I’ve written about my love of shorts before, but this controversial debate rages on.
So I’m going to just come right out with it and make a bold claim:
Shorts are the summer equivalent of jeans.
Now, no one has ever accused me of being a expert when it comes to fashion. I have no idea about what is “in” and only a vague understanding of what “matches.” I have an extensively large collection of Nintendo-themed T-shirts. The novelty ties in my closet vastly outnumber the ties that could actually be worn at a formal event.
But while I may not know much, I am steadfast in my belief that shorts get an unnecessarily bad rap. Because I just don’t see how shorts any more “casual” than jeans.
Last weekend Courtney and I went out to a very fancy restaurant. No, I don’t mean that they had both regular AND boneless buffalo wings. I’m talking about a real, honest-to-goodness high-society establishment. Let me put it to you this way: in the front, people had their expensive cars valeted, while in the back, other patrons had their big fancy boats docked. Now, because of my deep hatred of pants, and because, ya know, IT’S FRIGGIN JULY, I was wearing shorts this particular evening.
Was I denied entry at the door? Was I asked to leave in a rather embarassing spectacle?
It was fine.
In fact, many other guys there had shorts on as well.
No one cared.
So why do some people still have a strange hang-up with shorts? No one bats an eye at a woman wearing a dress or a skirt. Granted, women’s legs are nicer to look at than men’s (at least from my point of view, and I’m quite sure I’m not alone with that opinion), but isn’t making a distinction between dresses and shorts, i.e. womenswear and mesnwear, inherently sexist?
Now sure, there are different kinds of shorts, and some are nicer than others, just as there are bargain rack jeans and designer brands that cost hundreds of dollars. And of course, there are situations where neither jeans nor shorts are appropriate, and more formal attire is required. But it is my official position that if you would feel comfortable going to a specific location wearing jeans in the winter, there should be no issue wearing shorts to that same place when it’s hot outside.
Agree? Disagree? Weigh in with a comment! (Especially if you think I’m right.)