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 everyday 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.