The PS short

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*Note: The design of the shorts has been tweaked slightly for 2021, with a shorter leg. The inside leg now measures 8.5 inches, rather than 10*

A classically styled, straight-cut short for smarter summer dressing.

Available in two styles - a sharp sartorial make (navy) and a washed casual one (khaki or green) - the PS shorts can be worn with a button-down shirt and suede loafers, or a T-shirt and trainers (and everything in between). 

Both styles have turn-ups and pleats, while the sartorial make adds side adjusters, an extended waistband and horn buttons. 

Says Simon: "In my view, most brands try to put too much style into shorts. They are either surprisingly tapered, which is rarely flattering and often uncomfortable, or they’re big and wide, a traditional cut but again not one which suits most men.

"The PS Short is moderate. A flattering halfway point. It's what most men want out of trousers, frankly, and certainly what they want out of shorts. Most men already feel self-conscious wearing shorts: the last thing they want is for them to be attention-grabbing."

The PS shorts have a straight cut in the leg, finishing an inch above the knee. They have a medium rise, slightly higher at the back, and a 4cm turn-up.

Made in Italy by tailoring specialist Rota, the shorts are made with top-level hardware, linings and finishing. The navy has a refined finish inside, with shirt-fabric apron and pocket lining, while the green and khaki have a plain finish with an interior pocket. 

For more details on the development process behind the shorts, their design and make, see the launch post here

The shorts can also be extensively altered, to find the perfect fit. More detail on that on the most recent launch article here.  

They are available in four sizes: small, medium, large and extra-large, equivalent to Italian sizes 46, 48, 50 and 52. 

Size 46 48 50 52
Waist (circumference, cm) 81 85 89 94
Bottom (same) 52.5 54 55 56
Outside leg (without waistband) 44.5 45 45.5 46
Inside leg
21.5
21.5
21.5
21.5
Front rise 23 23.5 24 24.5
Back rise 36.7 37.7 38.7 39.7