Fellas, we need to have a serious talk about our shorts. How many of you are currently wearing a pair of shorts that end at the knees (or, worse, below)? How many of you haven’t reevaluated your shorts game in a few years and might even have a few from high school still shoved in the back of your closet?
Shorts aren’t the most flattering garment on anyone, I’m sorry to say. Good style has a lot to do with proportions, and when you throw on a pair of shorts, you’re cutting off a clean line of your silhouette, making your legs look stumpy and your torso out-of-whack. Many of us have been conditioned to think that men’s shorts should be a modest nine-inch inseam. I’m here to crack that myth and tell you to go short or go home.
Short shorts are a great way to lengthen the look of your legs while also showing a bit of skin. It takes a bit of getting used to, but short shorts can be a flattering enhancement to nearly any body type. A five-inch inseam will also keep you cooler and give you a little bit of breathability for your boys compared to the excess fabric of a longer short.
The Best Men’s Short Shorts
It makes sense why Patagonia’s Baggies have a bit of a cult following. They’ve got a five-inch inseam, but enough room in the thigh for movement and air flow, so you don’t have to worry too much about pinching or discomfort. They’re made from a quick-drying nylon for wearing on a trail or in the pool, while coming in a ton of color options to match your personal style.
J Crew 5” Flex Khaki Short
For a more formal, New England look, these J Crew shorts are a great option. With a tailored fit and a balance of both pastel and muted tones, you can dress it up for a preppy look or keep it casual with a nice cotton sweater on cooler nights.
Todd Snyder Weekend Short
It’s hard to emphasize how adaptable these shorts are during the summer. While they may look like a basic lounge short, the quality and construction of Todd Snyder sets these over a more economical option you’d find at a local department store or H&M. Made with a blend of cotton and tencel, you’re looking at a breathable short that maximizes comfort while the muted tones mean you can get away with wearing these in most summer settings.
A&F 5 Inch All-Day Short
Abercrombie and Fitch has delivered on quality and design over the last few years. Long gone are the days of seagull-blazoned polos from the brand, which has since taken a more style-forward approach to its products. These all-day shorts, with a tailored feel that’s still very casual, shows the direction the brand is heading toward and it’s one that is multifunctional, fashionable, and at a reasonable price.
Birdwell Classic Corduroy Short
If you’re looking to have a retro feel to your wardrobe, Birdwell is a great option. Inspired by the 1970s coastal culture of California, Birdwell’s corduroy shorts have a great vintage design with large front pockets and open short leg. And don’t be too confused by the use of corduroy here. It’s a rugged fabric that will only get better with age.
Duvin Design Disco Sport Short
Taking it all the way back to the 60s and 70s is Duvin’s interpretation of the short short. It’s a versatile option both in terms of style and function. With a heavy lean on the vintage, it’s great to pair with a simple t-shirt or wear for a beach weekend. Ostensibly a workout short with an interior liner, it can also double as your everyday lounge short with a pair of sneakers for a day out in the city.Buy Now $69