Mar 26, 2005, 10:38 PM
Post #2 of 33
Well Carol, you have finally given me the opportunity to comment on short pants before there are a jillion posts about never seeing a Mexican man wearing them. None of my comments here apply to tourist areas, especially the costal tourist areas. They don’t represent typical Mexico much, until you get away from the tourist attractions.
Re: [Carol Schmidt] Annual thread: Appropriate to wear shorts in Mexico?
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While men wearing shorts will always be in the minority, I see many men wearing them on our rare hot days here in Cuernavaca. Most of the times I see them they are in stores shopping, but I have seen well dressed men wearing shorts in dinner houses too. If they know how to dress in shorts, they do not look out of place. They are always well dressed Mexicans wearing a nice shirt, and footgear. I wear them sometimes too, as does my Mexican wife, and her mother. Because of the hot summers up there, I used to wear them in Alaska sometimes too. Yes, like the rest of me, I do have good looking legs. I have never seen another American or Canadian wearing them here in Cuernavaca. After you have been here awhile, you can spot a Yank or a Canadian two blocks away.
The secret to appearing well dressed while wearing shorts, is don’t be cheap, buy well tailored shorts. If you buy 5 Dollar shorts, you will look like a man wearing 5 Dollar shorts. Wear a nice shirt. Never go without socks and just wear something like sandals, or huraches on your feet. Wear nice looking socks that match your pants, at least mid-calf length. Wear appropriate shoes. I favor open mesh fabric slip on shoes, or light colored slip on leather shoes. What a man in shorts is wearing on his feet leaves a bigger impression than anything else.
We had guests this week from Mexico City. One of my wife’s uncles was wearing shorts every day. He wears them frequently in Mexico City too, he never looks ill dressed. Before anyone posts anything about Cuernavaca even remotely resembling Mexico City, I will say that nothing could be further from the truth. I have lived in both places.
The people of Cuernavaca don’t hold the folks from Mexico City in as much disdain as many Mexicans do, they seem to feel more sympathy for them. They know we have less crime, less traffic congestion, lower prices, no pollution, and a far better climate. We all know many people in Mexico City that would love to move here, but their jobs keep them chained to the city.
In the time we have lived here, I don’t think it has ever gotten lower than 13º to 14º C (56° to 58° F) in the winter, or higher than 34° C to 35° C (94° F to 96° F) in the summer, most summer days are around 22° C to 24° C (72° F to 75° F). There have been times every winter when my wife is at her mothers house in Mexico when she will call me at night and tell me that it is snowing there. It is usually cool at night here when it is snowing in Mexico. True, it doesn’t snow all over the city, and it melts almost as soon as it hits the ground, but it does snow there almost every winter. It never gets anywhere near freezing in Cuernavaca.
The online temperatures for Cuernavaca are always several degrees higher or lower than the actual temperatures are. That’s because the readings are taken at the airport here, I think. Our airport is about 25 miles south of town, and we all know who lives at the airport.
Anyway, wearing shorts is a matter of taste, if you don’t have any, don’t wear shorts.
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(This post was edited by RexC on Mar 26, 2005, 10:48 PM)