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Old 08-20-2013, 06:27 PM
 
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I grew up in the 80's when really short shorts were the fashion (at least according to old family photos I've seen) so I have always been used to wearing shorts that didn't ever go past the knee. In recent years it's become quite a quest shopping for new shorts because it seems that most shorts made in the last 10 years are the longer style shorts that go below the knees. For some reason it bugs me when I wear longer shorts since the fabric rubs against my knees as I walk. I do a lot of hiking/walking and the shorter "cargo" type shorts have always worked well and feel much more comfortable for me. They aren't usually much shorter than an inch or so above the knee so it's not like I am wearing "Daisy Duke" type shorts. GF recently told me she thinks my shorts are too short and that guys shouldn't wear shorts above the knee. What do you think?
I find that ridiculous. My fiancee' is quite a fashionable guy, and he has plenty of shorts that are a little bit above the knee. I think they look fine, his knees are not offensive, lol. Bermuda shorts are supposed to be 1" above the knee, and this is a classic style. Shorts at or just below the knee look good too, but I don't like the super long ones, they can look too much like Capri pants, for me that's an odd look on a man.

Here's a quote from The Telegraph August 2013, it's British, but probably applies to the US as well:
Nick Keyte, the head of menswear buying at John Lewis, said: "We're making them cleaner and smarter so men can wear shorts and still look professional. Our most popular range is the chinos, which are one or two inches above the knee - not too revealing.
"We stopped selling shorts that reach down to the calf as it is no longer what our customers want."
As always trends change!

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Old 08-20-2013, 07:02 PM
 
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Your girlfriend is wrong.
You are right.

I'm with you. I prefer shorts at around a 5" inseam, but they're not easy to find.

I was telling my husband about the guy claiming I was trying to cover him up.... and then DH saw this and wants to know how you hide your guy tool with shorts with a 5" inseam, which is cracking me up.

He's on meds, you'll have to forgive him.
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Old 08-20-2013, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Yeah it's ridiculous how guys aren't 'supposed' to wear short shorts but girls are showing their butt-cheeks and almost showing their privates. If your girlfriend has a problem with it that's her problem.
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Old 08-20-2013, 10:17 PM
 
Location: SGV, CA
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There's a massive difference between short shorts and shorts that are just above the knee. I've never heard a complaint about an exposed knee but nobody wants to see a guy's inner thigh.
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:23 PM
 
Location: LA, CA/ In This Time and Place
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Way above the knee could seem ridiculous, but slightly above the knee, I don't see the deal. Of course if your butt is hanging out, yes no man should wear those. But really you are over thinking it. I am only 26 now, and recently started wearing shorts after a 13 yr hiatus. Last time I wore shorts was at age 13 back in the year 2000.

My short is slighty above the knee, where as when I was kid I would wear shorts that would put girls to shame.

It is no big deal, and also anything that is long as a pair of pants is stupid.

Good luck!
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Old 08-20-2013, 11:41 PM
 
Location: LA, CA/ In This Time and Place
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You want to see really short shorts on a boy, there you have it! I would never dare wear those now that I am in my 20s!
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Old 08-21-2013, 04:31 AM
 
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I prefer a lower-thigh to just-above-the-knee length on men's shorts. If a man has toothpick legs, then near the knee is better; if a man is so obese that any shorts ride up from chub rub, then he should wear long pants. do not like those capri pants for men; the only men who can pull that off well are gorgeous Italians wearing linen ones at the beach at sunset -- and, frankly, they're going to look good in anything or nothing at all, so they don't really count for this discussion.
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:05 AM
 
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They aren't usually much shorter than an inch or so above the knee so it's not like I am wearing "Daisy Duke" type shorts. GF recently told me she thinks my shorts are too short and that guys shouldn't wear shorts above the knee. What do you think?
I think an inch above the knee is not too short by any means. Personally, I think shorts that are too long look a little juvenile, as do shorts/pants that sag too far below the waist. It's one thing if you're a teenager and trying to achieve "cool", but for a grown man to look put together, IMHO his clothes should look reasonably fitted to his body. I think really short shorts on a man run the risk of showing off more than most want to see, but an inch above the knee isn't even what I'd consider slightly short. I think you're fine.
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Old 08-21-2013, 07:23 AM
 
Location: New England
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You want to see really short shorts on a boy, there you have it! I would never dare wear those now that I am in my 20s!
Yes, there you have it. Parents now wouldn't dare put their little boy in shorts like that (supposing they could find any in the store) but for girls, it would be fine. As for what a grown man might choose to wear, he might as well think about going around with a melon on his head. It's really tragic.

But then, there are older men who grew up with reasonable length shorts, who just shake their heads over the whole business and wear what they choose, and if their kids object, they just say, "I'm too old for that stuff. You youngsters can be neurotic if you want." Hopeless old geezers, just one step away from the nursing home.
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:09 PM
 
Location: NoVa
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I do not like those long shorts on a man, I much prefer the cargo type you are talking about, OP.
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