Yea or Nay: Short Shorts

Posted on May 31, 2013


Darlings, ever since International Spy Bob Benson unleashed his super-1968 pair on the latest episode of Mad Men, the topic of short shorts for men has been bubbling up all over the place this week. We honestly find it a little sad that so many people so fear the boy short-short. Honestly, the thighs are often the very best body part most men have, so we never really understood the mass embrace of board shorts for an entire generation. We always said it was an anxious response to increased gay visibility, so much so that people see short pants today and immediately identify it as a gay look, even though short pants were a mainstay of male swimwear going back to the 1920s and above-the-knee shorts were standard summerwear for men from the 1940s to the 1980s.

So as you scroll through these selections from the spring 2013 collections, ponder the boy short-short, darlings. Rid yourself of preconceptions about sexual orientation – because would you assume a woman in pants is a lesbian? Consider that as restrictive standards for womenswear have relaxed steadily over the last 50 years, menswear, after a brief flourish in the ’70s, went completely in the opposite direction, getting more conservative over time. Weep.

Don’t fear the manthigh, darlings. It’s not scary.

Fendi | Antonio Azzuolo | Michael Bastian | Nicole Farhi


Louis Vuitton | Thom Browne | Kenzo | Ports 1961


Missoni | Trussardi | Jonathan Saunders | Emporio Armani


Moschino | Pringle of Scotland | Versace | Christopher Kane


Carven | Mugler | Lanvin | Raf Simons



There. Was that so awful? We ask you:

Boy Short-Shorts: YEA or NAY?



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  • Frank_821

    Yea on short shorts but nay on most of those shown above. Awful styling and on the wrong models.

    A suit jacket with matching suits short-shorts for a man? don’t think so

    • Rhonda Shore

      and only on a beach vacation or on 100 degree days with 100 percent humidity. Certainly no Budweiser shorts…seems close to the “home of the whopper” underwear mentality in some weird way…

    • majorbedhead

      Yeah, totally agree. The only ones I can’t get behind are the purple
      gym-shorts style. Those just remind me of the horrors of high school gym
      glass in the 80s. *shudder*

      Some of these are fine, but they’re shorts, so when they’re worn with suit coats, they look as dumb as when the girl-starts wear them with heels.

      • NOLA_gal

        Plus, the whole purple shorts/white turtleneck/kissy-face model combination looks like it just time warped out of Behind the Candelabra!

    • JosephLamour

      I love that look. Looks great on black people! LOL

      • MilaXX

        You know, I have seen a few brothers work that look well

      • And Johnny Weir

      • Yeah, that’s a lot of very white legs. Out of season shorts models definitely need a bit of spray tan before hitting the runway.

    • drdarke

      Those are shorts-shorts? Most of them look – well, no better or worse than the clothes you’d find in Target or K-Mart.

      Not sure I ‘d call it “men’s fashion”, but – sure, they’re okay….

    • MartyBellerMask

      Basically every single thing I am thinking. 🙂 The Fendi is laughable.

      • FloridaLlamaLover

        I found the peek-a-boo Armani to be the most laughable. Too man-meaty of a model for the whole look.

    • rumcg66

      Exactly. And some of the shorts are very poorly fitted as well.

    • Levedi

      Unless you’re a lawyer in the Bahamas. Apparently they actually do wear suit jackets and shorts with no irony.

  • TSkot

    BIG yes

  • WendyD

    I’ll take one in every color. Shorts and models.

  • Spreecord

    Mid-thigh, yea. Sac-level? NAY.

    • IMNAngryLiberal

      Unfortunately, most of the guys I see wearing short shorts (upper thigh and sac-level) look more like the cast of Duck Dynasty than these models. I don’t think it has anything to do with gay, it has to do with the fact that most of the guys who wear them are NOT guys you want to see more of (same with Speedos — there ought to be a LAW and I ought to be the person enforcing it).

  • Amy Hughes

    Yeah, keep it out of the work place, but otherwise, let the ogling begin! Also that last Raf Simons one – slit shorts?!

  • Julie Chase

    Bring it. I want to use that first pair of thighs like a pummelhorse.

    Also, that striped see-through sweater made me laugh harder than I’m sure the designer intended.

    • Mrs. Julien

      I don’t know if the equipment spelling mistake was intentional, but is certainly was apt!

      • Julie Chase

        Hee-I didn’t even attempt to look it up, but it’s pommel, isn’t it? I’ll stand by the typo, because man thighs.

  • Emily Dagger

    I don’t care for any of the ones pictured, but I saw a guy in shorter khaki shorts this morning, and was instantly relieved. It’s like I’ve been waiting half my life for men to have thighs again. So YEA.

  • Chaiaiai

    a TOTAL and COMPLETE YAY and Chaiaiai’s male paramour will be receiving a pair prior to our Hawaiian vacay this fall. And he will LOVE THEM.

  • Damn it, I love Sausage Fridays!!
    And yea.

    • Mrs. Julien

      I had just been wondering “Whither the sausage?” and BOOM! men in shorts.

    • gabbilevy

      Sausage Fridays are the best Fridays.

  • Mrs. Julien

    a. I do so love a nice thigh.
    b. Said thigh is nicer with hair.
    c. What is up with the apparently shaved legs on some of those models?

    • KateShouldBeWorking

      The shorts certainly look better on men’s legs rather than on boy’s legs.

      • Janet B

        So very true.

      • Mrs. Julien

        I was thinking that, but I didn’t want to me dismissive of the slender guys.

    • Spicytomato1

      Re C: maybe they’re cyclists? Somehow I don’t think so but with a cyclist husband I’ve grown accustomed to shaved legs on men.

    • Kimmu

      My 6’4 very manly roommate shaves his legs, and I quote, “because feeling silky smooth makes me feel good”

    • Caleb Ewing

      wouldn’t you have preferred if the Micheal Bastian model wasn’t half gorilla?

  • Emily Smith

    You see a lot of short shorts on men in the south. It’s just so damn hot down there they wear them anyway. They aren’t nearly stylish as any of these though.

  • With the right legs — yea!

  • Rand Ortega

    W/out biting on annabelle archer’s apt post, Ain’t Sausage Friday grand?

    • MilaXX

      Yes it makes me all warm & fuzzy

  • formerlyAnon

    Overall, yea. As formal shorts, nay – though formal shorts don’t often work for men OR women so I don’t think that nay is related to gender.

    • gabbilevy

      Formal shorts on men will never not look like a man in a little boy’s suit.

      • kentiesgirl

        spot on!

    • sekushinonyanko

      I have seen a LOT of fail on women in formal shorts, it just looks silly. But really, when going formal, even dresses that are too short look a bit too cas, like they forgot to wear their slacks.

  • kentiesgirl

    Yea, never thought about as a signal in any way- except a 70s thing? I want them to comeback, I detest below/just at the knee ‘shorts’. eta: nay on the styling here, but big yea to shorts in general

    Also “international spy” – bwahaha

    • MilaXX

      I had a great time getting floor seats at NBA games in the 80’s

      • kentiesgirl


    • formerlyAnon

      When *quite* young – in the days when the idea that anyone much over 30 had a sex life struck me as unseemly – I never noticed them particularly on my contemporaries or athletes but associated them on ordinary adults with creepy newly divorced dads. Ahhh, the ’70s. I never thought of them as a gay look probably because I remember when everybody wore them.

      • kentiesgirl

        Another gen x-er(?) – you put it way better: remembering them on everyone. Short (like can’t wear boxers w/them short) shorts were definitely still school gym uniforms for both sexes into the early 90s, at least in my area. These looks seem to not be made out of sand paper and iron strength elastic, so bonus points on that 🙂 I would love for guys to have more options, and really had no idea this stereotype existed.

  • marlie

    I don’t mind a guy in shorts (row 1, #2; row 2, #4), just not “short-shorts,” unless he’s a professional model. THEN, he can wear them all day, every day.

    ETA: And never pleated. NO.

  • Beardslee

    I’m all for it. Cargo shorts are unflattering (as are short shorts on most women) and I have clear and fond memories of men’s knees.

    My 19 yo son no longer wears cargo shorts, though he has not yet advanced beyond Bermudas.

  • Yea: when attached to legs with some….heft to them. Tiny shorts on spindly legs get a heartfelt NAY.

    Row 1, #3: lovely, lovely legs on that gentleman.

    • JosephLamour

      AGREED the first Fendi makes me SAD.

    • formerlyAnon

      Since my taste in men runs to skinny/lanky/spindly (or as I prefer to say, “lean”) I can’t deny small shorts to ’em. Though I acknowledge that a generously muscled thigh is displayed to greater advantage in these.

    • marlie

      Hate the shorts on R1#3, but love the legs.

    • hac51

      Unf. No kidding.

  • Mrs. Julien

    On Californication, they referred to 1970s mens’ short shorts (a la McEnroe) as “plum smugglers”.

  • ginnyt20

    I like a good upper thigh on a man. I used to crave the moments when my gym crush would to sit ups and his long shorts would fall and expose that delicious upper inner thighs…YEA!

  • sekushinonyanko

    Yea! I’m all about it. Love a man with nice thighs and love getting to see them!

  • Dan Howell

    I have decided this summer needs to be the return of shorter shorts for myself. I don’t lift in the gym and run to not show off the fruits of my labor! As with any garment, worn well on the right person, it will work. Bring on less fabric for summer!

  • Jasmine Gonzalez

    The model in the first row, third from the left has scary thighs. Scary because I don’t know if I could restrain myself when confronted with their thick muscles.

    • I keep scrolling back & gazing at ’em as well. but I’m a sucker for a man with barrel-thighs 🙂

    • imspinningaround

      Yup. The Michael Bastian model and the Versace model both have some respectably meaty-looking thighs.

  • Sunraya

    I watched my present day husband and hundreds of young men run up and down basketball courts when I was in high school in short white shorts and jock straps. I never understood why they became forbidden.

    Love the man thighs!!

    • formerlyAnon

      Soccer games used to be SUCH a treat.

    • somebody blonde

      I really wish I had lived in this era. I’ve never seen real-live basketball players in shorts that don’t go to the knee. I have to watch rugby to get my fix.

  • MilaXX

    I am old enough to remember when the NBA was nothing but short shorts. If you got the game, I say YEA! I draw the line a sock & most importantly knee socks. Talking to you blue & yellow plaid suit wearer in the middle.

    • StellaZafella

      Half the secret fun of watching Rick Berry, etal., play back then was the surreptitious glimpse of jock strap during hoop shots.

      • MilaXX

        Yes! Seeing Dr. J jump was all the more special

    • RebeccaKW

      Yes, please no socks with the shorts. Also…I have to draw the line at the Maryjanes in row 1.

  • jenno1013

    YEA. My husband runs for fitness, has lovely thighs, and hates shorts that touch his kneecaps. It’s been difficult to find him acceptable shorts for the last several years. I look forward to the return of 5-inch inseam men’s shorts to stores that my husband will walk into (i.e. not Abercrombie, more like JCP).

    • formerlyAnon

      Your sisters are legion. I know so many men that would look much more stylish if they didn’t have to shop at a store that strikes them as “too trendy” or “too young” in order to do so.

    • RebeccaKW

      I have seen some at Target-not ‘short’ but what I would guess would be just above the knee. More a slim-fit than baggy, chino-style shorts. In colors!

  • Erica

    Yes. My husband has great thighs. He’d never go for the really short ones, but it’d be nice to see him buy something a few inches north of the knee, and this won’t happen until they trickle down and replace the cargo shorts at Target.

    • marlie

      Same here with the BF. I think I might have to do some of his summer wardrobe shopping this year. 🙂

  • MoHub

    Shades of Reno 911!

  • siriuslover

    YAY as long as there are no chicken legs. They look even chicken-ier.

  • DamH

    Short shorts are not even for majority of these male models. It’s only friendly when it comes to certain body type and stylin.

    IMO these shorts score 1 out of 20, the one in Trussardi is the only yes for me.

  • korilian

    Yea, but sadly, much like the manlegging, I can’t really see this taking off.

  • Clydette Wantland

    NO, no, no and hell no!

  • SewingSiren


  • Tracy_Flick

    My brain wants to say NAY but apparently my hormones say YEA! And the hormones win every time.

  • Latin Buddy

    As a gay man, I feel so self-conscious about wearing short shorts…not because it has anything to do with sexuality but because I have skinny thighs. I think it looks best when you have beefy legs.

    • StellaZafella

      I feel it has to do, to a great degree, with the attitude. A thin/lean guy in short shorts who is clearly comfortable with his body image can be sexy…not so much because of the shorts…but because he’s so comfortable with himself.
      This follows for just about any kind of attire, be it somewhat revealing or of an unusual color…
      It’s not the meat, it’s the emotion.

    • I guess because we tend to think that only men with beefy legs look good in them, but I think you can also look elegant and chic, like the Fendi guy, for example. I personally think he looks phenomenal. It’s all about the attitude and how you wear it, in my opinion. L

      • StellaZafella

        I’m looking at the Antonio Azzuolo in white next to the Fendi…If I were 30 years younger and saw him on the street, I would have no compunctions about poking my finger in his exposed belly button just to get a reaction…maybe a giggle. But back then, I was crazy like that.

  • In_Stitches

    These all look so formal. Shorts are inherently casual and that isn’t changing for the average wearer. I like the idea, but if the trickle-down samples that end up in H&M are similarly up tight, I don’t see them catching.

    • RebeccaKW

      I agree. You can dress up shorts to a degree-wearing a pressed golf shirt or a button-up, with loafers. But once you put on a suit jacket, a tie, dress shoes (with or without socks) you immediately look (as another commenter suggested) like a little boy dressed up for church or a wedding.

  • j_anson

    MAYBE. The problem with shorter men’s shorts is that they have to be well-tailored or made out of particular materials (unlike most of the ones above). If not, they tend to bunch up in the crotch or go weirdly puffy like the pair in the first picture. It’s particularly true on the particularly muscular of thigh, which is of course the very men who would most like to show off their thighs. But even most of the presumably very expensive ones above aren’t making the grade, so I’m dubious…

  • commish24

    NAY. Cute on models, but on most guys, just hairy, awful, scary looking. Leave these for Ryan Lochte and the few who can rock them properly.

    • Bexxx

      that hair on the leg meat…that’s the best part!

  • Monabel

    So much about the variety and fantasy of men’s choices in the 70’s was wonderful. Bring back short shorts, say I. Just make sure that the center seam doesn’t creep up as the wearer walks, unfortunate on anyone.

  • María Foulquié

    what a silly question…YEA, of course

  • amber.

    what was the question

  • Janet B

    Yea! to more thighs.
    I like about half of these shown. I am a big advocate of shorter shorts, but the pleats and oddly bunched/puffed ones are not attractive.

  • Candigirl1968

    Yea on the shorts if they are worn over legs like the Versace model has!

  • deathandthestrawberry

    I say YEA, but my husband, who still has awesome upper thighs, btw, would never where shorts that didn’t graze his kneecaps. Sad, because I have pics of him from high school in short shorts and knee socks.

  • Glammie

    Hmmmm, fear of the gay? Yeah, I think that was part of the dropping of the man-short hemline. Also think it had something to do with aging and fattening of America.

    But, anyway, yes to shorts that are short. My honey’s got short, muscular legs and long shorts look terrible on him, so he’s just been out of fashion for years. Please Fashion Gods, give him new shorts to buy.

  • On those models? Yay! On your average fat-ass? No.

  • Ashley Ellen Wilson

    You know, my knee-jerk reaction is “hell no!” But then, I think about the shorts my (cyclist) boyfriend wears around the house for comfort: short athletic shorts. And his thighs…mmmm……plus, Cary Grant and Sean Connery rocked short shorts. So the concept? yes. These shorts? mmmm NO.

  • Danielle

    YAY! Bring it back!

  • filmcricket

    The ones that hit mid-thigh or just above the knee, Yea. The shorter ones: leave those to pro swimmers, soccer players, and tennis champions.

  • marlie

    So are T and Lo going to be sporting the short shorts this summer?

  • BeeBeauNYC

    I fully support the return of short shorts for both gays and straights! However, I don’t they work as part of a suit!

  • girliecue

    Yea! Nothing like seeing a pair of man-sized man-thighs

  • purpleprose78

    My dad had a pair of peach short shorts that he rocked for far too long. (I think my mom finally threw them away.) I think the styling is off for these things. They need less going on, I think, to work

  • dorothea_brooke

    Yay! Even for non-model, non-22 year old men, their thighs are usually quite nice looking. It isn’t a “problem area” (vomit vomit) like it is for women. I’d have to vote nay on 3rd from the bottom, right hand top. That’s just silly.

  • mjude

    what scares me if the short short’s are worn by men who should never wear them. so i must say NAY.

    • snarkykitten

      old men who don’t care if their balls hang out always seem to want to wear booty shorts

  • maggiemaybe

    Yea! I’m wanna get some of those Missoni ones for my guy.

  • nannypoo

    Great for the beach. Anywhere else, I’m not ready for this trend. Maybe if I study the guy in the first row with the lavender shorts and the white top I can prepare myself.

  • ChelseaNH

    Those look like regular shorts to me, so YEA. Shorts-shorts are the ones in danger of showing butt cheek.

  • YEA (and YAY!!) Bless you for featuring more manthighs TLo

  • StellaZafella

    These are practically conservative compared to the boys I grew up with when they would cut off their old school jeans leaving only 1″ of crotch seam and then rip the side seams up to the waist band. I used to say “eww”…but I couldn’t stop looking…

  • AnniNoone

    YEEEEAAAAA! My God, the giant baggy shorts thing has been going on for at least twenty years. It’s time!

  • ‘Becca’lise Deveaux

    The Louis Vuitton gray sweater combo is delicious.

  • Spicytomato1

    Regarding board shorts being an “anxious response to increased gay visibility,” I have to share a little story that contradicts that notion. About 8 years ago my husband and I went on a trip to Mexico to celebrate a big milestone birthday of one of my best friends. My husband was the only heterosexual male in our group — and the only one with mid-thigh swim trunks. All the other guys, who are uber-fashionable, were wearing board shorts. So when we got back from our trip, my husband was keen on updating his wardrobe a bit after spending a week with fellas who knew their fashion. One of the first purchases he made? A pair of super long board shorts.

  • Spicytomato1

    Most definitely YEA, although I fear it will be an uphill battle getting them back into the mainstream.

  • random_poster

    What strikes me most is the variation in the body types of male models. I never really thought about it before seeing them here side-by-side. Am I wrong in thinking that the main variation in female models is whether they are stick thin with no boobs, or stick thin with boobs?

    As someone else already said, the styling is what I most react to when I look at the short shorts. I barely think twice about how short they are when the model is wearing sandals/gym shoes. For whatever reason, the look gels together better in my mind than seeing the short shorts paired with mid-calf socks.

  • judybrowni

    Yay, yay yay!

  • carolynmo

    My husband’s comment: not nay, but HELL NAY!


    • Qitkat

      My husband looked at these and reminded me that I laughed at him and he threw away a short pair he used to own. I of course deny this.
      He also said, too short for older guys.

  • MsMajestyk

    YEA! That is all.

  • SapphoPoet

    I don’t think that men–including these models–look good in short shorts.

  • I dated a cross country runner in college, so I’m all about the man thighs. Yea.

  • Carrieanno

    Nay. Sometimes less is just, well, less.

  • Haley Buchanan

    Yea! But just like the unwritten rules with women and shorts, they have to wear shorts of the appropriate length for the fit-ness of their thighs. I’m a thick-thighed woman, and I am very selective with my shorts. With great power, comes great responsibility, and the men need to be aware of this as well!

  • deltabronze

    YEA! It’s why I love watching basketball on ESPN Classic — cute little shorts! On (mostly) great legs. Yum.
    Caveat: not for the office.

  • DinahR

    I grew up and live in San Diego where shorts are the norm for much of the year. It was the 80’s when I attended jr high/high and i fondly remember the boys in their shorter shorts at the same time us gals were wearing our Dolphin shorts. The board short look lost the battle with preppie plaid bermuda shorts after a few years. Sadly, I don’t remember popular short lengths coming back up very much after that. There are still a very few men of my age that will wear them and I think they look great. Miss myself the man-thigh.

  • Jessica Freeman

    NAY. I just can’t….

  • MiriamMc75

    YEA! Come on guys! Get on board the board short breakup!

  • Qitkat

    Anyone else find the mannequin guy in the midst of all this living testosterone really weird? As is the formal madras shorts suit with matching vest, shirt, tie AND socks. Although oddly enough it is the only one I’d like to see worn in real life. On a fellow with the proper cojones, ahem.

  • I hate shorts. I hate shorts on both men and woman. Shorts are evil and nobody should ever wear them. NAY!

  • TBarg

    I got off the subway last night and passed a gorgoeus young dude wearing short shorts, sandals, and I dunno, some top I never noticed. He looked awesome. I think these look better in the wild than styled on runway.

  • YEA!

  • BrooklynBomber

    I don’t know. I want to say men should wear them if wearing them makes them happy, but I’m still traumatized by the guy who wore loose short shorts in Pilates class.

  • conniemd

    Yea. But I think they look odd with suit jackets. As summer casual wear, absolutely.

  • Synnamin

    Nay. I like them a bit longer on men, if only because if they’re too short, they look like tiny-whities to me. Also, there’s a danger of a nutsack escaping.


  • Jacqueline Wessel

    I have been waiting years, decades even, for these to come back into fashion….so tired of giant shorts that look like men’s culottes. And I’ll take number three in the first row…best man thighs ever!

  • gurl boy


  • Erica_Vuitton

    NAAAAY The suits with dress socks and dress shoes just look like they forgot to put their pants on before they left the house. On a second scroll through most of these look like boxers. And if shorts so short they look like underwear on a women = hoochie I say these are too short for a guy to wear in normal everyday life.

  • Anniebet

    Nay to the ninth degree.

    You know if you saw half these outfits coming down the street you’d break out in giggles.

  • BerriG

    Yea to short(er) shorts for men! Not to give my age away, but I totally lost interest in basketball when short shorts went out!!

  • Bethany Roullett

    Gonna have to go with YAY. I mean ‘yea’. Except both are applicable.

  • In my little running group is a guy who’s a former running-pro. In the summer he’s wearing his former running-pro-short shorts. Last monday he wore them for the first time this year. When he was running just in front of me, I found it in a good way quite distracting – and that’s even though he’s really not my type.

  • MissusBee

    Yay in theory, in practice the ‘mouse in the house’ episode of Friends keeps popping into my mind. So: yay, conditional on choice of underwear and appropriate leg positioning while seated. Or civilisation will end.

  • pattycap11

    they’re all cute, but i like bob benson’s trout shorts the best. and agreed, men’s thighs are yum.

  • e jerry powell

    I can still remember NBA short shorts. Nothing here compares.

  • Diego!

    YEA! I have beautiful legs and am proud of them! LOL xD

  • LauraWL

    I say yea. They are sort of making a come back tho, aren’t they? I know my husband bought a couple pair of the mid thigh length shorts the last time he went shopping. He said he was too old (he’s 30) to be wearing cargo shorts anymore. The short shorts though? Not so much.

  • Yea. But with nice legs.

  • Lotus Baby

    if you have cacky bird legs, then wear pants. but if you have thighs thick with enough man meat to crush the heads of those buried in your groin, then by all means wear short shorts. like the man in the purple shorts on the top row.

  • Personally, I love it. I got my boyfriend short swim trunks for Christmas (we went to visit my family in Cartagena in January) and he looks so good in them. He’s self-conscious about his muscular thighs – I suppose because he’s short – but he really shouldn’t be. YUM.

    On a sidenote, that striped Armani shirt is so hilariously tacky. But I kind of want to see it layered over a button-down – I bet it’d look cool.

  • carpediva

    NAY. Yes, it really was that awful. I totally get this is just me, though. I wish I felt differently but I am wired to find short shorts on men utterly emasculating. (And even worse are mandals, or lords forbid, flip-flops.)

  • Yea, but the only nice ones in that spread were Kenzo, Armani and Lanvin.

  • GillianHolroyd

    oh, please tell me that the Emporio Armani top is a photographic print and not sheer stripes.

  • VioletFem

    YEAH. For all the reasons stated.

  • rockwithyourleft

    Fraternity guys everywhere are bringing it back:

  • whirligig7

    Those men’s thighs are way too skinny to look good in short shorts… sorry models!!! My boyfriend’s thighs are tree trunks (in a muscular way) so I’d love to see him in a pair of shorter shorts… alas, he leans towards the cargo short. Boo.

  • crystal76

    Yes, on the right person!

  • kimiakay

    Short shorts yea! They all look great. I am so tired of those draggy ass-wiping board-type shorts popular for a while now. All men don’t have perfect legs any more than all women have perfect legs. It’s the clothes. Wear the short shorts and shake your booty, guys!

  • StelledelMare

    I think it depends on the thighs. On most of these models, it just makes them look like little schoolboys.

    • Kimberlini

      Exactly. That’s the problem with this type of shorts as “fashion.”

  • Nancer

    Yea for sure! Love nice legs on a man.

  • snarkykitten

    I didn’t know it was possible for men to look hootchie. I stand corrected. NAY

  • gracedarling

    YEA. My husband has tremendous thighs, which makes wearing the skinny pants he loves difficult… but come summer, he’s a one-man short-short revival to put these models to shame. Make the most of what you’ve got, I say!

  • Lori

    It depends on the guy. If he’s got the legs and the attitude for them and can ignore designers who tell him to wear them with black dress socks then they’re a Yea. Otherwise, nay.

  • OrigamiRose

    YEA! I hate those droopy, shapeless pseudo-culottes on men. Bring back Larry Bird/Dr. J style shorty-shorts!

  • AmeliaEve

    I am totally down with seeing more thigh on the mens, but so few of these fit. When there’s that little trouser, the rise better be just right. And what’s with the pleats? So many of these break in a really unflattering way at the base of the fly.

  • Louise Bryan

    Nay. At least if these are what the shorts are going to look like. Most of these just look ick to me. That being said, I think the guy in the Emporio Armani could make me feel 5 years younger given a tête-à-tête some afternoon.


  • Miss WKS

    …in my neck o’ the woods we call them ‘ball shorts’. and, no thank you….unless you remain standing and promise to never sit down.

    • Kimberlini

      There should be that netting or “panty” inside to contain the jewels.

  • kentiesgirl

    Also yea to short shorts on whatever man or boy wants to wear them. If they feel confident good for them. As long as they take ball-precautions. I have seen the slip on occasion. Not a good look. Some comments are giving me flashbacks >.<

  • prettybigkitty

    YEA!!!!! And YAY!!!

  • stephbellard

    Good lord the man thighs in the Michael Bastian could choke a bear (or me, willingly). Delicious!

  • Vickiefantastico

    Thanks so much for your assessment of the male wardrobe! I must say, I completely agree, and I think you hit the nail on the head! Short shorts should NOT indicate sexual orientation, and men’s styles shouldn’t have become so darned conservative. I say a huge YES to short shorts, for all men!!! I can’t wait to pick up some for my husband, who has the best legs I have ever seen. Seriously.

  • Yeah! So tired of big baggy shorts on men.

  • annrr

    I would love if slightly shorter shorts would catch on with men.They have been stuck with the one length for too long. I love my husband’s (and men in general’s thighs) I wonder, rhetorically, if the long shorts are related to the trend of men going hairless/manscaping. I love my men hairy, with chest and leg hair that curls and is not stubbly. Look how hairless all the men are in this layout! Why??? None of these models are hairless naturally.

  • par3182

    YAY! (I realise that wasn’t an option but I couldn’t contain my enthusiasm)

    because would you assume a woman in pants is a lesbian?

    Of course. Ellen has warped my tiny mind.

  • ItsDicey

    Yea on some of those yummy thighs, but NO FUCKING BUENO on short shorts with trouser socks. I mean, really? And that Versace? Making my eyes twitch.

  • sagecreek

    Okay, I’m showing my age, but nothing sexier to me that a short short pair of cut-off jeans 🙂

    1977 represent!

  • demidaemon

    I liked the first pair you featured (and the model, natch) but the rest of these are in a dire need of divorce from their respective outfits to be appropriately judged. Some of the outfits are a little bit wackadoo, to the point where the individual pieces get lost. So YEA on the concept, NAY on the current iterations and/or outfits they are paired with.

  • Jeff Warhurst

    Some of them are ok. Nuthuggers = laugh at you.

  • harlowish

    YEA. The number one thing* I look for in a potential partner is meaty thighs.

    *Okay, maybe not actually number one, but it’s up there.

  • JauntyJohn

    I thought we would NEVER get some choices again. Fun and cool and show some leg!

  • unbornfawn

    Yea, with some rules: No blazers, ties or socks. Not allowed on the red carpet unless you are Alan Cummings.

  • NiseiShonagon

    Well heck yes. The Moschino ones may be the first Moschino clothing I have liked ever. Just the right amount of over the top.

    But what in the sweet crispy hell is going ON with the Armani one? Is that a clear window with what looks like duct tape? Or is there a screen print of a naked torso between the bands? I can’t figure out which it is, and which of those two possibilities is more bizarre. It’s like some kind of vaguely disturbing Magic Eye shirt.

  • somebody blonde

    I’m into short shorts, but they can’t be so wide-legged as some of these (Fendi, Kenzo, and Christopher Kane look particularly stupid), and they also can’t be paired the way most of these are paired. Shorts do not go with big structured jackets. They can go with a sweater or long-sleeved shirt if paired correctly, but they look best with short sleeve shirts or no shirt. I am very into man thighs and am hoping very much that short shorts come back in style.

  • Lilyana_F

    Bless 🙂

  • Jaime

    I looove me some lengthy man-thighs, but the shorts need to fit right. Bob Benson’s were just right – not so tight we could see the family jewels, but the fabric wasn’t bunched up between his thighs or folding across his hips (like the first picture), indicating a bad fit.

  • Daktari100

    mo’ shorter, mo’ better

  • Mattabie

    Dear god, I hope this length comes back! Like you said, it used to be standard and I totally prefer it. I think it’s more comfortable too.

  • adnama79


    Long have I wished for short shorts on men to mainstream. -Said the straight woman.

  • I like a few of those, but others not so much. Some of it is the styling, black dress socks with short shorts is a nay!

  • Crystal

    What the hell is that shirt made of strips of fabric?

  • onebluepussy

    Yes. A hundred times YES.
    As I said before in the Mad Style discussion, thankfully men are not that afraid of their thighs in France and Italy. Ah, Europe.

    • somebody blonde

      Or Spain. I had a LOT of good eye candy on the Mediterranean coast…

      • IShoAintNoPushOver

        Or South Africa. Wearing short rugby shorts is common there, particularly among the Afrikaans men and boys, and those guys are HUGE. Taller, broader, and more manly than American men. Walk about in an Afrikaans community and everywhere you look there are guys 6 foot 4, 6 foot 6, 6 foot 8, and many of them have immense shoulders and thick legs like tree trunks, which they’re only too happy to show off. Afrikaner women see it as hot. Even young boys like to wear them.
        While not as common in the other communities, you do also see English, Black, Coloured, and Indian men in rugby shorts here and there as well.

  • H2olovngrl

    Yea! I think things have been easing up little by little on the boy short front ever since a sexy and hot Daniel Craig emerged from the water in short-short, board short splendour as the new Bond in Quantum of Solace.

  • Andrew Miller Korda

    thank god, finally a solution to global warming for menswear

  • YEA times a thousand. I’m so sick of men running around in giant shorts.

  • Mazenderan

    If the thighs are good, then why not. Also, found this really old 1930s interview with Jimmy Cagney wearing a short shorts combo that puts all the catwalk ones to shame 🙂

  • watchmeboogie

    On reflex I would say “nay” but anything, anything is better than saggy-ass baggy shorts.

  • andreawey

    I don’t fear the manthigh, just the inevitable bunching in the crotch area, especially if you’ve got some real thigh to show off….

  • The Lady

    Big NAY!!! It just looks weird. No shorter than mid-thigh on a guy, and even girls should not be wearing shorts that give a peek (or more) of your stuff.

  • save_the_hobbit

    Went to the gay bar the other night, it was boys in short shorts everywhere.

  • Fred Vaughn

    Yea! However, I agree, that the styling affects the look in a big way.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Everything old is new again.

  • As with all clothing, one should be acutely aware of one’s body type when selecting a garment. For instance, not a huge fan of beefcake up there in the shortie running shorts, the proportions are off. On a more wiry build they would be fine. I prefer men in mid-2/3 thigh length shorts; I think the knee length (and sometimes beyond – manpris?) also distorts proportion. It’s all about comfort level and cut as well. For instance – the cut on those D&G shorts is horrible. There is nothing worse than a short that rides up in the inner thigh area. As a strong legged female, I have ha to permanently give up on shorts for this reason and stick to skirts and dresses. However, I say YAY to short shorts for men – but all the same rules apply. Wear something that suits your body type, had proper proportions, and is cut well through the crotch 😉

  • Kimberlini

    Absolutely the best look for the beach but not fashion, my darlings.

  • librarygrrl64

    It really depends. Yea for casual looks. Nay for high fashion, and nay to pleats.

  • Zyxomma

    On the beach, okay. Otherwise, suitable only for the prepubescent of either sex.

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  • pdquick

    At least maybe now we can get away from board shorts with 14-inch inseams.

  • It’s only to be feared if he skipped leg day. Which he shouldn’t.

  • Caleb Ewing

    Finally! I have been noticing a trend toward shorter mens shorts and I am so happy about it! I have been waiting sooo long for them to come into style, it seemed for a while there people were wearing them so long the dipped BELOW THE KNEE!! Ugh, definitely a Yea from me on shorter shorts for men.

  • IShoAintNoPushOver

    Most of the above styles suck, but short shorts on guys is a superb idea, especially for muscular, well-built guys. Short shorts are common on dudes in New Zealand and Australia, and most impressively, in South Africa where it’s common to see 6 foot 7, 280 pound Afrikaans dudes and their young sons wearing the rugby shorts as streetwear.

  • bill1942

    It’s about time. Those longer shorts look like your mom’s palazzo pants that shrank in the washer.