My post about affordable summer style got a lot of positive response, so I thought I’d post something else in the same spirit. 
This summer, instead of buying new shorts, make your own.
Take a pair of old chinos or fine-waled cords that you don’t care about, put them on, and make a mark about an inch below your knee. Then take them off, lay them flat on the ground, and make sure that the seams and hems are completely aligned. Now cut them straight across at the mark, ideally with an X-acto knife. Remember that you can always cut them shorter, but not make them longer, so repeat the process until you’ve carefully inched your way up to your ideal length.
For a slightly cleaner look, cut your pants until you’re about two inches away from your ideal length, then take them to a tailor to have them hemmed. The job should cost you between $10 and $15. Not bad for a pair of shorts. 

My post about affordable summer style got a lot of positive response, so I thought I’d post something else in the same spirit. 

This summer, instead of buying new shorts, make your own.

Take a pair of old chinos or fine-waled cords that you don’t care about, put them on, and make a mark about an inch below your knee. Then take them off, lay them flat on the ground, and make sure that the seams and hems are completely aligned. Now cut them straight across at the mark, ideally with an X-acto knife. Remember that you can always cut them shorter, but not make them longer, so repeat the process until you’ve carefully inched your way up to your ideal length.

For a slightly cleaner look, cut your pants until you’re about two inches away from your ideal length, then take them to a tailor to have them hemmed. The job should cost you between $10 and $15. Not bad for a pair of shorts. 

Overweight College Student Announces Plans To Wear Shorts, Sandals For Rest Of Year
"I always hated when my mom made me wear shoes and pants in high  school," Norton said. "Now that I am in college I am free to wear  whatever I want, whenever I want. For the first time in my life, I don’t  feel so constricted."

Overweight College Student Announces Plans To Wear Shorts, Sandals For Rest Of Year

"I always hated when my mom made me wear shoes and pants in high school," Norton said. "Now that I am in college I am free to wear whatever I want, whenever I want. For the first time in my life, I don’t feel so constricted."

cooperfrederickson:

Too soon?

Summer is just eight short months away.  Here are some tips: put on some ghurka shorts, skip the shirt, grab a gun.  Also, be one of the greatest in your field, ever.

cooperfrederickson:

Too soon?

Summer is just eight short months away.  Here are some tips: put on some ghurka shorts, skip the shirt, grab a gun.  Also, be one of the greatest in your field, ever.

mostexerent:

So hot that I’m wearing shorts..

Shorts, well worn on a hot weekend.
Shorts aren’t unwearable.  You just have to have your game TIGHT.  And it has to be hot outside.  Like… hot.

mostexerent:

So hot that I’m wearing shorts..

Shorts, well worn on a hot weekend.

Shorts aren’t unwearable.  You just have to have your game TIGHT.  And it has to be hot outside.  Like… hot.

Ghurka shorts.  Maybe I’ve just been spending too much time with this book, but I’m on board.

Ghurka shorts.  Maybe I’ve just been spending too much time with this book, but I’m on board.

Q and Answer: Shorts for Summer?
Dean writes: Okay, you’re the one men’s style blog that never seems to have an off day, and I have a question.  In the summer - it gets hot here - I tend towards shorts, and realize it’s not a good style move.  As the weather gets warmer, is there any stylish way to wear shorts?  My problem here isn’t the shorts themselves, but the choice of shoe, and sock (if any.)
First of all: good work on that “never have an off day” intro.  Flattery will get you everywhere.  Leaving that aside… as the weather starts to warm up, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about summer, uhm, legwear.  So here’s my spiel.
First of all, you’re right in thinking that shorts will always look less elegant than pants.  The fact of the matter is that shins and knees are weird-looking, especially on guys.  That’s just reality.  When I lived in a climate that accommodated it, I didn’t own any shorts.  It’s very easy to look lousy in shorts.
Then I moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and found that one of the many downsides of the move was a sudden pressing need for hot-weather legwear.  I really fade fast in the heat, so I have to really be careful not to overdress when it’s hot outside. That meant I had to buy some shorts.
So here are some guidelines:
When you don’t need shorts, avoid them.  If it’s in the 70s or 80s, you have lots of other options.  Lightweight chinos, cotton trousers, linen pants, even tropical-weight wool.  You can roll the hem up a bit if you’re not afraid of current trends and go without socks to enjoy the wind on your ankles.  Unless you’re on a boat or at the beach, you can usually keep those legs covered.
If it’s just too hot, keep it simple.  Clean lines are your friend when it comes to shorts.  Length can vary somewhat according to preference, even among the style-obsessed.  What’s important is that you avoid the baggy, cargoed look that shouts “I’m another schlubby American jackass.”  If you have trouble finding shorts you like, don’t be afraid to have a tailor hem a pair of pants for you - it’ll cost you ten bucks.
As far as footwear, save your sandals for the beach.  Lots of shoes can work well with shorts, but the classics are simple canvas sneakers, worn sockless (or with no-show loafer socks).  Loafers work fine, though they can look a bit Tommy Bahama / dad on his day off if the rest of your outfit doesn’t look sharp.  Boat shoes are also classic, though at this point, at least here in LA,  they have very nearly passed from hipster-ubiquitous to just generally  ubiquitous, so I might hold off on those.  Canvas  boat shoes are a nice compromise there.  Even bucks or saddle shoes can work. 
The central challenge of wearing shorts is a bit like the challenge of getting dressed when you’re fat.  You don’t get the benefit of the doubt.  You have to prove that you’re not a sloppy mess.  Your game has to be tight.  But it can be.  Have faith.

Q and Answer: Shorts for Summer?

Dean writes: Okay, you’re the one men’s style blog that never seems to have an off day, and I have a question.  In the summer - it gets hot here - I tend towards shorts, and realize it’s not a good style move.  As the weather gets warmer, is there any stylish way to wear shorts?  My problem here isn’t the shorts themselves, but the choice of shoe, and sock (if any.)

First of all: good work on that “never have an off day” intro.  Flattery will get you everywhere.  Leaving that aside… as the weather starts to warm up, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about summer, uhm, legwear.  So here’s my spiel.

First of all, you’re right in thinking that shorts will always look less elegant than pants.  The fact of the matter is that shins and knees are weird-looking, especially on guys.  That’s just reality.  When I lived in a climate that accommodated it, I didn’t own any shorts.  It’s very easy to look lousy in shorts.

Then I moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and found that one of the many downsides of the move was a sudden pressing need for hot-weather legwear.  I really fade fast in the heat, so I have to really be careful not to overdress when it’s hot outside. That meant I had to buy some shorts.

So here are some guidelines:

When you don’t need shorts, avoid them.  If it’s in the 70s or 80s, you have lots of other options.  Lightweight chinos, cotton trousers, linen pants, even tropical-weight wool.  You can roll the hem up a bit if you’re not afraid of current trends and go without socks to enjoy the wind on your ankles.  Unless you’re on a boat or at the beach, you can usually keep those legs covered.

If it’s just too hot, keep it simple.  Clean lines are your friend when it comes to shorts.  Length can vary somewhat according to preference, even among the style-obsessed.  What’s important is that you avoid the baggy, cargoed look that shouts “I’m another schlubby American jackass.”  If you have trouble finding shorts you like, don’t be afraid to have a tailor hem a pair of pants for you - it’ll cost you ten bucks.

As far as footwear, save your sandals for the beach.  Lots of shoes can work well with shorts, but the classics are simple canvas sneakers, worn sockless (or with no-show loafer socks).  Loafers work fine, though they can look a bit Tommy Bahama / dad on his day off if the rest of your outfit doesn’t look sharp.  Boat shoes are also classic, though at this point, at least here in LA, they have very nearly passed from hipster-ubiquitous to just generally ubiquitous, so I might hold off on those.  Canvas boat shoes are a nice compromise there.  Even bucks or saddle shoes can work. 

The central challenge of wearing shorts is a bit like the challenge of getting dressed when you’re fat.  You don’t get the benefit of the doubt.  You have to prove that you’re not a sloppy mess.  Your game has to be tight.  But it can be.  Have faith.