Short shorts, not unlike the Stubbies your dad used to wear, make a retro return this summer, writes Rachel Wells.
Last week I stumbled across a new blog whose sole aim, it seems, is to embarrass fathers across the globe for their past fashion misdemeanours - namely wearing short shorts. Aptly called dadsinshortshorts.blogspot.com, the site encourages visitors to send in photographs of their fathers exposing their hairy legs in assorted thigh-revealing shorts.
Since its launch in September, the creators have already received more than 30 amusing contributions - mostly photographs of dads from the 1980s, when it seems men's penchant for thigh-skimming shorts reached an all-time high, and when moustaches and mullets were the accessory du jour. The most amusing thing about this blog, however, is the fact that the giggle-inducing short shorts bare a striking resemblance to the thigh-skimming varieties that are back in favour among a new generation of hairy-legged men this summer.
Short shorts hemmed somewhere between mid-thigh and the crotch first appeared on the menswear catwalks in Milan and Paris in June. Louis Vuitton, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, DSquared2 and Dries Van Noten were among the leading European designers who showed shorts that skimmed the mid to upper regions of the thigh.
SUITS YOU: A guide to wearing shorts.
At home, dozens of menswear designers are offering up short shorts not too dissimilar to the Stubbies and footy shorts our fathers wore a couple of decades ago. Leopold, Arthur Galan AG, Clemente Talarico and Calibre all have versions of short shorts in new season collections, from casual cotton drawstring varieties to denim cut-offs and tailored shorts in crisp cottons with pockets, hemmed, and sometimes cuffed, mid-thigh.
But for those who can't shake the images of their own short-shorts-wearing fathers from their minds, there are plenty of knee-skimming varieties to choose from, too. While the most fashion-forward will be wearing short shorts, you certainly won't look off-trend in a pair of knee-skimmers. Personally, I think they're much more flattering.
And if you haven't anything better to do, send some snaps of your old man in his short shorts to firstname.lastname@example.org. It's a hoot.
WHO IT SUITS
Men with good pins. As they say, if you've got it, flaunt it.
WHO IT DOESN'T SUIT
Most men can pull off this season's shorter shorts, though knee-length versions are typically more flattering.
WATCH OUT FOR
Really short, crotch-grazing shorts are fine for exercising and the beach. But for everyday wear, anything hemmed higher than mid-thigh can look seriously wrong - just dig out the old family album for proof.
Arthur Galan AG (03) 9827 3703
Calibre (03) 9826 1288