There’s no better time to be a middle-aged dad stuck in 1989 than now as word officially went out Monday via the Wall Street Journal that jorts are officially BACK in the world of men’s fashion. Denim, broken in via years of mowing and barbequing, is actually high fashion this summer according to the experts who track this sort of thing.
“They harken back to a simpler time,” menswear designer Aaron Levine told the WSJ. He suggests throwing on a pair of jorts, a Faith No More shirt or a big polo and you have instant high fashion in 2021. In other words, stop laughing at your dad for rocking a pair of jorts hanging below his knees that wears while mowing. Buy a Lacoste polo for your dad, and he’s going to turn heads this summer.
At Levi’s the 505 Regular Fit jorts go for $27 and have a 4.5 star rating. “I bought these online after not being able to find them in any store in a three-state area. Fit is perfect and are very comfortable. Only regret is that I didn’t buy two pair!,” one reviewer writes.
“Bought these for my husband, good color, nice fit and they look great. He really likes them,” says another.
In April, GQ hypothesized that designers were “throwing these fashion-upped jorts out there to see who takes the bait,” but here we are heading into July 4th weekend and the craze of the summer doesn’t appear to be slowing down.
LSU swimmer Brooks Curry made jorts news in mid-June when he ended up on the podium at the USA Olympic Trials wearing purple and gold LSU jorts. Curry and his jorts will now head to Tokyo for the Olympics.
It’s not just high fashion and swimming podiums where jorts are making a comeback. John Cena seems set to make his return to the WWE and that means he’s been answering questions about the jorts. “I can tell you this, I very much look forward to wearing jorts again, it’s been too long,” the wrestling legend said this month.
And then there is the rise of jorts inside the music and entertainment industry where Joe Jonas celebrated Father’s Day in full dad gear. “Grab that cooler, pick up your spatula, strap on those sandals and get to grillin’. Joe, you are the best baby daddy, It’s my greatest joy to watch,” his baby mama Sophie Turner wrote on Instagram.
The days of worrying that your jorts-wearing dad is going to embarrass you at Lone Star appear to be over. Now you can both throw on your denim — the younger readers are most likely wearing that stretch denim — and head on over to the steak joint to get a slab of meat and a potato without dad causing a scene with his shorts that scream he just finished roofing a house.