Throughout the years, there has been much debate about how men should wear their shorts. With each passing generation, as well as the introduction of extreme sports over the past two decades, many factors have determined where the hemline of men’s shorts should be placed; above or below the knee.
Truly, the 70s and 80s defined an era of thigh lights and quad-baring shorts for men. In the ’80s, especially, with the rise of Preppy style and gym culture, short shorts were the norm. Since then, men have spent more than a quarter of a century being been plagued by unsightly long shorts.
In late 2014, men’s shorts saw a new fashion norm for men: above-the-knee shorts. Truly, The modern fit is more tailored and less tight than the short shorts of the 70s and 80s. Today, proper shorts for men sit just under the waist (not unlike a lower-rise jean) and finish somewhere between mid-thigh and an inch or two above the knee.
Since below-the-knee shorts for men have become outdated, selecting the right length of shorts has become uncharted territory for some men. Here are some things to consider:
- If you still have insecurities or you happen to be a guy characterized by modesty, opt for a longer look, like just above the knee. Anything longer than that and you will enter a different territory, as everything past the knees ceases to be shorts
- Going an inch or two above the knee is another nice way of sporting shorts, while also showing a little bit of thigh
- The shortest version shouldn’t go higher than the mid-thigh