Life's too short not to bare leg

AH, men and shorts. The subject never fails to raise a smile and/or a heated debate. Should they wear them? If so, when?<br /><br />Well, thanks to a new age of slick man-shorts, male legs can run free &ndash; even at work &ndash; without breaking every fashion rule in the book.<br /><br />That is because the new shorts are tailored, long and often with cuffs, and in muted colours, preferably white. That&rsquo;s not to say that the pale red of the Canali pair or the bright pink &nbsp;of the Gap number can&rsquo;t be stylish too. Of course, the pink cargos need to stay firmly in the garden and far from the office. As for cardinal rules when it comes to shorts, menswear designer Simon Carter says: &ldquo;Never wear socks. Smart loafers can move a shorts-led outfit rapidly up the ladder to poolside Pimms level, whereas bashed Converse sneakers are more poolside tinnies.&rdquo;<br /><br />Get those legs out, lads.<br /><br /><strong>CK Calvin Klein</strong><br />A classy, fool-proof pair just tightfitting enough to be sexy but formal.<br /><strong>&pound;99</strong><br /><br /><strong>Gap Pink Cargo Shorts</strong><br />Only a certain kind of man can pull these off. But he&rsquo;s very cool.<br /><strong>&pound;29.50</strong><br /><br /><strong>Canali White Shorts</strong><br />Smooth-movers only need apply.<br /><strong>&pound;120</strong><br /><br /><strong>Canali Red Shorts</strong><br />Beautifully cut shorts: perfect length and colour too.<br /><strong>&pound;120</strong><br /><br /><strong>Dunhill White Cotton Bermuda</strong><br />A shorter, more casual option. Classic and pleasing.<br /><strong>&pound;59</strong><br /><br /><strong>Ted Baker Blue Check Short</strong><br />Perfect for upper crust BBQs.<br /><strong>&pound;60</strong><br /><br /><strong>Austin Reed Denim Utility Short</strong><br />For the tool-happy man &ndash; but don&rsquo;t wear to work.<br /><strong>&pound;50</strong><br /><br /><strong>Dunhill Navy Cotton Bermuda</strong><br />The dark colour lends gravitas to these classic shorts.<br /><strong>&pound;59</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;