look, I just bought two of your short-sleeve pajama tops.”
http://movieclips.com/PLE8-easy-money-movie-regular-guy-fashion-show/

mrt721 on June 9, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Oh goodness. This is so sad, but so Pajama Boy … all they need is a sailor hat and some cotton candy …

djl130 on June 9, 2014 at 3:44 PM

I’m thinkin’ a beanie….with spinning propeller and a scoop of rainbow sherbet in a cone.

hawkeye54 on June 9, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Cindy Munford on June 9, 2014 at 3:47 PM

You may be older but you ain’t blind. ;)

bazil9 on June 9, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Looks like the 21st century version of something George Washington would wear, but with shorter stockings.

DarkCurrent on June 9, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Challenge is for anyone who can come up with not ridiculous looking men’s business attire that can be worn in the heat.

I don’t think these cut it.

ZachV on June 9, 2014 at 3:46 PM

Or you could, ya know, be responsible and suffer the suit to get the job.

I know, burn me at the altar of gaydom now.

nobar on June 9, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Not even the US Military is macho any more.

Schadenfreude on June 9, 2014 at 3:44 PM

I blame their CinC :O

burrata on June 9, 2014 at 3:47 PM

It started before his arrival. He’s just accelerated the downward spiral.

hawkeye54 on June 9, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Is this a hipster non-verbal cue that says “I am a total nutjob with serious issues. Please don’t hire me, ever, for any reason?”

Sacramento on June 9, 2014 at 3:49 PM

Ranks right up there with leisure suits, Nehru jackets and a Chicago White Sox alternate uniform in the 1970s.

bw222 on June 9, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Put three wolves howling at the moon on the back and it’ll sell.

Cicero43 on June 9, 2014 at 3:50 PM

But, it is soooooo Pajama Boy.

parke on June 9, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Now I can go careening headlong into a middle age crisis AND dress like a Japanese elementary school boy!

StubbleSpark on June 9, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Hillary will be wearing this suit…it beats the pantsuits she currently wears, plus there is more room for her richard in the style of pants…

to complete her new look she will get a mullet hair style

so the end result will be a much ‘manlier prez’ than Obama, and more businesslike… yet, on the social scene a party animal (we know she can drink)…

BigSven on June 9, 2014 at 3:50 PM

Completely missed the point AP.

nobar on June 9, 2014 at 3:46 PM

C’mon. Say what you want about gays, but they have better fashion sense than this.

Allahpundit on June 9, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Looks like the 21st century version of something George Washington would wear, but with shorter stockings.

DarkCurrent on June 9, 2014 at 3:48 PM

I’d go for a kilt, but even that would probably get called a man-skirt.

hawkeye54 on June 9, 2014 at 3:51 PM

I would LOVE to interview a candidate wearing this.

He’d get a nice “don’t call us, we’ll call you” upon leaving.

Good Lt on June 9, 2014 at 3:52 PM

C’mon. Say what you want about gays, but they have better fashion sense than this.

Allahpundit on June 9, 2014 at 3:51 PM

Still missing it. They aren’t trying to sell their guns.

nobar on June 9, 2014 at 3:52 PM

Now I can go careening headlong into a middle age crisis AND dress like a Japanese elementary school boy!

StubbleSpark on June 9, 2014 at 3:50 PM

I’m waiting for knickers and knee length argyle socks to come back in vogue.

hawkeye54 on June 9, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Without the jacket, this has been a style some places (the tropics) in Australia for a long time. “Oz business” or some such. But those are Aussies… manly men. This … has “MTE”* written all over it as presented.

* You really don’t want to know. If you go look it up and are grossed out, don’t blame me.

GWB on June 9, 2014 at 3:53 PM

We’re all Bobby Hill now.

RickB on June 9, 2014 at 3:53 PM

I would LOVE to interview a candidate wearing this. He’d get a nice “don’t call us, we’ll call you” upon leaving. Good Lt on June 9, 2014 at 3:52 PM

That would be homophobic you racist.

Akzed on June 9, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Maybe if he had the socks pulled up knee-high, and sandals….
I’ve known a couple “old guys” who dressed like that for casual wear – one was a retired alcoholic 4 star General.

dentarthurdent on June 9, 2014 at 3:54 PM

The top half says “I’m all business” while the bottom half says “Why yes that is a tribal tattoo I got in college on my calf”.

Copperwood on June 9, 2014 at 3:54 PM

I’m waiting for knickers and knee length argyle socks to come back in vogue.

hawkeye54 on June 9, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Go vacay in Bermuda.

RickB on June 9, 2014 at 3:54 PM

C’mon. Say what you want about gays, but they have better fashion sense than this.

Allahpundit on June 9, 2014 at 3:51 PM

It’s the NY-based homosexual fashion designers that come up with this crap.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on June 9, 2014 at 3:55 PM

The perfect accessory would be a propeller beanie.

bw222 on June 9, 2014 at 3:55 PM

Why does everyone want to dress like a boarding school kid?

libfreeordie on June 9, 2014 at 3:44 PM

Hey, you guys are the “fashion-forward” set.

You tell us!

Good Lt on June 9, 2014 at 3:55 PM

I’d go for a kilt, but even that would probably get called a man-skirt.

hawkeye54 on June 9, 2014 at 3:51 PM

I sometimes sport hakama…

DarkCurrent on June 9, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Oh great, pinup boys for the prison set.

SteveInRTP on June 9, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Now I realize no one cares what an old chick has to say but this look does not indicate stud muffin. Muffin at best.

Cindy Munford on June 9, 2014 at 3:47 PM

Cupcake?

iurockhead on June 9, 2014 at 3:57 PM

How do you wear Douche?

/Other than tossing a baseball in mom jeans, riding a girl bike with a helmet and looking like a tool by chomping on bubblicious gum whilst attending a somber gathering for D-Day?

Obama: UberDouche.

Key West Reader on June 9, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Wow, you must have missed the big Drudge header pointing to an article at Big Dummies accusing Paul Ryan of secretly mounting an amnesty push.

You don’t miss many scary stories like that. It would get the monkeys screeching and flinging poo for sure.

°·°·

Naturally, it’s a big nothing-burger, disappointing for Jonathan Strong but I suppose he didn’t write the sensationalized and false headline. It mainly talks about and to Mike Mulvaney, a fairly junior member from SC. And he says there is no bill to whip, that he’s for enforcement first and no pathway to citizenship for illegals.

That didn’t prevent the looney-tunes commenters from denouncing him, of course. I don’t think they even read beyond the headlines over there.

But the only direct reference to Ryan is the final statement from his office:

Asked for comment about Ryan’s involvement in the issue, his spokesman, Kevin Seifert, said, “Congressman Ryan has laid out his principles for immigration reform. He’s said that the House should not take up or conference with the Senate bill and that there should be no special pathway to citizenship for those here illegally. Congressman Ryan has also said that any reform effort should begin by securing our border and enforcing our laws.”

Adjoran on June 9, 2014 at 3:58 PM

Bermuda shorts with suit jackets were a brief fad in the 1950′s. Bad old ideas become bad new ideas when no one’s around to remind you how bad they were.

RadClown on June 9, 2014 at 3:58 PM

That would be homophobic you racist.

Akzed on June 9, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Don’t forget sexist. Not sure how, but I’m sure the Tolerance Police can come up with something.

Good Lt on June 9, 2014 at 3:58 PM

There can only be so much of the destruction of masculinity in our society before there is a violent push back.

Xanatos90 on June 9, 2014 at 3:59 PM

I would LOVE to interview a candidate wearing this. He’d get a nice “don’t call us, we’ll call you” upon leaving. Good Lt on June 9, 2014 at 3:52 PM

I wouldn’t even waste my time to go through with the interview.
I knew someone who had a guy show up for an interview in a bright orange suit – they told him at the door that the interview was cancelled.

dentarthurdent on June 9, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Why does everyone want to dress like a boarding school kid?

libfreeordie on June 9, 2014 at 3:44 PM

O.K., gotta give you this one. This is a damn good post.

ToddPA on June 9, 2014 at 4:01 PM

I’m waiting for knickers and knee length argyle socks to come back in vogue.

hawkeye54 on June 9, 2014 at 3:53 PM

Go vacay in Bermuda.

RickB on June 9, 2014 at 3:54 PM

IF that’s typical attire in Bermuda, I’d opt for an island where I can wear less formal attire, or less attire altogether.

hawkeye54 on June 9, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Obama could rock some Lederhosen

/Doctrine.

Key West Reader on June 9, 2014 at 4:03 PM

IF that’s typical attire in Bermuda, I’d opt for an island where I can wear less formal attire, or less attire altogether.

hawkeye54 on June 9, 2014 at 4:02 PM

In my industry, we do a lot of work on certain south Pacific islands – and the standard business attire there is Hawaiian shirts, khaki shorts and sandals or athletic shoes.

dentarthurdent on June 9, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Grow up.

BuckeyeSam on June 9, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Rather be curls, let us REJOICE, here is something that libfree & we agree upon…. this is a very bad fashion idea. Rather than being petty I say we rejoice in our (short-lived) unity….

JFKY on June 9, 2014 at 4:04 PM

IF that’s typical attire in Bermuda, I’d opt for an island where I can wear less formal attire, or less attire altogether.

hawkeye54 on June 9, 2014 at 4:02 PM

Only “suits” in Bermuda wear these. Vacationers wear…vacation attire.

22044 on June 9, 2014 at 4:04 PM

It’s the NY-based homosexual fashion designers that come up with this crap.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on June 9, 2014 at 3:55 PM

NY Based fashion homosexuals don’t have much in common with us non-fashion industry homosexuals (hint, that’s the vast majority of us). Go into the gay bar in your town or the nearest mid-sized town and you will not see anyone wearing the “short suit.” You’ll probably see a better done version of whatever the local male fashion is.

libfreeordie on June 9, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Why does everyone want to dress like a boardingUnion

school kid?

libfreeordie on June 9, 2014 at 3:44 PM

/Lederhosen

Key West Reader on June 9, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Bullsh_t!

WordsMatter on June 9, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Looks like something you’d wear on a hot day in Teheran.

formwiz on June 9, 2014 at 4:05 PM

There can only be so much of the destruction of masculinity in our society before there is a violent push back.

Xanatos90 on June 9, 2014 at 3:59 PM

They’re hoping there won’t be anyone masculine enough left to push back like that. There’s got to be some point of equilibrium for which the Left is striving where men and women meet at the same level of feminimasculinity. At which point there will be peace and harmony in the universe.

hawkeye54 on June 9, 2014 at 4:07 PM

NY Based fashion homosexuals don’t have much in common with us non-fashion industry homosexuals (hint, that’s the vast majority of us). Go into the gay bar in your town or the nearest mid-sized town and you will not see anyone wearing the “short suit.” You’ll probably see a better done version of whatever the local male fashion is.

libfreeordie on June 9, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Personally, I always though Lady Gaga’s meat dress had potential as a fashion line.

They need to keep up and make a meat short-suit now.

HAUTE COUTURE DEMANDS IT, I TELL YOU!

Good Lt on June 9, 2014 at 4:08 PM

The U.K.-based fashion brand Reiss sells a pair of khaki suit shorts for $130. “Ensure that even on warm days your style remains sharp,” reads the retailer’s product description.

Reiss recommends pairing the shorts with a plain black crew-neck T, suede driving shoes, and a pair of aviator glasses for a look that says “smart and informal.”

“I’m so queer, I don’t have enough Accessories”

ToddPA on June 9, 2014 at 4:08 PM

Business Insider has an extensive photo gallery. We can all agree, I hope, that the shorts with chiffon paneling are … bold.

Isn’t chiffon some sort of soap?

jim56 on June 9, 2014 at 4:09 PM

In my industry, we do a lot of work on certain south Pacific islands – and the standard business attire there is Hawaiian shirts, khaki shorts and sandals or athletic shoes.

dentarthurdent on June 9, 2014 at 4:04 PM

There ya go……perfect attire for me, anywhere, for my retirement, depending on the seasonal temps, the athletic shoes worn mostly winter and for formal occasions of course.

hawkeye54 on June 9, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Only “suits” in Bermuda wear these. Vacationers wear…vacation attire.

22044 on June 9, 2014 at 4:04 PM

Okay then, Bermuda is back on my bucket list.

hawkeye54 on June 9, 2014 at 4:10 PM

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