Shorts are an essential piece of every man’s wardrobe, but within the world of shorts there’s a huge variety of what men should and should not wear…needless to say, there are still some men that constantly wear what they should not.

I’m a firm believer that there’s a time and place for everything in life and this particular piece of clothing is no different. For example, athletic shorts are essential during a workout routine or balling with some friends…they should not be worn outside of the following places: your apartment, the gym, or a sporting event (that you’re participating in). You look like you are homeless if you do so otherwise.

“So what types of shorts should I wear out in public” you ask? Well, I’m glad you asked that question. Your go to pair of shorts should have a flat front, with two pockets and not go below the knees…the color of these shorts can vary, but a safe bet is to stick with lighter colors.

From hues of blue, red, pink, white & tan there’s a short out there to match the rest of your outfit. From J. Crew, here is a standard short…white, right above the knee, flat front, two pockets…it’s a timeless, essential piece of your spring and summer wardrobe (much like jeans are).

While this was an example of what to have…here is a list of things NOT to have when looking at shorts:

  • Jean Shorts, aka. Jorts (Comical use excluded)
  • Long Black Shorts, chain included (…no, absolutely never)
  • Cargo Shorts (Unless you’re fishing, working construction, or anything else that requires more than two pockets)

Now this list is not to say that these types of shorts don’t have their time and place (except the long black ones)…they absolutely do. But when casually wearing shorts you don’t want to be wearing the same cargo shorts you were wearing to class in middle school (you could have also been wearing jean shorts), you’ve graduated college and it’s about time your wardrobe started to reflect that.


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