Two examples of short suits have caught our eye in particular—the periwinkle suit worn by Matt Lauer on The Today Show, and the indomitable Tartan number, made by Wallace & Barnes, that Nick Wooster modeled for J. Crew. Each of these suits offers a unique take on the trend, and (curiously) a fairly accurate look at the style’s strengths and weaknesses.
Our insights can be summed up in one simple mantra: Your short suits should never resemble your standard ones. Take Matt Lauer. With its slim-notch lapel, classic color, and two-button format, his suit has all the makings of a killer summer two-piece—and that’s just the problem. It looks like a zealous tailor chopped the legs off an Yves Saint Laurent.
By comparison, Wooster’s number is an exercise in irreverence—it sports an offbeat three-button setup, wrinkled linen, and, of course, an eye-catching tartan pattern. The result is a suit that truly breaks the mold and, most importantly, doesn’t invite comparison with a standard sartorial garment. Then again, with a man like Nick Wooster, you can expect nothing less.
Image Credit: J. Crew