Style mistakes are something a man generally wants to avoid. As for the style mistake that the opposite sex has voted the most egregious? Well, you’d better listen up.
Commenters on Reddit’s r/AskWomen subreddit were asked to vote on what they considered to be the worst style blunders they see on men. Redditors can use gender symbols to signify that they are either a man or woman.
The No. 10 item came in with 42 upvotes loud and clear: jean shorts.
Yes, jean shorts, the derided combination of shorts and jeans. They are often mocked for two reasons: They fill no particular function, and they often look messy and out of place.
Either they are homemade and cut from a regular pair of jeans with threads of severed fabric around the cuff of the short like cobwebs, or they are neatly hemmed and just look like a ludicrously too-short pair of jeans. Either way, it’s not a flattering look if you’re not a teenage skateboarder.
I can’t think of a single instance in which I’d prefer to see a pair of jean shorts over a regular pair of chino shorts. The jean fabric is usually heavier than typical chino fabrics, too, making the shorts impractical for the hottest season of the year.
If you’re a die-hard wearer of jean shorts, we understand that this might be hard to hear. For those men, we offer a compromise: chambray. This is a denim-like fabric that is much lighter and can be worn without fear of ridicule. Gap sells a pair for $45.