June
30
2009
By
The Staff
of Valet.
 

Shorts: Levi's denim cut-offs, $30

Shoes: Vans classics, $42

Shorts: Dockers washed plaid, $44

Shoes: Clarks desert boots, $95

A Short Supply

Question
I hate shorts because my legs are short and muscular (read: bulky). I envy those who complain about chicken legs. What styles should a "shortsophobe" look for?
- Calvin, Rollingwood, TX
 
Answer

The key to overcoming a fear of shorts is finding a flattering fit and pairing them with the right footwear. Ask any woman, and she'll tell you the key to making legs appear longer is to show more of them. Shorts should hit at, or just above the knee, so lose the baggy pair of shin-skimming cargo shorts. That same woman would also likely tell you she prefers men's legs muscular over emaciated. So would the poor guy with the chicken legs.

Shorts: Hickey herringbone twill, $87

Shoes: Cole Haan wing tips, $201

  • Biased Advice: If your legs haven't seen daylight in a while, you may want to darken them up with sunless tanner. Our self tanner primer.
 

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