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The Best Men’s Shorts To Wear All Summer Long

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Photo: Flint and Tinder 365 Shorts

While most men will typically save their shorts for workouts or lounging around the house, summer is one season that proves an exception to the rule. Of course, you’re more than welcome to continue rocking those heavy blue jeans or that constricting pair of chinos, but you’re not doing yourself any favors. Between the sweltering heat, the intense sunlight, and the noticeable lack of a breeze, such a combination is a surefire way to end up drenched in sweat, riddled with stink, and, as a result, saddled with discomfort. In other words, it’s okay to deviate from your pants-wearing principles — if not for yourself, then for those who are stuck smelling your company. From performance-inspired chinos to stretch-fit cords to ripstop adventure offerings, what follows are what we believe to be the best men’s shorts.

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Styling your shorts

Warm weather means it’s time to break out the shorts, but different situations call for different lengths, functions, and adaptability. Generally speaking, 5-7″ shorts are the most popular style right now, but longer shorts works well too if you’re looking for more sun protection. Although cargo and hiking shorts have their place, if you’re looking for style and comfort over utility, then it’s best to keep things short and sweet. At the end of the day, it’s up to you when shorts are appropriate and what kind, but usually they’re reserved for non-business hours and sunny conditions. With the overwhelming variety of options on the market, it’s entirely possible to dress your best whilst also giving your legs some much-needed breathing room. Not only that but, as the temperature continues to warm, there will also inevitably come a time when you want to hit the beach or lay out by the pool. We’ve rounded up a choice selection of offerings that’ll help you beat the heat and dress for success.


The Safe Pick: No list of shorts would be complete without a pair of Patagonia’s Baggies — they’re pretty much purpose-built for outdoor summer adventure. Made from a 100% recycled nylon blend with a durable water-repellent finish, they make for an offering that can handle anything your day has in store. Just be sure to pick up a few pairs, as there’s a wide range of colors, patterns, and prints from which to choose.

Material: 100% recycled nylon
Inseams: 5″, 6.5″, and 7″


The Best Sweat-Wicking Shorts: With these pull-on performance-inspired chinos, you don’t have to compromise on the feel just because you’re trying to look your best. Despite their polished presentation, they come crafted from a sweat-wicking, quick-drying 4-way stretch fabric, meaning they wear like any old athletic short. And because they retain all of their pockets, buttons, and various other adornments, no one around you will ever be the wiser.

Material: 94% cotton and 6% elastane
Inseams: 5″, 7″, and 9″


The Best Chinos: For the business-casual look, a pair of chinos is always great. Flint and Tinder’s 365 shorts are up to the task with a chino cut featuring better stretching. This makes for a comfortable pair of shorts, bolstered by the 98% cotton blend, that can work in any situation (as they allude to in the name). And the new 7″ inseam makes them even more versatile, but they’re also available in 5 and 9 inches.

Material: 98% cotton and 2% spandex
Inseams: 5″, 7″, and 9″


The Best Hemp Shorts: If you’re in the market for something sturdier than your average summer shorts, then The Après Shorts from Taylor Stitch are worth a look. This 100% hemp iteration of a classic piece is much stronger than traditional cotton shorts. It also blocks UV rays and odors so they’re perfect for hot weather. Additionally, it’s garment dyed and washed to make it softer on the skin.

Material: 100% hemp and 100% cotton pockets
Inseam: 6″


The Best Gym Shorts: Designed in collaboration with Champion, Todd Snyder’s Midweight Warm Up shorts were inspired by activewear (gym shorts specifically). It’s a simple design with a clean hem and 100% cotton, making for a soft pair of shorts fit for lounging or lifting. And with the Champion cosign, you know they’re built to last.

Material: 100% cotton
Inseam: 7″


The Best Corduroy Shorts: With half of its founders hailing from Tokyo and the other half from Byon Bay, Australia, Banks Journal is something of an international effort. And it shows in the thoughtful design of the brand’s apparel, as each piece pairs a hard-wearing, adventure-ready construction with a clean silhouette and an added dose of sustainability. With these Big Bear Walkshorts, you’re getting a stretch corduroy fabric made from an organic cotton material, cut short and sewn with pockets all around.

Material: 98% cotton corduroy and 2% elastane
Inseam: 7″


The Best Formal Shorts: If you’re after a pair of shorts that combine the technical performance of swimwear with the refined aesthetic of dress clothes, you can’t go wrong with this option from Faherty. Aptly named the ‘All Day Shorts,’ they’re made to be quick-drying, highly functional, and perfectly tailored, incorporating an eco-friendly recycled construction with a pair of mesh-lined pockets. And because they’re available in multiple inseam lengths — both with and without belt loops — you can cater the look specifically to your particular needs.

Material: 75% recycled polyester, 17% cotton, and 8% elastane
Inseams: 5″, 7″, and 9″


Buck Mason Loomed Linen Fatigue Short

The Best Linen Shorts: Linen is a popular choice for summer clothing so Buck Mason’s Loomed Linen Fatigue Shorts are a great choice. The shorts have a light and breathable weave that will wick moisture and naturally fight bacteria growth. They’re also garment washed with softener and enzymes for trusted comfort out of the box (or off the rack).

Material: 7oz of linen with an elastic waist
Inseam: 8″


The Most Durable Shorts: Love it or hate it, cargo shorts are back — and in a big way. Thankfully, this pair from Carhartt’s WIP line skimps on the baggy style of the early oughts in favor of a slimmer fit and a more tasteful look. That said, the shorts still retain their trademark utility, as they’re made using a cotton ‘Columbia’ ripstop fabric, and they come with multiple pockets at the hips, the thighs, and the back of the legs. What’s more, they feature a convenient integrated cinch cord for secure, belt-free adjustment.

Material: 100% cotton
Inseam: 10″


Saturdays NYC Joby Mountain Short

The Best Shorts for Getting Wet: Okay, so at $145 a piece, these shorts from Saturdays NYC are definitely a bit of a premium pick. However, the added expense comes with brand recognition, and the overall package is a true cut above other adventure-ready options. Featuring extra storage with a hidden zipper closure and an elastic waistband.

Material: 100% nylon
Inseam: 6″

The Best Basic T-Shirts for Men

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Although you likely have some shirts already, it’s a good idea to check out our best basic t-shirts guide to complement your new shorts this summer.