I caught up with Joel Quinones of Houston’s Q Salon, to talk styling and shorts.

What are the different styles of shorts that guys have to choose from?

The key to this question is ‘function.’ They range from cut-off denim, athletic — golf, running, soccer, board — street-wear cargo, or a classic chino.

Do different styles of shorts suit different guys?

Body type and leg length are the main factors to consider. Retailers sell shorts in 5-inch, 7-inch, 9-inch, and 11-inch lengths. The shorter the leg, the shorter the short.

If you have killer legs, by all means show them off in a shorter short.

Are there any age considerations?

Age is really not the issue. Are you fit enough to wear a shorter short? If you have lots of discoloration, varicose veins, or dry skin, then maybe you should rethink a short short — and throw some oil or body lotion on those legs.

Do styles of shorts change with fashion?

Trends come and go. Over the last few seasons, fitted 7-inch and 9-inch shorts seemed to be the rage. Pleats have been out for years. However, fashion week in Paris and Milan showed a lot of shorts replacing pants and being pared with a jacket. Louis Vuitton and Comme des Garcons are examples, with shorts leg-lengths that hit right below the knee, which would be appropriate when you’re using these in a dressier situation with a jacket or cardigan.

Are there social occasions when shorts aren’t appropriate?

These days the rules are being broken everyday. Some places like restaurants, or private clubs make those rules for you. I’d say no shorts at a black tie or red carpet event, unless you’re doing something like The Brit Awards or The Grammy’s, where rules are meant to be broken.

What sort of shoes should I wear with my shorts?

Again, function is usually the determining factor. Athletic shorts are almost always worn with a sneaker, casual shorts can be teamed with a flip flop, a sandal, sneaker, driving moccasin, or boat shoe. Dressier events can use a leather slip on loafer.

What are some of your favourite brands of shorts?

If you like the shorter short, I recommend the American brand Chubbies. This is a line created by a bunch of Stanford finance students who were obsessed with shorts. They’re known for their 5.5-inch and 7-inch length, whimsical prints, and quirky ads.

Bonobos has a great selection in various colours, fabrics, and lengths, and are pretty reasonably priced. J.Crew is also good with the classic chino short — they too have embraced a selection of lengths.

You want to up your game price-wise? Tom Ford, Gucci, and Zegna will take that short to the next level.

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