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.

      • 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.

      • 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


  • 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!

  • NAY!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.