Best Men's Shorts

20 Best Men’s Shorts

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Even if you find yourself squarely in the “no shorts, ever” camp, it’s time to think about trading in your denim or chinos for a pair of the best men’s shorts. Seriously. Stylish, well-fitting and well-made shorts are a secret style weapon in that you can wear them just as you’d wear your favorite pair of light wash jeans or khaki chinos. That is to say, once you’ve found the perfect pair — or pairs — you’re all set for style combinations (and summer adventures) aplenty.

Before you think twice about trading in your beloved selvedge, know that some of your favorite brands — from Taylor Stitch to Bonobos — are making mighty fine shorts for spring and summer. There’s never been a better time to get into some sharp-looking, hard-wearing shorts. Trust us.

Taylor Stitch Camp Shorts

Taylor Stitch Camp Shorts

Taylor Stitch considers every stitch and detail of its garments, and that’s to the benefit of consumers everywhere. Indeed, just because the weather gets warm out, doesn’t mean the brand slacks off. Far from it, as the Camp Shorts feature a garment-washed, eye-catching 100 percent cotton herringbone in a neat olive drab color. In trademark fashion, these jeans should team reliably with a sturdy Taylor Stitch chambray shirt and your favorite pair of leather sandals for casual Saturday strolls — pre-order them while you can, though. – Buy It

Myles Apparel Everyday Shorts

Myles Apparel Everyday Shorts

If a brand claims to make the “Everyday Short,” there’s a good chance they mean it — and there’s an even better chance that only one brand can say that. That brand would be Myles Apparel, offering up tailored athletic shorts that can pull duty far beyond the confines of a gym. With a crisp, neutral grey color, four-way stretch fabric and a custom-made paracord drawstring, expect these shorts to stand up to your next marathon, or a casual coffee run, in equal measure. – Buy It

Taylor Stitch Travel Shorts

Taylor Stitch Travel Shorts

Didn’t think shorts could work for travel? Think again. Taylor Stitch has set out to make the Travel Short, and early efforts would indicate they’ve succeeded. Made from sturdy-yet-stretchy 6oz. Nylon and featuring tough details like ballistic mesh pocketing, the Travel Short comes in a handsome Charcoal color, complete with quick-drying functionality and a reliably modern, mobile fit. There’s nothing else you need more than shorts that can work for a swim, and then with a quick change, work for drinks after — and these are that pair. – Buy It

Todd Snyder Hudson Tab-Front Chino Shorts

Todd Snyder Hudson Tab-Front Chino Shorts

The master of modern American menswear as we know it — it’s not far from the truth — does just as well as you would expect when it comes to making shorts for spring and summer. Which is to say: Very well indeed. The Hudson Tab-Front Chino Shorts are perfect for dressy pairings (think a crisp white polo and loafers) or casual island wear. The soft-sanded twill is piece dyed to create what the brand calls a “subtly weathered” look. We’d say that’s a winning design. – Buy It

Howler Brothers Horizon Hybrid Shorts

Howler Brothers Horizon Hybrid Shorts

Shorts that serve only one purpose are a thing of the past — at least, they are with the Howler Brothers Horizon Hybrid Shorts. Featuring quick-drying nylon that moves from sea to shore and back, these shorts are built with both crisp looks and paramount functionality in mind. If you’re a guy who’s got a lot to do in a day — from a countryside hike to drinks in town after — these are the shorts for you; that’s an easy guarantee. – Buy It

Taylor Stitch Maritime Short

Taylor Stitch Maritime Short

Leave it to Taylor Stitch to fill out your wardrobe with easily wearable pieces fit for both land and sea — all season long. The brand’s custom linen herringbone maintains structure while providing breathability, as the brand says — and they provide significant style points, too. The 8.5-inch inseam provides a clean, tailored look that pairs up well with boat shoes and a striped navy polo or a rugged henley and classic canvas sneakers. That’s all you can ask for in your next pair of shorts. – Buy It

J.Crew Stretch-Cotton Twill Shorts

J.Crew Stretch-Cotton Twill Shorts

J. Crew is taking a decidedly modern approach to its classic twill shorts, blending the neutral navy shorts with style, a modern fit and most importantly: A hint of stretch. That stretch means these shorts are made for strolling on the beach, kicking back with cocktails and even wearing on a long Sunday drive. Pair them with your favorite spring sneakers, a classic polo and a tailored dive watch for easygoing style, day after day in the warm and breezy summer months ahead. – Buy It

Topo Designs Mountain Shorts

Topo Designs Mountain Shorts

Topo Designs means business with its Mountain Shorts, and that’s a great thing for those among us who mean business, too. Crucially, the lightweight iteration of the Mountain Shorts is easy to wear this summer. These are multi-functionality shorts at their best, crafted with breathable fabric and filled with adventure-ready design features. Those features include an adjustable web belt and pockets designed to drain water — take ‘em in the river, take ‘em on the trail and know that they can definitely keep up. – Buy It

Taylor Stitch Commuter Shorts

Taylor Stitch Commuter Shorts

For its Commuter Shorts, Taylor Stitch definitely went big-time — that much is clear. The brand’s Commuter Shorts feature a custom-developed fabric featuring 70 percent Merino and 30 percent Sorona, a plant-based fiber crafted for softness and tensile strength. It’s a blend that’s unique, innovative and moisture-wicking, too. That means these shorts are both durable and mobile, able to stretch and move while remaining breathable and tailored. In short, they’re not a pair of shorts you’ll regret buying. Wear them with a tough henley and white sneakers for maximum effect. – Buy It

Flint and Tinder Breaker Trunk

Flint and Tinder Breaker Trunk

First, Flint and Tinder perfected the zip hoodie. Then, they took on everything from marled henleys to tough denim. Now, add the Breaker Trunk to that list. The diamond weave used in the stretch polyester trunks gives them mobility while giving you comfort. They’re quick-drying and performance-ready, as you might expect, and they feature side seam mesh pockets to keep you moving easily. Throw in the tailored cut of these trunks, and you can rest easy knowing you’re navigating the beach in style. – Buy It

Alex Crane Bo Shorts

Alex Crane Bo Shorts

The best men’s shorts out there offer ease, comfort and style — the Alex Crane Bo Shorts absolutely nail that equation, and then some. Featuring a neat, unique windowpane cotton fabric for plenty of style points, the drawstring waist gives you comfort and adds to their laidback appeal. Team these with a white linen shirt or a blue chambray short-sleeve shirt for rugged, yet simple, good looks. Don’t forget white canvas sneakers and a tough rubber-strap watch — these are your new summer shorts. – Buy It

Oliver Spencer Linen Drawstring Shorts

Oliver Spencer Linen Drawstring Shorts

If you haven’t caught on yet, linen is the way to go for easygoing spring style. And when you get shorts that combine the tailored appeal of a modern brand with comfort, you shouldn’t waste any time in picking them up. That’s what makes the Oliver Spencer Linen Drawstring Shorts so appealing — they’re breezy and laidback, complete with a neutral color and easy-to-wear style. These belong in your bag — along with leather loafers and a white polo — on your next tropical vacation. – Buy It

Penfield Pac Short

Penfield Pac Short

Functionality and packability are the name of the game with the Penfield Pac Short. Designed to be hard-wearing and tough for outdoor adventures — yet easy enough to pack into itself using the zip leg pocket — they’re the shorts you need for your next hike. Featuring a mesh lining and DWR-coated polyester, they also include unique touches like a webbing belt and a mobile fit — perfect for navigating rocky terrain. As always, don’t sleep on any gear sold by Huckberry — these guys know what they’re doing. – Buy It

J.Crew 9" Oxford Shorts

J.Crew 9″ Oxford Shorts

Masters of both prep style and pieces that are destined to become modern classics, J. Crew infuses a little bit of both in the Oxford Short. Featuring a 9-inch inseam for the taller guys among us, these shorts are the perfect pair to bring on a beach vacation. They’re crisp enough to wear to dinner with a navy polo, and laidback enough to team with clean grey kicks and a simple white henley. In short, they can do just about anything you need them to do this season. – Buy It

Bridge & Burn Camden Shorts

Bridge & Burn Camden Shorts

If you just want a pair of shorts that fit well without any ostentatious design details, Bridge and Burn have got exactly what you need. It starts with the cotton-rayon fabric and the neutral navy color — both touches that ensure you can wear them as often as you need in hot and balmy summer weather. And small design touches also highlight the extra effort that Bridge and Burn puts into its work. That would be details like the contrasting waist band — oh, and the overall versatility. – Buy It

Hugo Boss Washed Linen Shorts

Hugo Boss Washed Linen Shorts

Linen is the fabric of the summer season thanks to its airy nature, lightweight construction and carefree style. Translate that approach into a pair of shorts by a noted brand like Hugo Boss, and you’ve got a winner. Known moreso for its tailored wear than casual pieces, these shorts are still more than fit to style with a white polo and leather loafers for a classic, casual look. And if you’ve been waiting for shorts that straddle the line between dressy and easygoing, these are it. – Buy It

Burberry Tailored Cotton Chino Shorts

Burberry Tailored Cotton Chino Shorts

Burberry joins the ranks of those offering stellar casual shorts from a luxury perspective — and although they’re pricey, the brand’s Tailored Cotton Chino Shorts more than pass muster. They’re a pair of shorts you’ll want to wear all the time, owing in part to the summer-friendly pale opal color as much as the tailored fit and high quality. These are, in short, exactly the kind of shorts to wear boating or beach-going for months on end this coming summer. – Buy It

Bridge & Burn Stringer Shorts

Bridge & Burn Stringer Shorts

When Bridge and Burn sets out to craft a cleanly made, well-fitting and stylish pair of shorts, it usually succeeds. The same could be said for the rest of the brand’s menswear, and that’s exactly what you get with the brand’s Stringer Dune Shorts. Featuring a drawstring waistband for comfort, an easy-to-style olive color and a reasonable 8.5-inch inseam, these are the ideal shorts for lazy day drinking sessions or outdoor exploration. Just don’t skip out on crisp white sneakers and perhaps a Bridge and Burn hat. – Buy It

Bonobos Washed Chino Shorts

Bonobos Washed Chino Shorts

It seems that the menswear from Bonobos continues to get better and better in terms of style and fit — yet, there’s something reassuring about being able to turn to the brand for its staple items. Among those items would arguably be the Washed Chino Short that Bonobos does well. Available in a range of modern lengths and a wide array of colors, the Deep Khaki option is perfect for every warm summer day — and if you could use a shorts refresh, that’s perfect for you. – Buy It

United By Blue Selby Shorts

United By Blue Selby Shorts

Despite its focus on environmental sustainability, United By Blue merges that with a collection of functional, tough menswear that’s made for the guy who loves both the city and the outdoors. As always, your purchase of the Selby Short removes a pound of trash from oceans and waterways as part of company initiatives — and it doesn’t hurt that these tailored shorts are well-made and uniquely stylish. Team them with a white linen shirt and leather boat shoes for preppy style that’s on-point and versatile. – Buy It

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