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Shorter Men’s Shorts

Sorry, gents, but the heyday of long, ill-fitted shorts expired alongside puka-shell necklaces and eyebrow piercing. In spring/summer 2012 collections at Milan’s Men’s Fashion Week, designers like Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, and Louis Vuitton strutted their short shorts, which hit mid to high thigh. The California-based men’s line Chubbies is sweeping the university set — especially in college towns like Boston — thanks to a network of “campus ambassadors” spreading the gospel of the brand’s high hemlines and preppy, Ivy Leaguer aesthetic. South End shop Uniform (591 Tremont Street, Boston, 617.247.2360) spotlights the trend with buys from Original Penguin and Scotch & Soda; it also stocks reversible shorts that look good cuffed, ideal for those still experimenting with shorter shorts. And guys who need help gauging how to work their gams should stop by Back Bay’s new Bonobos (85 Newbury Street, Boston, 857.263.7340), only the second brick-and-mortar “guideshop” for the perfect-fit-focused online retailer and WASP fave, to get a showroom-style personal sizing appointment.

_ Stuff Boston