The 18 Best Men’s Shorts for Showing Off a Little Leg This Summer

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Warmer weather is finally here and we couldn’t be more thankful. After a tumultuous winter inside with weather that broke records across the entire country, we’re taking full advantage of the hot temperatures this summer. No more complaining about the heat. Ever. Just our favorite t-shirts, our best men’s shorts and good vibes all summer long.

After a winter away inside, you might have forgotten how to dress for warmer weather. We understand, your stained college hoodie and the best joggers in your dresser have been uniform since November, so it’s no surprise if you need some help. We got you. This time around, we’re starting with the best men’s shorts for summer.

How to Wear the Best Men’s Shorts

The best men’s shorts make summer fashion easy. Because men’s shorts are never, ever formal, you can throw just about any casual item of clothing you have in your wardrobe on to match them. Tees and polos? Sure. Tanks? Absolutely. Shirtless? Go for it. Crop tops for men? You better.

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 your best 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 some classic short shorts for men. The 5-inch inseam style is back from the dead, people. And, when wearing a graphic tee, ditch those 5-Below graphic gamer tees and go for something on the artsier side under a long-sleeve button-down shirt. Leave it open, of course. It ain’t winter.

Band tees? Save ’em for jorts. They’re a match made in heaven.

Ready to reinvent your wardrobe? Check out our list of the best men’s shorts of the season. And if you still haven’t found what you’re looking for, check out our roundups of the best men’s swim trunks and hybrid water shorts.


1. Mack Weldon Maverick Tech Chino Short


Mack Weldon’s tech chino shorts take the cake for a plethora of reasons. Not only are they beyond cozy, but they have six pockets for keeping your stuff safe in places you can’t even see. Additionally, they’ve got a flexible fit and are easy to care for. Simply throw them in the wash with the rest of your clothes without even thinking twice. Last but not least, these chino shorts are even water and stain-resistant. A little bit of red wine ends up on your thighs? Don’t even stress about it.

Mack Weldon Maverick Tech Chino Short Courtesy of Mack Weldon


2. Amazon Essentials Classic-Fit 9″ Shorts


Chino shorts are clearly where it’s at, so you might want to get yourself a couple of pairs before it really gets hot out there. Chino shorts have a great way of looking great whether they’re dressed up or down, making them a versatile option any guy will look good in. Try these comfortable, classic-fit chino shorts for your next summer date. Pair them with the most handsome polo shirt you have in your closet. You’re going to kill it, bud.

Amazon Essentials Classic-Fit 9" Short Courtesy of Amazon


3. Bonobos Stretch Washed Chino Short 2.0


You can’t hate on Bonobos. It’s simply not possible. Bonobos makes some of the best chino shorts for men that you can find on the internet. Their Stretch Washed Chino Shorts 2.0 is an updated version of their classic, much-loved shorts. They come in a wide variety of colors and lengths depending on your short style preference. And, of course, hence the word “stretch”, they’re some of the comfiest shorts you’ll throw on this year.

Bonobos Stretch Washed Chino Short 2.0 Courtesy of Bonobos


4. J.Crew 5″ Stretch Chino Short


Who wears short shorts? We wear short shorts. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you already know that short shorts for men have made a comeback in the past couple of years. Yeah, they looked dope on your dad in the 70s, so why can’t they look just as good on you in the 20s? These short shorts from J.Crew below are hard to hate. Get ready for some compliments, bud, because these short shorts are some of the best men’s shorts that money can buy.

Read More: The Best 5-Inch Inseam Shorts for Men

J.Crew 5" Stretch Chino Short Courtesy of J.Crew


5. J.Crew 5″ Varick Flex Khaki Short


Alright, it’s safe to say that J.Crew is tough to beat when it comes to short shorts. With that said, J.Crew’s Varick flex khaki shorts are another pair of favorite 5-inch inseam shorts of ours right now. They come in a wide range of colors and come with a 5″ inseam, perfect for showing off all that man thigh.

J.Crew 5" Varick Flex Khaki Short Courtesy of J.Crew


6. DUER No Sweat Short


Talk about breathability. DUER’s No Sweat Shorts are some of the most breathable shorts we’ve ever seen. They’re made with natural TENCEL fibers that are soft to the touch yet completely cooling, making them ideal for warmer weather. When wearing, you’ll notice the shorts are slim at the hip and hit the top of your knee, giving them a more modern fit. There are a few colors available, but you can never go wrong with black.

DUER No Sweat Short Courtesy of DUER


7. Rhone 7″ Commuter Short


In the summer, it’s almost impossible to wear pants to the office. Just imagining those sweaty legs on the train is making us woozy. If only there were a handsome pair of shorts good-looking enough to wear into the office. Lucky for you, there are. The Rhone 7″ Commuter Shorts are perfect for any kind of guy allowed to wear shorts to work. They’re made with a stretchy fabric that will keep you comfy from your commute to your constant seat-moving, come in an array of handsome colors and look great on.

Rhone 7" Commuter Short Courtesy of Rhone


8. vuori Kore Shorts


If you’re going to spend the majority of the summer kickin’ back and relaxing again — just make sure you do it outside and give your body that well-deserved Vitamin D. The vuori Kore shorts are a great pick whether you’re relaxing out on the patio or hiking with your pup. They’re totally lightweight, functional and comfortable, so they’ve got your back no matter where you bring them. Who said the best men’s shorts can’t be for lounging?

vuori Kore Shorts, best mens shorts Courtesy of Nordstrom


9. United By Blue 7″ Organic Pull-On Shorts


These pull-ons make some of the best men’s shorts we’ve seen in 2021. The pair has a comfortable texture and waistband, making them ideal for just about all of your summer adventures. United By Blue’s shorts are sustainably sourced and also promise to remove one pound of trash from the world’s oceans for every product purchased. Does it get any better than that? We don’t think so.

United By Blue 7" Organic Pull-On Shorts, best mens shorts Courtesy of Target


10. H&M Cotton Chino Shorts

ONLY $20

We love these shorts for one simple reason: they’re super comfortable. Basically, they’re the perfect everyday shorts for summer. Wear them around the house or out and about, and either way you’ll feel cool and comfortable all day long. These cotton twill shorts have a stretchy elastic waistband and hidden drawstring but still accommodate a belt just like regular khaki or chino shorts. They come in a range of colors to match your preferred style. So, yeah, the best men’s shorts can be affordable.

H&M Cotton Chino Shorts Courtesy of H&M


11. Nautica Men’s 6″ Stretch Twill Classic-Fit Shorts


You’ve been seeing them everywhere, but if you haven’t, we’ll be the first to tell you: men’s 5″ inseam shorts are everywhere this summer. It’s essentially all we’re wearing. But, if you’re too afraid to show that much thigh, these 6″ stretch twill classic-fit shorts are perfect for staying ever-so-slightly more secure with your look. Essentially, these are exactly what you need if you want to get in on the 5″ inseam shorts gang but you don’t want to go all out yet.

Nautica Men's 6" Stretch Twill Classic-Fit Shorts Courtesy of Amazon


12. Dockers Classic Fit Perfect Short


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.

Dockers Classic Fit Perfect Short Courtesy of Amazon


13. ASOS DESIGN Slim Skater Denim Shorts


Jeans go with everything, so if you want an easy way to throw together a good-looking, last-minute outfit this summer, you’re going to want to snatch a pair of jean shorts (otherwise known as jorts) before September comes along. Jorts are easy to buy, all you have to do is make sure they hit stylishly above the knee to stay looking good. Any jorts that reach under the knee are a big, fat no. Simply do not. You’ll look like the nerdy kid from elementary school, and nobody wants to go through that trauma again.

ASOS DESIGN Slim Skater Denim Shorts Courtesy of ASOS


14. Everlane 7″ Slim Fit Performance Chino Short


Black goes with everything. Although it’s not the most summery of colors in the world, it doesn’t matter — match it with the most summer-centric tee you’ve got in your closet and you’ve got yourself a loot. These shorts are so versatile, they can pair with just about anything. Try them with a pair of Converse high tops, a white tee and an open button-down shirt.

Everlane 7" Slim Fit Performance Chino Short Courtesy of Everlane


15. RVCA Yogger IV Athletic Shorts


Yeah, they’re a little bit on the exotic side, but these RVCA camo shorts are no less a necessity than khakis or sweats. With a toned-down 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 patterned shirt. The idea here is to make your camo shorts the headliner of your outfit. These are also perfect for running, swimming and hiking.

RVCA Yogger IV Athletic Shorts Courtesy of RVCA


16. Standard Cloth Oliver Nylon Short


If this summer is anything like the wacky winter we just had, we can all expect a hot one — no matter where you’re at on this Earth. Heatwaves, in the last few years at least, have been quite the norm in most areas of the United States, so it’s important you stay prepared with a handsome pair of shorts that can act as a swimsuit when you need it. Standard Cloth’s Oliver shorts are exactly what you need for a hot-as-hell summer. They’re made from nylon, which is what most men’s swim trunks are made of, so they’re perfect for the water. They come in a variety of candy colors to choose from, but these green ones have to be our favorites.

Standard Cloth Oliver Nylon Short Courtesy of Urban Outfitters


17. 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.

Linksoul Recycled  Boardwalker Short Courtesy of Linksoul


18. UO Corduroy Volley Short


We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again — corduroy is back and it’s not going anywhere this time. This once-deemed cool-weather material is finding its niche easily in every season through men’s beach pants and short shorts alike. Just check out these volley shorts to understand what we’re talking about. They have a 5-inch inseam (which is what all the cool kids are wearing these days) as well as a back flap pocket for extra protection.

UO Corduroy Volley Short Courtesy of Urban Outfitters


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