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Stylish shorts

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MysticAura, Jul 26, 2006.

  1. Dragon

    Dragon Senior member

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    Stylish shorts?

    They don`t exist. Any man wearing shorts in public does not have style in my opinion.

    If you`re looking for swim wear, I think all the designer brands have a small selection. Also, makers like Borrelli, Loro Piana, etc have high quality offerings.
     
  2. Quirk

    Quirk Senior member

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    I've actually seen a pair of charcoal gray wool shorts that were very slim and cut just above the knee from Thom Browne that were very stylish. Obviously not for everybody, but for the slim and edgy guy that would gravitate towards Thom Browne anyways, they're a nice option.

    Thom Browne? Those weren't shorts. [​IMG]
     
  3. funk_soul_brother

    funk_soul_brother Senior member

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    I think shorts can definitely be fashionable!



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  4. Jovan

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    You guys are ridiculous. It's the goddamn summer, everyone and their mother is wearing shorts when they aren't wearing a suit.
     
  5. Matt

    Matt Senior member

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    yeah i live in an eternal summer, I wear shorts a lot.

    It's circumstance-dependent like anything else to do with dress. I wouldnt wear them to a wedding under any circumstances as posted yesterday, I wouldnt wear them at work, and I dont wear them out at night. However I do elevate them above beach-and-sports-use-only, and will happily while away an afternoon at a cafe with a newspaper in my cargos.
     
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    Matt Senior member

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    more importantly, are black shorts appropriate for business?
     
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    Dragon Senior member

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    not EVERYONE has style either

    It`s not really a big deal, but the ridiculous part to me is that shorts don`t really make you cooler (I mean temperature wise) compared to wearing full length pants. Look at those pictures posted by funk_soul_brother...those looks are not going to bring down the temperature any more than wearing full length pants.

    no more mothers walking around in shorts please! [​IMG]
     
  9. drizzt3117

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    It`s not really a big deal, but the ridiculous part to me is that shorts don`t really make you cooler (I mean temperature wise) compared to wearing full length pants.

    I'm going to have to go ahead and disagree with that... while certainly you can wear long pants that are cool (linen or silk blends, especially), shorts in the same material are going to be cooler for the most part.
     
  10. Matt

    Matt Senior member

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    I'm going to have to go ahead and disagree with that... while certainly you can wear long pants that are cool (linen or silk blends, especially), shorts in the same material are going to be cooler for the most part.
    yeah and I'm going to have to go ahead and agree with you drizz, i thought exactly the same thing...
     
  11. 16520Man

    16520Man Senior member

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    I've always wanted a pair of these, just because of the history:
    http://www.billskhakis.com/shop/shorts_gurkha.html


    One of my offices is yards away from the Bill's factory outlet; I get gurkhas for about $20. Beware, the material is very thick, the shorts are heavy, and putting them on is fairly labor-intensive.
     
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    I'm going to have to go ahead and disagree with that... while certainly you can wear long pants that are cool (linen or silk blends, especially), shorts in the same material are going to be cooler for the most part.

    Me too. If it is 80 outside you may not notice the difference. But we had a heat wave here last week and temps hit 117 degrees. Believe me, they're cooler.

    I recently bought a pair of Tommy Bahama linen shorts that hit just below the knee. While not high style, they are not trailerpark wear either.
     
  13. Kid609

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    Hey guys,

    what about Hawaiian style with flowers?



    Get your terminology right. They're called "Jams"
     
  14. topbroker

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    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.htm

    http://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.
     
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    Where's the style in unnecessarily suffering in the heat?
     
  16. MysticAura

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    Haha i agree with the above posts, especially being 19, its a good way to show off the calf muscles built in the gym. All done and said, it really is cooler with shorts. I see men wearing black or similarly dark color suits in Manhattan and I cringe.

    I've never actually had linen pants. I'd love to try some...(puts it on to-buy list)
     
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    Where's the style in unnecessarily suffering in the heat?
    Exactly my point.
     
  18. Dragon

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    There is no style in unnecessarily suffering in the heat. For example, wearing a dark suit with thick material in the blazing heat is not stylish (this is unnecessarily suffering). On the other hand, I don`t think wearing shorts in public is stylish either (a blazing hot day is going to be hot whether you`re wearing shorts or not), but I guess everyone has their own opinion on what is stylish.

    A stylish man would be wearing full length pants in public...made of a summer light weight material, and in summer colors...which is just as cool or even cooler than most of the shorts people are wearing in public.

    Of course I agree if you made full length pants and shorts in the exact same material, the shorts would be cooler. I hope the gentlemen wearing shorts in public are not the same men who insist that one must dimple a tie to be stylish [​IMG]
     
  19. drizzt3117

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    There is no style in unnecessarily suffering in the heat. For example, wearing a dark suit with thick material in the blazing heat is not stylish (this is unnecessarily suffering). On the other hand, I don`t think wearing shorts in public is stylish either (a blazing hot day is going to be hot whether you`re wearing shorts or not), but I guess everyone has their own opinion on what is stylish. A stylish man would be wearing full length pants in public...made of a summer light weight material, and in summer colors...which is just as cool or even cooler than most of the shorts people are wearing in public. Of course I agree if you made full length pants and shorts in the exact same material, the shorts would be cooler. I hope the gentlemen wearing shorts in public are not the same men who insist that one must dimple a tie to be stylish [​IMG]
    I know a lot of people that refuse to wear shorts, although many of them are female. Many Asian cultures don't encourage them in public when not playing sports, so I see a lot of Asians here in Orange County that were wearing jeans when it was 100+ out, which was a bit amusing. I will generally agree that shorts are not necessarily synonymous with style, but at the same time, there's a lot to be said for practicality. In our recent heat wave, I've worn shorts at times when I would usually wear jeans or trousers and sandals when I would have usually worn trainers.
     
  20. gamelan

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    in response to topbroker, you bring out a good point. i have no idea whether i'll be defending shorts 20-30 years from now.

    i will also point out that the other day i happened across a man probably in his 60s or 70s. he was wearing some knee length shorts with a polo tucked into it which is probably the de riguer outfit for that age on a hot day.

    but the dude just pulled it off with style for some reason. maybe it was because he was in shape and his clothes fit but he looked good. also probably helped that he wasn't wearing long socks and tennis shoes but rather some leather sandals.

    -Jeff
     

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