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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Sonia on

I think all 3 men look HOT!!!!! CALIENTE BABY!!!!
But I do have to say..Matthew baby, please SHAVE… YOU look growse with all that hair on your face! Mr. Jackman you’re looking very YUMMY these days! As for David Beckham the teeny,tiniest briefs are very nice for now!

Tania on

I’m against boys briefs… don’t like to see this guys with huge bellys in briefs (yuck!!!)… but… MY GOD!!! Beckham can wear them any given day!!! ONLY if you have the awsome body Beckham has a man can wear them.
On the other hand we have Matthew and Hugh… BOY!!! They look sooooo damm HOT!!!! I rather have men wear Hugh’s type of shorts… but both look stunning!

donya on

usally i prefer men in in shorts but beck loos H-O-T-T HOT!
but,only beckham can pull of da speedo look!!!!!!
i think matthew is kinda hairy now with his beard and all but if he shaved or something he’ll be looking FINE

Mirna on

Hugh and Matt got it right

sarah on

speedos are nasty, why does any guy, no matter how good their body, think we want to see their package. Please leave a little to be imagined, shorts should be no shorter than half way between the knee and the butt. And on a side note cut off blue jeans are never ok!

Jen on

I think all guys should wear board shorts. David Beckham’s is way too short, but Matthew McConaughey’s and Hugh Jackman’s are just the right length.

Alexia on

No man should ever swim in clown pants! Speedos are for swimming. Shame on you children for wearing skimpy suits then saying men shouldn’t.

Andrea on

Wow! White shorts are fab on a bronzed toned bod. Where can I get a pair for my boyfriend? (who luckily for me has a good bod too!)

Yo on

Guys shorts should be somewhere between at the knee and…at the knee. LOSE THE SPEEDOS!

Chad on

There was a time, about 20 years ago or so, that men’s swimshorts were actually swimshorts, cut somewhere around the upper thigh. They were lightweight and easy to swim in. Now what we have are really swim pants, with cargo pockets and all. They are heavy, they drag and take forever and two days to dry. I for one don’t understand Americans big phobia of men brief swimwear, especially considering how small and getting smaller womens swim attire is becoming. For crying out loud – it’s just a swimsuit. For the ladies, they ought to put their actions where their mouth is. You all aren’t exactly Victoria Secret models!

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