Men's Shorts: The Knees Have It

Scott Adams Contributor

The season of SS15 menswear fashion shows left a trail of consistent and interesting styles, colours and designs.  ACU|BIEN is inclined to agree with Tim Blanks,’s editor at large that what London Collection: MENS #LCM ‘did brilliantly this season was ‘made “weirdness” very commercial, while Milan did “realness” well.

As Europe continue to bask glorious summer sunshine the streets, sidewalks, cafes and bars are throbbing with the highest hemlines not publicly seen in years.  Women are flashing tighter-than-tight cheeky shorts in denim and block summer colours, revealing more flesh than at a Caribbean carnival.  Men are sporting knees and thighs in all shapes, shades and sizes – always cut above the knee

The trend of tailored men’s shorts also continued during the menswear SS15 season, presented with blazers, lightweight jackets or a simple Oxford shirt.  The popularity for men’s shorts is a clear continuum from the current SS season.  Classic tailoring in men’s shorts channel a soft, relaxed mode – a sense to casual refinement as a substitute for the Friday jeans or chino, or indeed a full city suit.  Tailored men’s shorts are an instant way to inject individual ‘cool’ and ‘chic’ in the workplace, is practical in the constant summer heat, and a ready look for those after-work drinks or dinner.

In true ACU|BIEN style, we have selected a range of popular designs seen sprouting a knobbly knee or two, or a shapely gym-fit leg:


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Cooper’s Blue | The Authentic Bermuda Shorts, aka ‘TABS,’ are designed by a Bermudian in Bermuda. There’s a whole lot of Bermuda inside every pair. TABS carry: Signature Red Triangle and Red Back Pocket Bar Tack | Signature Triangle Belt Loops | Back Button-Fastening Besom Pockets | Pre Washed for a Soft, Comfortable Finish | Button and Concealed Zip Fastenings | Tailored Cut with a Classic Straight Leg | 100% Cotton Twill Carefully Selected for its Breathable and Smart Qualities | Customised Embossed Tortoshell Buttons | Medium Low-Rise Waist | ‘Step into Summer’ Self-Facing Pocket Linings


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Perry Grey check shorts, light grey | Combining smart sartorial style with practical summer design, the Perry shorts are the ideal way to add a tailored sensibility to summer days spent off-duty. The shorts features | two button welt pockets to the reverse | a slash pocket to each hip | belt loops alongside a button | zip fly fastening.

Paul Smith

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PS slim-fit cotton-blend shorts |Sharpen up your warm-weather repertoire with these top-notch cotton-blend shorts by British company PS by Paul Smith. Tailored for a trim silhouette with details kept minimalist. These shorts feature: Dark blue cotton-blend shorts | Slim fit, five pockets | Button and zip fastenings | 100% cotton | Dry clean

Thom Browne

Thom Browne Anchor and Check Jacquard Bermuda Shorts: Light grey cotton-blend anchor- and check- jacquard Bermuda shorts. Featuring: Flat front, two on-seam pockets | two button-through welt pockets at back | button tab at back | signature red, white and blue grosgrain ribbon accent at back | mother-of-pearl buttons | Button fly, bar-and-hook closure, jigger button at front | Available in Light Grey | Cotton/polyamide | Dry clean

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Junya Watanabe

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JUNYA WATANABE | TwiIl long shorts, grey cotton blend twill long shorts from Junya Watanabe Comme Des Garçons featuring: button and zip fly | waistband with belt loops | two inset pockets to the sides | coin pocket | rear welt pockets | back buckle.


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ACNE STUDIOS Bermuda cotton-twill shorts features: Marigold-yellow cotton-twill shorts | Slim fit, four pockets | Zip and hook fastenings | 100% cotton | Hand wash


7 FOR ALL MANKIND Slimmy Chino Bermuda featuring: Slanted front pockets | Three back welt pockets | Top button with concealed zip fly fastening

Let us know what you think of tailored men’s shorts in the comments below!

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29 July, 2014