Yay or Nay: Menswear Trends for Spring 2014 – Baggy Shorts

Posted on August 09, 2013

Spring 2014 Menswear Collections – Baggy Shorts

Comme des Garçons

Comme des Garçons | Damir Doma | Dolce&Gabbana

Dsquared2| Emporio Armani | Fendi

Gucci | Iceberg | Salvatore Ferragamo

James Long | Jil Sander | Kenzo

Kris Van Assche | Les Hommes | Miharayasuhiro

Oliver Spencer | 3.1 Phillip Lim | 3.1 Phillip Lim

Andrea Pompilio | Ermanno Scervino | Christopher Shannon

Peter Sullivan | Trussardi | Zegna




[Photo Credit: IMAXtree]

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    • marlie

      No, no, and NO.

    • Missy

      Nooo! I thought we were creeping into the bountiful Years Of Boythighs and we were well pleased. This is the opposite of that.

      • StellaZafella

        If they’re gonna use that much fabric around the legs, I’d rather they just put ’em in kilts…which I can get behind 100%.

        • Missy

          Agreed. Love a man in a kilt.

        • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

          I’m sure I’m repeating myself, and I know I learned it here, but if you are a facebooker, Wide Eyed Southern Celt is a page you need to Like. Everyday, a new kilted hottie appears in my newsfeed, and I am happy.

          • Constant Reader

            You also need to follow Year In A Kilt UK on FB. A regular guy wearing kilts for a year. Also, he’s kind of hilarious.

        • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

          you KNOW I agree with you. If you’re gonna make em that baggy, just make it a skirt and OWN it.

          • conniemd

            Go the distance.

            • Constant Reader

              Plus, skirts are so much more comfortable than shorts. Just sayin’.

          • drdarke

            You, supporting wearing kilts, @Kiltdndtiltd ? Whoever would have guessed…?

        • JasmineAM

          Funnily enough, I saw the hottest Gaston-esque Scotsman in a kilt today. At Target of all places. His kilt and accent were very swoon worthy.

        • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

          Amen. I think so many of today’s average young men could really rock a good kilt!

      • MartyBellerMask

        Agreed. Where are the Bob Benson legs? WHERE???

    • Chuck Barthelme

      Gonna have to go with nay. I like a tailored look. Baggy just ends up looking like you’re wearing clothes that are too big for you.

      • Nicole C

        Seriously – this is waaayyy worse than short shorts. At this baggy, they should be kilts!

    • AmeliaEve

      So much NAY. With extra NAY for that “caught in a downpour” hair and makeup. NAY!

    • hughman

      I, for one, love me a great skort like these.

    • sweatpantalternative

      Ugh. Jams. They are just effing jams. NAY.

    • lalahartma

      Kilts and skirts, yes, baggy shorts – no

      • Bridget Smith

        Yeah, rather than that first pair that look like a kilt, how about we get the real thing?

        These are like the skorts of men’s fashion.

      • Linda LaPaz

        Totally agree. Esp. kilts.

    • mlle

      JNCO but couture? No thanks.

    • Lizzy


    • Sunny Kern

      Nay. No. Nicht. Nien. Ngdiak. Non. Please make it stop!
      Also, why do these models have such unattractive legs?

    • majorbedhead

      Uh, no. the only ones I can even remotely tolerate are the ones that are tailored, but even those look silly, like a 7 year old wearing his dad’s shorts.

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Just for the pj’s in the 3.1 Phillip Lim collection

    • alyce1213

      These run the gamut from wearable (Oliver Spencer, Zegna) to whackadoo (Commes des Garçons, Christopher Shannon). So, a little yea and a lotta nay.

    • crash1212

      NAY! NO! Not even. Not ever. Hate them. Also, can we talk about the scary hair and make-up on that first model? :shudder:

    • Chipster


    • http://dontmakeitlikeimdumb.blogspot.com/ annabelle archer

      Hey there Lurch, I like your plaid skirt. Oh, those are shorts? Nay.

      • StellaZafella

        I was thinking “A body shouldn’t be caught dead in these.” and then I saw the first pic and knew somebody was.

        • Donna Tabor


    • Sunraya

      Better than short shorts. Now that first model’s hair? Yikes!!!

    • barbarienne

      Skinny jeans and baggy shorts will lead to fashion whiplash.

      These are also the sort of thing that lead to too many inadvertent displays of the family jewels. These are not shorts a fellow can sit down in.

      • Donna Tabor

        That’s why we used to call them Seymours. :-)

    • Dan_In_NYC

      Not for me, thanks.

    • nannypoo

      The only one that doesn’t look silly is the guy with the shirt with a building printed across the front, and OK maybe the one right below him in blue. The yellow outfit looks like a hazmat suit. They mostly look idiotic. I hope they were paid well for this humiliating performance.

    • carrie

      I thought we were doing short shorts for the fellas now. Dang.

    • Chartreusite

      Baggy shorts are comfortable, but I will never forgive the trend for destroying shorter, tighter shorts for my generation. Big ole’ NAY

    • Sarah

      I like ’em. But that’s because they remind me of my youth as an unabashed sag-busting dirty lot loving hippie. So that is not a compliment for the runway.

    • ChelseaNH

      They make guys look like they have toothpick legs. But I am amused at how much they look like skirts. Maybe some day we’ll see culottes for guys…

      • understateddiva

        Exactly ! They give young, attractive men liitle-old-man-legs!! Why?

    • JauntyJohn

      Yay! Fun and different and choices in silhouette!
      A nice antidote to the skinny skinny jeans which very few body types can wear — lots of people can wear these!
      Skirts are such a culturally loaded item of clothing that this is as close as we’ll get till after the asteroid hits.

      Instantly wearable is Row 1 #3, Row 2 #1, Row 3 #2, Row 4 #’s 2 & 3, Row’s 5 & 6 all of them, Row 7 not the royal blue trash bag ones but that’s the kind of thing they always put in these shows, and last row all of them.
      Also: Let the boys breathe!

    • shawna

      Ugh. No.

    • appliquer

      And what makes them new? Guys have been wearing baggy shorts for a long time – tired of them! The models are scary looking, except for the Johnny Depp look-alike.

    • DilettanteDeconstructed

      What is UP with that first guy’s face? He looks like he’s going to stomp out and wear some poor girl’s skin at any moment.

      • OffToSeeHim

        Thank you for saying what I’m too pre-caffeinated to say. I wonder how much these baggy shorts are going for? I just bought my son a whole bunch at Target for $11.99 a pair, but I bet the Fendi ones are a little pricier.

    • MilaXX

      It would help if half these guys weren’t styled like Lurch. This is like shooting fish in a barrel since most guys wear long(ish) baggy shorts anyway. So I guess, YAY?

    • mhleta

      Is that….Johnny Depp???? He models? I did not know that. I like some of this. The Dsquared@ and the striped D&G shorts, and I do like Johnny’s outfit as well. It looks really easy, cool and comfortable.

    • formerlyAnon

      Neutral, with a slight lean toward NAY. Here in the hinterlands, baggy shorts have never gone away. These seem to be Extremely Baggy Shorts in nice fabrics. I don’t see ’em catching on, REALLY don’t see them staking a claim in the “nice enough for casual Friday or lunch with the in-laws” category.

    • VioletFem

      NAY. These shorts don’t look good on models, and they sure as hell won’t look good on the average guy.

    • Bunny Rosenberg

      NAY. all hail the bob benson short.

      • Missy


    • KayEmWhy

      Why not men need some air too. 😉
      On the right guy, love it.

    • JaCory Deon

      A big NO! We need to get men back into embracing the short, fitted shorts of decades past…men show your legs!

    • http://thishotoldbroad.blogspot.com/ Sara Leigh Merrey


    • Donna Tabor

      The baggy shorts are what we used to call Seymours.

    • Ron Zank

      I have good calves and would look like a motel ginger jar lamp in these nightmares. No, please.

    • Denise Plank

      Kilts would be better.

    • Anniebet

      Nope. Some of those are headed into culotte country.

    • TigerLaverada

      Those would be ugly on men or women. I expect to see them slung low on the Bieber at some point soon.

    • Jaeda Laurez

      This is that moment where designers establish a “new” trend that most men I know are already doing. Awesome.
      And I know I’m probably alone in this, but YAY.

    • jen

      Barf. Nay!

    • http://twitter.com/MandySCG MandyJane

      NAY, a couple of them looked alright, but mostly no. I don’t even like to wear shorts with giant legs.

    • jjfg

      Nay. If you’re going to put boys in skirts, have the balls to just put boys in skirts. (OK, DON’T DO THAT. But point made.

    • Edward Thomas-Herrera

      No, no, no. If anything, shorts should be more fitted and a little more thigh-ful.

    • kim bunchalastnames

      nope, nope, nope, nope.

    • bertkeeter

      Shorts yes…but the styling of most of these good looking guys is a joke!

    • librarygrrl64


    • Colby

      That guy in Dsquared2 is rocking it Tilda-style.

    • trisker

      I think they look cool! Yea.

    • macwell

      NAY!!! ;(

    • conniemd

      Nay. The just look sloppy, like NBA player uniforms.

    • guest2visits

      Culottes have a hard time looking good on women; they are tragic on guys. Nay.
      I do like the prints on the second to last row, 1st pic. They would make interesting shorts in more realistic proportions.
      And I like the black embroidered wings on the shorts 5th row, last pic.
      Hello Johnny Depp 6th row, 1st pic.

    • PeaceBang

      “Gunther, put my skirt back in the closet immediately.”

    • jmorino08

      Weren’t we just doing shorty-short shorts? Is there no happy medium fashion peoples?!?!

    • AnaRoW

      Yay but only if they’re basketball or (some) cargo shorts. Nay to all of these. Some of them look like skorts.

    • sleepycat

      given that my thighs are at least twice as big (in muscle trust me) as the model’s they would be regularly baggy shorts on me, although they would be sloppy baggy

    • MartyBellerMask

      Nay. NAYYY. Just commit to the look and wear a kilt. Or a skirt even. Culottes are never okay.

    • Imasewsure

      NONOOOOOOOOOOOO except the black and white check outfit which is awesome

    • SewingSiren

      Men need more options. I like them.

    • Denise Plank

      Should have come out with these before Baptist summer camp.

    • somebody blonde


    • quiltrx

      I don’t mind the loose, slightly baggy ones…but I can’t with the ones that look like culottes.

    • XPT

      – It’s those damn culottes you made him wear when he was five!
      – They weren’t culottes, they were shorts.
      – They were culottes! You bought them in the girl’s department.
      – By mistake! By mistake, Jerry! I’m sorry!
      – It looked like he was wearing a skirt, for crying out loud!
      – Ma, it has nothing to do with the culottes!

      • minnye

        Love the Costanzas!

        • XPT

          These were Jerry’s parents actually

          • minnye

            Ha, my mistake… I was thinking of the ep where George was caught “red handed”

    • DCSheehan

      Nay. Shapelessly ugly. Make them nicely fitted skirts instead (call them kilts if that’s too girly for you) and you get my Yea. Why should women be the only ones who get pretty things?

    • lilazander

      NAY! All of them look like the big pants you are left with when you lose weight.

    • poggi

      I kind of like the more tailored pairs with jackets like the Dsquared2 and the Zegna, but agree with many previous commenters that the really flowy, swishy ones are nether here nor there and would be better as a skirt or a kilt.

    • ChaquitaPhilly


    • j_anson

      Skorts were a failure on women and they’re going to be a failure on men.

    • mrspeel2

      Nay, nay, a thousand times NAY!

    • Sonja Brisson

      I hate baggy, hangy, sad shorts on men, period. I hate that basketball players, who are the height of fitness and beauty, hide their incredible physiques (and get their legs tangled up!) in skirts.

      Show those gams and great hinnies, boys! and forget this crap. Especially the plastic-weight-loss shopping channel sauna pants. Ugh.

    • Pterodactyl111

      Just put on a kilt and be done with it. Shorts or a skirt, pick one.

    • mmebam

      Baggy shorts have been a staple in urban menswear for a a while, now. This is nothing new to me.

    • ItsDicey

      Nay to the effing nay! Gimme a kilt and I be much happier.

    • ZnSD

      Fuck no. I’m so thrilled that I don’t have to wear such nonsense, and yes I’m 40. Stupid, unflattering and butt ugly.

    • Sushy Gooroo

      There is a thin line between baggy pants and strange, square skirts like the Scottish like to wear. It’s a big NAYE. At least you can peep underneath the skirts.

    • pdquick

      Oh, God, no!

    • lobsterlen

      NO! The shorts look too much like skirts. Maybe I am just too uptight or conservative or something but never ever will I support men in skirts. That right there is a bridge too far. Kilts yes. Shorts that are so baggy that they like skirts no.

    • chylde

      They look like those long jean-shortpants that the Mexicans wear

    • MaggieMae


    • CT14


      Wear a skirt or kilt if you must, but these skorts have got to go!

    • Therese Bohn

      Nope. And the Frankenstein eyes don’t help!

    • janegray

      Most of the men I know already wear shorts kind of like this, but usually rendered in denim. And not usually with a sport coat or blazer. I have to nay these, they’re really bizarre looking. Why not kilts? I know tons of guys who would be about it.

    • Clydette Wantland

      Every one of those looks needs to go in the trash! Awful!

    • Beardslee

      The men of America need NO encouragement to wear baggy shorts. At least these aren’t cargo shorts, but I am damning with faint praise.

    • sweet_potato

      All the dudes in my neighborhood already wear baggy shorts. I think they look like their wearing granny dresses. It is not a good look. UGH.

    • Dan Howell

      So many levels of Nay here. As others have stated, we just started seeing the return of shorter shorts and swimwear for men; let’s not go backwards here. I, personally, love my shorter, fitter shorts!

    • Just Me

      No. That is all.

    • QuietHarper

      Good god, no. Why on earth would anyone wear culottes that give them plucked-chicken legs? While some of these models are stick thin, some of them look like they have close to athletic-guy proportions — and these styles make ALL of them look like they have little stumpy needles for legs. And then there are the shorts that appear to have enough fabric to clothe two people. fer gosh sakes, if you want to wear a kilt, WEAR A KILT. Don’t simulate it, and thereby make yourself look utterly ridiculous. I don’t know what these designers were thinking — or if they were thinking.

      Plus, the styling in these pix, plus the expressions on the faces — these models were not being paid nearly enough.

      Gads. This is a horrible reversal — I was so enjoying the trend towards shorts that let men who were willing show off the fact that they had great legs without resorting to running shorts.

    • Lily

      No. no nonononono.

    • Dagney

      My husband owns two kilts. This is giant YEA for me.

    • http://howtofaint.tumblr.com/ How to Faint

      This is basically what guys wear already: long, shapeless, ugly shorts. Sometimes cargo-style. Sometimes basketball-style. But always, always ugly.

    • Kent Roby

      These are kinda hilarious, like a short gaucho pant.

    • Jennifer McGuire

      Come on, guys. Wear kilts and be done with it.

    • IShoAintNoPushOver

      Absolutely not. I agree with everyone else. Make them into skirts.

    • IAintNoPushOver

      Hell no. We’ve had enough of the baggy styles in the 90s and 00s. We need to be aiming for slimmer fits and shorter.