Summer started weeks and week ago, but with a "large heat dome" (yup, that's a real weather term) hovering over the U.S. this week, we have started to experience the worst bona-fide nationwide heat wave of the season, meaning that it's the most appropriate time to break out the shorts.
For some people, the idea of slipping on a pair of immodest leg-wear — even during summer's worst week of heat — elicits anxiety. That's especially true among the media set, known for its general pallor and love of the indoors. This morning, quite a few anti-shorts tweets went out from men who refuse to bare their legs. "Adult men should only wear shorts to the beach or while active," wrote Wired's Mat Honan, a declaration that was followed by a series of agreeing harumphs.
But that kind of complaining won't cool you off. The next few days will be so hot that you should really get over the whole too-cool for shorts thing and embrace bare calves over suffocating in full length pants.
Perhaps you don't want to take practical fashion advice from someone who, if not confined to a freezing cold office tundra, would wear shorts for the entire summer. Also, this seems to be a male problem, while I'm a female. Fine, then take it from noted shorts-at-work hater Choire Sicha, the editor of The Awl. In 2011 he told readers to never, ever wear half-pants to the office. He said he accepted the casual attire in certain situations, as long as the wearer doesn't "look like garbage in a garbage sack in a sea of other identical sacks of garbage." (Examples here.)