Ordinarily you wouldn’t catch me in a pair of shorts unless I was on the beach (probably with a margarita in hand). Never had I considered wearing them to the office, out for drinks—basically anywhere that didn’t require sunscreen. However, it seems that even me—someone who is admittedly quite stubborn when it comes to fashion—can be convinced otherwise, as I now find myself pining after all the short suits I keep seeing on stylish women.
From celebrities to fashion editors and mega influencers, it appears many are forgoing pretty frocks and instead wearing short suits. Crafted in a Miami Vice palette of cream, mauve, beige and cornflower blue, linen textures are proving particularly popular, while silhouettes are for the most part slouchy and effortless.
Styling-wise, strappy sandals and muted-hue camisoles are good bets, as are layered necklaces, shoulder bags and statement sunnies.
Of course, there are plenty of designer options out there but, after spending copious amounts of time searching the internet for my dream short suit, I found that many of the best styles are available on the high-street, with affordable price-tags to match.
Keep scrolling to see how the Instagram masses are wearing them, then proceed to shop the best high-street short suits on offer.
Nnenna Echem gives her beige shirt suit a fresh-looking spin with a white tee, scrappy sandals and a perspex bag.
Mancunian influencer Megan Ellaby pairs her mauve Marks & Spencer short suit with pastel accessories for maximum stand-out effect.
Our columnist Monikh Dale gives her short suit a glossy spin with a slinky camisole tope and layered gold necklaces.
Rochelle Humes too sees the appeal of the short suit. Here she wears ASOS’s sold-out lime green iteration with sultry lace-up sandals.
Fashion editor Penny adds a spot of colour to her otherwise neutral short suit ensemble with a well-chosen cornflower blue blouse.
Proving to be a hit with the experts, fashion director Tracey Lea Sayer couldn’t resist the appeal of Topshop’s oversized co-ord.
Make like Megan and wear this suit with pastel accessories and shoes.
The heather hue will look gorgeous with burgundy and tan, too.
Subtle pinstripes give the short suit even more grown-up kudos.
Belted styles are easily the most flattering short option.
This soft buttery hue will really make your tan pop.
These shorts look just as sleek with flop flops as they do heels.
Quintessential to summer, you need a piece of yellow clothing in your wardrobe.
This powdery shade will go with just about any colour, though we think it looks particularly pretty with blue and khaki.
This jacket certainly won’t break the bank.
Large front pleats bestow shorts with a slouchy silhouette.
This shade of brown will be easily lifted with a blush blouse and heels.
So chic, you could wear this pairing to work.
Another workwear contender courtesy of Jigsaw.
The longer length makes these appropriate for just about every office.
After dark, stick to fabrics with sheen to elevate the look.
These shorts are cut so beautifully.
Linen textures are ideal for summer as the weave of the fabric makes it more breathable.
Just when we thought our obsession with pink clothing was under control.
This moss green blazer will carry you through to autumn/winter 2019.
Wear with a raffia belt and tan slider sandals.