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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