It’s summer and that means it’s shorts season. Yes, it’s easy to throw on a pair of loose basketball or sweat shorts and call it a day. The thing is, you can only wear that type of shorts at home or near a court. There are so many best men’s shorts out there. Fashion has moved from guys not having options to so many options that it can be hard to pick one or two because there are prints, stripe, and more colors than dozens of rainbows combined.
How to wear the best men’s shorts
You can throw on a T-shirt or a tank top with a pair of denim shorts and be done. If you’re going out to hang out with friends, maybe grab a bite to eat or a beer, try pairing cotton or linen blend shorts with a button-down or a polo shirt. The change of fabric ups the shorts’ style game gives you plenty of options and combinations to work with.
You can wear a solid color or graphic print tee with cotton or linen shorts. When wearing a graphic tee, use an “arty” type print, maybe throw on a long-sleeve button-down shirt, leave it open, and save the band tees for jeans or denim shorts.
Ready to reinvent your wardrobe? Check out our list of the best men’s shorts of the season.
1. HUF Paraiso Tech Short
BEST TROPICAL VIBE
Inspired by classic botanical prints, colorful herbs are strewn along a vanilla background. The nylon tech fabric has a water-repellent coating, elastic waistband with an adjustable belt, and there’s a zippered mesh pocket on one leg. The print also comes in navy/purple tones.
2. ASOS Design Skinny Denim Shorts
These skinny denim shorts sit at the natural waist, have ladder rips and an unfinished hem for a distressed look. Made with stretch, these could be considered the best men’s shorts because they move with you.
3. Greyson Montauk Classic Fit Queen Bee Shorts
BEST FUN CLASSIC STYLE
Men’s summer shorts are often festooned with anchors, lobsters and anything nautical. These classic cut men’s shorts have a blue-gray background and adorned with bees. Lots of bees, all over the shorts. Cheeky fun, these shorts could be worn with a linen button-down and loafers.
4. Aether Hydro Short
BEST FOR BEACH AND BEYOND
Aether’s Hydro Short is made from non-stretch woven polyester with a water-resistant finish. It has an adjustable waist, angled pockets and can be worn in the pool as well as at the brunch table. This is the best men’s shorts for water and dry land. It also comes in navy and deep burgundy.
5. Dockers Men’s Classic Fit Perfect Short
BEST CLASSIC KHAKIS
Everyone should have at least one pair of simple khaki shorts. They’re one of the best men’s shorts because they go with so many things, they’re the foundation of tons of summer outfits. Have a last minute lunch with your SO’s parents? Toss these on with a short-sleeve shirt and you’re golden. They go with any type of footwear, and any top. Made from 100% cotton, they have an extra-long cellphone pocket and come in 10 other colors.
6. ASOS Design Cargo Shorts in Camo
BEST CAMO SHORTS
Though a little bit on the exotic side, camo shorts are no less a necessity than khakis or sweats. With a simple tee and simple shoes (as pictured below), you can build a stylish and cool outfit in minutes. Just remember not to go either all camo or pair with a heavily patterened shirt. The idea here is to make your camo shorts the headliner of your outfit.
7. Everlane The Air Chino 7” Short
BEST FOR HEATWAVES
Everlane’s Air Chino Short got it’s nickname because they’re made with a 4.2-ounce lightweight cotton poplin blend. It’s an airy, light fabric that keeps you cool even when it’s scorching out. These are the best men’s shorts when you need to keep your cool. Made with stretch, the shorts don’t prohibit movement. They also comes in six other colors in case you want to pick up a few pairs.
8. H&M Slim Denim Shorts
You can always count on H&M for a lot of style without spending a lot of money. These denim shorts can be worn cuffed or long, making them exceptionally versatile. Slightly distressed, they have five pockets and belt loops. The denim shorts also come in five other washes.
9. Linksoul Recycled Boardwalker Short
Linksoul’s a relatively new brand with roots in both golf and sustainability. Helmed by John Ashworth, of the golfwear company Ashworth, Linksoul is his passion project. The recycled boardwalker short is a good example of his wares. Made from recycled polyester, cotton and stretch, these well-made shorts can be worn when playing golf, swimming or running errands.
10. BooHooMan Short
BEST RAT PACK VIBE
Looking like they stepped out of a beach cabana circa 1956, these black and white plaid shorts have a striped elasticated waistband, pockets and racing stripes down the side of the leg. For an extra bit of style this summer, you can’t go wrong with these shorts.