In Defense of Cargo Shorts
I don’t get the hate out there for cargo shorts, seriously not at all. I’ve seen this article posted a handful of times, I do note that it was shared on April 1, 2016, so I do hope that it was an April Fools’ joke though I have no proof to believe that. None the less I shall counter their argument as best I can.
- A gentleman does not wear shorts that cover the knees. If I am wearing shorts It is because it is too hot to wear pants, if I am concerned about making the appearance of gentlemanliness than I am not concerned about comfort. In truth, if I have put that much thought into my appearance and how a few extra pockets on a longer pair of shorts, I’ve wasted too much time considering others opinions about my looks and have therefore been wasting my time. Also, I am wearing shorts because it is hot and I would like to be comfortable. The simple act of wearing shorts means I’m putting comfort above all else.
- What are you even putting in those pockets? I get it you don’t like the pockets, guess what I don’t care. Sure most of the time a four pocket pair of pants works fine. However, If I want extra pockets what business of it is anybody else’s? Really! Since we have made it this far let me expound on possible uses for those pockets. You see I am a dad and as such even in the best of cases I will end up being asked to carry “treasures” and “toys” and other paraphernalia that we acquire on our travels through out the day. No, I don’t want to bring a bag because I see them left places all the time! A bag is something I will set down from time to time, or leave in the car, etc… I will not, however, leave my shorts in the car or take them off and leave them somewhere. So when we discover a rock, bottle cap, or the cure for cancer on our adventures I’ll always have someplace to put it.
- They also completely ruin whatever trim silhouette you might have on the sides of your legs. WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t care about this! I am a dad actively engaged in teaching my kids the importance of being body positive and loving the skin you’re in. Why dear god, would I reinforce negative body image messaging by giving a damn about my trim silhouette. If that is what being a gentleman is, that is pretty damn shallow.
Wear whatever you feel comfortable in, wear what ever makes you happy. I have a finite amount of money so if I choose to spend it on a pair of shorts I’ll choose a pair that meets the needs of my lifestyle over everything else, that means I will not be buying a pair of chino shorts with no pockets that accentuate my dad bod’s trim silhouette.