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Shorts for Tall Men: Guide to Wearing & Shopping

The ultimate Tall Men shorts guide for your shopping and wearing peace of mind.

Shorts For Tall Men

Men's Shorts

Welcome to your guide for shopping for the most stylish and comfortable shorts for Tall Men. You ability to wear shorts has grown with the fashion around these stylish pieces of clothing. Step into your new found confidence and buy yourself a pair of shorts that makes you feel good.

This is Shorts for Tall Men: Guide to Wearing & Shopping.

Welcome to this article on helping you find and style the best shorts for Tall Men. You will find short shorts, mid-quad shorts and shorts that reach all the way to your knee’s in this article, plus a ton of tips on how to take care of them and style your look this spring and summer.

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Shorts for Tall Men

Fellas, I am going to go against a lot of what the Tall Men brands are pitching on their ‘Men’s Shorts’ product pages. The need to make shorts longer for us guys who are taller than 6’3 is not the same as creating the perfect pair of jeans. The need for long shorts for every occasion is not there. 

Short shorts are in, and they will be here for a long time, giving us the upper hand in finding good-looking, stylish shorts for any occasion this summer. If you need to build your confidence in wearing a mid-quad high short, I suggest taking a pair of shorts you have now and rolling the leg up an inch as your confidence level grows. 

There are times when longer shorts are needed in your day-to-day wear, so I have added shorts of all lengths to help you find a handful of styles that you can wear this year. 

Should Tall Guys Wear Short Shorts?

Yes, us tall guys should wear short shorts whenever we have the opportunity. A well-fitting short short looks better on a tall guy with long legs than regular-sized guys with small legs. Embrace the leg and show some skin, fellas. 

How to Style Shorts

Knowing how to style your shorts will open up a ton of confidence in your style this summer. Instead of thinking of your shorts as a piece of clothing to wear with sneakers, sandals or workout attire, look at them as you would a pair of brand new jeans. 

Depending on the fabric and length of your shorts, you can pair them with a pair of dress shoes, dress shirts, long Tees or any other pieces of clothing that are dressed up to you.

How to Fold Men's Shorts

There are many ways to fold your shorts, depending on where you store them. I suggest you hang your shorts instead of folding them, especially wrinkle-prone fabrics, which are usually your most dressed up short for the season.

To fold men’s shorts:

  1. Fold your shorts in half from side to side.
  2. Fold your shorts in half again from bottom to top.

Learn more in our in-depth guide on how to fold your shorts.

How to Measure Inseam on Men's Shorts

Here is how you measure the inseam on your shorts. Measure your shorts from the point where the crotch and leg seams meet below the fly to the bottom of the hem.

Why Men's Shorts are Getting Shorter?

Men’s shorts are getting shorter because fashion and styles are constantly changing. The fashion styles from Europe commonly influence us here in North America, hence the term ‘Euro Shorts’ being used more often. 

Embrace the change and the look, us tall guys can pull it off far better than the men shorter than us. If you have a pair of shorts that you like but want to make them more stylish by bringing them in and making them ‘shorter’ our guide on How to Make Shorts Tighter is just what you need.

What is the Proper Length for Tall Men's Shorts?

There is no proper length for Tall Men’s shorts. Many factors will come into play, like the fabric being used and, for the occasion, you are wearing shorts. Don’t let your height affect your thinking of what you can and can’t wear. Keep an open mind and let your style show.

What Length of Shorts are in Style for 2022?

Shorter shorts are in style for 2022. Look for a short that sits just past the middle of your quad if you are looking for a short to wear with a dress shirt or a crisp T-shirt. If you are looking for bathing shorts, you can go as short as the bottom of the bathing suit reaching the top of your quad. 

Try to stay away from knee-length shorts in 2022.

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Shorts For Tall Men

My Tall brothers, it’s time you embraced the versatility of what you can do with shorts. Leave your athletic shorts behind and find a colourful, bright pair of perfectly fitting shorts to step up your clothing game this summer.

Below you have the top Tall Men brands that are making it easier every day to feel confident in the bodies we were given. As I mentioned above, the need for knee-length shorts doesn’t fit every situation. Because of this, you can go looking for shorts at “normal” men’s clothing brands.

Following the Tall Men brands, you will find the Big brands that have grown their men’s lines to host Big & Tall lines inside them. 

Here is where to buy Shorts for Tall Men.

Tall Men Short Brands

American Tall

American Tall has their shorts under the ‘shorts + swimwear’ section in the Men’s Bottoms tab. You will find mainly knee length shorts of various styles and colours.


You will find 2Tall’s shorts under their Bottom’s tab. Within the options you will find knee length shorts of various fabrics from denim to khaki to sweat shorts.

For The Fit

For the Fit has their shorts under the ‘shorts for tall men’ tab. In their you will find a few khaki shorts and other styles all going above the knee.

Navas Lab

Navas Lab carries a single board short made for the beach.

Big Brands with Tall Men Shorts

Old Navy has a section of Men’s Tall shorts that vary from knee length to short shorts. There are also many different styles like cargo shorts, board shorts and more.

Nordstrom has a Men’s Big & Tall Shorts section for you. There is a range of styles to choose from slim fit to baggier.

Shorts for Tall Men FAQ

To make shorts tighter you need to alter them to reduce the amount of fabric in them. To get this professionally done you want to take them to a tailor, this will also make sure the altering is done properly to get the best look once done. If taking them to a tailor is not something you want to do then you can alter them yourself. Areas to alter are the short leg length, short leg width and waistband of the shorts.

To wash your shorts using the machine washing is the best and most convenient way to get them clean, however if you do not have access to a washing machine, you can also hand wash them. Use hot or cold water and detergent.

To fray your jean shorts pick a tool you want to use to fray your denim; sand paper, razor, tweezers or seam ripper. Next, rub that tool on the edge or pocket you want to fray. Once you have frayed your shorts throw them in the wash to let the frayed fabric open a bit more.

You can wash & dry your jean shorts and also use boiling water, an iron, or even take a warm bath with your shorts on in order to shrink them.

Written and reviewed by
Tall Paul
Tall Paul
Paul Marlow, standing at an impressive 6'7 (201cm) and weighing 225lb (102kg), is a mental health speaker, fashion expert, and ex-athlete who excels at helping tall men find well-fitting clothing and teaching them how to style it effectively. As a model in the fashion and film industries, Paul shares his expertise in tall men's fashion, offering valuable advice on measurements, tailoring, and alterations. In addition, he founded Never Alone, an organization that provides mental health and therapy inspiration, and started the Mental Growth Newsletter to support those facing mental health challenges, drawing from his own experiences.

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