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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Kim on

Matthew is HOT!!! WOW! Oh the trunks forgot what was I doing for a moment, his are the perfect length!

Tal on

Hot! Hot! And not. The longer the better.

Ronnie on

Speedos should be outlawed. I will sign the petition.

Tina on

Wow! David is looking good! I never really liked that look but WOW! I would have to say that I now support the teeny, tiny briefs

laura on

the only thing that would make david’s picture look better is if he was naked. i prefer the shorts matthew is wearing but damn! david beckham can wear whatever the hell he wants to. he’s sexy no matter what.

Steph on

Long trunks like Matthew’s make him look like a teenager straight out of an Abercrombie catalog. As soon as guys get in their 20s and 30s they need to grow up and get men’s swimwear (like Hugh). The knee-length trunks look too juvenile and silly on a man Matthew’s age. They should shoot for mid-thigh.

Paola on

I love Matthew’s shorts… Hate speedos

Kiks on

If you look like David, BE MY GUEST!! Anyone that looks that HOT deserves to wear anything he wants or nothing at all. But most guys dont look like David, I would stick with the Longboard shorts like Matthew. They’ll look good on anyone.

Melis on

I would rather see Matthew or Hugh in the speedo. They both have a better physique then Beckham.

Deb on

Speedo’s should be outlawed!! The worst is when your at the beach and see an old fat guy in speedo’s-EEWWWW-always go with the board shorts.

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