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The Patterned Shorts Spectrum

This summer, your shorts should make a statement. At least, that's what the swath of patterned options on sale from fashion designers and bigger brands are saying. Everyone from Lands' End Canvas to Engineered Garments is moving bold patterns and small prints off woven shirts and moving 'em down to shorts. On the bright side, printed shorts are way easier to pull off than printed pants, since any occasion where shorts are appropriate means the dress code is decidedly more laid back. From easy splurges under $30 to more pricey purchases, here's a round-up of the best ones out right now:


Hawkings McGill, $44 / $29

Styled like cut-off chinos, these dot print shorts go with just about anything.


J.Crew, $80

Subtle horizontal stripes give these indigo shorts a low-key appeal.


Club Monaco, $90

Daisy prints and side tabs give these shorts a tailored-yet-fun vibe.


Lands' End Canvas, $59

The patchwork bandana print offers a twist to classic preppy style.


Bonobos, $85

Seersucker gingham makes this pair ideal for summer picnics.


Engineered Garments, $228

These cotton Hawaiian-print shorts feature a cargo pocket on the hip.


Published on

June 25, 2013

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