When the trend of oversized blazer and shorts first started, it was highly sought after among the ladies for its versatility and its ease of transitioning from day to night. On the menswear front, it was largely influenced by American fashion designer Thom Browne who frequents the silhouette for his men's shows. Browne's models would come down the runway with an oversized or fitted blazers, and they would be paired with shorts in matching or contrasting colours.
Throughout men's fashion, brands such as Raf Simons, Dolce&Gabbana as well as Bottega Veneta have also dipped their toes in and experimented with the combination. From Raf Simon's low-slit shorts in spring/summer 2013 to Bottega Veneta's extended bermudas in spring/summer 2020, it's a trend that hardly ever seems to go.
At the recently concluded Milan and Paris Fashion Week Men's, the trend has bubbled up once again. And in multiple ways. Be it adding a pair of dad shoes with high socks or a simple mock neck sweater into the mix, the original combination—though reimagined differently over time—has managed to stay relevant.
The spring/summer 2022's pantsuits have once again updated to summer-friendly editions by cutting the blazer slightly bigger and replacing trousers with shorts of an array of fit and lengths—a smart combination of structure and comfort.
From the pairing of an asymmetric Jacquemus blazer and shorts by Jungmaven to a full Bottega Veneta look, we've picked options that range from the more casual to formal—easy to strip back or build upon. These pieces elevate everyday essentials while still adhering to some form of dress code formality. And of course, an emphasis on cotton-jersey and dry-fit material shorts for maximum ease and comfort.
Scroll through the galley above for 10 oversized blazer-and-shorts combinations to shop now.