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Short shorts on men

I'm a 33 year old straight male who currently only wears knee-length shorts. However, on hot summer days like this, I get nostalgic for those days 20 years ago when I enjoyed the freedom and cooling comfort of short shorts. I haven't worn short shorts since the early 90's since anything shorter than knee length at that time suddenly got viewed as indecent and too revealing - never mind that a few years before it was next to impossible to wear any shorts that weren't short. It seems that people look back today and dump "short shorts" into the category of bad trends of the past. Well, in the 80's short shorts were not seen as a trend. That's what we all thought the length of shorts should be. So, before all memory of those "short shorts" days completely fades away, I'm curious as to a few things: (A) when did people stop wearing short shorts; and (B) why?

Are you a male or female?

96% (417) Male
3% (13) Female

430 voters have answered this question.

How old are you?

8% (38) Under 18
10% (43) 18-25
13% (58) 26-35
21% (91) 36-45
46% (197) 46 and older

427 voters have answered this question.

Have you ever worn short shorts (shorts that ended several inches above the knee) in public?

95% (411) Yes
4% (19) No

430 voters have answered this question.

If so, how long were the shortest shorts that you ever commonly wore in public?

17% (76) mid-thigh
79% (340) reached upper thigh only
2% (11) not applicable beacuse I never wore short shorts

427 voters have answered this question.

If you ever wore short shorts, what type did you prefer?

39% (166) Split shorts
16% (71) Tennis shorts
4% (20) Biking shorts
7% (33) short Bermuda shorts
29% (127) Other
1% (8) Never wore short shorts

425 voters have answered this question.

What is your opinion of short shorts?

3% (16) I only wore them back in the 80's because I had no other choice. I would have worn longer shorts if they were available.
93% (393) They were great back then and great now.
2% (12) I never wore them.

421 voters have answered this question.

What year did you stop wearing short shorts in public?

2% (9) Before 1986
0% (3) 1986-1987
2% (9) 1988-1989
4% (19) 1990-1991
4% (17) 1992-1993
15% (64) 1994 and later
71% (298) Never, I still wear them in public.

419 voters have answered this question.

Why did you stop wearing short shorts in public?

7% (17) I never liked them and, as soon as longer shorts came out, I started wearing longer shorts.
16% (36) Everyone else started wearing longer shorts and I felt underdressed.
1% (4) My school/workplace started banning them and so I stopped buying short shorts.
3% (8) People started making fun of my short shorts.
12% (27) I was afraid that people would make fun of my short shorts.
57% (126) I could no longer find places that sold short shorts.

218 voters have answered this question.

How did you respond to the Jams (brightly colored board shorts) trend of 1986-1988?

5% (22) That's what got me to start wearing longer shorts.
43% (170) I hated Jams and continued to wear short shorts until more conservative looking long shorts came out.
50% (195) Indifferent

387 voters have answered this question.

Did you ever feel embarassed when wearing short shorts?

3% (14) Yes, I felt they were too revealing but I wore them because they were the only choice available.
1% (7) Yes, which is why I never wore them.
29% (118) Yes, but I still wore/wear them and even wore them when other choices were available.
65% (267) Never.

406 voters have answered this question.

Back when short shorts were popular, how often did you wear short shorts as casual wear (i.e., outside of athletic occassions)?

13% (53) Only on really hot days.
69% (279) As much as possible.
14% (60) Only when the temperature was above a certain level. I would change to long pants during the day if appropriate or if I was going to be in an air conditioned room.
2% (11) Never.

403 voters have answered this question.

The difference between long pants and short shorts was extreme. Either your legs were completely covered or nearly naked. This is a difference not seen with today's longer shorts. How did you deal with that?

13% (51) I wore tube socks which covered my lower legs on days when it was too cold for full exposure.
38% (141) I took a good guess as to how comfortable I would be in either long pants or short shorts and sweated or froze my way through the day if I chose wrong.
45% (168) I changed from shorts to pants during the day as needed.
2% (11) I never wore short shorts.

371 voters have answered this question.

Do you ever get embarassed when others see old photos of you in short shorts?

71% (281) Never
6% (25) Yes, but I tell them that everyone wore those shorts back then.
0% (2) Yes and I make no excuses since I agree that short shorts are hideous.
13% (54) I never even thought about it.
7% (30) There are no pictures of me in short shorts.

392 voters have answered this question.

What types of shorts do you wear in public now?

49% (200) short shorts that reach only the upper thigh.
29% (118) mid-thigh shorts.
16% (68) knee-length
1% (6) below-the-knee
3% (13) I never wear shorts in public.

405 voters have answered this question.

If you never wore short shorts in public, do you now wear shorts in public?

3% (11) Yes, I just never liked short shorts.
9% (31) Yes, but it has nothing to do with the length of shorts. I just never wore shorts back then.
86% (277) Does not apply because I wore short shorts back in the day.

319 voters have answered this question.

If you used to wear short shorts and now wear longer shorts (knee length or below), do you find yourself wearing shorts more or less than you did when you wore short shorts?

12% (44) More
10% (35) Less
28% (98) About the same
49% (173) Does not apply to me.

350 voters have answered this question.

If you answered yes to the previous question, what is the primary reason you wear shorts more often now?

9% (21) With longer shorts, there are just more times weather-wise that it can be appropriate to wear shorts.
12% (28) I feel less embarassed when I wear longer shorts and am, therefore, more willing to put on shorts now, now that they're longer.
78% (180) Neither of the above, I just wear shorts more often now.

229 voters have answered this question.

Which best describes your shorts wearing habits?

8% (32) When I wore short shorts, I only wore them when it was really hot. Now that I wear longer shorts, I wear shorts much more often.
19% (74) When I wore short shorts, I wore shorts as often as possible and that habit hasn't changed now that I wear longer shorts.
6% (26) When I wore short shorts, I only wore them when it was really hot and that is still the case even though my shorts are now a lot longer.
61% (237) Doesn't apply to me because I still wear short shorts.
4% (19) Doesn't apply to me because I never wear shorts.

388 voters have answered this question.

This poll was created on 2008-07-03 20:36:20 by jbijcc
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