Man Repeller Crystal Ball: Not a Trend, Not not a Trend

I did something so weird yesterday and bought a pair of cargo shorts. I was browsing Far Fetch’s sale section and had my search narrowed down to shorts because there seems to be a deficiency of good ones in the market place when I stopped short at this one pair by DSquared2.

The site called them “knee length shorts” and refused to acknowledge their unapologetic cargo nature even in the longer description, but I saw them for exactly what they were: the stuff of hand jobs at Nam.

Not quite sure why I’ve been wanting a pair since March when I first put them up on the Man Repeller brainstorm board, I forewent the $400 version being offered by the luxury aggregate e-tailer and bought a version that cost literally 10% of the aforementioned price from L.L. Bean.

They haven’t arrived yet but when they do, I have every intention, in spite of Amelia’s incessant disagreeing with me on this one, to wear them with light blue button ups buttoned really far down my chest or flimsy cotton cropped t-shirts that display just the most tasteful sliver of skin by my hip bones and strappy, high heeled sandals or slides.

Maybe my liking them is a direct reaction to the plentiful bermuda shorts of the current season or maybe, like the title of this post suggests, The Man Repeller crystal ball is seeing into the future. I may or may not have seen some large sized pockets on the mood board of one Rosie Assoulin recently but in any case, you should know, I’m not doing this to fulfill an army-pants-and-flip-flops prophecy.

As far as the crystal ball can see, flip flops aren’t there yet.


  • Elisa Taviti

    Really love this!

    xx Elisa
    My Fantabulous World

  • I am curious to see how they look when your shorts arrive, Leandra. Perhaps I am the ignorant one in this situation, but I can’t seem to shake the image of these shorts being associated with an ignorant male at an amusement park, eating an overpriced corn dog which has dripped all over his NASCAR and/or {Major Beer Company Here] tee. The un-fashion-y versions (I suppose the fashion ones can hardly be deemed cargo shorts at all), just have this air about that represents everything undesirable in American culture: cheap, bad beer, h-u-g-e portions, flip-flops, football stadiums, etc. I read an essay on VICE that was only semi-joking when they claimed the “American Bro” was literally the worst thing to happen to this earth.

    Anyway rant aside, after these shorts receive the fashion treatment, I am sure they will be delightful. This industry has a way of changing things enough so they are similar to the original in name only.

  • Kristy

    Coincidentally, I did a search in the Old Navy and Gap boys section (no dice at J.Crew Kids) for a pair of cargo pants recently when I came across a picture of myself from 5th grade wearing baggy cargos, a long-sleeved tee, and a baby blue hoodie. Even though I distinctly remember my friends making fun of me for never wearing anything nice, looking back I still kind of dig the look, I look like a timid gangsta.

  • I was afraid it would come to this. I think I am just scarred for life ever since my father came home wearing these a few years ago. He went shopping for himself for the first time in 25 years. I much look forward to seeing your take on them, though.

    • Leandra Medine

      CJKEY, you need to steal those from him immediately. IMMEDIATELY.

      • I think my mother and I burned them….I also forgot to mention they came with that belt and they are SWISHY PANTS material.

      • ME

        OMG: THIS IS *MY* DAD, TOO!

        totally lurv this pic of your Old Man: thanks for sharing w/us… 😀

    • Charlotte Fassler

      OH baby

    • Steal and *burn*

  • pemora

    i was digging this look last summer, so i bought a pair of camo ones from the men’s section of UO. and…i love them. you can go really skimpy with the top and definitely rock a strappy sandal and it just works. i think i wore the heck out of those shorts last summer. now to just find them again….

  • GapToothedGirl

    I don’t like them, it’s not to me…

    xox, Gap.

  • Melissa

    I am intrigued by this, and look forward to see what they look like on Leandra when they arrive, but I don’t think I can pull this one off. I am neither young or nor cute so I am afraid they would look on me similar to how they look on CJKEY’s dad. Plus it’s baseball season for my boys and in my town, all the baseball coach dads and baseball dads in general wear these shorts. Every game, every practice, all summer long. My husband and I always joke about how they must check out tan cargo shorts to the baseball coaches along with the helmets and catchers gear every season.

  • Cat Coule

    This is too funny. Ever since I started traveling and hiking more, I’ve been wearing cargo shorts and upping my fashion game in said shorts. the cropped tee is a definite yes. I also try to pair a feminine hair accessory to tone down the tom-boy feel. #stylishhiking

  • No archival images of a Ralph Lauren look? The man who reinvented cargo as high fashion? For shame! (Seriously though, his summer Blue Label looks are on point.) xx

  • monkeyshines

    fantastic shorts!

  • The number of Mean Girls references I spot in MR articles is phenomenal. Please never stop!

  • between the blondes

    Seriously, every style I rocked in sixth grade in back in style.

  • leChat

    Yo, Sis ! Did you get the LLB men’s shorts you linked to, or the women’s? What size ?

    Also, if you dont mind sayin: How tall are you/how much do you weigh? {For comparison purposes, to help us decide what size to select in order to get a similiar fit as when you model stuff in pix.}

    Thanks, sistah! XO

    • Leandra Medine

      mens! size 29! i’m 5;7 and weigh 110 lbs.

      • chat

        wow: youre so tall ! (i’m 110, but a mere 5’3″)

        thanky for the stats!! xo

  • Petiteflower

    I think these pants will be cool on a cute girl like MR. Would you entertain the thought of pairing with those off shoulder ruffled tops by Viva Aviva, or that would be too much skin?

    A royal fan here, love every read!

    Petite Flower

  • amongthenarcissi

    Haha Emma Hagar, I like your reference to the ignorant male at the amusement park in the shorts. I know what you mean, but maybe they’ll make them look stylish?

  • OMG, no. These are not even ok for carpenters. Too many Walmart flashback when they tried to make cargo jeans a thing.

  • Accademia di Moda

    Absolutely love this trend! We think the elongated safari short is a great choice for Spring! We’re going to pair ours with either a crisp white shirt, or chambray stunner!