Nothing ‘Short’ of …. General Style 60 Comments

JKISSI : I never was really a big fan of shorts in general , but this time around I have found a whole new appreciation for them. People often ask me “Hey josh do you ever wear shorts apart from wearing jeans?” I usually answer “no” because of different reasons. The first is I was always working on some sort of raw denim project expecting an epic fade outcome. If you guys remember last summer I was working on my A.P.C New Cures that were ruined by the hands of a inexperienced tailor. I know for a fact last summer shorts were not a choice in my wardrobe at all, even when it was 99 F pants were worn. The second reason is that before I had never found any shorts to really compliment my outfits. There is always a discussion on how short you would want your shorts to be length wise, while still being comfortable. I can’t obviously dictate what other people wear, but my principle is just slightly above the knee not showing too much skin. Given the circumstances of the perfect weather NYC was blessed with today a post about shorts was perfect.

Joshua Kissi , Street Etiquette, African American fashion,

Brands above – Uniqlo – Vintage silk scarf – Club Monaco – Clarks

* I don’t know why I look so upset in this picture * lol


By now you guys know I love grabbing pictures from the Sartorialist to use in my post to convey my ideas even more vividly. I usually search all around the web to look for pictures to represent what I’m trying to say, but I have found that Scott Schuman always comes through perfectly. As you can see below each gentlemen below is wearing shorts with a different kind of style to the shorts , and the individual.

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Shorts are made in different lengths, styles and colors that I think can fit anyone looking for the right style. From pleaded to tailored shorts, a plethora of styles made for everyone to pick at least one. Pictured below are shorts I grabbed from around the Internet from budgeting price ranges to more pricier pieces.


1. Woolrich Woolen Mills Ranger Short Organic $235.00

2. Hickey herringbone twill military short – $87.00

3. Banana Republic Poplin Short – $29.99

4. Wings + Horns – Wool Short $265.00

5. Woolrich Woolen Mills – Knicker Short Watch Plaid – $235.00

* Not Pictured *

6. J.Crew – Broken In Chino Shorts $39.50

7. Uniqlo Colored shorts – $39.50


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  • Wesley Pipes

        posted on June 20 , 2009 :

    I just don’t have the legs for em’(that’s my excuse)

  • greenjeans

        posted on June 20 , 2009 :

    Yeah I totally have a love-hate relationship with shorts. I didn’t wear them all through high school and undergrad unless I was playing sports. But now I’m slowly finding pieces I like. Is it weird that I think clarks and shorts were made for each other? Also 90 bucks for those Hickey shorts? I’m sold.

  • Meji

        posted on June 20 , 2009 :

    My dude Joshua got those African legs. Me too. I wear shorts all the time though.

  • dayinthelyf

        posted on June 20 , 2009 :

    ^^hahaha I got ‘em too trust me. I got long skinny legs so I think socks would be perfect. I tried some shorts on at the mall the other day so i’m kind of optimistic

  • Jazzi M

        posted on June 20 , 2009 :

    loving everything about you and your shorts (and your moccs)!

  • Dior's Princess

        posted on June 20 , 2009 :

    Wow , very nice I like this look for the summer well dressed african american men too bad I’m in NC lol I cant see this!!!

  • Ryan

        posted on June 20 , 2009 :

    Crazy visions…I was looking at those shorts today.

    I have a question Mr. Kissi, why do you roll your shirt sleeves so high and tight?

  • Calvin BKcSF

        posted on June 20 , 2009 :

    Joshua never ceases to amaze me. Stay tuned for the BKc Hand-tailored Chambray Shorts. You may catch Young Bev in a pair…


        posted on June 20 , 2009 :

    Wesley Pipes, I hear you man if you know its like that lol dont even attempt! lol :d

    Green Jeans, We are on the same page then man never worn in H.S man, now in college I’m actually getting into them more crazy this summer. I’m curious to see what other kind of shorts I can find. Yes man hickey is usually pricey so I would pull the trigger on that one too lol.

    Meji, You already know man Ghana representative here.

    Reggie , Hey man its alright just take your time with it you will find the right shorts.

    Jazzi M , wow thanks for the compliment def appreciate it! still waiting for future updates on your blog! :D
    keep in touch

    Dior’s Princess, Thanks for the props hey I bet NC has some “fashionable” people dont have your hopes up too much lol if not just move to NYC or LA lol aha :D

    Ryan, great minds think alike man, with that its something that has become a staple with me as I started to venture into what styles I liked and how I wanted to wear them. I like it to look slim and fitted with sleeves rolled up something I will continue to do with most of my shirts on most occasions. It all depends though.


        posted on June 20 , 2009 :

    Calvin BKcSF, Wow that sounds crazy man I cant wait to see it. It sounds like a purchase already! lol

  • Mili

        posted on June 20 , 2009 :

    I live in a place where I will NEVER find men dressed this well. Your blog is amazing.
    You dress so greaaaat, I wish i knew somebody who dressed like you.

  • The Stylish Wanderer

        posted on June 20 , 2009 :

    your shorts are awesome on you! I love the color

  • @stevezep666

        posted on June 20 , 2009 :

    show them how to do it! great choice of color, the shorts and clarks make the fit pop.

  • samuel

        posted on June 20 , 2009 :

    great post fam. colors play off so well with one another! CLASSIC

  • Lucas

        posted on June 20 , 2009 :

    Great post and nice fit like always. I should copy pasted that somewhere. LoL.
    You gotta show me the hidden gems of “shorts” when I’m in NYC next week. Def. gonna need one.

  • riche

        posted on June 20 , 2009 :

    I’m also a person who rarely ever wears shorts. To be completely honest, the only time I wear shorts outside my house is to the beach – anyplace else, jeans are worn. I use to wear cargos here and there but now they don’t work with my current wardrobe.

    p.s. you spelt ruined wrong and wardrobe is one word;]

  • Neef

        posted on June 20 , 2009 :

    nice fit… i have some forest green shorts like that

  • DiscoInfiltrator

        posted on June 20 , 2009 :

    Looking good man. I just ordered some shorts and stuff from Uniqlo, hoping it all works out.

  • illy

        posted on June 21 , 2009 :

    *testing comments from an iPhone*
    dope shorts, burgundy is my favorite color =]


        posted on June 21 , 2009 :

    Mili , again thank you so much ! , we really appreciate it sorry about your location though atleast you have the internet as a source to view some really great stuff you know.

    The Stylish Wanderer , thank you really do like these shorts, I still didn’t forget that you said you didnt listen to hiphop lol :D , still have love for your blog thougn <3 lol

    Stevee, thanks man you already know my brother thanks a million for stopping by once again

    Samuel , good looks man keep up the good work with the drawings and starting of your line man, should pay off at the end.

    Lucas, lol no copy/paste needed , and yeah man when you make it to this side of the world lol we'll link up and go all around man.. nyc is big don't worry.

    Riche, I was in the same place like you man , but I had to go out of my comfort zone and see what I could find because I do like shorts, but only certain ones. Thanks for the spell check man WordPress 2.8 has been kicking our asses over here with the new update a lot of things are not working, post has to be done in full HTML. Hey I'm not complaning though still enjoy doing the post either way. lol

    Neef, thanks man damn Forest green from where? if you dont mind me asking

    DiscoInfiltrator, Good choice at choosing uniqlo you should be happy with what you get, if you got the correct size and all that of course. I was in the store last week when they got the full stock of the Colored shorts I had to pick up one before going back to my job lol was on lunch break lol

    Illy, thanks for responding to my tweet really appreciate it lol
    thanks <3

  • Dapperguy65

        posted on June 21 , 2009 :

    Very impressive content on here fellas keep it up been enjoying the frequent updates!

  • jfkjean

        posted on June 21 , 2009 :

    I too have a love/hate relationship with shorts and even though I actually own ones that go above the knee, I don’t really use them as much as I know I can..however you display in a very tailored and elevated way, I’m leaning more towards rotating them into my off work casual outfits….

    Where’d you get your bracelets from btw?

  • Prêt-à-Porter P

        posted on June 21 , 2009 :

    nice button down collar shirt and really liking the color of the shorts

  • Coldsun

        posted on June 21 , 2009 :

    Good stuff… Your look is awesome as usual
    I like shorts, but i never wear them.. Does that make sense?
    I’m just not a shorts kinda guy i guess… However, i have seen some swimming trunks i’ma cop for this summer (If the weather ever improves, yeeesh!) and they are gonna sit well about the knee :O

  • Michael K

        posted on June 21 , 2009 :

    What a fantastic post and outfit!
    I’m a recent convert to wearing shorts in the city too. I always used to just associate them with something to wear on the beach or on holiday.
    I really like how you mix the formal shirt and pocket square yet still keep the whole look very relaxed.

  • Dapperkid741

        posted on June 21 , 2009 :

    Very very nice post here , I fall in a similar category when it comes to shorts I hate them! , but seeing you pull them off in such a way converts me to try them again. Good site fellas

  • StacyfromStL

        posted on June 21 , 2009 :

    Very nice post I found this site off of Marcus Troy’s post about your post on LL bean or something. I’m pretty much wowed at the fact that you guys are typing up very good post. I stray to most fashion blogs and its like “hey look what I wore today” and that’s it. I like to read and see what kind of person you are and such and you guys seem like very dapper guys. I think every person who is divulged in fashion needs to see this site lol wow I talk a lot sorry just saying nice outfit and post!


  • Boogie

        posted on June 21 , 2009 :

    now i recognize this dapper young man. i saw you not too long ago and you looked familiar but i couldn’t remember where i recognized you from but i did remember your clarks. the blog is nothing short of greatness


        posted on June 22 , 2009 :

    Dapperguy65 : Thanks man we are trying to keep this boat afloat and speeding man, so the frequent updates will continue to come man. Stay tuned.

    JFKjean : Appreciate it I think it could work well with casual outfits man, for a more formal approach it would take a whole differnet type of approach obviously. Try it and see what happens with it. I’m amazed to see how many people were unsure about the whole shorts thing wow. By the way bracelets are from Topman.

    Pretaporterp : Always welcomed here dropping nice comments :D

    Coldsun : Thanks man I dont think I have ever heard that lol you like them , but you couldn’t wear them. Hey all i can say is try it out man and see whats up man.

    Michael K : Thats what I associated shorts with only beach and sports! thats it. It would never be an idea of mine to wear them casually. I’m glad a lot people felt the same way I did about shorts its pretty funny to see! I’m like the spokes person.

    Dapper741 : Good looks my brother we will try to bring you more goodness!

    StacyfromSTL : I def thank Marcus Troy for posting us on his blog before it has gave us a lot of good readers I ca’t thank him enough for that mention. I agree with you a lot of fashion blogs popping up only a select few that are really bringing me back to their site daily or in general. Hey, we’re just trying to do what we feel is right on here. Thanks for the compliment and lol you could talk as much as you want on here lol.

    Boogie : Hey man if you could recall the place I could probably remember lol was it in Manhattan?.. Thanks man I’m glad the clarks were identifible. Appreciate it man just urge you to keep checking it out.

  • Josh

        posted on June 22 , 2009 :

    Keep up the good work ! It was cool meeting you the other day

  • Fashion CHALET

        posted on June 22 , 2009 :

    Thank you so much for your comment. I used to love flats until heels became my obsession du jour, and then became my all encompassing obsession! ;)


    fab street style posts as always. :)

  • Jerel

        posted on June 22 , 2009 :

    I feel the same way, over the last few years I may have owned 1-2 pairs of shorts. They just weren’t my thing, over the past year though coming into my own style and keeping up with the trends I have become more accustom to them though.

  • mat ahoy

        posted on June 22 , 2009 :

    looks great man, really like the colour of those shorts. h & m have quite a few ones like that in at the mo, i got some bright red tailored ones. those shirts from uniqlo are just great aren’t they. id like a few more, do they still do that similar button down style?

  • dapper kid

        posted on June 22 , 2009 :

    I absolutely love the colour of your shorts, and that turn up is wonderful. I am definitely a ‘just above the knee’ shorts kind of man. And I’m really liking that shirt, especially the pocket square :)

  • Trav

        posted on June 22 , 2009 :

    this was actually one of the things i was lookng forward to this summer. i have always been a moderate shorts wearer. This summer, i see myself wearing shorts fore frequently. Cant wait for all this rain to stop.

    keep the comments rolling guys


        posted on June 23 , 2009 :

    Josh : Thanks man nice talking to you also, come by anytime to the job place man you know where I am.

    Fashion Chalet : Yeah lol heels on a lady is like nothing else. No problem and thanks

    Jerel : Sounds like we’re running the same path man , lol @ 1-2 shorts for the past years I can’t blame you at all. Now I can proudly say I have 2 pairs of shorts that fit good man lol.

    Mat Ahoy : Thanks man. I have to check out H&M I guess also its all about budgeting sometimes I’ll go to 34th or the one on 5th ave seems to be the best selection. Uniqlo last tiem I went didnt have the tailor ones only the ones I included in this post. If I do seem them btw I will email you. Great blog btw man

    Dapper Kid: Yeah man thats what made me buy the shorts at first glance was the color. I haven’t seen a lot shorts in this color so it was a instant purchase. Thanks man

    Trav : Lol word.. man summer time legs showing.

  • Jake

        posted on June 23 , 2009 :

    nice post guys.. i need some shorts now lol

  • Style Salvage Steve

        posted on June 23 , 2009 :

    Shorts all make me a little nervous. There are just too many horror stories walking the streets when the sun comes out that I tend to play it safe. You certainly wear them well here and have picked a nice bunch…with a trip to Marrakesh fast approaching I really should bite the bullet and pick up a few pairs.

  • friendinfashion

        posted on June 23 , 2009 :

    Love the shorts & the first image is my fav!

  • friendinfashion

        posted on June 23 , 2009 :

    Wow – this is the first time I have been able to leave comments – Love the blog and your style – adding to my favourites! :)

  • jen

        posted on June 24 , 2009 :

    Boy, you better start showing those legs it’s too hot to be wearing pants! Shorts look good on ya, keep rocking ‘em. Oh oh – but next time make them a little longer.. kind of like capris? :D


        posted on June 24 , 2009 :

    Jake : Go get them man , it is raining crazy in NYC but the sun will come out soon though.

    Style Salvage Steve : Yes man it will be well worth it my friend! , keep up the greatg owkr on blog

    Friendinfashion : Yes we just recently fixed a lot of little problems so we’re glad that everything is running smoothly! Thanks for the compliments lol :D , i like your blog too.

    Jen : lol yes I will but not capris lol thats not my kind of style to be honest. LOL I’ll stick with shorts for now lol

  • adum

        posted on June 25 , 2009 :

    The color of those wallabees is awesome, are they chestnut?

  • jebeebus

        posted on June 25 , 2009 :

    what exactly happened to your new cures?

  • jebeebus

        posted on June 25 , 2009 :

    also, you have the woolrich shorts linked to wings horns!

  • Theo Martins

        posted on June 25 , 2009 :

    J. Crew Broken in Chino’s work lovely for me personally – simple and neat. Just received a pair of shorts from rugby, really similar to the J.Crew Chino look – I’ll let you know the verdict once their worn.



        posted on June 25 , 2009 :

    Adum : Yeah man I could honestly say those are my favorite color of wallys, yup chestnut suede they’re on Zappos right here for $130.00

    Jeebeebus : Long story short tailor made the leg as skinny as a arm sleeve. I couldn’t even get my leg to go down the pants lol it was such a sad sight. Thanks man another html mistake appreciate that ** fixed **

    Theo Martins : I was going to hit up the mens store in soho today to check out the shorts and stuff, but it completely slipped my mind. I got to really check those out, yeah man let me know about Rubgy I like some of their stuff also. btw keep up the good music.

  • Jeremy

        posted on June 25 , 2009 :

    First off: great blog! I’m kind of addicted to it by now…
    Second, you have a great outfit right here. I know a lot of guys don’t feel comfortable with shorts.
    I personnally used to feel awkward wearing them but after 2 years in the Caribbean, they’ve become essential in my wardrobe even though I’m back in France. They actually match many different typoes of styles, moods, etc…
    Rolled up over the knee is my way of wearing them too, just like you did. Looks good with thin legs.

  • Beverly

        posted on June 25 , 2009 :

    woah ! , you have an impeccable and unique style . I love the way you incorporate fashion and make it your own . Honestly I never seen anyone with such great taste . you bring great things to the table . Cant wait to see what else you guys have in stored. Keep it up : D

  • Asia

        posted on June 25 , 2009 :

    Found this site from just browsing other fashion blogs..
    STREETETIQUETTE ROCKS ; Rocks shorts that is .. very good If I might add lol

  • JCS

        posted on June 25 , 2009 :

    Again, very nice fit Josh. As far as shorts, sticking with these navy blue chino shorts I picked up at the Polo outlet in Nevada.

  • alex

        posted on June 25 , 2009 :

    is that just a plain uniqlo oxford?

    i dig the entire fit

  • alex

        posted on June 25 , 2009 :

    I was also hoping you would put together a accessories outlook, i’ve been struggling to find things for everyday!

  • SwanDiamondRose

        posted on June 26 , 2009 :

    i keep seeing some pretty disastrous short wearing by guys out here. it’s the sock/shoe thing where people seem to lose it the most. it’s disturbing. no socks! unless there is some brilliant interpretation going on.


        posted on June 27 , 2009 :

    Jeremy : Thanks man greatly appreciate it . Yes before I didn’t feel too comfortable with shorts it had to grow on me after a while. The look is very versatile man you are right man , btw nice blog you got there checkec it out. How is France? Never been there.

    Beverely: Much apppreciated Bev, If I can call you that lol.Yes we have a lot in stored people who have just found out about this site are on for a long journey with us. Please stay tuned! :D

    Asia : LOL thanks yes we starting to rock the shorts! lol

    JCS: Thanks Job man wow those sound good navy blue Lo’ shorts sheesh got to see those.

    Alex : Yeah Alex it is a plain uniqlo oxford that they stock usually all year round.Comes with colors like gray/white/lightpink and others. Cost like $39.50 If I remember correctly. You hit it right on the head though Alex we will have a accessories post coming real real soon lol.

    SwanDiamondRose: Good to see you again here, yeah I know what you mean it can end real badlollets hope they see this post LOL

  • The Fashion Inquisitor

        posted on June 28 , 2009 :

    I am loving the number three pink shorts especially with that belt too. But I would throw on some nice white shoes instead of sandles. I am loving these looks

  • Jeremy

        posted on June 29 , 2009 :

    Mr JKISSI,
    thx for the comment on my blog. France is cool and very warm right now (sportin a pair of white rolled up shorts as i’m typing hahaha) Feel free to contact me if u ever plan on comin over!

  • Nicci

        posted on June 30 , 2009 :

    all boys need to wear it like this!


        posted on July 1 , 2009 :

    The Fashion Inquistor : Thanks I have to say for the price point and quality of those shorts are my favorite out the bunch. The funny thing is on my lunch break I decided to go to BR and saw themonly in34s though they had like 10 pairs of size 34′s on the rack! I’m like wow not even one 32 lol or 30 smh. Thanks though nice blog you have i’ll flip through it :D

    Jeremy : No problem man I try to spread the love every now and then its important. France seems like it could be the perfect vacay/shopping spot for us lol if we do come over i’ll be sure to let you know!

    Nicci : Thanks I can’t convince every guy to do it though : /lol , nice blog definitely some good reads on there keep it up

  • The Ca$h

        posted on July 18 , 2009 :

    This post make me feel like i should hit the fym and work on my leg muscles…lol