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Brought Into Play

Tailored or textured, the latest shorts are winning options. By Lynette Koh.

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DIFFERENT STROKES
T-shirts can sit this one out. The new smartened-up shorts play well with a tailored jacket or a comfy pullover.
(from left) Polyester-mix jacket and cotton shirt, from Giorgio Armani. Wool shorts and suede sneakers, from Louis Vuitton. Wool pullover, cotton shirt, cotton shorts and silk tie, from Boss Hugo Boss. Leather shoes, from Salvatore Ferragamo.

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MIX MASTER
Luxe textures look fresh when done in relaxed shapes. Here, top coordinates in leather and python give printed bermuda shorts a cool edge.
Python-leather jacket, leather shirt, cotton shorts and sunglasses, from Louis Vuitton. Patent leather shoes, from Emporio Armani.

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DOING DOUBLES
The easiest way to improve an otherwise simple weekend outfit: Layer with a lightweight, go-anywhere knit.
(from left) Wool pullover, cotton pique polo shirt and cotton shorts, from Carolina Herrera Homme. Wool cardigan, cotton-poplin shirt and cotton shorts, from Hackett.

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GAME FOR ANYTHING
A suit with shorts makes for a look that’s two parts smart and one part casual. Or, tread the line between both with more relaxed separates.
(from left) Wool-mix jacket, cotton top, wool-mix shorts and leather sneakers, from Dior Homme.
Wool pullover, cotton shirt and cotton shorts, from Ralph Lauren. Patent leather shoes, from Emporio Armani.

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IN TOP FORM
A great fit makes all the difference when it comes to elevating even the most basic ensembles.
(from left) Cotton pique polo shirt, from Tod’s.
Cotton pique polo shirt and cotton shorts, from Brioni. Leather shoes, from Salvatore Ferragamo.