NYT Says the Man-Short Is Headed to an Office Near You

Coworkers beware.  Your male colleagues may be showing a bit more skin this summer.  According to the New York Times, it’s just a matter of time before your male colleagues start showing up to work in a suit jacket, shirt and tie, and . . . shorts.  Yes, that’s correct.  Shorts.  

Interestingly enough, the paper said the same thing this time last year about the line of suits that had been produced for women and that featured knee-length shorts.  I recall there being an actual debate about whether the author of the article lived on the same planet as the rest of us.  There was also a mild interest in the idea based on the heat factor.  Indeed, there was a little flurry of excitement over what seemed to be a new line in the sand when it came to business attire. 

Picture courtesy of the NYT

In our office of roughly 200 people, one woman was nervy enough to give it a try.  And she looked great.  She’s also a size 0 and stands 5′ 10″.  She looks great in a parka with mittens and snow boots.  It’s virtually impossible for her to not look great. 

So, pardon me NYT, I mean no disrespect, but I have my doubts about the level of interest most men will have in the shorts-suit concept.  If for no other reason but cost.  Gen Y are the potential consumers for this latest fashion development.  And I’d be willing to bet that if they have to drop a chunk of change on a suit for a new job, it’ll be for a suit they’ll actually be able to wear.  It’s difficult to imagine the young man who would forgo the navy blue standard in lieu of a khaki-colored pair of shorts and matching jacket.  Let’s face it–he’d rather spend his money on something else, anything else, other than a suit in the first place. 

Of course, if a male colleague showed up to work wearing the shorts-suit styled like the gentleman’s in the picture, above, he may be laughed out of the office, black dress shoes, white ankle socks, and all, before he had a chance to explain that the NYT had given his outfit the official thumbs up. 

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