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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anon on

looking at a guy in speedos gives me a new found respect for men who are able to avoid staring at women’s breasts. it took me 2 minutes to focus on beckham’s face. too distracting. go for the long shorts.

minerzz on

I like Matthew McConnaughey’s kind especially since he’s lookin SO HOT ! i say he should swim with nothin on and still he’ll look gorgeous ! haha

Dawn on

Anything McConnaughey wears is fine by me. He is soooo fine! But I also live in Germany and so I’m used to the speedo look. I definitely prefer at the knee or a little above.

nah on

i think that all guys should wear a long board short in a nice bright solid color or a hawaiian print is always good NEVER A SPEEDO they look awful

Sarah on

Speedos are usually a no-no… but Becks pulls them off!

anuta on

when a guy wears speedos i cant helt myself but look at the bulg when i’m talking to them. so i prefer guys to wear shorts. leave the sexy stuff for the bedroom!
David Beckham looks HOt in them though!

John Holzman on

As far as i’m concerned us white people don’t have a chance with the color of race, and we’re not prejudice but you african americans sure are, we need to be a 50/50 lifestyle in my book.

John and Karen

Johnny Boughton on

Just look at these strapping “Aquamen”! Amen,and a healthy Judeo-Christian nod in their general direction! Living proof that the cult of Speedo truly does call the shots in “Hairywood”. Are these men smuggling endanged sea-snakes in thier trowsers? Someone quick, call the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Ger-animals! Have they cleared that “Cargo” with customs? Shall we x-ray thier “Goods” Someone alert Homeland-Insecurity!

Alicia on

It doesn’t matter how “hot” he is…I will never be able to stifle my laughter when I see a man in Speedos. Maybe that’s juvenile…I don’t know, but it’s true. Speedos are just ridiculous on any man.

Stephie on

Personally, I like the to the knee length. I only hope that all the old, pot-bellied, combed-over, out-of-shape men learn that Speedos are not for them. Beckham pulls that off SOOOO well!!!

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