I’m sure I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again just to be safe – I hate shorts. Whether it’s in reference to arms or legs, I just don’t feel like I have the muscle mass or melanin in my limbs to make this style feasible. With that said, I totally get the appeal – when it’s hot out, why would you want to wear anything else? I’ve wrestled with this dilemma for a while, and have found that although I doubt I’ll ever savor the opportunity to wear shorts, I can make my peace with them – if they’re the right shorts. I knew that fit and fabric would be more crucial than ever if I was to feel comfortable in these types of clothing, and it’s taken me a while to find the right ones. A recent trip to Portland gave me the opportunity to put this theory to the test, and I must admit – I didn’t hate it as much as I thought I would.
The shirt, unsurprisingly, is from Proper Cloth. The fabric is part of the company’s awesome Katazome print collection from last year, which is quite sold out at this point. From the moment I saw the collection, I had a feeling that if I were to ever get a short-sleeved shirt, those types of fabrics were what I’d want it to be made of. The shorts were a sweet hand-me-down from a good friend who no longer fit into them, and they’ve done a great job of making me not loathe putting them on. They’re from Freeman Sporting Club about 5 years ago, and pair a great fit with some nice details (like a corozo button fly and flap rear pockets). The 7″ inseam is right about where I’d want it – definitely short, but still flattering in a vintage-y kind of way. I paired them with some beat up Supergas, and the result was a summer kit that didn’t make me want to go back inside. Go figure.