Should Men Wear Shorts? (A Man’s Guide to Wearing Shorts)

Their origins are with children and it was part of school prep. That was the only time in their lives they really wore shorts outside of athletic events. And it was simply many reasons for it such as kids were just notorious for tearing holes in their clothing and this was great.

It worked well for young men but when you became an adult you didn't want to wear shorts. That’s why actually there are quite a few men out there who still feel shorts are not appropriate wear.
A funny thing happened though in World War I and World War II is that shorts were brought into military uniforms and men became accustomed and they enjoyed the benefits of wearing them. After that, fashion designers grabbed a hold of shorts and they brought them into trend.

Wearing shorts is one of the best ways to stay cool and are perfect for weekend shenanigans, dog walks,  the pool, barbecues, picnics, romantic walks in the park…you get the point *winks
Shorts are inherently casual, but that doesn’t mean they have to look adolescent and sloppy. So why do most men look so bad wearing shorts?

Well, they’re just not wearing them correctly. Their shorts don’t fit, and they’re not wearing the right styles.
Shorts that are a bit too loud and short draws attention right to your crotch area and that’s really not where a gentleman wants all of the eyes in the audience to be focused on.
Shorts that look like swim shorts. I wouldn’t recommend it even if you were in the military.
So here is a picture of wrong types of shorts....

Shorts bad fit

How Shorts Should Be?

To make sure your shorts flatter your body type, you need to pay attention to the length AND the width (the leg opening).

Better close than loose. The thing with shorts is that they only add bulk to the top part of the hips and the top thighs. And you don’t want to get the chicken leg look, and that will happen if your shorts are too baggy or they billow out on the sides, so try to avoid pleats on shorts unless you have a large hip area.

Pockets, Patterns, Styles
 These are ultra-casual and should not be worn to college social events. baggy, multi-pocketed shorts don’t look great in social settings.
Solid colors such as tan, khaki, white, navy, olive, and off-white are the most traditional styles for men’s shorts. Plaids, especially plaids with a white base, are a preppy look staple, but should be paired with at least a polo shirt to avoid looking like a frat boy (and no collar pop, please). Madras pushes the prep look even further, and should be worn with caution.
Louder-patterned shorts, the kind that look like Hawaiian shirts for your lower half, should be saved for beach vacations. (Interestingly, these are often referred to as “Bermuda shorts,” presumably because of the tropical association but true Bermuda shorts are civilian versions of traditional military uniforms from the Pacific islands and are almost always khaki or white cotton).

Shorts Length

Just like with swim trunks, it’s crucial that your shorts don’t go past your knees. They should stop at the top of your kneecaps (at the longest).
Ideally, your shorts will stop an inch or two above your kneecaps, but this is a matter of personal preference.
Anything longer than that will most likely be too long, although you can get away with 9″ shorts if you like them a little longer.

Shorts Width

After wearing shorts that are too long, the second most common mistake that guys make is wearing shorts that are too wide.
Just like pants, most mass-manufactured shorts will be too wide through the leg. Unless you have thick legs, you’ll need to look for “slim fit” shorts or get your shorts tailored.
You want to avoid the trapezoid silhouette – where your shorts are wider at the bottom than the top. This happens when the leg opening (or circumference) or your shorts is a lot wider than the circumference of your leg.
It creates a bottom heavy silhouette, just like when women wear loose skirts. Great for them, bad for us.
Plus it makes your legs look thin and weak because they’re being swallowed up by your shorts.
Instead, try to achieve a nice gentle taper that follows the line of your body:

It affects the mood and the formality, so the short at the top left hand corner, those are the most common. Those are going to be the easiest to match. Once we start bringing in reds, blues, greens suddenly add to the informality. It becomes more fun and you’re going to stand out a bit more. Sticking with a solid and a traditional style pretty much any man can be able to pull this off.

Shirts To Wear with Shorts

One of the easiest ones to pull off is the polo shirt. There are a lot of different brands, brands – a very easy match. You don’t have to, but if you do tuck it in, it will will give you a smarter look.
You can also wear colored shirts that button up, and here to the left, we’ve got a classic shirt that we see in the summer, very lightweight material. Over here to the right, we’ve got a chambray long sleeve. You’re wondering, “Okay, how would I wear a long sleeve shirt with shorts?” Well, you would just roll it up and it gives a much more refined look even when untucked.
I hope this helped someone.. i will love to get a feedback from you or you can ask any question you so desire.. Thank you Fam




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