Summer fashion 2021: Short suits are set to dominate office wear in Austalia this season

This bizarre new fashion trend looks set to dominate offices this summer – so will you be wearing it?

  • ‘Short suits’ look set to be the hottest office fashion trend this summer
  • The ’90s look enjoyed a comeback in 2020 thanks to designers like Versace  
  • Neutral colours such as grey, taupe and cream are most popular this season


A bizarre fashion trend is set to dominate offices across Australia as workers dress to the nines after months of lounging in lockdown leisurewear.

Once considered a jaded trend best left in the ’90s, ‘short suits’ enjoyed a comeback in 2020 thanks to designers such as Off-White, Versace, and Saint Laurent.

The quirky twist on the power suit, which makes it easier to wear tailored pieces in scorching summer heat, was seen on guests attending headline events at Milan, Paris and New York Fashion Week in September.

And if the suit has received the coveted seal of approval from the European style set, it’s only a matter of time before it’s embraced by fashionistas Down Under. 

The quirky twist on the classic power suit makes it easier to wear tailored pieces in scorching summer heat

Once considered a jaded trend best left in the ’90s, ‘short suits’ enjoyed a comeback in 2020 thanks to designers such as Off-White, Versace, and Saint Laurent

Hailee Steinfeld wears a Thom Browne suit during New York Fashion Week in September 2021

Hailee Steinfeld wears a Thom Browne suit during New York Fashion Week in September 2021

Poll

Are you a fan of the short suit trend?

Models and influencers are favouring over-sized suits in neutral colours such as grey, taupe, and cream, from big name labels like Calvin Klein and Thom Browne.

But if your budget won’t stretch to a $2,000 two-piece, the ever swift fast-fashion industry has already got you covered.

Ultra-fast fashion website Shein is selling trendy sets from as little as $36.95, while Missguided has long tailored shorts for $54.95.

Australian retailer The Iconic stocks more sustainable choices, with linen blazers and matching Bermuda shorts from brands like Aere for $80 a piece.

Meanwhile Gen Z favourite Showpo, the wildly successful clothing site founded by Sydney woman Jane Lu, has sets in bold colours including lime and neon yellow for $139.99.

Shoppers looking for a middle ground have a range of looks to choose from at Oroton, an Australian heritage brand that sells timeless tailored shorts for $174.50.

Models and influencers are favouring over-sized suits from big name labels like Calvin Klein and Thom Browne

Models and influencers are favouring over-sized suits from big name labels like Calvin Klein and Thom Browne

Australian heritage brand Oroton has timeless tailored shorts for $174.50

While ultra-fast fashion website Shein is selling trendy sets from as little as $36.95

Ultra-fast fashion website Shein is selling trendy sets from as little as $36.95 (right), while Australian heritage brand Oroton has timeless tailored shorts for $174.50 (left) 

Australian retailer The Iconic stocks more sustainable choices, with linen blazers and matching Bermuda shorts from brands like Aere for $80 a piece (pictured)

Australian retailer The Iconic stocks more sustainable choices, with linen blazers and matching Bermuda shorts from brands like Aere for $80 a piece (pictured)

The easiest way to make the look office appropriate is to pair the shorts with a matching blazer and white shirt. 

On cooler days, stylists recommend wearing the look with chunky combat boots, an ultra-flattering combination that makes your legs appear longer. 

Long shorts can also be worn with sleeveless bodysuits and a belt, or with billowy blouses and a low kitten heel for a soft, feminine look that will take your from your desk to a night on the town.

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