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As is often the case, our latest style obsession started with a single snap of Zendaya: her entering the Fall 2023 Louis Vuitton show in a zebra-print short suit, just a belt and a bralette to accompany the workwear-adjacent separates. Beyond the wild motif and micro proportions, it was the uncommon suiting silhouette that struck us as fresh, the whole short suit look perfectly teetering between put together and deliciously low key.
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For real-life wear, take cues from the street style aces who paraded in plenty of versions of the short suit that get the summery stamp of approval. Big and boxy was the overall favoured shape (Bermuda-length shorts and an oversized blazer get you there quick), while more femme-leaning sets relied on classically prim details like a nipped-in waist, soft palette, and silhouette-skimming tailoring. Even the guys took on the new suiting trend, often putting a baggy twist on the school-boy aesthetic, knee socks and all. And as temperatures slowly creep from pre-spring to full-on summer, borrow a clever styling cue from Gigi Hadid by pairing your short suit with sheer tights for a perfect transitional look.
Here, 12 suits to set you up for seasonal success: from breezy linens options and flashy tweed takes, to monochrome matches made for the boardroom.