Summer is fast approaching, and temperatures are rising – along with the inseams on men’s shorts. According to the Wall Street Journal, there’s a new length in town.

This Summer, Men's Shorts Have Higher Inseams

 Image via the Wall Street Journal

In the past couple of decades, men’s shorts have barely skimmed above the knee (that’s an 11-inch inseam at the shortest). And, truth be told, the look wasn’t always the most flattering. Now? Shorts are dipping to inseams as thigh-baring as 5 1/2 inches, which is the length sweet spot for trendy men’s brand Chubbies.

Don’t let that hefty strip of thigh scare you, though – an inseam around 7 – 9 inches (depending on your height) seems to be the overall norm this summer. And if you like longer lengths, rest assured that many menswear brands still offer a variety of inseams up to 11 inches to ensure that every customer is happy.

But why not just try dipping your toes into the pool of shorter inseams? You might be surprised by how much you like the way you look in them.

Read the full article on the Wall Street Journal.

By Christine Mitchell, Staff Writer

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May 16, 2014

As happy as we were to have a day off, Labor Day weekend made us realize it’s about time to wave goodbye to these summer staples.

1. Popsicles just don’t taste as sweet when the temps turn down.

2. Goodbye, beach hair. Hello, sleek strands.

3. Sure, you can take a road trip any time of year, but the summer road trip is a classic.

4. ‘Tis the season for boats to hibernate.

5. You may have to wait awhile to see your blooming garden again, but at least you have new riding boots.

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September 3, 2013

There’s a lot the fashion world doesn’t agree on. (Cough, the white-after-Labor-Day debate.) And there’s a lot of speculation as to how long you can show those toes in the fall. Here’s the scoop on wearing sandals post-summer:

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August 10, 2013

Cover Up

You’ve snagged the swimsuit. But don’t dive in just yet. Read up on these tips for finding that just-right cover-up, then grab a pair of sandals and strut with confidence from beach to boardwalk (or perhaps just to the Popsicle stand).

The Tunic: Half shirt, half dress, the tunic cover-up is universally flattering. Its body-skimming shape looks particularly great on apple-shaped women – disguising a tummy while showing off great gams.

The Romper: Boy-shaped? Create curves with a romper, which draws the eye to the widest parts of your hips and bust. Bonus points for extra frills.

The Sarong: There are a bajillion ways to tie a sarong (read up and try them all), but the simple knot around the waist is particularly flattering on pear-shaped women who want to show off a slim upper body.

The Kaftan: There’s something so Hollywood-vacation about this bold, flowy garment – especially if done right. If you’re petite, opt for a knee-length version (traditional long styles can drown you). If you’re taller, try a floor-length printed number with a deep V-neck for a punch of beach glam.

As for fabrics? Simple: look for ones that will dry easily. Think 100% cotton, linen, and terry. And steer clear of super-hot polyester and denim, which take ages to dry. Now, off to the beach you go.

By Joanna Berliner, Editor 

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July 15, 2013

We can’t deny our sweet tooth any longer. Here’s to a summer full of sugary treats.

1. These Popsicles are a real step up from the ones with gumball eyes.

2. Ice cream. A totally viable summer dinner option.

3. Tip: Don’t forget to keep this fudge in the fridge.

4. Shaved ice is so underrated. It tastes delicious – and looks even better.

5. What is cotton candy even made of? Never mind. We don’t want to ruin the magic.

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July 2, 2013

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It’s road-trip time. From Boston to Phoenix, behold: a collection of inspiration for your next weekend getaway. Pack the car, turn on some tunes (“Hot town, summer in the city…”), and make way for the highway.

1. Chicago is the place to be when temps soar. Catch a game at Wrigley Field, then cool down in Lake Michigan.

2. Walk The Highline, shop Brooklyn Flea, and go on a pizza tour? Please, take us to New York. Today.

3. Nothing says summer quite like palm trees set against the sunset in Miami’s South Beach.

4. Had enough humidity? Head to the dry heat of Phoenix. Canyons, cacti, and local flavors, like green chili sauce and jerk chicken.

5. And finally, visit Boston – our hometown – for North End cannoli, Newbury Street, and the breezy Public Garden (along with its tulips and swan boats).

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June 18, 2013

Summer is sacred. No question about it. Here, top bloggers, chefs, and more share their must-happen summer tips and traditions.

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“Summer is the season to…

…bake pies. Growing up, my mom used to bake us all sorts of pies. Blueberry. Peach. Strawberry Rhubarb. We’d never eat them hot, though. After they came out of the oven, we’d let them cool off by an open window in the kitchen and then pop them in the fridge overnight. By breakfast we’d be ready for a slice: the perfect relief from the morning heat.”
–Annie Dean
Blogger, AnnieDean.com

…camp in the White Mountains and grill over an open fire.”
–Armand Toutaint 
Chef de Cuisine, Turner Fisheries

…sit back and let the ingredients speak for themselves.”
–The Editors at Food52

…drink smoothies for lunch.”
–Tina Haupert
Blogger, Carrots ‘N’ Cake, and freelance writer, Health.com

…mix up a few pitchers of margaritas, then kick back with your guests and have some fun.”
–Camille Styles
Blogger, Camille Styles

…join up with friends and share some light, fresh, and healthy recipes. Grill meat, fish, and vegetables, and round out your meals with beans or pasta salads.”
–Reena Dulfon
Blogger, Set to Turbo, and health/fitness coach

…make an heirloom tomato salad.”
–Adam Roberts
Blogger, The Amateur Gourmet

…drink fruity herbal iced teas.”
–Debbie Hallock
Blogger, Deliciously Inspired

…picnic on the Deschutes River, sipping frosty microbrews from the Bend Ale Trail and stoking the campfire for an evening of s’mores under the stars.”
–Tawna Fenske
Communications Manager, Visit Bend, and author

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June 14, 2013

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1. Harper’s BAZAAR’s library of iconic fashion moments never fails to leave us breathless.

2. We’re letting our hair down after reviewing some pro tips.

3. It’s time to book a flight. To all these places. Immediately.

4. We would so cook more often if our kitchens looked this good.

5. This board of lace, cutouts, and prints has us scouring our closets for mix-and-match brilliance.

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June 4, 2013

Achieving a streak-free sunless tan? It’s no easy feat. We’ve all made the rookie mistakes that result in orange hands or splotchy knees. But, as an avid collector of these products – with a strict UV-free policy – I have created a system to swear by. For best results, start the process before you head to bed and then shower in the morning.

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1. Exfoliate. Shave your legs. Then scrub with bath salts. A smooth surface is essential.

2. Moisturize. Any lotion will do. Dry skin will cause your sunless tan to flake sooner rather than later. Wait 5 – 8 minutes for the lotion to dry.

3. Apply tanning lotion with gloves. (If you choose not to use gloves, be sure to wash your hands with scrubbing salts when you’re finished.) Using both hands, massage the lotion in a circular motion. Start above your ankles and work your way up. Ask a friend to help with your back. Areas to skip for now: feet, ankles, knees, elbows, neck, face. Let the tanning lotion dry completely before continuing.

4. Once the lotion is dry, use a tanning spray held 4 – 6 inches from your body to lightly sweep over your legs, midsection, arms, back, and the areas you skipped in step 3 (except your face). This will cover any spots missed by the lotion. Let it dry for 5 – 10 minutes before bed.

5. To add a little color to your face, incorporate bronzer into your makeup routine. Or, use a dab of face tanning lotion and mix it into your moisturizer or liquid concealer.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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May 29, 2013

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1. We’ve kicked off the sunny season – and now to tackle that Summer Bucket List.

2. Summery décor ideas. So your home can be just as bright as your warm-weather outlook.

3. A whole board full of seashell DIYs means one thing: time to hit the beach.

4. Sandals, espadrilles, and wedges, oh my! Finally – light and airy shoes (on a daily basis).

5. Short, beachy dresses and cover-ups. Because a vacation deserves a whole new wardrobe.

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May 28, 2013