Men’s shorts are that perfect seasonal option in your closet that allows you to live your best life and catch the breeziest breeze during the hottest time of the year. Not too long ago, most men preferred baggier shorts that fell at, and sometimes below, the knee. More recently, and with an assist from Milo Ventimiglia, 5-inch inseam shorts are making a major comeback. Performance running shorts typically come in three distinct lengths: 5, 7 and 9 inches. However, in 2021, it’s easy to find guys sporting chino shorts, jean shorts (aka jorts), swim trunks and other types of everyday shorts with a thigh-baring 5-inch inseam.
These tiny men’s shorts were one of the biggest fashion trends of 2021, and even though we’re approaching the fall season, they’re still extremely popular with runners and men in warmer parts of the country.
No, men wearing five-inch inseam shorts isn’t a new idea, but the way that the current generation of shoppers has found a way to harp on the importance of short shorts is remarkable. Although it may take a little bit of courage to actually rock these shorts, they will make you look nice and modern — what else could you want?
Five-Inch inseam shorts are pretty self-explanatory, but we’re going to explain them anyway. The inseam is the inside seam on a pair of pants or shorts and it dictates how long or short the garment will be when you put them on. Five inches is not very long at all and it’s perfect for offering an optimal breeze during the blazing summer months and showing some serious thigh. They typically come in a range of fabrics and colors that will appeal to all senses and aesthetics. So, what are you waiting for? Get on with it and show off those legs!
Below, we’ve rounded up the best pairs of 5-inch inseam shorts for men that will help you show off those thighs.
1. J.Crew 5″ Stretch Short
These 5-inch inseam shorts for men are possibly one of the best things J. Crew sells. The stretch shorts feature a zip fly and are made out of cotton and elastane. They provide the perfect amount of stretch while keeping a sophisticated air about themselves. They are sustainable and should definitely grace your closet.
J. Crew 5-inch Stretch Short
2. lululemon Bowline Stretch Shorts 5″
We’re big fans of lululemon’s new men’s apparel for Fall & Winter 2021. The collection has all of the athleisure wear, training gear and running shorts that active guys need to stay comfortable and stylish no matter what Mother Nature has in store for you. For athletes and runners, the Bowline Stretch Shorts, which come in both 5″ and 8″, have tons of useful features that elevate them beyond your standard running shorts. The stretch fabric is water-repellent, and zippered pockets make it easy to keep your phone and keys handy at all times.
lululemon Bowline Stretch Shorts 5-Inch
3. MaaMgic Athletic Gym Shorts
BEST FOR ATHLETES
This option is breathable and comes in a cotton and polyester mix. They come in nine color options and will make your work *that* much more enjoyable. They feature two side zip pockets and an elastic waistband for storage and comfort. Perfect for running, pickup basketball and gym days, these MaaMgic gym shorts will become your new go-to shorts for working out
MaaMgic Mens Athletic Gym Shorts
4. Bonobos Anywhere Short E-Waist
Bonobos finds a way to remix menswear classics and give them a modern, stylish twist. This pair of five-inch inseam shorts is no exception. This pair comes garment dyed with the intent to give them a worn look. They feature on-seam side pockets, flat heather drawcords, vented hem and mesh pocket bags. They are also moisture-wicking, UV resistant and quick drying.
Bonobos Anywhere Short E-Waist
5. Men’s Under Armour Launch Run 5″ Shorts
If you prefer running shorts that come with their own lining, then you’ll want to check out these 5-inch inseam shorts from Under Armour. The lightweight and stretchy fabric lets you move freely as you chase after a new personal record. The fabric is also designed to wick moisture and avoid nasty odors. Finally, while you might think there’s no way you can store your phone in running shorts, Under Armour designed this piece of clothing with a secure phone pocket.
Men's Under Armour Launch Run 5
6. Vuori Banks Short 5″
Vuori is known for creating clothing with versatility in mind. These Banks Shorts are no different. The fabric used for these shorts is made with recycled water bottles. They come in nine colors and will take you from land to sea with ease.
Vuori Banks Short 5-inch
7. Chubbies The Dark N’ Stormies 5.5″ Flat Front
BEST FOR ANYBODY
Chubbies used to be known as the “college dude” brand, but now they’re popular for every man. This flat front design is comfortable and will stretch no matter what. Even though they don’t feature an elastic waistband, these shorts will make sure that you are still comfy. They come in eight colors and you should check them out.
Chubbies The Dark N' Stormies 5.5-inch Flat Front (Stretch)
8. BDG Washed Out Volley Short
It’s a purple summer, boys. Show some thigh by drenching your legs in a color you don’t have enough of in your wardrobe. These classic volley shorts mimic the ones your dad had in all those photos he’s got from the 70s. They have a vintage look to them and pair well with Converse high-tops and a classic tee.
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BDG Washed Out Volley Short
9. Patagonia Strider Pro 5in Short
BEST FOR ALL WEATHER
Patagonia is a heritage brand that is known for its activewear that typically doubles as casual or streetwear. These shorts come in a lightweight fabric that’s great for running or lounging around the house after a major WFH day. They come in five colors and feature an inner lining that wicks moisture, stretches and breathes during all of your rigorous workouts.
Patagonia Strider Pro 5in Short
10. Standard Cloth Oliver Nylon Short
Nylon shorts are great for sweaty dudes since they wick away water so easily. These bright yellow shorts from Standard Cloth will be a staple to your clothing this summer solely because of how accessible they are. Wear them doing quite literally whatever. They can get wet, they can stay dry and they’ll make you look awesome.
Standard Cloth Oliver Nylon Short
11. Roark Akta Shorts 5″
For those who are more on the active side, Roark has running shorts that will complement your life nicely. These shorts feature a lightweight four-way stretch that will make sure that you can keep your body moving and grooving. They feature a rear zip pocket for essentials as well as two gel stow pockets. We’re big fans of this black tie-dye pattern but if it’s not your jam, they also come in green or black.