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05/14/2014 12:59 EDT

Men's Shorts Are Getting A Lot Shorter So Embrace It

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Men's fashion is finally catching up to the ladies, thanks to a little thing called summer (and modern times).

According to the Wall Street Journal, men's shorts are getting a lot shorter (and more form-fitting), thus freeing their knees from the shackles of the long short.

"In the past few years, the low-water-mark length of a 15-inch-or-so inseam receded to knee-length (11 inches), then a knee-baring 9 inches, then to a quadriceps-exposing 7 inches and on to the newly fashionable thigh-flaunting 5 inches. If men's shorts were a glacier in Greenland, scientists would be freaking out."

It's true that men's shorts have been long for way too, um, long. Think back to the '90s when rappers and skateboarders ushered in a new era of over-the-knee shorts that alternately made us cringe and stare because well, they really weren't that flattering or cool. (We're looking at you, cargo shorts.)

Then, famous people started wearing them: from Leonardo DiCaprio to Lil Wayne, men everywhere were embracing the baggy short, much to our dismay.

Fortunately, the tide is beginning to turn, thanks in part to designers like Dolce & Gabbana, J. Crew and Banana Republic, who want to make men's legs look good in shorts that are several inches above the knee.

The tide officially turned when Pharrell (he of the many Mountie hats) wore shorts to the 2014 Oscars, thus making it cool for men everywhere (or at least Pharrell fans) to wear shorts that show off their cute (if maybe knobby) knees.

Take a chance and give your legs some love this summer!

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