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Shorts

Summer Shorts

With summer upon half the world, warm winter clothing gets put away and out comes the summer garb.  T-shirts, short sleeve and sleeveless tops, along with shorts and sandals clothe most of us when dressing casually and looking to stay cool.  Men's short styles are pretty basic and don't seem to change much; however, the styles do come in countless options of colors, fabrics, and features; lending variety and assortment to our summer wardrobes.

Before I get into talking about different types of shorts, let me cover a few "short wearing" tips to keep you looking sharp and fashionable... no matter how hot it is!

  • Choose shorts that fit.  Baggy, loose fitting shorts that just hang detract from the image we want to portray.  Shorts are no different than pants when it comes to wearing the correct size and style for our body type.
  • Wear flat-front shorts and avoid shorts with pleats... unless you're on the golf course.  The extra material around the midsection makes us look heavier.
  • If your legs are short, opt for shorts that don't go below the knee.  The shorter the shorts, the longer the leg appears.
  • Long legged guys can wear longer shorts that go just below the knee, yet shorter styles are fine, too.  Your height gives you more options.
  • Wear appropriate shorts for the occasion.  Athletic shorts worn outside the gym or off the court is not acceptable if you're looking to maintain fashion etiquette.
  • Make sure your gym shorts aren't so tight or short they reveal the family jewels.
  • Linen shorts are dressier than many other types, and look great when going out to dinner, to a casual summer party, or anytime the occasion calls for dressing up a bit when shorts are acceptable.
  • It's best to wear a belt with shorts, unless they have an elastic waistband, because belts complete the outfit.  If wearing leather footwear, belts should match unless it's a fabric belt.
  • Elastic waistbands are only for athletic shorts, so if you have other types with elastic waists... throw them out!

Popular Short Styles

Board Shorts:  Great for surfers and beach communities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cargo Shorts:  Comfortable and relaxed; cargos typically come in earth tone colors like khaki and green, and have large outside pockets – hence the name "cargo".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gym Shorts:  These are available in different lengths from mid-thigh to below the knee.  Remember, keep them for the gym or mowing the yard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pleated Shorts:  These are worn by many men; however, I stand by my position on avoiding them when possible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jorts:  These are cut offs (once a pair of jeans with cropped legs) or jeans shorts.  Either way, jorts are not popular today and are considered a fashion faux pas.  Still, I understand they can be a practical, rugged short to wear at times, so if you must... just limit their use to mowing the yard, working on your car, or climbing a telephone poll.  And if you must wear them, resist cut offs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bermuda Shorts:  These have a loose, straight fit that almost goes to the knee.  They are often seen in plaid.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then there are the hybrid shorts whose style can't be determined because styles are mixed together.  These are all marketed as Bermuda shorts... really?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are so many different shorts available today that no one's wardrobe needs to be limited by style or color.  Mix it up, so you'll have variety, and the right shorts for every occasion shorts can be worn.  Stay cool!

by Aaron Marino


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Men's Swimsuits | What Type Should You Wear? -
June 6, 2012
'Aaron the American' presents his point-of-view about men's swimsuits. Keep in mind that American styles don't equal world styles. As Americans, we are a bit shy about our bodies. What Type of Suit Should You Wear? Regardless of where you live, don't wear a men's bathing suit with an elastic waist band. Elastic creates a ballooning effect as opposed to a solid, fabric band which creates a slimmingRead More»
How to Make Jean Shorts | Customize Clothes -
April 12, 2012
Men's cut-off jean shorts are increasingly popular this season. Aaron Marino of alpha m. demonstrates how to make men's jean shorts. When you lay your men's shorts flat, the legs are slanted. So when you put them on and your body fills them out, it's going to drop them and create a flat line across your thighs. If the jeans are cut straight across, your ass will look like it's eating your shorts. Read More»
Tailored Men's Shorts | City Shorts -
April 3, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. has an experiment for you. The next event that you attend where guys are wearing shorts, take notice of the 'uniform'. The uniform is typically ugly mandals (clunky, strappy, nasty), Polo shirt (standard cotton with jacked up color and another logo other than Polo),  and heavy / gigantic cargo shorts. Instead of these big and baggy shorts, men's shorts should not be too lRead More»
Men's Pant Rise | Standard, Mid, Low -
December 18, 2011
Aaron Marino of alpha m. discusses the pant rise which is the distance between the waist band to the bottom of the crotch. A standard rise is about 12 inches. 'Standard' was standard back in the 50's and 60's, which they wore their pants at their belly button. We currently wear pants around our natural waist. Designers are now making low and mid rises (8 to 11 inches) making the pant fit better wiRead More»

Men's Shoes | What Summer Footwear Is Worn with Shorts? -
May 13, 2011
Driving Moccasins | Perfect Men's Casual Shoe Warm weather is when we break out the shorts and frolic in the sunshine. What shoes do you wear with those shorts? For this video, flat-front  khaki short are going to be used for the examples. Summer Footwear Options Flip flop - ultra casual vs. dress, which Alpha displays and discusses each. Make sure you toenails! Fashion sneakers - these aren't uRead More»

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