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    Men's How to Wear Shorts Well

    • Author:aungcrown
    • Source:Aung Crown
    • Release on:2020-12-24
    How to choose the right pair to match your build, and how to style them. Even though there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to putting on a pair of shorts, it's useful to keep a few things in mind. And once you master the art of wearing shorts, you can break the rules in style.

    A staple of summer, you wear shorts because it's hot and you don't want to be sweating through your pants. If you don't want to miss out on the fun part of summer and prefer not to be confined to air-conditioned shopping malls, then shorts are your friend. Because regardless of the potential style pitfalls of shorts, you're going to look a whole lot less aesthetically pleasing with dark patches in your pants and sweat streaming down your legs. Get the length and the fit right, pair them with the appropriate shirt & shoes and you can keep cool in style this summer.

    If you are in any doubt as to whether they would be appropriate attire for an outing, it is a safe rule of thumb to not wear them. Shorts should be a no-brainer when heading to the beach or for any athletic outing, and if you are heading for informal gatherings, then wearing shorts in hot weather is deemed acceptable. However if you're headed to the office, a business meeting or even slightly formal occasions, they should normally be avoided.

    A well-cut and properly fitting pair of shorts will make you look better and make you feel more confident and comfortable, simply because everything is in it's right place. A tailored pair of shorts will define shape and create a flattering profile regardless of your size or build. They should feel comfortable and fit your body shape, without being too tight or restricting movement. And don't be afraid to show off a little leg!

    When we say tailored, we don't necessarily mean slim-fitting. We mean: everything needs to fit properly, in other words: it needs to fit as it was designed to fit. Don't wear shorts that are two sizes too big and call them "loose"; fit is important no matter the cut you choose. You can wear a looser pair of shorts and still look tailored, as long as the fit is good.

    So be confident. It might take a little getting used to, but going tailored is the best style move you can make. Even though there are guys out there who think shorts are not for them: there are shorts available to suit every body type, you just need to find the right pair for you.

    For most body types, it is advisable to avoid baggier styles in favour of a more fitted pair. You'll want to avoid shorts that are wider at the bottom than at the top, with a leg opening that is a lot wider than the circumference of your leg; it'll make your legs appear smaller and thinner, and creates a bottom heavy silhouette. Not quite the look you're after.

    Unlike pants, which generally tend to follow your legs all the way down and are defined by their shape, shorts can quickly become shapeless and unflattering if they're ill-fitting in any way. The longer and baggier you go, the more fabric will be flapping around, and you'll risk losing shape and definition.

    In contrast, a properly tailored pair of shorts that's suited to your body will balance out your shape, by giving definition to your legs and working with your waistline, adding bulk where there is none and trimming down where there is plenty.

    How to Wear Shorts Well
    As a lesser-worn piece of menswear, shorts prompt all kinds of questions: How long should they be? How baggy? How many pockets? Belt or no belt? And so on.

    How Long Should Shorts Be?
    Boys wearing shorts.
    The far left pair are too short in my opinion. What do you think?

    Short enough that your knees are visible or just slightly covered if standing still. Long enough that you’re not showing the world you rarely tan your thighs; if I have to be specific, I would go more than 2-3 inches above the knee, depending on your proportions. Barron from the Effortless Gent backs me up here.
    Anything past the knees has ceased to be “shorts.” Those are high-cut pants, which is something else entirely (and not very flattering).

    Shorts that do come up to mid-thigh should be limited to lightweight athletic shorts, and should only be worn in athletic settings. Running shorts get more leeway than casual shorts because the expectation is that you’re not going to walk into a store or restaurant wearing them. Exercise devotees should bear this in mind, and should go home and change (and shower) before inflicting themselves on the public outside of gyms, courts, or bike paths.
    Men wearing athletic shorts in different styles.

    To some extent this is a matter of taste and style. Worth keeping in mind, however, is that shorts add bulk to the upper part of your legs only. Your lower legs will be bare, meaning that everything above them will look thicker by comparison. The baggier your shorts are, the thicker the look. So baggy shorts make your butt and thighs look big — not a look most men are seeking.

    A close fit in the seat and straight legs down to the top of the knees looks good on most men. The style is reminiscent of military shorts, and their descendents, the Bermuda shorts, which are good classic styles that people have had a generation or two to get used to by now.

    A baggier fit is sometimes common on the golf course, where it evokes the knickerbockers previously favored in the sport. These should obviously always be belted, preferably with a canvas and leather belt.

    “Cargo shorts” or safari shorts with side, front, and back pockets are great for hiking or working outside anywhere that’s hot but not particularly overgrown (or otherwise hazardous to bare legs). Outside of that, they don’t have much of a role in your wardrobe.   Let me be clear here: baggy, multi-pocketed shorts don’t look great in social settings.  These are ultra-casual and should not be worn to college social events.

    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.