37 Best Shorts For Men To Get You Through Summer In Style

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Tom Ford famously said “A man should never wear shorts in the city. Shorts should only be worn on the tennis court or at the beach.”

We’re sorry to say it Tom, but you’re wrong. A pair of shorts are a staple item in any men’s wardrobe, although we’ll admit there can be such a thing as a ‘right’ pair and a ‘wrong’ pair. We wouldn’t be seen stepping foot outside in a pair of outlandishly branded pair of sweat shorts for example. A well-fitting pair of chino shorts, however, is an entirely different ball game.

As with their longer jeans and classic chino counterparts, a pair of shorts can be broken down into several categories, and we’ve got you covered on all bases to guarantee that you find the best men’s shorts for you. If you’re looking for a new pair of swimmers or boardshorts, or you need to update your gym shorts or running shorts, you’ll find a whole list of brands on their respective pages.

But if warm weather is giving you a reason to get a new pair of everyday men’s shorts that can accompany you from daytime strolling to nighttime boozing, look no further as we’ve curated a list of the brands with the best shorts for men.

Just like any well-made suit or dress shirt, shorts also have their own grading system to looking sharp, albeit a bit more casual. The main criteria are simple: fit, material, length, and patterns. Nail these and you’ll have one of the coolest looking summer outfits, complete with the best shorts you’ve ever owned.

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Ideal Short Length

Below knee, above the knee, and short-shorts. These are the three main length categories of shorts for men these days (unless you’re into reggae you shouldn’t be rocking three-quarter shorts, and you can leave basketball shorts to Adam Sandler). For the best shorts look, choose lengths according to the rest of your outfit. Tees and singlets go with shorter shorts whilst below-knee and above-knee shorts pair well with casual dress shirts and polos.

How Your Shorts Should Fit

Would you wear a pair of shoes that don’t fit? The same answer applies to your shorts. Whilst casual trends champion the idea that if a pair of shorts are baggy and comfortable then they’re perfect, there’s more to it than that.

For styling purposes, a baggy pair of cargo shorts from 2003 just won’t cut it. What you need is decent tapering along the leg length which makes the wearer appear taller. There are rules though, and that’s not to go too tight with a pair of shorts otherwise you’re in hot pants territory. The best men’s shorts don’t show the contour of your frank and beans to the public.

The fit around your waist should also be comfortable but firm, although not tight. If you can wedge your index finger between the waistband and your waist, you’ve found a perfect pair.

Top Men’s Shorts Materials

Cotton, polyester, denim…shorts come in a plethora of material variations so choosing the right one is essential depending on the occasion. Cotton and organic cotton is usually the go-to item for more smart-casual looks whilst polyester covers the athleisure segment, and denim is perfect for a casual/street style look. There are also linen shorts these days and these are perfect for warm weather, you know those days when the mercury really starts to soar.

Popular Prints & Patterns

The rules are simple for prints and patterns – make sure there’s a contrast between your top and bottom. Whether that be through colour blocking or contrasting patterns, that’s entirely up to you. Just be wary of vertical lines as it can accentuate unflattering body lines if you don’t have the physique of Thor.

Men’s Shorts FAQ

What kind of shorts are in style?

Plain cotton shorts will always be in style, however floral and geometric patterns are currently popular in swim shorts. Keep the length above the knees. Black and navy are the easiest colours to wear.

What shorts are most flattering?

The best men's shorts considered flattering are those that are just above the knee. Thankfully, most brands follow this modern trend. Shorts that are too short or too long are best avoided.

What shoes to wear with shorts men?

Sneakers are the best shoes to wear with a pair of shorts. They're simple, look good, and are on-trend.

How To Know Which Is The Best Pair Of Shorts For Me?

There, unfortunately, isn't a one-size-fits-all answer to this question. Ultimately, the best shorts will be comfortable but will also give you confidence. If you don't feel good wearing a bright, eccentric pattern, then don't; stick to timeless colours like navy or beige. However, if you love a vibrant colourful pair, then go for it! The best men's shorts are the ones that'll make you feel good.

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