How Long Should Guys' Shorts Be?

08/03/2006 at 04:34 PM ET

Believe it or not, men worry about hemlines, too. And when it comes to how short shorts should be, there is a growing debate. After seasons of long, droopy shorts ruling the lower bodies of men, they have been creeping up on some of summer’s hottest bodies. Matthew McConaughey (left) has become the ubiquitous boy of summer, spending all of his time outdoors in shorts and not much else. If you can pry your eyes off his torso, you’ll see that he is sporting the most popular short length for the summer: just at the knee. For those who feel even buffer? They may follow Hugh Jackman’s (middle) lead and head for a few inches above the knee. Or for the superfit, like David Beckham (right), the teeny, tiniest briefs will do nicely.

Tell us: What length do you like men’s shorts?

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Joanne on

Speedos are grosso

Kris on

Although ordinary guys look best in shorts at the knee, Hugh Jackman is ravishing in his shorts! All the girls at my office were drooling over this photo.

Lizza on

Knee length all the way. Becks looks hot in a Speedo, but I’m scarred for life after seeing a picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger in one.

Izabela on

C’mon..if you go to brazil we gonna see how hot the guys down there look wearing a speedo!!!!!is 100% sexier and better than those long shorts…you need to have the body ,and in this case they all have…speedo.yesssssssssss!!!!!!!!!!and if you are from north america and think they are bad,try one,you gonna like it…bye bye

Mish on

Anon — Beckham has a face? Different shorts for different dudes. They ALL look HOT!

Lillith on

Hugh’s got the right length of bathing suit – not too long not too short. Flattering to most all body types. Save the speedos for swim meets.

ella on

i like all three looks they all pull it off they are all hot the shorter the better

Amy on

i like the first one- Matthew. it’s a good length. DEFINITELY NOT the briefs. i find them disgusting.

Lisa on

Beckham looks like he’s wearing a diaper. I prefer men’s shorts right at the knee or just above.

Rebecca on

I think all three men look wonderful; however, I think 99% of men look best in the longer versions. As a former swimmer, Speedos look awesome on a trim, fit, buff man! :)

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