Before you scoff at the headline, let us school you a little bit. This season, shorts are getting shorter and shorter, and as much as you'd like to keep up with the trend, you should also be aware of how low to go. Read on to see two ways to rock the half-pants right, and then check out the look you should avoid—unless you're trying to give your nuts a suntan...

OPTION #1: IDEAL - 1" ABOVE THE KNEE
The perfect length for any type of shorts. The cut is wide enough so it's not hugging your thigh and the style is minimal which makes a huge impression.

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OPTIONS YOU CAN BUY NOW
SHADES OF GREIGE HAMPTONS FLAT FRONT TROUSERS
Click here to Buy It Now at Revolve Clothing, $84
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NOBODY FINN DENIM SHORTS
Click here to Buy It Now at Revolve Clothing, $149
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RUGBY CABIN CARGO SHORTS
Click here to Buy It Now at Rugby, $50
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OPTION #2: DARING BUT STILL OK - 3" ABOVE THE KNEE
The second-degree cut is very style-forward, but be prepared for some Boy-Scout jokes. Rock 'em as trunks or pleated shorts.

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OPTIONS YOU CAN BUY NOW
NICE COLLECTIVE TUX SWIM TRUNKS
Click here to Buy It Now at Barneys, $175
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J. CREW MINI-STRIPE CLUB SHORT
Click here to Buy It Now at J. Crew, $60
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FREMONT NAVY PLEATED SHORTS
Click here to Buy It Now at Oak, $149
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NEVER AN OPTION: THE NO-GO - 5" ABOVE THE KNEE
Even if you're on a Euro beach trip or in Brazil, it takes confidence to pull this one off. When in doubt, stick to 1" above the knees, please.

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