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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Maisie on

Baggies are ridiculous, speedos are the best!!! Male shorts should be at least above knees…. the shorter the better. Why hide all the beauty of nice muscular thighs?

EuroCanadian on

Are you kidding me? The only reason you Americans have a disdain for speedos is because you are prudes. It’s all about how much gets covered, eh?

Bearing in mind how people in your country dress and the extent of disregard for their appearance, it is really shocking to me as someone born and raised in Europe to read here that Europeans need to learn fashion sense. Again, are you kidding me? Hellooooo? Look around yourself. You are surrounded by a continent of morbidly obese baggy-sweatpant-sporting SUV-driving Jabba the Hutt types. Give me a break!

And, of course, for those of us who swim for fitness (or competitively), the speedo is the only way to go.

Americans teaching Europeans fashion sense. Oh. Come. On.

just being honest on

I am sooo obsessed with Hugh Jackman…how hot can you get?? He looks amazing in a bathing suit…Matthew also looks pretty sweet but the facial hair has to go. As for Beck, I have nothing to say except that Posh can have him for all I care.

Johnny on

Speedos rule and 80s short shorts are coming back. No more bags for me!

katie on

look, im an emo kid and a liberal who thinks that guys in skinny jeans and eyeliner can be hot, and even i agree with most of the people here that as a rule guys shouldnt wear speedos…that should tell the rest of you people something!

SwimJim on

I have to say that I have a body similar to Beckham and I wear Speedos all the time. You can’t beat the freedom that a brief suit provides. C’mon ladies, give us guys a break who can proudly wear a Speedo without looking grotesque. Some women can pull of a bikini, some can’t…it’s the same logic.

jim on

IF you have the body for speedos go for it,but I think the middle ground is best.whats wrong with the upper thigh length (denim short style) wich ewveryone loved,why does it have to be one extreme,board shorts are too long,why is america still trying to hide the american male,while female swimwhere can be almost nothing,stop the male bashing!!!!!

Lindsay on

Beckham is HOT! I think on the right guy Speedos work. I’d like to see more of that.

Mark on

Those baggy shorts don’t make anyone look good.

seth on

DAVID BECKHAM IT’S SOW SWEET MEN AND WERY SEXY, L LOVE HIM I FROM SPAIN and Im really sad that they are leaving spain

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