Shorts Are a
Game of Inches

Best men's shorts in 2022

Shorts Are
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.


The Best Men’s
Shorts in 2022

Noah Ripstop Cargo Short

Ripstop cargo short,
$138 by Noah

Buck Mason Loomed Linen Fatigue Short

Loomed linen fatigue short,
$105 by Buck Mason

imogene + willie The Camp Short
imogene + willie The Camp Short

The camp short,
$145 by imogene + willie

J.Crew 6-Inch Dock Short
J.Crew 6-Inch Dock Short

6” Dock short,
$59.50 by J.Crew

Alex Mill Pleated Chino Short

Pleated chino short,
$95 by Alex Mill

Madewell 6-1/2-Inch Resourced Everywear Short

6 ½” (Re)sourced everywear short,
$65 by Madewell


Stussy Washed Canvas Big Ol Short

Washed canvas big ol' short,
$90 by Stüssy

COS Zippered Swim Trunk

Zippered swim trunk,
$69 by COS

Patagonia 5-Inch Baggies Short
Patagonia 5-Inch Baggies Short

5” Baggies short,
$65 by Patagonia

Nike ACG Cargo Short
Nike ACG Cargo Short

Cargo short,
$100 by Nike ACG

Gramicci Jam Short

Jam short,
$100 by Gramicci

Los Angeles Apparel Swim Trunk

Swim trunk,
$58 by Los Angeles Apparel


Outerknown Voyager Utility Short

Voyager utility short,
$88 by Outerknown

UNIQLO Nylon Utility Geared Short

Nylon utility geared short,
$29.90 by UNIQLO

Ghiaia Cotton Mare Swim Short
Ghiaia Cotton Mare Swim Short

Cotton mare swim short,
$245 by Ghiaia

3Sixteen Fatigue Short
3Sixteen Fatigue Short

Fatigue short,
$220 by 3Sixteen

General Admission Corduroy Carpenter Walk Short

Corduroy carpenter walk short,
$110 / $55 by General Admission

Zara Pleated Poplin Short

Pleated poplin short,
$45.90 by Zara

Jungmaven Mountain Short

Mountain short,
$98 by Jungmaven

Lady White Co. Track Short

Track short,
$155 by Lady White Co.

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

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