How Long Should Guys' Shorts Be?

08/03/2006 at 04:34 PM ET

Believe it or not, men worry about hemlines, too. And when it comes to how short shorts should be, there is a growing debate. After seasons of long, droopy shorts ruling the lower bodies of men, they have been creeping up on some of summer’s hottest bodies. Matthew McConaughey (left) has become the ubiquitous boy of summer, spending all of his time outdoors in shorts and not much else. If you can pry your eyes off his torso, you’ll see that he is sporting the most popular short length for the summer: just at the knee. For those who feel even buffer? They may follow Hugh Jackman’s (middle) lead and head for a few inches above the knee. Or for the superfit, like David Beckham (right), the teeny, tiniest briefs will do nicely.

Tell us: What length do you like men’s shorts?

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Gretchen on

No man, no matter how hot or well-endowed, should wear a speedo. Most guys look best in a longer board short!

SouthChick on

I prefer at the knee like Matthew wears. Hot! Especially with great abs!

Melissa on

Can you say “Speed-no?”

Jennifer on

Like Matthew McConnaughey. Right on or above the knee’s.

Jen on

I have to say, they all look HOT!!! If you got it, wear it! Go Beck……Matthew, yummy…….Hugh, yeah baby! They’re all great to look at!

Andrea on

The more I can see of Beckham the BETTER!!

Kathy on

Teenie speedo’s are like tighty whiteys…not so hot! He makes enough money, you think he could afford a real bathing suit! Go Mathew! and Hugh! Now that is hot!

T.C. Robson on

Really depends on the guy, but on most men, I prefer what Hugh or Matthew has. Leaves more to the imagination.

Kristen on

Yes, Yes, Yes to Becks speedo!

alexa on

Most european men prefer to wear speedo type shorts. I personally do not understand this. I personally prefer longer shorts both to the knee and above the knee. However, I live in Germany so I guess I will have to accept the horrible speedo look and hope some fashion guru gets thorugh to european men’s brains and makes them realize that speedos are a major fashion no-no. Hoping for the best and not giving up hope,


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