The coauthor of “The Art of Manliness” Brett McKay explains how men can pull off wearing shorts. Following is a transcript of the video.
I would avoid cargo shorts completely. They’re just bulky. They don’t look good.
During the summer, fine, but not at the office. Not at a restaurant. You want to save it for very casual settings, barbecues, around the house, things like that. You’re going to be out in public khaki shorts just above the knees where you want to do.
Sometimes you have them go down to your knee or below the knee that just looks weird sometimes. Just above the knee then you have like mid-thigh. So depends on how much leg you want to show you can go mid thigh.
I would avoid cargo shorts completely. They’re just bulky. They don’t look good. So avoid that as much as possible. Save it for the camping trip or the fishing trip or the hunting trip or whatever. And, as far as shoes, boat shoe is great. A canvas shoe, a simple one that looks good. Try to avoid sandals because guys have some really nasty looking feet often times. If you’re going to wear sandals, make sure you trim your toenails and they’re not gross and yellow looking.
So the socks situation. Typically you don’t want to have a white sock showing up. That just looks like dorky dad. So you can go no sock but you risk having stinky feet. So an alternative to get the best of both worlds is a no show sock. You can get these on Amazon, or any other store. It’s a sock but you can’t see it above the shoe so it doesn’t look like you’re wearing a sock.