The Cargo Shorts Wars have begun.
They started with two bits of information. First, the simple fact that the past year annual sales of cargo shorts declined for the first time in a decade. Then there was Nicole Hong's Wall Street Journal story on the strife that cargo shorts -- yes, I said cargo shorts -- are causing in relationships:
"Relationships around the country are being tested by cargo shorts, loosely cut shorts with large pockets sewn onto the sides. Men who love them say they're comfortable and practical for summer. Detractors say they've been out of style for years, deriding them as bulky, uncool and just flat-out ugly. . . .
"Travis Haglin, who has worked in the retail industry for more than 15 years, including atRalph Lauren and J. Crew, said he has never felt comfortable wearing cargo shorts because they 'don't look cool enough.'
" 'Men want to be like James Bond,' " Mr. Haglin said. 'Bond never wears cargo shorts.' "