/23 Summer-Ready Shorts to Let Your Legs Breathe in Style

23 Summer-Ready Shorts to Let Your Legs Breathe in Style

The best shorts for men? Complicated question. Before we dig into the billion-and-one designs, we gotta talk length and shape. TikTok Teens would have you believe that a five-inch inseam is the only length that matters. Fellas like Milo Ventimiglia and Paul Mescal, however, might urge you to go up a couple of inches and show off a little more thigh. And on the other end of the spectrum entirely, our May cover star Justin Bieber prefers to step out in loose, baggy shorts that would make members of Michigan’s Fab Five proud. The beauty is that you can go for anywhere along the spectrum—or, better yet, make a few stops along the way and stock your closet with a wide variety of shorts. Because there’s an absolutely insane amount of styles out there. 

To help with that, we’ve turned up the 23 best shorts for men for every possible budget and need. Whether you’re after for an elegant pleated pair—à la Giorgio Armani—or just some breathable nylon beaters to get you through the weekend, we’ve scoured the market to bring you the grade-A options that’ll free your trunks.

The Best Do-Everything Shorts

Earlier this spring, a very specific segment of menswear Twitter lost its damn mind thirsting over this unassuming pair of shorts from the Swoosh. We were skeptical at first. Then we saw the perfect inseam length, the sleek finish, the low-key colorblocking. Taken together, those details make for shorts you’ll want to wear all day every day, no matter what you’ve got on the agenda. Turns out, Twitter gets it right sometimes.

The Best All-Around Shorts

Alex Mill flat front chino shorts

When you’re after a pair of regular, everyday shorts that fit like a charm, Alex Mill truly understands the assignment. Their strategy? Take their best-selling chino pants and chop ’em down for summer wear. Wide-legged and relaxed with just a hint of stretch, they’re about as versatile, comfortable, and timelessly stylish as a pair of shorts can be.

The Best Denim Shorts

Our Legacy denim short cut shorts

Yes, it’s true: the jorts revival is here to stay, and it’s time you got on board. Our Legacy’s denim line is famous for experimenting with silhouettes and offbeat finishing touches, and their take on jean shorts is particularly playful. Using a special digital printing technique, they’ve overlaid the fades from a pair of vintage denim directly onto these brand-new jeans. The result is a pair of killer shorts that look straight off the thrift store rack, but upon closer inspection are as ultramodern as it gets.

The Red Carpet Ready Short

Séfr “Sven” twill suit shorts

These are exactly the kind of shorts to wear should you find yourself at a summer-y red carpet event or in the mood to dress up while keeping your thighs ventilated. Okay, that first scenario is unlikely. But with menswear trending back toward suiting and the inevitable return to office, the need for a gabardine short isn’t so farfetched. Wear them with dress socks and black wingtips as a resounding rebuke to WFH attire, or pair them with a faded hoodie for a high-low approach.

The Shorts With the Most Range

These shorts hit two of today’s major fashion trends. The first one is the undeniable thirst for retro soccer style. The second is Adam Sandler. There isn’t a pair of shorts that swings as wide that these do, which is exactly why you need a pair. Wear ’em with the rest of your workout gear on a heart-pumping gym session. Toss them on with a denim shirt and a bucket hat for a casual spring look. Or go full Sandler with some crusty Ugg boots and an old T-shirt as you pop into your local bodega during a brief Netflix intermission.

18 More Pairs of Mens Shorts that We Love

Fear of God Essentials fleece shorts

While other hyped-up brands build their following off loud designs, Jerry Lorenzo’s
affordable basics line offers quiet luxury in a methodically dusty palette.

Stan Ray fatigue short

Inspired by vintage army pants, these olive drab shorts are ready for duty with some chunky socks and Birkenstocks.

L.E.J. striped cotton-poplin shorts

Cabana stripes like this remind us that we need to request time off for a Mediterranean vacation.

Todd Snyder 7″ washed corduroy Weekend short

Not every weekend can be a three-day weekend. But these velvety-soft corduroy shorts can make every weekend a great weekend.

Allude straight-leg virgin wool and cashmere-blend shorts

When you’re ready to level up your lounging, these luxe sweat shorts are waiting for you.

J.Crew 6″ Dock short

Soft lilac is a soothing way to step into spring (preferably with a good pair of loafers and a refreshing cocktail).

Needles basketball short

Calling on the NBA to form a new basketball team solely to wear these shorts.

Uniqlo nylon utility geared shorts

The best cost-per-pocket shorts around.

Eckhaus Latta Switch shorts

If the Matrix took place in summer.

Indi + Ash Obelisk short

Block printed by Indian artisans using natural indigo, these breezy shorts put the ‘craft’ in handcrafted.

Tanner Fletcher Loop De Loop shorts

Tap into your sultry side with these silky, fringe-adorned shorts.

Loewe drawstring cargo-pocket cotton Bermuda shorts

The grey area between pants and shorts are these long shorts, aka Bermuda shorts. Keep everything loose and pair this with a flowy shirt and sandals or a baggy hoodie and your most thrashed
skate shoes.

Bode full towel rugby one-of-a-kind shorts

Fashioned from vintage pool towels, Emily Bode once again elevates upcycling to great effect.

Dries Van Noten Heido wide-leg printed cotton-jersey drawstring shorts

When the shorts are the mood board.

Birdwell Beach Britches corduroy shorts

Like Led Zeppelin, corduroy shorts sound like a bit of an oxymoron and rank among the greatest things to come out of the ’70s.

Rhude logo short

The MVP of NBA tunnel fits.

Gramicci G shorts

Whether you’re scaling a craggy rock face, navigating the
Patagonia Baggies shortage, or just need some solid workhorse bottoms, slot your legs into these grade-A climbing shorts.

Outerknown high tide terry shorts

Catch the wave.