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Like me, she also heard about the trend from videos on the app. “He’s taller, and he has nice legs, [so] it would be nicer if he showed his legs a little more,” Alexander told The Post. Luckily, Ryan, 19, had left a pair of rubber-ducky patterned swim trunks at her house, so she broke out her sewing machine.
When Alexander later revealed the alteration, Ryan appreciated the new, more flattering look. “He’s probably going to have me hem a few more pairs for him.”
Bushwick-based fashion photographer Gabriel Perez Silva is surprised the trend went mainstream: He’s been rocking shorter shorts for about eight years now — and getting roasted by his friends because of it: “‘Why are your shorts so short? Are you wearing your girlfriend’s shorts?’ ” the 23-year-old recalled his pals saying.
Perez Silva, who is from Florida, began wearing them because of the hot temps down south. He thinks tinier bottoms are now beloved thanks to social-media shorts sensation Chubbies, a frat-boy brand that launched in 2011 and popularized the phrase “Sky’s out, thighs out.”
Now, “with TikTok, girls [are] expressing that they look better on guys,” he said. “And guys are pushing each other to feel more comfortable wearing whatever they want and not be self-conscious about it.”
Although most of Perez Silva’s pairs are vintage, if you’re looking to source short shorts, he says styles made for the martial art Muay Thai are “the best.”
Desmond Brooks, co-owner of the Tribeca-based tailor atelier ShopBoy, agrees that fighting sports have had a huge effect on the trend.