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The Best Shorts to Wear This Summer

Beat the heat in style.


In the warmer months, shorts are a necessity. And while they don’t have a place in the office, come the weekend (or vacation) you need a few pairs to choose from. Aim for a pair that is both comfortable and fun, and embrace casual elements like linen and drawstrings. The picks below should help you look your best when the heat is on.

Best Overall Summer Shorts: Alex Mill Pull on Button Fly Shorts

Pull on Button Fly Short
Alex Mill huckberry.com

Unstructured shorts aren't it! Yes, they're comfortable — ah, basketball shorts — but they pair well with very few tops. As such, opt for something sturdier, like Alex Mill's Pull on Button Fly Shorts. They're made from 97-percent cotton and 3-percent spandex (for some stretch) and feature five pockets — two big ones on the front, two on the back and an extra snap closure on just below.

Best Upgrade Summer Shorts: Kapital Leopard Print Wide Leg Shorts

Wide-Leg Leopard-Print Poplin Shorts
Kapital mrporter.com

Cut from quick-drying poplin, Kapital's leopard print shorts look incredible — especially with their wider fit and flowy bottoms. There's an adjustable belt to keep them cinched tight and a zipper closure pocket to store your valuables.

Best Affordable Summer Shorts: Rhythm Classic Linen Jam

Classic Linen Jam
Rhythm huckberry.com

For the price, there are few better bottoms than Australian surf brand Rhythm's Classic Linen Jam shorts. The 7 inch inseam sits above the knee and the linen-cotton blend construction affords breathability and a natural look and feel.

Uniqlo Chino Shorts

Chino Shorts
Uniqlo uniqlo.com

The most straightforward pair of shorts is probably the chino short. And Uniqlo’s penchant for no-frills quality basics makes it a go-to in this regard. Its Chino Shorts come in an all-cotton twill fabric in a dozen different colors and feature surprising quality details like bound internal seams.

Patagonia Baggies

Baggies Short
Patagonia huckberry.com

For over thirty years, Baggies have been one of Patagonia’s most popular products. It’s simple, functional design includes recycled fabric that’s lightweight and quick-drying, mesh pockets and a secure rear flap pocket.

Outerknown Nomadic Volley

Nomadic Volley
Outerknown outerknown.com

These shorts go between the water and the land effortlessly with quick drying recycled polyester fabric. They’ve got a drawstring waist, two hand pockets and a rear zip pocket.

Stan Ray Fatigue Short

Fatigue Short
Stan Ray endclothing.com

Drawing on vintage military fatigue pants (which Stan Ray has been making in Texas for decades), this summer-ready rendition features a light and durable cotton ripstop fabric. Classic patch pockets at the front and rear flap pockets round out the details.

Industry of All Nations Ponja Drawstring Shorts

Ponja Drawstring Shorts
Industry of All Nations industryofallnations.com

Made in India from organic cotton, these shorts are naturally dyed with indigo (this shade is achieved with 12 dips in a dye vat). The feature a drawstring waist, two hand pocket and a buttoned rear pocket.

Birdwell Corduroy Shorts

Corduroy Shorts
Birdwell birdwell.com

You can still rock corduroy in the summer. In fact, Birdwell encourages it. Its loungey shorts feature front patch pockets, a rear flap patch pocket and a button fly.

Gramicci Packable Shell Short

Packable Shell Short
Gramicci endclothing.com

The cult-favorite outdoors brand Gramicci is one to look toward when it comes to shorts. These are made from a nylon fabric that’s tough and lightweight, and they come with a thoughtfully-designed crotch gusset for comfort. Aside from the included belt, front and back pockets, the most unique detail has to be that it’s packable.

Fjallraven High Coast Relaxed Short

High Coast Relaxed Short
Fjallraven endclothing.com

Fjallraven's High Coast Relaxed Shorts are made from a mix of recycled polyamide and elastane, offering stretch when needed. An embedded elasticated drawstring waist does, too, and zippered hand pockets help keep your EDC in tow.

Corridor Pincord Camp Shorts

Pincord Camp Shorts
Corridor NYC huckberry.com

These cotton thin whale corduroy shorts by Corridor balance being casual and yet still pulled together. They're breathable, feature a button tab and zip front, two buttoned back pockets and an inseam of 7 inches.

Battenwear Camp Shorts

Camp Shorts
Battenwear battenwear.com

Made in the USA, Battenwear’s Camp shorts are wind and water-repellant nylon fabric that has a soft cotton feel. They come in a handful of retro-inspired colors and have more pockets than your average pair of shorts.

Bode Senior Cord Camping Rugby Shorts

Senior Cord Camping Rugby Shorts
Bode bodenewyork.com

Made with a beautifully rustic corn-colored corduroy fabric, Bode’s Senior Cord Camping Rugby Shorts are an elegant solution to the summer heat. They feature an elastic waist, and near imperceptible pockets — plus, plenty of illustrated patches.

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