Elsewhere, summer is around the corner and here in the Bay we’re about to be fog-dampened and freezing. So why am I thinking about summertime? Because our wacky weather has given us a week of 70 degree days which we’re all enjoying in that frantic way we enjoy good weather out here, knowing how brief our romance with short sleeves (even at night!), reading a book outside, and backyard BBQs will be.
No time like the present, then, to address a sartorial concern that arises during all warm weather periods: men in shorts. We’ve all seen the trainwreck that is cargo shorts or the blah effect of jean shorts and a t-shirt. Is there any way to do shorts without looking a teen, skater, tourist or gym rat? Actually, yes. We’ll get there in a minute.
Summer-y weather brings about the inevitable do-I-or-don’t-I shorts dilemma for Monsieur McBee. Personally, I have been more interested in white cotton pants since my return from the Yucatan, a la:
Really lightweight pants keep you cool without compromising your dignity. Plus, you need something to wear to work and/or other formal occasions, anyway. I desperately wanted to wear shorts to my wedding with a suit and decided against it because, sadly, I’m unconvinced that anyone can pull a shorts/suit combo off without looking like a prep school dork (I guess this is cool now but it feels too precious to me) or a four-year-old at a christening.
Here is how to look like an adult in shorts:
If you’re going to do it, maybe just really do it. But you need to be at a picnic to pull that business off. So if you’re not, or if seersucker isn’t your jam:
I love mix of white/off-white and the clean, sailor-y look of this outfit. The shorts work here because they’re not the focal point. Or, for a more bad-ass look:
I’m kind of split on this situation because I totally disagree with drawstrings outside of jammies and swimsuits. But I do like the leather jacket/collared shirt combo with slim, tailored shorts.
This look is my favorite:
I think he might also be in drawstring shorts but pretend he’s not. This hits the right note exactly. Everything is slim fit and well-made. He looks casual without looking sloppy. He’s not making a big point out of his shorts. He’s OWNING that shit.
I mean, truth is, women will always do shorts better. Check out Kirstin Dunst pulling this awesome look off:
Totally amazing. But have heart, masculine people! You can wear shorts without looking like a tool or a dweeb! I mean, look at Kanye! He looks like a million bucks:
Dress it up, but not too much. Wear a jacket or a collared shirt. Don’t make a big deal about it, and work out those calves. You got this!