There’s a new breed of shorts in town.
Shorts for men are changing. Have you noticed? Walk into any shopping mall looking for men’s shorts and you’ll see the short length has come up quite a bit. This has left guys all over the world asking the question: “How short should my shorts be?”
We’re going to answer that question, but first, let’s talk about why you should wear shorter shorts.
- Shorter shorts will make you look slimmer
- Shorter shorts will make you look taller
- See #1 and #2 … what else do you want– really?!
Shorts for men actually look better when they’re shorter. An extra couple inches’ goes a long way. Check this image out below.
The shorts on the left are below the knee. The extra fabric shortens this guys legs actually making him appear shorter. The width of the short is a lot wider than his legs. With an extra inch or two of fabric on either side! This extra creates the appearance of thick thighs. No not a solution for skipping leg day… it won’t look proportionate!
The new styles of shorts for men are different in two major ways.
- They are cut shorter (most commonly 2-4 inches above the knee)
- They’re slimmer through the leg. The leg holes more closely mimic the shape of your legs. Yes, this means they are tighter, but it no doesn’t mean that they need to stick to you like glue!
How short should you go?
Well, that depends on how tall you are. But, at least 2 inches above the knee is a good starting point. Try on a few pairs at different lengths to see what you’re comfortable in. Once you’ve found the sweet spot you can update your old pairs.
Take your old shorts to your tailor and have them brought up a few inches. Or, with denim or cotton shorts try cuffing them like you would your pants.
Now that you’ve seen the difference a few inches can do. It’s time to find shorter shorts that hit you right where you want them. Here are some of our approved shorter shorts for men.
Colour blocking, liquid brights, European lengths- the new, new season swimwear is less basic, more brash. Look for bolder trunks that hit above the knee (the three inch rule generally works), and in patterns that call immediate attention to toned physiques- power plaids, daring stripes and vivid hues. Add rugged accessories (beads, straightforward tees, smooth sunnies) to go effortlessly from surf to shore and revel in the dog days of summer.
See our latest editorial for swim looks to inspire (very little clothing).
**Special thank to our friends at Spectacle for the amazing sunglasses.
Stylist: Sharad Mohan
Photographer: Ishmil Waterman
If we had a penny for every time a man told us he is either “too young, too old, too tall or too small etc. etc. etc.” to rock a particular style or trend, then there would be ten Gotstyles. The truth of the matter is, age has nothing to do with it, instead personality and attitude are the deciding factors in adopting a trend- and making it your own. The key to embracing a specific style or article of clothing is understanding how it works for you. Shorts are a first-rate example; styling them in your 20s often differs from how 50 year olds choose to wear them.
In this GS how-to, we showcase our wide selection of summer shorts and how to pull them off at any age. Clean and classic or super fashion-forward, there is definitely a pair for everyone.
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Hitting the nearest patio, pub or rooftop party to cheer on your favourites- arrive in style to (hopefully) support your team right through to finals. Featuring a vast (but well-curated) selection of shorts, Gotstyle’s latest editorial illustrates a few of the infinite ways to wear this summer staple- while looking modern and keeping cool. Drop by our Bathurst and Distillery District locations or shop online for stadium, or street ready attire.
Photography by: Ishmil Waterman – Styling by: Sharad Mohan – Model: Nick (Elite Models)
This is a celebration long weekend! Whether you’re dancing your heart out at the Scotia Bank Caribbean Carnival parade, or heading to cottage country to party it up with some friends and family, this weekend is sure to be awesome. Adding to celebration we’ve taken our red pen to virtually everything! With up to 30% – 50% off most summer styles now is the perfect time to stock up!
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