Shorts Are a
Game of Inches
a Game of Inches
The 20 best pairs
to pull on right now
For the last few summers, there’s been a shorts debate about either going for the 5” or 7” inseam. You can do either, but it feels like shorts are getting longer again, and dare I say ... even cargo shorts and jorts are making a comeback.
Personally, I'm not the biggest advocate for shorts because I always opt for a pair of lightweight pants whenever the weather heats up. But a few years ago I bought a pair of dock shorts (featured below) in navy and black, and they've been in my rotation ever since. The inseam hits the sweet spot of 6” and they're a nylon fabric with a drawstring, so they're easy to wash and inexpensive enough to stock up on.
Other than dock shorts, there are all sorts of other fabrics and fits like camp, tech, linen and hiking—each giving off a certain vibe. No matter the inseam you choose though, remember that the fit and fabric are what is key. And don't be afraid to go with a pair of swim trunks too. They can double as shorts since they're usually mesh-lined and made from nylon—not unlike a pair of Patagonia Baggies or Ghiaia mare swim shorts.
When putting together your look, pretty much nothing is off limits. Feel free to mix it up and wear a long sleeve T-shirt or a denim jacket with your bare legs for a nice, transitional weather look. Herewith some of our favorite pairs that will take you through Labor Day.
Protect Your Skin
If your legs have been covered all year, don’t forget to use sunscreen. This one from Salt & Stone is an all-natural, fragrance-free SPF 50 lotion that’s lightweight and sweat-resistant.
Natural mineral sunscreen lotion SPF 50, $28 by Salt & Stone