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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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Dress Shoes | With or Without Socks? -
June 22, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. refers to wearing the trend of wearing dress shoes without socks. If you are wearing dress shoes with men's slacks, you should always wear socks. The look would be too unfinished, sloppy, and  casual without socks. With jeans and chinos, the line is blurred. Aaron has seen it look good, but feet would become raw, smelly, and sweaty.  Aaron recommends playing around with Read More»
Scotch Tape Trick vs The Fashion Anchor -
June 15, 2012
Fashion Anchor Aaron Marino of alpha m. shares a cool little trick that Shavi shared. Keep your shirt collar and top button area looking clean and neat with a bit of Scotch Tape. Shavi demonstrates how to use the Scotch Tape to hold down problem areas on your men's shirt. Aaron comments that you have to keep any eye on the Scotch Tape as if it comes lose during the day, you'll look messy. The FashRead More»
Color Combinations -
June 12, 2012
Possibly one of our biggest challenges when assembling an outfit is coordinating colors.  I'm sure science has a good explanation, but it seems most men lack skill when it comes to harmonizing colors. Hey, I'm a guy... I get it!  So, instead of trying to change what makes us men, I'm going to give you some basic rules that will turn a handicap into an asset.  Say goodbye to the women's advice yRead More»
Elevate Your Style | Better to Be Overdressed -
June 11, 2012
Is there a way to still be stylish and step-up your game but not be overly dressed or styled? Aaron Marino of alpha m. advises how to avoid being overdressed but remain a stylish and fashionable man. He explains that you can look appropriate a situation with a peer group and still maintain elevated style. If the situation is casual jeans and tee shirts, you will be above the group by dressing in yRead More»

Dressing Up with Dress Socks -
June 7, 2012
With so many types and styles of socks available today, I'm often asked what constitutes a dress sock.  Is it color, fabric, weight, length, or pattern that differentiates dress socks from other types?  The answer is all of the above! Dress socks all have something in common regardless of what they look like: they are designed to be worn with dress pants and shoes; therefore, are made of thinnerRead More»
Men's Linen Shirts and Pants | Hot Weather Men's Fashion -
June 4, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. gives the low-down and opinion on men's linen shirts and pants. These types of shirts and pants are surging in the stores. Linen fabric is woven from the fibers of the flax plant- the same flax that is the healthy seed for you to consume. The weave is loose, and the fabric is cool to touch, breathable, and light. Linen is tough to keep wrinkle-free (almost impossible) but Read More»
Sperry Topsiders | Men's Shoes -
May 31, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. provides a bit of history about the boat shoe by Sperry as well as explores different options. An avid boater in 1935 Connecticut, Sperry designed the non-slip sloe modeled after his Cocker Spaniel's paw. The white sole is standard with an upper leather. Aaron visits a retail store to display options. Besides the traditional leather topsider, canvas is another option for sRead More»
Abercrombie and Hollister | Dressing Your Age -
May 22, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. addresses how certain brands relate to age and men's image. The clothing (especially with logos) that you wear paints a picture and affects your image. Abercrombie and Hollister is characteristic of 18 years of age and under. The cut off is around 22 years old where you look like a grown dude wearing kids clothing. When you go into the store, check out the models' and saleRead More»
My Pants Are Tight | Are Your Pants Too Small?  -
May 18, 2012
How can you tell that your men's pants are too small? Aaron Marino of alpha m. shares a pair of pants he bought online, and they are incredibly small. Alpha's tailor said that sizes for pants in the store don't correlate with the actual waist size (for example, Aaron's actual size 30 is a 31 -32 in the store). The online store actually sent a legit size 30 to Aaron. Once the tailor altered the midRead More»

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