Beach Shorts: A Versatile Replacement for your regular shorts

Trust me, if I could, I would live in shorts! But social decorum trumps casual comfort, so I have to keep my shorts for my time off!

Here’s the thing, I have always been a ‘traditional shorts’ guy – so khaki, chino-like shorts, beige, brown, navy, burgundy, white (I cannot have enough white shorts). I love them in cotton and linen.

I have never taken to the trend of cropped shorts, nor have I enjoyed the bright printed shorts. In fact, I was not too gung-ho about the tight checked pant trend either. I believe that men should wear something that ends just above the knee and no higher. And please, NO tight shorts!

During my recent trip to Australia, I discovered the ubiquitous ‘Hoff Short’. I saw them at all the stores in Sydney and everyone on the street seemed to be wearing them. I tried to look it up but wasn’t able to find any conclusive information. So I arrived at my own conclusion.

Hoff shorts are a mutant version of beach shorts. A cross between swimming trunks and regular cotton shorts. They’re a bit shorter than traditional shorts, come in a variety of trendy prints. If you’re not into prints, you can even opt for a solid colour, like I did. What I love most about them is that they have a nice cottony feel and do not appear like swimming trunks – which is what many could mistake them for. I repeat, they are NOT swimming trunks.

Here’s what they look like.

beach shorts
Canvas sneakers add the cool factor to this look
beach shorts
If they’re printed, always wear your hoff shorts with a basic tee

Forget those flip-flops! Slip into a pair of canvas sneakers, or summery boat shoes to up the style quotient.

As for shaving/waxing your legs – the world is divided into two camps on this matter. I belong to the side that thinks it’s cool for a guy to have a bit of fuzz on his legs. I’m not a fan of the shiny, waxed leg look. We’ll leave that for the ladies!

And finally, I decided to shop for some hoff shorts and here’s what I chose…beach shorts



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