Trend Report: Men’s Dress Shorts


Mens dress shorts are back! With an emphasis on clean lines and tailored effects, these shorts have inspired “strictly trousered” men to change their ways and adopt a summery, preppy look with very clean lines.

Alessandro Dell’Acqua

Dress shorts this season are found in a relatively restricted palette, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a surprise or two around the corner for Spring/Summer 2007. Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s runway was littered with tan, flat-front shorts that looked like they came straight off of the golf course, but mixed in was a pair of absolutely geometric zebra-striped shorts and a coordinating belt. Work either of these looks with confidence, and you be on trend in a flash.

Kim Jones

Kim Jones’ collection was chock full of tennis whites that hit directly below the knee. Simple styles were also found in baby blue and cream, and when worn with clean white sneakers and socks, they look positively clean-cut and reserved.

Hussein Chalayan

The clean effect of neutral dress shorts was mixed up a bit with Hussein Chalayan’s touch. While the lines of these classic shorts remained the same, colors and patterns were somewhat unexpected and added to the contrast that makes this season so unique. Businesslike pinstripe shorts, cuffed to the knee, were worn with a loose, zip-up jacket in the same material, and the effect was equally as stylish with a solid colored tee and those classic white sneakers again.

Kris Van Assche

Kris Van Assche’s Spring/Summer collection combined barely-there dress shorts for brief appeal. While they reached the traditional knee length, they were constructed of soft, sheer fabric with a sharp crease and shirts of the same matching fabric and style. Bold black-and-white shorts mixed up an otherwise safe palette of neutrals and a few primary colors. Worn with open, loose long-sleeved shirts and polo tees, Kris Van Assche’s take on dress shorts is perfect for adding a little glamour to an everyday style.

Issey Miyake

Shorts from Issey Miyake had a ’40s vibe that vintage guys will want to hang onto. Best paired with a sweater draped over the shoulders and traditional tennis sneakers, these dress shorts had a slim, knicker-like effect with a substantial cuff at the bottom of the leg. Natural linen-like colors look best with the style highlighted by Issey Miyake’s Spring/Summer 2007 collection.


These dress-like shorts had a boylike appeal for Spring/Summer and are perfect for men with a little vintage interest. When worn with sandals and a simple buttondown shirt, you’re ready to head to a picnic, take a walk down the beach, or just kick back in the garden. Predominate color palette of the collection was comprised of cherry reds, charcoal grays, and navy.

Try your dress shorts for Spring/Summer with white sneakers, a well-groomed hairstyle, and a lot of panache. Match yours with light long-sleeved button-downs, blouse-like lightweight sweaters, and classic polos for the perfect look this summer.



  1. I definitely like the dress shorts look.