Shorts might be the most divisive piece of clothing in your summer wardrobe, so much so that we’ve dedicated multiple pieces about how to wear them — from how to make long shorts look good, to the best shorts and sweater combos, and even pants for people who hate shorts — we’ve been paying a lot of attention to the skimpiest part of your outfit. However, things are about to get a lot more polarizing. Enter — short shorts.
Last summer, TikTok became obsessed with short shorts, namely ones with a 5-inch inseam. It was a hilarious time on the app with endless transformation videos where men pulled off their frumpy knee-length shorts to reveal thigh-bearing shorts, while the background music shouted “Oh my god so handsome.” Basically, these videos were the sartorial equivalent of the bookish girl in a rom-com taking down her ponytail and suddenly becoming hot. Helped along by that viral photo of Normal People‘s Paul Mescal wearing GAA men’s shorts, 2020 was officially the summer of short shorts.
Now, however, we have an even shorter shorts inspiration for summer 2021. Milo Ventimiglia (from This Is Us and Gilmore Girls fame) was recently photographed wearing the shortest shorts we’ve ever laid eyes on — and the internet is excited. As WSJ editor Jacob Gallagher put it on Twitter, this will be a “one-inch inseam summer.” If you already jumped on the short shorts trend last summer, perhaps Ventimiglia can convince you to switch up your inseam to something even tinier. For everyone else, maybe he can inspire you to finally let go of the board shorts and let your knees have some sun at least.
We’d wager that Ventimiglia was wearing similar running shorts in the image above — only athletic shorts are cut that small. These On Running race shorts are cut high on the outer thigh and dip slightly longer on the inner seam.
Patagonia Baggie shorts are a cult classic among short short enthusiasts and we can see why. Made from 100 percent recycled nylon, these fairtrade shorts double as both everyday wear and swimwear, helping you in your journey towards finding swimwear that’s actually cool.
Jacquemus is a master at the short shorts trend, and these purple and green juice-box-themed ones are the perfect playful warm-weather choice.
Designed to mimic traditional British Columbia rugby shorts, these Bode shorts are slightly longer but still keep the sporty feel of short shorts. These are a great everyday option too, with the striped pattern enough to stand out, yet still subtle enough to not take over your whole outfit.
Bright colors are always a good idea in summer, and these canary yellow Gramicci ones are the perfect example.
Not into color? Channel your inner goth with these supremely wearable converse x NEIGHBORHOOD shorts.
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