Think back to when you were a teenage boy headed to the pool or to the beach. You couldn’t wait to throw on your favorite pair of super long board shorts (usually in some obnoxious pattern or crazy neon color) or extremely baggy swim trunks. You were on top of the world with shorts hanging down to the middle of your shins ( I was one of them too). Fast-forward to present time, I bet some of you are still wearing those same oversize shorts that you thought were cool as an adolescent. It is now time to grow up and shorten those swim trunks and show some leg.
(This weekend I took a trip to the beach and did some fishing which is the inspiration behind this post)
Showing some leg on the beach can scare the average man. The primary reason that most men will not don a pair of shorter trunks is that they feel that it is not very manly. Fact of the matter is, a shorter more tailored fit trunk is manlier than a pair of long board shorts that you will usually see a teenage boys sporting. The first step is finding the style of trunk/short that suits your personal style and will ultimately be your signature look. Here are some more keys to a shorter trunk:
Tips to shorter trunks for men:
- At the shortest your trunks should hit the middle of your thigh.
- Don’t be afraid of a patterned trunk even though a solid trunk is perfectly acceptable.
- Please, do not go short enough that your man hood is hanging out.
- Look out for trunks that billow/balloon out at the leg openings. A straight cut is ideal.
Reasons why shorter trunks work:
- If your legs are in great shape you will be able to show them off
- Shorter trunks will make you appear taller and elongate your frame (especially for short guys)
- When you go for a swim you will not be restricted in the water by shorts hanging past your knees
Check out Esquire Magazine’s Quick Guide to Swim Trunks for some inspiration.
Since we are on subject of shortening the length of your shorts, I’ve turned to the summer style staple of the cotton short. The temperature has risen to summer levels and men across the country are now wearing shorts, but, most men’s shorts that I have seen are just as long as pants (which defeats the purpose of shorts). Most of the general rules that applied to swim trunks apply to non-swimming style shorts, however; the ideal length to wear your shorts is just at the top of the knee. Shorts that are longer will start to give off that skater-boy look that only Avril Lavigne was all about some years ago. Your shorts and your dress pants should have similar tapering, which will come in handy if you decide to wear your shorts to an outdoor party this summer. Your tailored shorter shorts will show everyone that you are a confident man who understands the way clothes should fit, look and has moved out of the kids shorts phase.
With a shorter and tailored pair of shorts, you will be able to wear a t-shirt or even a button up shirt effortlessly. Shorts should not be something that you wear just for athletic purposes. When the temperature reaches those hell type levels, a pair of shorts can be the most refreshing item in your wardrobe. So upgrade your style today and get a shorter better fitting pair of shorts and never look like a teenage boy on a skateboard again.
Founder & Creative Director of Men's Style Pro, Sabir has a deep passion for menswear and all things manly. Selected as one of the "5 Best Dressed Men In America" by Esquire Magazine in 2010 & as #GQFall 2013 Best Dressed Man. As of 2014, Sabir serves as a freelance brand ambassador & executive stylist for GQ Magazine & GQ Report. Outside of that partnership, Sabir serves as an independent brand consultant as well. Reach me directly at SABIR@MENSSTYLEPRO.COM