Men’s shorts have been through a lot of judgment and abuse over the years. They still are not worn in an office setting, aren’t considered professional and sometimes, it feels like there’s no way to win with them.
Some have excessive pockets, some have terrible patterns — it’s like they’re testing you to see if you actually know how to dress yourself.
Thankfully, there is help. These quick tips will help keep your fashion sense in check if you begin to doubt yourself.
How Low Can You Go?
One of the first things people notice about shorts is their length. For men, there’s a fine line between gamer who never sees the sun and 70’s-era basketball player. Length that’s too long may make people wonder why you even bothered to wear shorts. Length that’s too short, and they’ll probably wonder the same thing.
The ideal length is a nine-inch inseam, with a couple of inches to fluctuate on the longer and shorter sides. If your shorts cut off a couple of inches above the knee, you’re in the safe zone.
Bagginess is something to also watch out for. Nothing is flattering about baggy shorts or any shorts that flare out at the bottom. Unless you’re jumping from a plane and forgot a parachute — or you want to make it look like you have junk in the trunk — baggy shorts will do you no good.
The same can be said about cargo shorts. Cargos are utility shorts, nothing more. So if you’re about to go on a hike, need to work on a project or want to win a Halloween costume contest, you have the cargo gods’ blessing. But if you’re about to walk outside for any other reason, reconsider, go back inside, and don’t come back out until you make better choices.
Thread Carefully: Materials
Cotton is an excellent choice for both casual and semi-formal events, such as yard parties and family gatherings. The material isn’t too prone to wrinkles, it usually offers a variety of colors and patterns, and it’s one of the most common types of shorts.
Linen shorts are made to be lightweight and keep you cool on hot, humid days. Depending on if you’ll be outside for long periods of time or not, use your best judgment on which type of material to use when going to social events or casual get-togethers.
Fleece and sweatshorts are great if you get a day to lounge around the apartment or go to the gym. Maybe even if you want to go for a walk on the beach. They’re comfy, but again — they have a time and a place.
Chinos are another great all-around material to wear. They’re best for casual-wear and can be paired with a variety of shirts, watches and accessories as well.
Wool shorts…it’s a trap. Don’t do it — they don’t even make sense.
Sock It to ‘Em
A lot of people have really strong feelings about sock length and appropriate times to wear them. You may wonder when it’s not okay to wear socks.
If you want to wear flip-flops, the answer to the sock question is no, and you may carry on. If you plan to wear boaters or slip-ons, there’s some room to wiggle.
No-show socks are both fashionable and useful. They’re impossible to see, so your swag is still on point, and they’re also lightweight so that you don’t sweat too much. They pair well with any low-cut shoe, but the answer to your sandal question is still no. Resist the urge.
Go Forth With Your Shorts
There you have it, the basic dos and don’ts of men’s shorts.
It may feel like there’s a lot to keep track of, but a great way of keeping yourself in line is to check yourself and see if it feels wrong. If you begin to feel like you made a bad choice — it probably is.
The safest pair of shorts is a nine-inch inseam pair of chinos in a basic color. When in doubt, walk it out.
If you don’t get hit with tomatoes or other rotten food, you’re doing just fine.
Who’s Ready To Step Up Their Wrist Game With Watch Gang?
If you’re a watch fanatic like me, you have got to check out Watch Gang, an innovative watch club that brings the monthly subscription box model to watches, sending you up with a sweet new watch every month… at a substantial discount.
Pretty neat, right? Here’s how it works. You simply choose one of three membership tiers, tell Watch Gang a little bit about your watch preferences, and then patiently wait for the mailman to surprise you with a brand new watch each month. The mystery is part of the excitement, not knowing which watch you’re going to end up with.
There are three membership tiers you can choose from, with something for every budget:
- $29 Original Tier – Offers stylish and fashionable watches worth $50-$150 in value.
- $99 Black Tier – Offers affordable luxury watches worth $150-$500.
- $299 Platinum Tier – Offers super luxury watches worth $500-$1500.
Now I don’t know about you, but being able to score a $500 watch for $99 is a pretty good deal in my book! Watch Gang sources authentic, high-quality watches from reputable companies and watchmakers. Every watch comes with an 100% authenticity guarantee, and is guaranteed to be worth up to 5x the price of the membership.
But that’s not all. Watch Gang hosts giveaways for Rolex, TAG Heuer, and Seiko watches each week, and all members are automatically entered for a chance to win. Imagine watching one of the drawings live on their Facebook page and hearing your name called for a new Rolex, how awesome would that be?!
In addition, members get access to The Wheel of Watches, where you can spin an interactive wheel filled with watches you choose and have another chance to win a Grail (Tag, Rolex, etc.).
Our friends at Watch Gang hooked us up with a $99 Black Tier subscription so we could try the service out for ourselves, and I ended up receiving the Szanto ICON Danny Sullivan Signature watch, which you can see in these photos. It’s a pretty sweet looking watch, and this bad boy has a retail price of $295, so you’re getting a lot of bang for your buck.
While there are no returns if you don’t love the watch you received, Watch Gang members get access to a private Facebook Group (Watch Gang Exchange), where the over 27,000 members can buy, trade and sell watches with other members.
All in all, we think Watch Gang is a pretty genius idea, and it’s a great way for a budding watch collector to start building a collection without breaking the bank. I wish something like this had been around when I started collecting watches, as it would have saved me a lot of money!
So if you’re ready to discover new brands and styles of watches, head over to watchgang.com, and use the promo code GUYSGAB10 to save 10% off your order.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Watch Gang, and all opinions are entirely my own.
Introducing G-SHOCK G-STEEL Connected Carbon Bezel Watch
G-SHOCK recently added a new timepiece to their refined, tough and rugged G-STEEL collection, the Bluetooth® Connected (GSTB100XA-1A), which perfectly blends stylish details and brute strength, with a carbon fiber bezel, sapphire crystal and two-tone layered band.
As a car enthusiast, the carbon fiber accents immediately drew me to this watch. But don’t be fooled into thinking that it’s just for aesthetics. This is a G-SHOCK, after all. The lightweight, layered bezel is a mix of state-of-the-art TORAYCA® and NANOALLOY® materials that give the bezel outstanding shock resistant characteristics.
Highly scratch resistant clear sapphire glass is used for the crystal to enhance readability and appearance, while a sturdy urethane band produced using a bi-color molding process makes it possible to decorate the outer surface with a sporty pattern, and blue urethane for the inner surface. A metal band ring reduces the chance of band breakage due to abrasion.
As you can see from these photos, it all comes together in a sleek, fashionable design that embodies G-SHOCK’s Absolute Toughness. I especially like how the blue accent colors on the face compliment the blue of the inner band. It’s a subtle touch that really brings things full circle.
If that’s not enough, this watch is also equipped with Bluetooth low energy (BLE) technology, allowing you to pair to your smartphone via the G-SHOCK Connected App and make sure it keeps accurate time anywhere in the world, among other features.
The GSTB100XA-1A also incorporates solar-powered charging capabilities (no need for bulky charging cables) and employs a super LED light and Neo-Brite luminous hands for maximum visibility in the dimmest of situations.
Additional G-SHOCK technology features include:
- 200M water resistance and shock resistance
- Dual Dial World time
- Daily alarm
- Stopwatch and countdown timer
- 12/24 hour format
- Battery level indicator
- New layered guard structure
Overall, I can’t say enough great things about the G-SHOCK G-STEEL Connected Carbon Bezel. This model is as sleek and sophisticated as it is tough and durable, an all-around perfect watch for the daily grind of work and play. And at $600, it won’t break the bank.
Visit www.gshock.com for more information on the G-STEEL collection.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Casio, but all opinions are my own.
Sponsored: MINI & The Woolmark Company Present “Field Notes” Travel Collection
MINI may be well-known for their little cars, but did you know that the British brand also has a presence in the fashion world? MINI FASHION builds on their design expertise, and the results are bold and full of individuality, just like their cars.
Earlier this year, MINI and The Woolmark Company (two brands which both have a history of questioning and boldly reshaping existing structures) announced a partnership for 2018 for a limited-run “Field Notes” collection, a travel-inspired capsule collection made from the finest Merino wool, designed by a series of up-and-coming fashion designers that includes Liam Hodges, Staffonly, PH5 and Rike Feurstein.
All four of these designers sourced inspiration from their travels to foreign cities, and woven the encounters and stories they picked up along the way into unique garments that transcend borders for the collection.
MINI recently presented the MINI FASHION Field Notes Capsule Collection at Pitti Uomo 94, one of the leading international trade shows for men’s fashion and lifestyle, in Florence Italy, where they showed off the eye-catching 16-piece line that was designed for the urban traveler. The collection was met with very favorable reviews.
Following the launch at Pitti Uomo, the collection is going on a world tour organized by MINI and The Woolmark Company, where it will inspire new perspectives through a series of local events. Afterwards, the “Field Notes” collection will be made available for purchase online in limited numbers, later this fall.
For more info on the “Field Notes” capsule collection, be sure to check out the video above.
This post has been sponsored by MINI, but all thoughts are our own.