CW: Nigel Thornberry. Pleated safari shorts? Hell yeah. Also, my life changed when Frank Ocean wore those sparkly Comme des Garçons basketball shorts.
WB: Harry Styles. This is non-negotiable.
MG: Picasso and Harry Styles.
SH: Anyone born before the ’70s.
CS: Steve McQueen for the famous Dominis photos, but also some shots in The Thomas Crown Affair.
Fashion heads: what are ~the shorts of the season~?
RT: Kiko Kostadinov’s culottes.
CG: Basketball shorts.
NJ: Probably still Patagonia baggies. Or the Champion mesh shorts with pockets.
NO: Though I wish they were shorter, I’ll always love a Dries van Noten short.
CW: Prada’s black nylon shorts.
WB: YOUTH BBALL SHORTS
MG: The big, long Loewe shorts stand out to me.
SH: The shorts and culottes worn by USPS letter carriers.
How short is too short? How long is too long?
RT: 3 inch inseam. NO Short is TOO LONG!!!!!!
SS: Too short is basically impossible. Only maniacs go below the knee.
MM: That’s different for everyone. You just gotta find your leg love quotient.
CG: All shorts are good.
NJ: N/A. There are no limits!
NO: Ya know that episode of Friends where Phoebe is dating the guy who wears basketball shorts with no underwear? That’s too short.
CW: Too short: Jerry Falwell Jr.’s speedo. Too long: capris. Everything in between is good shorting.
MG: Being too in the middle is really the thing that should keep you up at night!
SH: There’s no such thing as too short. If your shorts look like capris they are probably too long.
CS: I want to see NO cheek. Standing or bending. I feel more accepting of various lengthier lengths as long as they’re not cargo.
Please share any thoughts on pleats.
RT: “Pleats PLEASE!!!!” -Issey Miyake
NO: No pleats, please.
CS: Not everyday, and never khaki golf style. But I wouldn’t roll over in my grave if you buried me in some proper slacks.
MM: Look great on Adam Scott!
CG: Pleats are cool.
NJ: We talking ghurkas? Fire. Golf shorts, not so much.
CW: If one pleat is good, two pleats are better. And making the entire shorts out of pleats (See: Miyake, Issey) is best.
MG: Wish more shorts had them.
SH: When it comes to pleats I stick to the martini rule: two are too many.
YG: The deeper the better. And if you’ve got ’em, make sure that shirt is tucked.
Cargo shorts: in or out?
RT: Fine, I guess.
MM: For ME they are OUT, for the simple reason that the addition of side pockets necessitates an inseam that is too long for me to feel comfortable. But I see DiCaprio out here doin’ it big with the cargos and more power to him, I say.
CG: They’re not basketball shorts.