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The Wide World
of Shorts

Best men's shorts in 2024 Best men's shorts in 2024

The Wide World
of Shorts

The best shorts this summer are the ones you want to wear

First the bad news: We've got a few months of sweltering heat and humidity ahead of us. But the good news? You likely have a vacation planned, and even if you don't, you can still pull on a pair of shorts to survive the dog days of summer in style and comfort. Now, I know that some men still flat out refuse to wear shorts. And I get it.

For far too long, our options were relegated to bad pairs that made men look juvenile or were simply unflattering. But it's safe to say that we're currently living in the golden age of shorts. There are no hard and fast rules of what's in style or not. You want to show off the quads you've been building at the gym? Then slip on some seriously short-shorts. There are plenty of five-inch inseams on the market today. Looking for something a bit more modest, but no less breezy and relaxed? You could go with a boxy knee-length style, complete with pleats for a relaxed, continental vibe that looks particularly nice with a pair of well-worn loafers. Maybe you want some easygoing gorp-y nylon shorts that can also take some splashing around the pool. The point is, there are no wrong ways to wear shorts in 2024. To help you make a decision, we've pulled together our top 20 pairs to sport this summer.

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The Best Shorts
for Men
in 2024

Alex Mill Vintage washed short
Alex Mill Vintage washed short

Vintage washed short,
$130 by Alex Mill

Chino Shorts

A classic choice that is adaptable and comfortable. Go for a shorter inseam for a more retro look, or size up and go longer for a relaxed, modern look that pairs nicely with lightweight, long-sleeve shirts.

Flint and Tinder 365 short

365 short,
$78 by Flint and Tinder

UNIQLO Chino short

Chino short,
$39.90 by UNIQLO

Filson Granite mountain short

Granite mountain short,
$95 by Filson

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Patagonia Baggies short
Patagonia Baggies short

Baggies short,
$65 by Patagonia

Nylon Shorts

Want to add some advanced tech vibes and water resistance to your look? Throw on some nylon shorts that pair nicely with sneakers or sandals.

18 East Trek short

Trek short,
$115 by 18 East

Fear of God Crinkly running short

Crinkly running short,
$90 by Fear of God

Nike ACG short

ACG short,
$135 by Nike

Todd Snyder Relaxed seersucker short
Todd Snyder Relaxed seersucker short

Relaxed seersucker short,
$148 by Todd Snyder

Pleated Shorts

An old-school look that wouldn't have been considered a few summers ago. But some roomy pleated shorts add some relaxed sophistication to your warm weather look.

J.Crew Linen short

Linen short,
$89.50 by J.Crew

Buck Mason Twill short

Twill short,
$128 by Buck Mason

Madewell Hemp blend short

Hemp blend short,
$79.50 by Madewell

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Abercrombie & Fitch Embroidered mesh short
Abercrombie & Fitch Embroidered mesh short

Embroidered mesh short,
$50 / $37.50 by Abercrombie & Fitch

Wild Card Shorts

Shorts, by definition, are more casual than pants and thus, allow for a little more fun. You want at least one pair that's a little unexpected. Maybe it's some cut-offs or cords, maybe it's embroidered details.

Wellen Corduroy short

Corduroy short,
$88 by Wellen

Levi's 501 '93 cut-off short

501 '93 cut-off short,
$69.50 by Levi's

CDLP Tencel pyjama short

Tencel pyjama short,
$198 by CDLP

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Everlane Linen easy short
Everlane Linen easy short

Linen easy short,
$70 / $53 by Everlane

Drawstring Shorts

The quintessential pair of shorts. Lightweight and comfortable, they's so easy they don't require buttons or zippers. Just slide them on and tie your waistband.

Flint and Tinder Seersucker short

Seersucker short,
$88 by Flint and Tinder

J.Crew Tech dock short

Tech dock short,
$69.50 / $29.50 by J.Crew

Corridor Jacquard short

Jacquard short,
$165 by Corridor

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A Note on
Proportions

While there aren’t hard and fast rules when it comes to the length of your shorts, you can use the inseam to your advantage. If you’re under 5’ 9” or have thicker legs, shorter shorts will make you look longer and leaner. The longer the hems (those hitting closer to the knee), the more your shorts should be less fitted and more relaxed.

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