Thursday, February 26, 2009

Barefoot in the Barf

Seriously, let's talk about cargo shorts.

Does anyone remember really around what year they started becoming popular? I'm thinking that it was 1995 that they started becoming popular in a hippie-chic kind of way, but by 1998 they had become so ubiquitous that they were basically the only acceptable type of shorts that guys would wear. I think it was around 1999 that they had completely usurped jorts as the official "dude shorts". My basis for this date is a memory in high school of my friend Emily stated that summer that she was on the fence about going all the way with the guy she was dating. She was going to leave it in the hands of fate: if the next time she saw him, he was wearing jean shorts, it was a no-go. Sadly, the next day the jorts were in and the teen lust was out.

So by that math, cargo shorts have been infesting my eyes for ten years now. When is this going to end? Shouldn't fads have a finite limit, like bell bottoms or hoop skirts? At what point will it become retro? In like 2050?

11 comments:

Robert H said...

It is hard to find anything BUT cargo shorts in a store these days. I just stopped wearing shorts all together.

matt said...

I think they were big in the 80s even... all the "alternative/skater" kids wore cut off Army/military pants from surplus stores.

Greg said...

I use my cargo shorts to do yard work, change the oil et al.. But Robert H is right - it's truly difficult to find non-cargo shorts in stores. I don't really like anything in my pockets, so they are useless to me but alas, I have a few pairs.

Ilana said...

I love that everyone ignores the waterfall of barf and zeroes in on the truly horrifying part of this photo: the cargo shorts. Also, gotta love the title. This blog makes me laugh derisively at others every day. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Your friend Emily sounds pretty fucking cool.

Kelly said...

I'm OK with guys in cargo shorts. It means that BF can carry very important things for me. Like my chapstick.

Greg said...

the cigarette is pretty funny, too...

Anonymous said...

What are we supposed to wear? give me some ideas. Start a trend.

Katie said...

Shorts with no pockets on the sides.

t. said...

i LOVE the cigarette. this dude already has plans for when he's finished barfing on his feet.

sam said...

i rock jorts, have been and will continue, fresh white button up, jorts and topsiders best summer outfit

i carry a small military-issue side bag for the phone,cam,smokes, et al

cargo shorts just scream douchebag, blegh