What Kind Of Shorts Men Should Wear For Summer
If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you may have noticed my update about a male straphanger’s cargo shorts. There is much debate about how men should wear shorts, and their place in fashion. Although limiting, shorts offer men a warm-weather alternative. Here are some guidelines to get you started.
The appropriate time to wear shorts (other than an athletic setting) is:
1. Casual settings around friends and family (lunch, the park).
2. Unbearably hot weather, and other environmental settings (the beach).
Never wear shorts:
1. In any business or formal setting (wedding, business lunch).
2. Where you’ll be interacting with acquaintances or strangers (friend’s party).
What’s the perfect short length for me?
Despite short shorts being a huge trend for men this 2013 season, more than 2-3 inches above your knee is probably too short. Although, if you’re less than 5’7″, a shorter inseam can make your legs appear longer. Outside of vacation – or you have amazing legs – really short shorts are just underwear (no matter what this guy says).
photo credit: All Things Menswear
Photo credit: Street Etiquette
If they fall past the knee, they are no longer considered shorts, they are now too-short pants. The only exception is if you are as cool as this guy. If that’s the case, then go for it.
For most men, at or around your knee is an appropriate short length.
How much volume and bagginess do shorts need?
Essentially, this is a matter of preference, but shorts should be comfortable and fitted. Like pants, they should be tailored to your body.
The issue with cargo shorts is they add bulk to your butt and thighs, thereby hiding some of the best parts of a man’s body. They also tend to be worn oversized and fall past the knee. Unless utilitarian, they serve no purpose other than to make men look unattractive.
If you insist on them, wear a slimmer version. Like these:
Photo credit: Elle & J.Crew
Bermudas, and similar styles are your safest bet.
What colors and styles shorts should I wear?
Whether you buy denim, cotton, or linen-blends is no mind to me. What feels good is what matters most with fabrications. Playing with colors and prints are a fun way to incorporate your personal style. Since you’ll be wearing shorts in less formal settings, it’s the arena to showcase some self expression.
There will always be more fashionable gents who can pull of short varieties outside of the guidlines listed above. If you’re not one of them, or needed a refresher, these baselines will keep you cool this summer, in many ways.
Feature photo credit: Street Etiquette
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