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Shorts and a t-shirt is the standard, shorts and a polo shirt is commonplace, shorts and a button-down casual shirt are pretty familiar. But a pair of shorts and a jacket? You don’t see that too often.
This season, a string of major labels trotted out models in shorts and either a relaxed jacket or a heavy overshirt. There are several benefits to this look that nicely treads the line between the beach and the beachfront restaurant.
It’s handy for those lovely evenings on holiday that start off warm but then become a little chilly. It can be helpful for taller, slimmer guys who may be self-conscious about showing their legs because the jacket bulks up your top half a little. You can come straight from the pool and pair the jacket with swim shorts, or match it with smarter shorts for a relaxed evening look.
Remember to keep the jacket unstructured, because with shorts down below you don’t want sharp lines from a tailored jacket up above as it will look too formal.
The beauty of shorts and a jacket is that, because it’s such a comfortable and relaxed combination, you can get away with pushing the boundaries and letting the stripes, prints or colours clash a little. After all, you’re on holiday.