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The shortie suit is happening, people: Here's how to make it work

June 20, 2014 at 12:08 PM ET

Who wears short-short suits? This morning, it was the guys in 1A.

To demonstrate how remixed formalwear is going mainstream, Matt, Al and Willie took some looks out for a spin. Their reviews were mixed, at best.

First up was Willie, in white pants rolled up to Capri length.

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"Are those women's pants?" Al asked.

"I think it's cool when a guy wears something that's traditionally more feminine," TODAY style expert Bobbie Thomas said of Willie's outfit as Al could be heard cackling from across the studio.

BOBBIE TIP: Patterns (and colors, think pink) that are traditionally more feminine are not only currently en vogue, but they're also a look that emotes confidence. (On WillieFloral shirt, $48.99, BananaRepublic.com; trousers, $69.90, Zara.com; Rockport Venetian, $95, Zappos.com).

Matt was rocking a suit with full-fledged shorts, a style made popular recently by Pharrell Williams. 

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"I thought I drew the short straw until I saw Willie," Matt said.

And in case you didn't think the shorts were short enough, Matt rolled them even thigher, er, higher. 

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BOBBIE TIP: Just be sure to wear the right shoes, like loafers, boat shoes or, if appropriate, sandals and sneakers (On Matt: Ludlow jacket, pants, & loafers, $98-298, JCrew.com).

Last was Al, who, according to Matt and Willie, got off easy by simply having to wear gym shoes with his suit. 

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"He didn't even have to do anything," Willie protested. "I'm the new guy, how's everybody doing?"

BOBBIE TIP: With sneakers and suits, less is more. Not too bulky and not too bright is just right (some styles to try: the Laser Perf sneaker, $90, SperryTopsider.com; Creative Recreation's Lacava sneaker & Vans leather sneaker, $65-75, Bloomingdales.com).