10th Commandment: May 21
May 21, 2013
With Memorial Day just a few days from now, I thought we would take a moment to discuss shorts.
I’ve said it before, and I’l say it again: I think the 4″ chino short is far superior to the 3″ chino short. It seems impossible that one little inch could make such a difference, but it does.
The reason being that when you sit in shorts, the inseam bunches up and wrinkles. So when you stand up, especially on hot, humid days, the bunching continues, leaving you with a 1.5″ inseam and a less-than-flattering look. For whatever reason, that single, extra inch lessens the effect of the bunching and prevents you from flashing London and France. (Seriously, the number of female tourists who walk around D.C. with their underwear inadvertently showing is mind boggling.)
If you’re not sold on chino shorts, why not try this scalloped pair from Club Monaco? Or these Lilly Pulitzer flutter shorts? J.Crew has a number of lovely options like these dotted shorts or these striped ones. I also own a metallic pair similar to this Milly pair.
Bottom line, if you’re going to wear shorts, I believe they should be worn well. Whether you’re going to an office barbecue or to the shore, even casual summer clothes can look good.