Short shorts rise in popularity as men free their knees

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As global temperatures rise and sea levels continue an ominous upward creep, it’s clear the earth is trying to tell us something, and it’s high time we start listening: Men’s shorts have got to be shorter.

It’s been nearly 25 years since Michael Jordan’s clever method of concealing his lucky Tarheels shorts ruined summertime fun for everybody. Moments after big, billowing, drapey shorts won approval on the courts, they took over as the stubborn status quo, with an illusion of choice only bolstered by the insipid variety of forms they take: jams, cargos, boardshorts, truncated chinos an inch or two shy of full-blown capri status. Listen to me: Shorts are not supposed to be half-pants.

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