• Cuff ‘Em

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    I like the shorter short. I have been preaching that gospel to men since last summer. Ronen Jehezkel turned me on to it. His suits made me believe it could work again—and it does (if you have the legs). The shorter inseam creates the appearance of height while getting your thighs a little sun. Cropping your beloved shorts to new heights might seem, well, permanent—but there is a sans scissors approach to ease you into it. I’ve been cuffing my chino shorts this spring to achieve the same effect. Women, too, are following suit. Roll them to the desired length (I’ve rolled mine twice to a 6” inseam) and leave them there for the rest of the summer.

    Photographed in Savannah, GA

    May 5, 2010 | Permalink (34) Total Comments

    jw left a comment on 8/11/2011 at 11:27 PM:

    Vineyard Vines makes a great pair of shorter shorts, 7” inseam—VV Dock Shorts. Not cheap though, and not easy to find in stores. J. Crew is your other option, they have 7” and 5” if you really want to go all out.

    Ben Stein left a comment on 7/29/2011 at 3:12 PM:

    Not only is this look classic in the summer, but as a fraternity gentleman in the South, this look is classic year round.  The shorter the shorts, the more freedom you have to mix colors and be cooler; in style and comfort.

    Arnold left a comment on 6/19/2011 at 5:35 PM:

    Starting to wear these shorts this summer with RL big pony polo’s! sometimes it’s a little out of line cuz nobody’s wears them here like that. but anyway verry comfy. X

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 5/28/2010 at 2:57 PM:

    @Jed—Get to a Ralph Lauren store instead of Dillard’s. Also, you are more than likely going to have to get them tailored my friend…we’re ahead of the curve here (by drawing inspiration from the past), not buying mainstream.

    Rugby is also usually up to good things in the shorts department as well.

    Jed left a comment on 5/28/2010 at 2:48 PM:

    I’m having a hard time finding good khaki shorts that are a 6-7 inch inseam. The only ones R.L. makes are pleated and I prefer flat front. Any suggestions? Thanks all!

    M.D. Cooley left a comment on 5/12/2010 at 7:00 AM:

    I have been cuffing my shorts since last summer, and it is definitly the way to go. However if you have a blazer on I feel the shorts need to be a little longer. This is my firs post this blog is wonderful!


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 5/10/2010 at 10:26 AM:

    @Ryan—It’s about proportion.  Aim for one whole hand-width above your knee.

    Astrild left a comment on 5/7/2010 at 12:11 AM:

    I’m in favor of above-the-knee shorts for fellas. I see a lot of men wearing long,baggy shorts (usually with baggy T-shirts as well) and to me, the shorter inseam does indeed look more polished.

    ryan left a comment on 5/6/2010 at 10:43 PM:

    I’ve wondered of this look works for a man that is 6’5” tall - long legs.  Thoughts?

    Rhett left a comment on 5/6/2010 at 2:21 PM:

    Oh thanks @F.E. Castleberry ! I guess I expected them to unroll or something, but it seems to work fine…

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 5/6/2010 at 1:25 PM:

    @Rhett—Simply fold them up once at the hem line and then fold again.  It requires no sewing.

    Rhett left a comment on 5/6/2010 at 1:14 PM:

    How did you cuff them?
    How should I go about doing this?

    Guillaume left a comment on 5/6/2010 at 5:40 AM:

    Inspiration for me !


    WhitneyProper left a comment on 5/6/2010 at 12:49 AM:

    I seriously heart boys in short shorts. But that’s a southern style. It’s southern preppy, but we love it down here. You keep on rockin’ the cuffs!!

    bunny left a comment on 5/5/2010 at 10:23 PM:

    i’ve been thinking about trying some shorts from murray’s toggery…this might be the summer.

    CaptiolA left a comment on 5/5/2010 at 7:35 PM:

    Not sure how I feel about the cuff, but the length is barely up for debate. I got my first pair of 6” shorts from Rugby earlier this spring (in Phx we start wearing shorts in February). It only took my wife seeing them on me once, and all of sudden she was replacing all my knee length shorts with shorter ones. There is no question they make me look taller, slimmer, and more athletic (I’m 6’ 180# with muscular legs), and I definitely feel more confident and more polished in shorter inseams.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 5/5/2010 at 6:35 PM:

    @John—I am 5’11” and typically wear a 30” inseam on my pants.  Being a little on the shorter side makes an even stronger argument to spring for a shorter inseam (and no socks). It will lengthen out your legs and balance your width.

    BunnyBelle left a comment on 5/5/2010 at 6:00 PM:

    Two words: Straight Hot!

    John left a comment on 5/5/2010 at 5:14 PM:

    How tall are you by the way Castleberry?  What length of pants do you wear.  I am a 34 x 30, and only 5’8”, not sure if it will work.  Short and rotund, nothing really works…. :-(

    Andrew1128 left a comment on 5/5/2010 at 3:55 PM:

    I’m definitely all about shorter shorts. Why are some dudes so terrified of showing anything above their knee? This will make you look taller, leaner, more polished and mature.

    Chris left a comment on 5/5/2010 at 3:54 PM:

    With leg muscles like these u can wear em short :D

    S.N. Carpeaux left a comment on 5/5/2010 at 3:42 PM:

    I’m on board with the cuff. As stated, it’s a good way to try another inseam length sans committment.
    V-I got a great boyfriend style pair from J. Crew that look great cuffed. A looser fit,  but not baggy.

    B. Edwards left a comment on 5/5/2010 at 3:39 PM:

    I say cuff ‘em as a 6.2 skinny guy shorts are always tricky, either too short or horribly too long. Cuffing them controls the length. Esp. if over 1/2 your body length is leg.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 5/5/2010 at 2:46 PM:

    @MJL—My shorts are 10” sans cuffed.

    mjl left a comment on 5/5/2010 at 2:42 PM:

    how long are the shorts to begin with?

    The Boss left a comment on 5/5/2010 at 2:17 PM:

    Fred—I’ve got to give Five Guys a shot (man, that sounds, umm, gay). I only hear good things.

    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 5/5/2010 at 11:10 AM:

    @The Boss—My cuffs stay rolled throughout the day. As as far as what’s in the cup, I was washing down my Five Guys fries with lemonade.

    rhonda left a comment on 5/5/2010 at 10:45 AM:

    I am really undecided on this one.  You sold me on shorter inseams, but I’m not sure about the cuffs.  Being 5’ tall, I cuff most of my shorts.  They just come too long in the store.  For men though… I’m just not sure.

    The Boss left a comment on 5/5/2010 at 10:20 AM:

    It looks good to me. My only concern with this approach would be keeping the cuffs rolled without having them come undone throughout the day. I’ll have to give this a test run. 

    PS—What’s in the cup?

    Laguna Beach Trad left a comment on 5/5/2010 at 10:12 AM:

    Cuffs (on shorts) are only appropriate if they are 2” and up. Anything else, why bother?

    Christian Bourasseau left a comment on 5/5/2010 at 10:08 AM:

    Perfect! This is ivy-Style!

    RThompson left a comment on 5/5/2010 at 9:15 AM:

    V - We’ve got the perfect style and fit at Rugby right now, and the colors are amazingg.. I settled on green to wear back with seersucker.

    V left a comment on 5/5/2010 at 8:16 AM:

    As a woman, I think this might be harder to pull off, just because our shorts are made to be more form-fitting. Any good suggestions to remedy this (brands, styles)?

    S.M. Shewan left a comment on 5/5/2010 at 8:06 AM:

    I started wearing my shorts that way last summer when I got my thighs tattooed and need to have as little material rubbing against them as possible. I liked it so much I’ve done it ever since.