The growing trend of African Style men’s shorts.
Fashion has many forms, when it comes to women’s wear, but men have very limited choices when it comes to experimenting with fashion. One of the items that have elicited much debate are the shorts and in this article we are first going to uncover why is it so controversial and then how African patterns and colours have influenced men’s shorts. Shorts are a rather simple garment but till a few years’ back there was considerable debate as to when and how a pair of shorts should be worn. There were a number of English words for this style of men’s pant which is also sometimes referred to as half pants. However, there are a number of English words that can describe this pair of attire, like knickerbockers which mainly referred to baggy pants that gathered below the knee, therefore covering the knee. Knee-pants were those pants that were shorter and were tighter fitting and ended right at the knee. The term “short-pants” generally meant the knee pants and sometimes even shorter garments.
It was usually thought that shorts are for boys, typically the school going ones and therefore it was not taken much seriously until later when it became fashionable for men to wear it for certain kinds of sports. African styles men’s shorts found favour in a man’s wardrobe much later when it became customary for men to wear this particular garment in extremely hot weather. This was sometime after World War 2 during which the soldiers that were required to be stationed in the tropics were issued shorts so that they can be comfortable and also serve the purpose of rationing clothes. Till then it was unthinkable even to consider shorts as an item for fashion, and as mentioned earlier they were only worn in specific climatic conditions, and for specific purposes.
It was not until the 1950’s that the shorts featured as a possible piece of garment that found place in a man’s wardrobe. The idea of wearing something that bared half the leg took really a long time to catch up as something which is both fashionable and normal. African style men’s shorts have been around from then, as the colours of Africa have long inspired and intrigued the western fashion world. The vast continent of Africa is divided into many parts and each region has their own specific printing process, their own colour palette, their materials and their own unique styles. Therefore to add to the variety n men’s shorts the African influences have been embraced by the western clothing industries.
Men love the cool comfort that shorts provide and there is nothing better than African prints and colours to brighten them up. Especially the younger generation is taking up the African style men’s shorts quite eagerly, as they are both trendy and add a different dimension to an otherwise plain clothing item. Through the years, the form and style of shorts have undergone many changes and currently, the style trend is, the more snazzy the colours and prints the more fashionable the clothing item. Therefore, nowadays many stores have shorts that have been infused with African style and are selling like hot cakes amongst the youth, and sometimes amongst the older men also. It is finding more and more favours because of the unique printing styles, patterns, vibrant colours etc.
Summary: African styles men’s shorts found favour in a man’s wardrobe much later when it became customary for men to wear this particular garment in extremely hot weather. The colours of Africa have long inspired and intrigued the western fashion world and are finding more and more popularity amongst the younger generation.
Author Bio: The author of this article is Leon Grant, who is from Africa and is a budding fashion designer. He is very much into African style men’s shorts and has researched the colours and patterns extensively to include them in his latest collection for men’s collection.