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Seersucker Shorts

Gap Factory men's 8-inch seersucker short

Good/Better/Best

Seersucker Shorts

A price and style comparison

Seersucker has long since earned its spot on the Mount Rushmore of summer fabrics. Traditionally made from cotton, it's woven in such a way that the threads bunch together, giving the fabric a crinkly, puckered appearance. The benefit of this intentional crumpling? It allows air to flow more freely and prevents it from sticking to your skin. The name derives from the Persian phrase “shir-o-shakhar”, meaning “milk and sugar” for the alternating textures.

They might not be your first thought when you think of easygoing shorts. That's okay. But man can't survive solely on nylon Baggies and chino shorts, right? As prep returns to mainstream menswear, it's got a slight dirtbag edge this time. And these shorts, cut from a traditional fabric—but in a more easygoing silhouette with an elasticized waistband—are seersucker shorts that just feel right. But who makes the best pair for your money? We tried on a handful to bring three sweet styles to fit any budget.

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Good

The Relaxed
Pair

• 8-inch inseam

• Cotton drawcord ties at the elasticized waist, finished with a faux fly and split-seam openings at the hem

• Angled front pockets and oversized back patch pockets

• The longer inseam and boxier fit give it a more relaxed feel

$44.99 / $22.49 by Gap Factory

Better

The Preppy
Pair

• 6-inch inseam

• Collegiate Polo “P” and crossed oars embroidered at the hem

• Elastic waist with a buttoned closure, zip fly and buttoned back pockets

• The tailored silhouette has a more dressy fit and feel

$115 / $84.99 by Polo Ralph Lauren

Best

The Vintage-Inspired
Pair

• 7-inch inseam

• The fabric, a lightweight cotton with 2% Spandex, has a soft feel, but is incredibly durable

• Two front slash pockets and two back welt pockets

• These have an old-school fit and feel, finished with a stretchy drawstring waist—not too casual, but not too dressy

$88 by Flint and Tinder

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