Originally Posted by Jovan
You guys are ridiculous. It's the goddamn summer, everyone and their mother is wearing shorts when they aren't wearing a suit.
Interesting how intense the posts in this thread are.
It's a tough issue, I think, and I feel that more as I age. Looking around, I don't feel that most older men show their best in shorts, and at about-to-be-48, I'm certainly approaching that time of life (no matter that I work out religiously). Shorts generally don't seem very adult.
I'll make historical exceptions for those gurkha shorts (check out the 1947 Michael Powell film Black Narcissus
for the most striking male role featuring manly shorts, played by David Farrar), and also for the Bermudan tradition of dress shorts (which no one in this thread seems to have mentioned). I've worn Bermuda shorts with the proper over-the calf-socks, dress shoes, dress shirt, tie, and jacket -- admittedly when I was much younger, but it was a fun effect, and I would do it again.http://www.bermuda-online.org/shorts.htmhttp://www.bermudastyles.com/
But those are the exceptions. Let me look at this another way. I've mentioned in another thread the "discussability" of clothing from my salesman's perspective. If someone that I encounter can comment positively on an element of my outfit, or even just ask about it, that is certainly a plus for me. Gets the conversation rolling. A Bermuda shorts outfit would accomplish that, beyond a doubt (when worn with the proper panache -- you have to look thoroughly, sunnily confident when trying to pull this off).
But is there any actual social or professional gain in adopting the contemporary summer American uniform of shorts, tees, tanks, flip-flops, "mandals," etc.? I can't see it. It makes you the same as everyone else. And if simply fitting in is the thing, well, fine, but I can't imagine that most people at StyleForum want simply to fit in.
On a given summer day, in a given context, I might get lazy and wear shorts. But I'm questioning this more. It's not really in line with my goals.