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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Mark on

It’s simple — guys should wear whatever they comfortable in. I wear speedos for swimming and suntanning, shorts for beach volleyball and playing with my kids on the playground equipment by the beach (yes it’s possible to wear shorts OVER a speedo, it makes for easy changing). Actually, men wear shorts on the beach only in North America and some Arabic countries (don’t try even long shorts in Saudi Arabia, Iran, Afghanistan), everywhere else in the world it’s speedos.

jeanfor on

This is this hypocrite puritan background …..
Men should wear speedos or short shorts if they want to. End of story….

John on

I notice that all of the comments are from women…many of whom will think nothing of wearing shorts that are really just underwear and walk around with their butt and boobs hanging out. Such a double standard! Women’s clothes get more revealing yet men have to wear shorts that are only a few inches shorter than regular pants. Ridiculous.

I say we make women wear out “shorts” on a hot summer day and then tell us if you still think long shorts are okay.

Granted if a guy doesn’t have the body for short shorts he shouldn’t wear them, but I see a lot of women out there wearing revealing outfits that are are not flattering for their body.

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