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HEY YOU IN THE CARGO SHORTS NO I don't want your number. no, I don't want to give you mine.

daria-g, Saturday, 19 July 2008 18:19 (eleven years ago) link

today I'm wearing cargo shorts with matching cargo shirt. what do you think of that?

burt_stanton, Saturday, 19 July 2008 19:48 (eleven years ago) link

a scrub is a guy in cargo shorts, also known as a buster

elmo argonaut, Sunday, 20 July 2008 23:18 (eleven years ago) link

Claaaaaaaaaaaaaaasic in camo. Debatable in other fabrics if worn for VERY casual and not oversized. Pls to pair w Sambas or similar.

Laurel, Monday, 21 July 2008 13:21 (eleven years ago) link

Actually can we just talk about boys in camo cargos and old concert Ts/Fred Perrys and soccer shoes all day?

Laurel, Monday, 21 July 2008 13:23 (eleven years ago) link

^you realise you are describing Ned Ragget here.

Can't say it's a look that I would go for. I have snickers work shorts for doing work in. More sort of elephant ears pockets for putting tools and screws in than cargo pockets. Not really a stylish item in high viz orange with assorted stains.

Ed, Monday, 21 July 2008 13:27 (eleven years ago) link

Maybe if Ned shaved his head.

Laurel, Monday, 21 July 2008 13:36 (eleven years ago) link

sometimes my hatred for cargo shorts overwhelms me.

Surmounter, Monday, 21 July 2008 13:38 (eleven years ago) link

theres a pair in my drawer. i have to get rid of it.

Surmounter, Monday, 21 July 2008 13:43 (eleven years ago) link

ew.

lauren, Monday, 21 July 2008 14:07 (eleven years ago) link

You're probably still scheming to get your SO's away from him, Lauren -- maybe the day he gets you on a bike, he gives up his cargos? :)

Laurel, Monday, 21 July 2008 14:16 (eleven years ago) link

i claim partial victory - cargos are basically relegated to fishing, gardening, and cleaning the gutters.

lauren, Monday, 21 July 2008 14:18 (eleven years ago) link

I only have one pair of shorts and they are cargo shorts. I've been wearing them to beach towns this summer (on the days I go to beach towns).

So obviously I need some shorts. What kind of shorts should I get?

call all destroyer, Monday, 21 July 2008 14:22 (eleven years ago) link

I feel like cargo shorts have an unfair reputation. They seem pretty harmless to me.

bell_labs, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 00:58 (eleven years ago) link

sure, i agree. it's funny though walking around dc on a summer weekend and 85-90% of the guys are wearing cargo shorts. is it like that in other cities?

daria-g, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 04:36 (eleven years ago) link

why are cargo shorts so much worse than other shorts?

Lingbert, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 04:38 (eleven years ago) link

cargo shorts = lol 1998

burt_stanton, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 04:42 (eleven years ago) link

given as a reason why people think they're horrible. I don't care, I'm on vacation in the South, I'm wearing some cargo shorts. and not those short shorts that are popular now in Brooklyn, I don't have a death wish.

burt_stanton, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 04:43 (eleven years ago) link

sure, i agree. it's funny though walking around dc on a summer weekend and 85-90% of the guys are wearing cargo shorts.

Yeah, I got all worked up about cargos after the ILE thread about them - "oh no I will have to throw out all my clothes". Then I went outside and got in touch with reality. There are maybe ten people who hate cargo shorts and they're all on the internet.

kingkongvsgodzilla, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 15:13 (eleven years ago) link

given as a reason why people think they're horrible. I don't care, I'm on vacation in the South, I'm wearing some cargo shorts. and not those short shorts that are popular now in Brooklyn, I don't have a death wish.

-- burt_stanton, Tuesday, July 22, 2008 4:43 AM (10 hours ago) Bookmark Link

Surmounter, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 15:17 (eleven years ago) link

lol oops i meant to say something about that. those short shorts are everywhere!

Surmounter, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 15:18 (eleven years ago) link

ok, i hate the idea of cargos because the look is very dave matthews band to me. also wearing them can be really annoying cuz the pockets feel like way too much material.

Surmounter, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 15:19 (eleven years ago) link

I don't like the oversized ones, cargo shorts seem to have undergone the same infantilization as everything else marketed to middle-American men -- a lot of the ones I see are way too baggy, like some kind of cargo/surfer hybrid. The sloppiness is the major offensive factor, I think. Prefer the Army-Navy surplus style with a closer fit.

Laurel, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 15:29 (eleven years ago) link

Yeah, I got all worked up about cargos after the ILE thread about them - "oh no I will have to throw out all my clothes". Then I went outside and got in touch with reality. There are maybe ten people who hate cargo shorts and they're all on the internet.

-- kingkongvsgodzilla, Tuesday, July 22, 2008 10:13 AM (13 minutes ago) Bookmark Link

this seems like an exaggeration. they dont look great or fashionable but they're not, like, forbidden.

deej, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 15:29 (eleven years ago) link

So I went looking for shorts yesterday and every pair of shorts was either cargo or that hideous nu-plaid that somehow became common this year. What do I have to do to find plain, non-cargo shorts in a normal fabric?

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 15:32 (eleven years ago) link

i don't know i haven't been shorts-shopping in a while, i'm a little nervous

i'm into safari shorts, though, which are similar but better IMO. the cut is cleaner.

http://www.cave-crag.co.uk/ProductImages/Sprayway-Safari-Short.jpg

Surmounter, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 15:35 (eleven years ago) link

thats not a great example but some of them are super cute. old navy womens was on a safari kick recently, i think.

Surmounter, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 15:38 (eleven years ago) link

those look pretty good!

rrrobyn, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 15:39 (eleven years ago) link

i just dont think the pockets really add anything to the shorts--the lines on regular shorts are much cleaner, with the pockets, even nice shorts look bulky and ill-fitting

max, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 16:22 (eleven years ago) link

also i find it sort of bizarre that its easier to find cargo shorts than it is to find regular old shorts.

max, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 16:23 (eleven years ago) link

very bizarre.

Surmounter, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 16:25 (eleven years ago) link

for some reason cargo shorts get categorized in my head in the same place as khakis and 'chinos,' not necessarily bad, just clothes for people who dont really want to try very hard

max, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 16:32 (eleven years ago) link

I agree basically, Max. Also for people who don't want to be reminded that they're WEARING clothes, ie want them to feel like pajamas. This is where the oversized-ness comes in, I'm pretty sure.

Laurel, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 16:34 (eleven years ago) link

yeah, agreed.

lauren, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 16:45 (eleven years ago) link

lands end and other new englandy non-ironic deck shoe clothing place has those basic, mid-length shorts. Skinny, above-the-knee shorts are actually a staple of coastal Northeast ware, so as far as I'm concerned everyone's walking around looking like my Connecticut attorney uncle.

burt_stanton, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 16:57 (eleven years ago) link

Good tip, Burt--I never think of Lands End because it makes me feel like my mom. They have shorts organized by inseam--6", 9", or 11". Don't know if I'm ready for 6" shorts.

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 17:16 (eleven years ago) link

lands end shorts are still a little baggy for my taste. but yeah at least theyre at 'normal' lengths.

max, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 17:17 (eleven years ago) link

hmm i have to check out

Surmounter, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 17:17 (eleven years ago) link

people who don't want to be reminded that they're WEARING clothes, ie want them to feel like pajamas. This is where the oversized-ness comes in, I'm pretty sure.

this time of year especially, a lot of people don't want too wear too many clothes, just the minimum demanded by social convention. also, guys especially prefer a certain measure of freedom in certain regions.

i prefer my shorts, like most other things, to be fairly minimal, but extra pockets can be handy at times.

gabbneb, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 17:22 (eleven years ago) link

lol oops i meant to say something about that. those short shorts are everywhere!

-- Surmounter

o jeezus are ironic short shorts in style now or something?

deeznuts, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 17:25 (eleven years ago) link

x-post truth--if I'm wearing shorts it's because it's hot as balls and my appearance is going to be taking a backseat to that fact.

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 17:26 (eleven years ago) link

short shorts are hip boys' cool coolness at the moment, it seems.

Surmounter, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 17:27 (eleven years ago) link

"hot as balls"

Surmounter, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 17:27 (eleven years ago) link

how short do shorts have to be to count as 'short shorts'

max, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 17:27 (eleven years ago) link

id like to see some pics of these douchewads

4 inches above the knee?

deeznuts, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 17:29 (eleven years ago) link

sitting down or standing up?

max, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 17:29 (eleven years ago) link

i dunno, i cant distinguish b/w 'short shorts' & 'shorts that are too short', i wouldnt wear any shorts that are at least knee length standing myself

deeznuts, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 17:31 (eleven years ago) link

it's fun to see tho :)

Surmounter, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 17:35 (eleven years ago) link

like, really fun.

Surmounter, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 17:37 (eleven years ago) link

i hope jhoshea doesnt mind me posting a pic of him & his gf

deeznuts, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 17:40 (eleven years ago) link

haha i was just gonna post that. they're definitely not all that absurd. a lot of the shorts i've seen are more structured in cut and fabric, and not as american apparel 70s throwback. they're just kind of short.

Surmounter, Tuesday, 22 July 2008 17:42 (eleven years ago) link

one year passes...

when did plaid shorts become the new cargo shorts?

daria, actually (daria-g), Tuesday, 11 August 2009 07:22 (ten years ago) link

i have a question

herb tycoon (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 11 August 2009 07:22 (ten years ago) link

ewwww

tehresa, Tuesday, 11 August 2009 07:22 (ten years ago) link

when did cargo shorts become a "thing" - they have been for as long as i can remember but im kinda young

herb tycoon (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 11 August 2009 07:23 (ten years ago) link

daria is otm about plaid shorts. the only thing is that they look infinitely better than cargo shorts so i'll still rock plaid shorts from time to time

herb tycoon (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 11 August 2009 07:23 (ten years ago) link

KNOW WHAT IS THE WORST? sooooo many (frat) dudes will wear plaid shorts WITH A HORIZONTALLY STRIPED POLO. shit makes me incensed

herb tycoon (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, 11 August 2009 07:24 (ten years ago) link

ha i saw some dad the other day wearing cargo shorts and i thought "ugh, that shit is still around?"

velko, Tuesday, 11 August 2009 07:28 (ten years ago) link

three years pass...

i wore cargo shorts last weekend tbh

― lipitor retriever (brownie), Thursday, June 6, 2013 9:10 AM (28 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

It's a good look

― Deafening silence (DL), Thursday, June 6, 2013 9:11 AM (26 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Has ilx finally come around on this?

how's life, Thursday, 6 June 2013 13:40 (seven years ago) link

gonna put some stuff in those pockets bro, got a lot of important stuff to carry in there

lag∞n, Thursday, 6 June 2013 13:42 (seven years ago) link

no need to carry a bag when ur wearing cargo shortz

乒乓, Thursday, 6 June 2013 13:51 (seven years ago) link

anti-cargo shorts ppl are only slightly less insufferable than strict anti-shorts ppl imo

johnny crunch, Thursday, 6 June 2013 13:56 (seven years ago) link

when did cargo shorts become a "thing" - they have been for as long as i can remember but im kinda young

― herb tycoon (J0rdan S.), Tuesday, August 11, 2009 3:23 AM (3 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

http://i166.photobucket.com/albums/u120/kingkonggodzilla/cargoshorts_zpsc9279ae2.png

how's life, Thursday, 6 June 2013 13:57 (seven years ago) link

has the great american cargo shorts novel been written yet, if not why not

johnny crunch, Thursday, 6 June 2013 13:59 (seven years ago) link

I bought a pair of cargo shorts at uniqlo because I needed shorts at the last minute. They're really not bad -- they have a slim line and the pockets don't stick out too much. I think the problem is not really cargo shorts so much as baggy cargo shorts.

i don't even have an internet (Hurting 2), Thursday, 6 June 2013 14:30 (seven years ago) link

anti-cargo shorts ppl are only slightly less insufferable than strict anti-shorts ppl imo

― johnny crunch, Thursday, June 6, 2013 9:56 AM (1 hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

what abt anti cargo people, anti argo pants, anti cargo whatever you got

lag∞n, Thursday, 6 June 2013 15:17 (seven years ago) link

im not strictly anti short but i do think many mens could benefit from investing in some lightweight summer pants

lag∞n, Thursday, 6 June 2013 15:18 (seven years ago) link

i don't own any cargo shorts, but i favor comfort over style always

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 6 June 2013 15:19 (seven years ago) link

i wear shorts if im in a chill state, i cant just wear them around like nothings going on, if i lived in a super hot place prob tho

lag∞n, Thursday, 6 June 2013 15:19 (seven years ago) link

also for athletics

lag∞n, Thursday, 6 June 2013 15:20 (seven years ago) link

needless to say

lag∞n, Thursday, 6 June 2013 15:20 (seven years ago) link

confort v style is obvs a false binary and is indicative of just not giving a shit, not the best mode in which to be

lag∞n, Thursday, 6 June 2013 15:21 (seven years ago) link

just not giving a shit, or as i call it "early Bill Murray"

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 6 June 2013 15:22 (seven years ago) link

bill murray totally gives a shit in his own way

lag∞n, Thursday, 6 June 2013 15:23 (seven years ago) link

I liked the fact that in Tel Aviv everyone gets that it is hot as fuck and just drifts around in shorts, loose lightweight shirts and sandals, whereas in NYC you have to pretend it's not hot as balls even when it is.

i don't even have an internet (Hurting 2), Thursday, 6 June 2013 15:24 (seven years ago) link

goony i never said it was always either/or

ballin' from Maine to Mexico (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 6 June 2013 15:25 (seven years ago) link

Shorts are weekend attire in Miami. I tend not to wear them at night though unless I'm chilling at someone's place

A deeper shade of lol (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 6 June 2013 15:26 (seven years ago) link

ok morbs just know ive got my eye on you

lag∞n, Thursday, 6 June 2013 15:26 (seven years ago) link

im not strictly anti short but i do think many mens could benefit from investing in some lightweight summer pants

― lag∞n, Thursday, June 6, 2013 11:18 AM (6 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

fyi i actually own some lightweight summer pants that are cargo pants i know i will now be sugg banned, rightly so

johnny crunch, Thursday, 6 June 2013 15:27 (seven years ago) link

feel like all cargo garments should be taxed extra per pocket as heavy machinery

lag∞n, Thursday, 6 June 2013 15:30 (seven years ago) link

i thought it was p lol when designers tried to 'bring back' cargo pants recently, any time spent irl would've shown them cargo pants/shorts never went away

Lamp, Thursday, 6 June 2013 15:31 (seven years ago) link

^ goddamn cargo trousers, even

⚓ (elmo argonaut), Thursday, 6 June 2013 15:33 (seven years ago) link

the first time i ever went to magic cards tournament irl my first thought was 'how are there so many people here still wearing cargo pants' this was in 2010

Lamp, Thursday, 6 June 2013 15:35 (seven years ago) link

there was a reality show for a while featuring tommy hilfigers daughter where she claimed her dad like invented cargo shorts

lag∞n, Thursday, 6 June 2013 15:36 (seven years ago) link

when are designers going to discovery the fanny pack

i don't even have an internet (Hurting 2), Thursday, 6 June 2013 15:37 (seven years ago) link

three years pass...

where do people who don't wear cargo shorts keep their sunglasses, idgi

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 2 August 2016 21:04 (three years ago) link

man-purse? fanny pack? perched on your forehead like you were the guy from the mean rich kids fraternity in a ski movie?

Guayaquil (eephus!), Tuesday, 2 August 2016 21:05 (three years ago) link

Never take them off, tbh

brimstead, Tuesday, 2 August 2016 21:12 (three years ago) link

Love 'em BUT they are ALREADY BAGGY, you don't need to also buy them TOO BIG FOR YOU.

Also they should end above the knee so we can see the bottom of your quad definition.

If authoritarianism is Romania's ironing board, then (in orbit), Tuesday, 2 August 2016 21:24 (three years ago) link

lol great journalism wsj let me just~~

i thought it was p lol when designers tried to 'bring back' cargo pants recently, any time spent irl would've shown them cargo pants/shorts never went away

― Lamp, Thursday, June 6, 2013 10:31 AM (3 years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

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