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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Shandra on

all you girls who say speedos should be outlawed, need to say fat people or overweight people including woman should be banned from wearing anything but shorts. As for the speedo dude If I was to compare him to an over weight woman in bikini, I bet he is better to look at. As long as the guy has a smooth hairless trim bod, i guarantee he is better to look at then 65% of the woman in bikini. So ladies let’s think about what we wear sometimes, and realize how rediculous we sound when we say speedos on a guy is disgusting. your pretty much putting down 65 percent of woman

togolf1 on

I can’t believe the contempt some people have for how someone else chooses to dress. Wear what you want. Look at whom you please. If you don’t like someone’s appearance turn your stupid head. There are some places where a dress code is proper. I don’t want to see a naked person selecting produce at the grocery store. A women may want her wedding to look just right. At the park, or doing the yard work, or at the beach do what YOU want to the hell with what anyone else thinks.

KL on

Yes, Katie, that tells us you are a hypocrite. Like all the male bashing here, it is alright for the goose but not for the gander.

O' on

Speedo’s, unless you swim competitively are not a good look for anyone. Baggies or extra long board shorts are stupid drapery and a lowest common denomenator marketed to disguise the sorry fitness of most of us. If its hot out it is more comfortable to wear shorter shorts (within reason) Shorter trunks, mid thigh or above, are the only way to go unless you are more concerned with posing than living your life.

LightenUp on

EuroCanadian said it best: Americans are prudes, at least when it comes to the male body. I’m American, and I cannot believe the lack of objectivity regarding fashion styles of women vs men. Boys on swim teams in USA have trended towards the jammer style for fear of being labeled “gay.” Yet, little girls wear some very skimpy bathing suits and nobody gives it a second thought. Talk about patriarchal!

As for American women, some of y’all don’t look so hot in your skimpy spandex suits, but I don’t impinge on your right to wear them. Live and let live. Stop shaming boys about their bodies and implying sexuality based on their swimsuit.

Besides, it’s 2007 and people are still using the term “gay” as derogatory. How unenlightened is that?

Mr. Mom on

who wear short shorts? I WEAR SHORT SHORTS!!!:D:D:D:D:D

Pat on

With Becks in California, will he change the fashion scene in America? Will the hombres be able to show a little bit of leg when on the beach or in the pool?

Steve on

For all the women who give Speedo’s a thumbs down, I have one question. What do you wear to the beach or pool and why? A comfortable bikini or baggy board shorts down to your knees? What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander (as they say).

KL on

Steve has a very good point. Nowadays it is difficult to find a woman wearing a one piece swimsuit. Why, ladies, answer Steve and I this, do you have to wear a two-piece suit when most of you do not have perfect bodies?

Don’t tell me, we have to accept “real” women. So why can’t you accept “real” men?

How about this, let’s us all go back to the 1900s when women actually wear skirts and stocking to swim.

Women pride themselves on their so-called sensitivity, but reading all the anti-male comments here, they are worst than men.

Maggie Smiths on

It is getting slowly boring with that looooong surfer shorts. Especially it is really useful for islamic people who pretend that they follow fashion closely in lands like Turkey… Are fashion designer radical islamists????

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