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Can shorts be formal?

Pharrell Williams, breaker of genres and fashion codes, has done it again. The N.E.R.D. member and musical Renaissance man showed up to “The Lion King” premiere wearing a bowtie, blazer…and shorts. While shorts are typically seen as casual wear, Pharrell’s inclusion of the article of clothing in a formal outfit may be pushing shorts in a new direction. Some are thrilled; others shocked and appalled. Can shorts ever be considered formal attire? 

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This isn’t the first time Pharrell Williams has worn shorts to a high-end occasion. With all the buzz surrounding “The Lion King” premiere, it may be about time the trend takes off. There has long been discussions in the fashion community—particularly in men’s wear—about how lax dress codes should be. One Washington Post writer even describes the glory in wearing a pair of shorts to his office. 

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The material of the shorts—as well as what's worn with them—is what’s key to a polished look. If the outfit is completed with loafers and a blazer as opposed to sandals and a tank top, why is it any less formal or professional than any other style? 

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Some people are avidly against the idea of wearing shorts to formal occasions. Business Insider labels the act of wearing shorts to an office as a “faux pas.” It’s hard for people to take men wearing shorts seriously and doing so may actually be detrimental to another person’s perception of you. Many a Reddit user is against the fashion choice, although the language in their reasoning is unsurprisingly more colorful.  

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The website Real Men Real Style lays out the only times when men may appropriately don shorts: When it’s hot outside and when there’s no business or formality involved. For them, shorts are a symbol of childhood. Wearing them in adult situations comes off as immature. Sorry, Pharrell.  

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