I don't see anything wrong with a nice pair of cotton or linen Bermuda shorts. I've got severals pairs of shorts by Bill's, Borrelli, Paul Stuart, Brooks, RL and a few others. These are not short shorts. They are rather dressy and are quite long -- the Borrelli's nearly reach my knees (and I'm 6 ft. 3 in.). Paired with a nice shirt, I think they are quite appropriate for wearing at home or around the neighborhood (walking the dog; going to a neighbor's BBQ; etc.). Frankly, I find it a big relief to slip into shorts during a hot DC summer day at the office, along with a polo shirt and my flipflops or Bean mocs.