The Thursday Buy: These American Trench Sweatshorts Are the Best Pair of Casual Summer Shorts

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If you’re in the market for a pair of the best casual shorts for men this summer, today’s Thursday Buy can help you out. To get more specific right off the bat, the American Trench Pigment-Dyed Sweatshorts are some of the best men’s shorts you can buy for laidback lounging and really, whatever you have on your plate this casual and fun summer. It doesn’t come as too much of a surprise though, does it? We’re talking, after all, about American Trench, purveyors of some of the best American-made menswear out there right now.

If you’ve perused the pages of this blog through the years, you know that American Trench initially started out with a focus on the best men’s trench coat before branching out into the best American-made socks and much more. These days, the Pennsylvania-based brand makes all sorts of menswear and gear imaginable, including the breezy, easygoing and yet very well-made American Trench Pigment-Dyed Sweatshorts. These could be the very shorts you come to rely on and wear all summer. After all, I’d imagine you could use a new pair of shorts or sweatpants after a year of working from home. Maybe you’re heading back to the office, though, and in need of some of the best lounge shorts to wear after the 9-to-5 grind. Either way, the American Trench Pigment-Dyed Sweatshorts are your new go-to pair for plenty of seasonal pursuits.

SHOP: The American Trench Pigment-Dyed Sweatshorts 

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Your new favorite pair of shorts have plenty going for ’em starting with the unique approach to their fabrication. They’re made from 100 percent cotton fleece made with EcoLife© yarn, which blends 50 percent recycled materials and 50 percent cotton from the Better Cotton Initiative. That means these stylish men’s sweatshorts are sustainable as well as stylish.

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The pigment-dying process gives each pair a soft finish and unique look, and it helps that the resulting range of colors (including the Sky option shown above) is breezy and fresh for summer. These are some of the best men’s casual shorts for good reason, and I’m sure you’ll find plenty of ways to wear ’em. That goes for the beach and the bonfire as well as the brewery, teamed up with your favorite summer polo or the best white T-shirt for men, too. My personal favorite is the Storm (grey) color, which I’d wear with a navy polo or pocket tee and my favorite white leather sneakers. Any way you look at it, the American Trench Pigment-Dyed Sweatshorts are the answer to your summer prayers for casual, easygoing-yet-stylish summer shorts for men. Happy shopping and stay cool, folks.

SHOP: The American Trench Pigment-Dyed Sweatshorts 

Style Pick of the Week: Buck Mason Canvas Walk Shorts

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Ladies and gentlemen, the time has come to put away your sweatpants and athletic shorts and step out this summer wearing some of the best men’s shorts for summer and well beyond. If you’ve read the blog (or glanced at the headline), then you know that the best shorts for men this summer are yours for the taking from a longtime favorite of The Style Guide: Buck Mason, a brand that drew initial style inspiration from Ohio before setting its sights on locales like Austin, L.A. and New York City.

The great news is, you can wear the Buck Mason Canvas Walk Shorts to each and every one of those cities, and on summer adventures, and anywhere you darn well please this season. How’s that for a return to normal and a return to standout summer style? I’m right there with you, and even on paper, I can definitely appreciate the classic style and durability of these Buck Mason canvas shorts. They’ve got all the proper specs when it comes to your new favorite shorts, and we’ll keep getting into what makes ’em so great — if you keep scrolling, that is.

SHOP: The Buck Mason Canvas Walk Shorts 

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Helpfully, the Buck Mason Canvas Walk Shorts are much more stylish and well-built than the sweatshorts you’ve probably been rocking consistently as of late (guilty as charged). The stretch cotton canvas offers durability and yet ease of movement, with the design modeled after army surplus shorts. They’re about as classic a pair of men’s shorts as you’ll find, right down to the easy-access front slant hip pockets to haul your everyday carry gear. The 8-inch inseam is neither too short nor too long — it should hit above the knee, but if you want a pair of Buck Mason shorts with, well, a shorter cut, give the Buck Mason Deck Shorts (featuring a 6-inch inseam) a look. It helps that they also feature a hidden drawcord waist, a handy touch for ease of movement and comfortable patio lounging. As with most things Buck Mason, these rugged canvas shorts are agreeably priced, retailing for $85 at Buck Mason.

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These durable canvas shorts have plenty going for ’em on the style front, too. You’d be remiss not to wear them with everything from a classic white T-shirt to, say, a Buck Mason polo for a bit of breezy summer fun at your next BBQ or beer-centric patio evening. Plus, four color options, including a khaki-like Willow Mojave Wash, offer up something for everyone as far as crisp, cool summer style is concerned. And once again, that mobile and easy-to-wear fabric blend (cotton and spandex) makes these a pair of stylish canvas shorts you can wear everywhere from the trail back to town. And trust me: You’ll want to wear them at least that much.

SHOP: The Buck Mason Canvas Walk Shorts 

The Thursday Buy: These Relwen Shorts from Huckberry Are The Best Men’s Shorts for Summer

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Your new favorite shorts for spring and summer.

Consider this your lucky day if you want to stock up on the best men’s style essentials for summer — and more to the point, the best shorts for men this summer, because we’ve got ’em right here, right now in today’s Thursday Buy. With Memorial Day looming and summer adventures aplenty on the horizon, the Relwen Flyweight Flex Shorts, as sold by our good friends at Huckberry, are the versatile and durable shorts you didn’t know you needed.


Or perhaps, you knew you needed upgraded shorts, but didn’t where to start. Again, you’re in luck today with some of the best men’s shorts, and that’s great news for all of us. If you’re not familiar with Relwen, know that the brand makes everything from polos to outerwear to lightweight technical pants, all with a distinctly classic bent that’s derived from field gear and military wear. I love Relwen men’s jackets in particular, but it’s a pair of the best utility shorts for men that have me hankering to get out there this summer. The Relwen Flyweight Flex Shorts use a sateen cotton twill that’s smooth and yet durable, blended with polyester for the perfect amount of stretch this spring and summer.

SHOP: The Relwen Flyweight Flex Shorts

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One of three cool colors in which you can get this standout pair of shorts for spring and summer.

And when it comes to your new favorite shorts, Relwen isn’t cutting any corners — these aren’t that ratty old pair of cargo shorts you’ve been wearing. No sir, they’re cut nice and tailored, but not too slim, with a 9-inch inseam that’s not too long. If you want shorts with a 7-inch inseam, you should check out the Flint and Tinder 365 Shorts, but let’s keep it tuned right here, right now with the Relwen Flyweight Flex Shorts
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Available in colors like Bright Navy and the cool Faded Camo as shown above, these shorts are distinctive and yet versatile, able to be paired up with your favorite short-sleeve henley or a Relwen polo at a moment’s notice. Plus, they feature a gusseted crotch for greater ease of movement on the trail or when bellying up to the bar. On top of that, the details in this pair of the best shorts for men are well-thought out, too. That includes the black oxidized zipper, snap, and metal button hardware on the Relwen Flyweight Flex Shorts, of course. Now, they’re more expensive than your average pair of shorts (they retail for $158 at Huckberry), but they’ve got the versatility and the style points to back up the price. They’ll work well with stylish canvas sneakers or even hybrid hiking sneakers, not to mention your favorite short-sleeve shirts for summer.  If you ask me, it’s a wonder that the Relwen Flyweight Flex Shorts aren’t in your digital shopping cart already.

SHOP: The Relwen Flyweight Flex Shorts

Style Pick of the Week: Todd Snyder Weekend Shorts

Unbelievably cool and casual summer shorts from a favorite menswear designer.

Turn toward one of your favorite menswear brands — that’d be the inimitable, NYC-based Todd Snyder — to pick up a pair of the best men’s shorts. Well, OK, that’s step one — let’s talk about why exactly you need the Todd Snyder Weekend Shorts in your rotation, shall we? The very aptly named Todd Snyder Weekend Shorts exemplify laidback cool for the warmer months, and they’re part of a full lineup of the best shorts for men being sold by the brand — many of which feature summer-friendly colors, breezy fabrics and (this is crucial) a relaxed drawstring waist and nicely tailored fit. Yes indeed, you could likely call these some of the best summer shorts, given that they check so many of the right boxes.

But really, would you expect anything less from one of the best menswear designers on the planet? Snyder just gets it, and takes throwback style staples into the 21st century in a way that’s subtle but stylish all the way through. So, that brings us back to the Todd Snyder Weekend Shorts. The rich indigo chambray fabric is a serious selling point — I can nearly guarantee you don’t have anything like this in your wardrobe currently. In fact, it’s not just any old run-of-the-mill stuff (pun intended) — these stylish summer shorts are made with 97 percent cotton & 3 percent Lycra from Italy’s Albini Mill.

SHOP: The Todd Snyder Weekend Shorts

A button back pocket offers space for your everyday carry.

These are, simply put, some of the best shorts for men for a reason, and it’s got to be the fact that they’re casual enough to wear with your favorite T-shirt, yet easy to wear with a classic polo and leather loafers all the same. Lest we forget, they feature an elasticized drawstring waist, so they’re easy to pull on for, well, the weekend alongside your favorite canvas sneakers and that perfectly worn-in tee (preferably from the Todd Snyder x Champion line). Make no mistake, though — in spite of that drawstring waist, these are far from, say, gym shorts.

The tailored 7-inch inseam is akin to that of shorts you’ve likely already got in your wardrobe, but again, these stylish summer shorts amp things up in terms of fabric and great looks. These are summer shorts you can throw and forget about, whether you’re firing up the grill or hanging out in a socially distanced fashion with friends. Pair them with dependable sneakers and a rugged short-sleeve henley, team them with your favorite polo and leather loafers, toss ’em on with a broken-in tee and classic Converse sneakers — either way, the Todd Snyder Weekend Shorts can put in work, plain and simple.

SHOP: The Todd Snyder Weekend Shorts

See Now, Buy Now: These Buck Mason Deck Shorts are Summer’s Most Versatile Shorts

With the way things have been going around these parts, maybe shopping for summer style essentials has taken a back seat. And now, well, you realize you’re in need of a pair of the best men’s shorts for summer — and ASAP, at that. Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to the Buck Mason Vintage Deck Shorts, easily some of the most versatile and best shorts for summer. If you read the blog, you know Buck Mason — this all-American brand makes everything from the best men’s T-shirt to plenty of stylish, easygoing denim shirts,  textured polos and slim blue jeans. Of course, add the Buck Mason Vintage Deck Shorts to that list of essential men’s gear right now, too. What makes these stylish shorts so darn necessary for the season? Let’s start with the aforementioned versatility. They’re made of a quick-drying cotton-nylon fabric blend — that means that yes, these are shorts that also double as swim trunks. What makes them more akin to chino shorts than baggy boardshorts, though? It’s got to be the stylish, tailored cut — the Buck Mason Vintage Deck Shorts channel perfectly retro style that doesn’t look out of place these days at home or (socially distanced) at the lake. The preferred pairing? Naturally, stylish boat shoes and a classic T-shirt, beer in hand.

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The versatility of the Buck Mason Vintage Deck Shorts keeps getting better, though. You’ve got your pick of four color options, each of which wear well with summer style staples like a crisp white T-shirt or a navy slub polo in equal measure. These are stylish summer shorts you can throw on and forget about — the elasticized back waistband provides comfort and mobility for backyard hangs and summer grilling sessions, too. And let’s not forget about the very agreeable price — classic summer shorts for under $90 (in this case, $85), especially ones that double as swim shorts … that’s one heck of a deal from possibly your new favorite menswear brandMaybe you feel you’re all set when it comes to both shorts for summer and your swim trunks, but aafter seeing the Buck Mason Vintage Deck Shorts, I’d certainly think twice. Let me know if you decide to pick them up by paying me a visit on Twitter!

Thanks for reading,

-Beau

See Now, Buy Now: These Stylish Grayers Shorts are the Best Summer Shorts Right Now

Essential summer shorts from Grayers.

Seeing as it’s Memorial Day and all, the time has never been more fitting to think about seriously upgrading your summer style essentials — and that’s where the best men’s shorts for summer come into play. Everyone’s summer plans are likely looking quite a bit different than previously thought — gone are music festivals, outdoor concerts & crowded beaches (for the foreseeable future). replaced instead by quieter times at home. Rest assured, style is as essential as ever, so the Grayers Bruce Stretch Dobby Shorts are going to put in plenty of work this season. The best men’s chino shorts should be easy to throw on with a breezy slub tee or your favorite polo, and then forgotten about — in a way. That is to say, the fit, versatility and fabric should be so spot-on, you don’t have to worry about them. And that’s what these classic men’s shorts are offering today (and the rest of summer). The best shorts for men, in this case, start with a cotton-spandex blend that focuses on stretch and comfort (kind of like stylish chinos from Grayers), and the square front pockets make these more like rugged field shorts than baggy khaki cargo shorts from days past — these are both great things.

SHOP: The Grayers Bruce Stretch Dobby Shorts

Rugged details make these a highly versatile, highly stylish pair of summer shorts.

The Burro color (as coined by Grayers) is stylish and versatile, making these slim chino shorts well-suited to wear with, say, a navy slub polo or a crisp white tee. Add in your favorite canvas sneakers for an afternoon or evening of enjoyment at the grill (crisp lager in hand), and you’ve got summer style that’s nicely adapted to the current times we live. As with most Grayers gear, these classic shorts are nicely priced  ($88 via Grayers), and are part of an extensive lineup of stylish men’s shorts from the brand overall. Remember: Although you’re grilling at home rather than heading to your favorite rooftop restaurant, you can still look great while hanging out — and the Grayers Bruce Stretch Dobby Shorts are going to help you meet that challenge quite nicely.

SHOP: The Grayers Bruce Stretch Dobby Shorts

Style Pick of the Week: Taylor Stitch Trail Shorts

The perfect go-between when it comes to stylish summer shorts.

Surely, you’re not sick of hearing about the best men’s shorts for summer, are you? And surely, you’re definitely not sick of hearing about Taylor Stitch, everyone’s favorite, San Fra-based retailer … right? Well, that’s good, because we’re diving headfirst into both areas with today’s Style Pick of the Week, the Taylor Stitch Trail Shorts. Again, there’s a difference between average shorts and between the best new shorts on the market — and these are up for your consideration in that category. The Taylor Stitch Trail Shorts toe the line between casual and rugged, as fitting for a park stroll or a day hike as they are for grabbing a pint at your favorite brewery — and Taylor Stitch wouldn’t have it any other way. It starts with the old-school navy corduroy fabric, which is livened up for summer with 1 percent spandex — these aren’t stiff chino shorts, nor are they logo-heavy athletic shorts, and that means you can pair up the Taylor Stitch Trail Shorts with classic white sneakers and your favorite T-shirt just as easily as you can wear them with a new hemp polo and leather moccasins.
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SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Trail Shorts

Stylish shorts for whatever your summer holds — even skateboarding.

It’s tough to find shorts that again strike the balance between an active lifestyle and, y’know, actual style points, but the Taylor Stitch Trail Shorts take care of that handsomely. The light rinse gives them the kind of comfortable, lived-in feel you love, right out of the box, while the front slash pockets and stitched-down front pocket bags bring the whole “field shorts” vibe home. Thnk of the Taylor Stitch Trail Shorts like the old-school shorts your pops might have worn to go camping back in the day (again, ideally paired with classic leather mocs and a classic light beer). The point is, these are easy, breezy, super-stylish shorts, the kind you’d absolutely expect Taylor Stitch to produce — right? Right. And there’s still plenty of time to wear them for the rest of the summer, from bonfires to upstate camping trips and brewery visits. The 8-inch inseam should suit even the tall among us, too. What’s not to love about the Taylor Stitch Trail Shorts? There’s a long list of positives — to say the very least.

SHOP: The Taylor Stitch Trail Shorts

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#OOTD: A New and Improved Way to Wear Shorts This Summer

Do you ever find yourself struggling with how to wear shorts? As in, how to find the right cut, color & fabric, and then wear ’em in a way that’s unique to you … yet still friendly and fashionable (but not too fashionable) for a summer weekend? That’s what we’re here today to discuss, and we’ll start by digging into the stylish shorts from Flint and Tinder that are going to set you apart from the pack. Looking for slim, tailored shorts that hit above the knee is the first critical step, and then finding the right summer men’s style essentials — like a classic navy polo and a pair of the best men’s sneakers on the market right now. It’s not just about grabbing a great pair of shorts, then throwing on whatever is in reach. In fact, each of these picks are just a little more stylish and visually interesting than the gear you might be used to wearing with shorts, and that means you can take this #OOTD a heck of a lot of places. Which is to say: For a relaxing summer day at home or on the road, the Flint and Tinder Weekend Shorts are only the start of a stylish, fun day. BBQs, breweries, summer celebrations aplenty … this is how to wear shorts for all of those occasions.

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The very best way to wear shorts? Well, it’s certainly one way!

  • The Shorts: Flint and Tinder Weekend Shorts, $78 — These stylish shorts from Flint and Tinder live up to their name, easily. They’re laidback and ready for … the weekend.
  • The Polo: Relwen Stripe Slot Pique Polo, $98 — How can you not love Relwen’s take on the classic navy polo? This is a visually interesting change of pace as far as the best men’s polos go, and it pairs perfectly with new & improved shorts.
  • The Classic Sneakers: SeaVees Legend Chambray Sneakers, $88 — When the weather gets nice and breezy, you should turn toward some of the best men’s sneakers on the market, this time in a summer-friendly chambray.
  • The No-Show Socks: Proof 72-Hour Merino No-Show Socks, $29 — Let’s account for all the small details with these stylish no-show socks from Proof, shall we?
  • The Sunglasses: Raen Optics Wiley Sunglasses, $135 — These are no run-of-the-mill sunglasses here, no sir. These are some of the best sunglasses you can reach for this season, blending modern style and old-school cool.
  • The Everyday Bag: WP Standard Canvas Travel Bag, $289 — Be it a trip to the store or a trip to the park, this dependable everyday bag from WP Standard can hold all the gear you need — and then some.
  • The Wallet: Filson Bi-Fold Wallet, $135 — Whether you hit up your favorite BBQ joint or grab a scoop (or four) of ice cream, this Filson wallet is going to carry your cards and cash in style.
  • The Grooming Essential: Duke Cannon 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner, $14 — Hey, summer is no time to let your grooming slip — use Duke Cannon essentials, like this great-smelling shampoo & conditioner, to take care of business.

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Before you head to your next BBQ or casual weekend brunch, are you feeling more acquainted with how to wear shorts? Namely, new & improved shorts from a favorite brand like Flint and Tinder? Starting with a foundational item as great as those shorts, what with their weekend-ready vibe (literally!) only sets you off on precisely the right foot. The right supporting cast also makes all the difference, which is why we’re recommending you wear a classic navy polo with just a bit of a twist — the same can be said for those SeaVees sneakers, assuredly some of the best men’s sneakers you can pick up at the moment. Of course, it’s critical that you pair up those sneakers with stylish no-show socks to keep your feet & your sneakers in great shape. And no matter where you go (the beach? a road trip?), a dependable everyday bag from WP Standard is one way to carry your everyday essentials while standing out from the pack. The little details, as ever, also matter — you won’t be leaving behind your Filson wallet anywhere, I can guarantee that. And if you choose to outfit yourself with some of the best sunglasses your money can buy, then your #OOTD gets all the more stylish and summer-ready. But really, things get off on an even better foot when you use a great-smelling shampoo & conditioner, then dress accordingly with stylish shorts. How do you plan to wear this #OOTD? Let me know on Twitter. Thanks for reading! 

Style Pick of the Week: Flint and Tinder 365 Shorts

A classic pair of shorts from one of your author’s favorite brands.

Ahh, yes — what else to say about the Flint and Tinder 365 Shorts other than the fact that they’re potentially the best men’s shorts for summer? Well, given that high praise to start this post … I actually have a lot more to say (and all good things, mind you). With Memorial Day bearing down on us and many summer adventures calling, you’re going to need a pair of shorts that work with every single off-duty look you can muster, the type of stylish shorts that you can wear to plenty of warm-weather happy hour outings, BBQs and beach trips.

In that regard, I’m quite pleased to report that the Flint and Tinder 365 Shorts get the job done — and then some. Along with a pair of new sunglasses and perhaps a stylish tee or polo, the right pair of shorts are a make-or-break when it comes to building summer outfits. Cargo shorts are out of the question, as are overly baggy shorts (even if they don’t have an abundance of pockets). No sir, you want to be looking for a pair with a tailored fit and a length that hits above the knee — exactly like the Flint and Tinder 365 Shorts. As sold by our friends at Huckberry, they’re also an excellent value for the quality; in fact, they’re not too different from a “shorts version” of the lauded Flint and Tinder 365 Pants, and that includes the fact that they’re sold in neutral colors like Earth and Moss (all the better to wear all the time).

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The Moss colorway is highly versatile and quite stylish, to boot.

Helpfully, the Flint and Tinder 365 Shorts feature the sort of specs and wearability you expect from the F&T brand. That means they’re made from 97 percent cotton and 3 percent Lycra for stretch and all-day comfort, from the coffee shop to the park to the bar (preferably when worn with something like a classic henley and vintage-inspired sneakers). They’re also garment-dyed for extra comfort right out of the box, so they’ll feel like your favorite pair of shorts from the first wear.

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And although it’s a small attribute, the Flint and Tinder 365 Shorts are preshrunk, so no need to worry about that happening when you wash ’em. We already covered off on the versatile color offerings, but to me, a pair of the Flint and Tinder 365 Shorts  in the Earth (think khaki) shade is as good as it gets, imminently wearable with a navy polo and brown leather loafers or beat-up canvas sneakers and a short-sleeve henley. If you want shorts that are nearly as versatile as your favorite chinos, you should reach for tthe Flint and Tinder 365 Shorts. They’re so good, you might be tempted to wear them to the office … but save ’em for the weekends instead.

 

 

Online Shopping Picks: The Top Shorts to Buy for Summer

Stylish shorts — simple enough, right? Wrong. The top shorts to buy for summer are a far cry from the athletic shorts many of us grew accustomed to through high school … and college … and hey, after college. Coming from a guy who loves  a pair of slim light wash denim (even in the summer), it’s still crucial to not let your casual style slip up — and well-fitting, well-made shorts in seasonally friendly fabrics are one way to stay in shipshape. After all, you can wear a pair of stylish men’s shorts with nearly any of your other favorite summer style essentials — from a classic Oxford to a patterned short-sleeve shirt. That goes for lightweight layering pieces, too — a tailored pair of shorts, cut to hit above the knee, can serve as a complement to a light wash trucker jacket, a rugged short-sleeve henley and essential summer sneakers. And if you’ve read my work over at Effortless Gent, you know that it can sometimes be tricky to find the perfect pair of shorts — that goes for both fit and style potential. Know that the below picks cover off on both key ares quite nicely. Heck, even a few of the picks you’ll see below — like the Myles Apparel Everyday Short   — can work on an outdoor hike or at a laidback BBQ.  To see how I’m wearing shorts this summer, join me on Instagram; if you think I left out any brands, let me know in the comments. Cheers!

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#1. Finisterre Coverack Shorts — $72.98

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The Coverack Shorts are a bit pricey — but all the more stylish and essential for it.

While it’s tough to list out just one pair of shorts in this top spot, it’s something we gotta do. And for my money, the quality, value and classic style of these Finisterre Coverack Shorts is pretty tough to top. From the easy-to-wear shade of khaki on the Coverack Shorts to laidback design touches like a garment-dyed finishing process, they should go with just about anything. Try ’em out with a light blue polo and sharp white sneakers (plus a tough dive watch) for go- anywhere weekend style.

#2. Myles Apparel Everyday Short — $58

A nicely tailored, mobile pair of shorts fit for the gym or a backyard BBQ.

We told you that our picks for stylish shorts would work at more casual summer functions as well as athletic pursuits — right? Right. The Myles Apparel Everyday Short    comes in a host of colors and features a tailored-yet-mobile fit more commonly found on athletic shorts. Yet, it eschews the gaudy logos you often see on athletic shorts — consider this gym gear for the grown man (or tall teenager). You can easily throw these on for a casual stroll through the park or your morning run — of course. And with all those color options, you might want more than one pair.

#3. Topo Designs Mountain Shorts — $69.98

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For the guy who values function and form, the Topo Designs Mountain Shorts are the pair to buy.

When it comes to shorts — or menswear in general — are you  more of a technically inclined guy? Just as likely to focus on the durability and fabric quality as the fit? In that case, the Topo Designs Mountain Shorts were made for you — to say the least. From the ripstop cotton construction to the top-stitched front pockets — that means more room for your everyday carry — to the selection of stylish colors (including an olive option), you need the Topo Designs Mountain Shorts in your life for your next hike or camping trip.

#4. Abercrombie and Fitch Flat Front Shorts — $28.80

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Stretch chino shorts in a neat spring color — perfect for the season ahead.

It’s nearly a menswear fact — at least to your Style Guide editor — that you can’t go wrong with a pair of stretch cotton chino shorts in a 7-inch inseam. Why so specific? Well, the inseam length works for most guys — and the neat color and fabric? Those are perfect summer style moves. Try out these shorts with a slim-fit white polo and stylish, retro-inspired sunglasses — try it out on a first or second date for maximum effect, fellas.

 

 

 

#5. Iron and Resin Logan Shorts — $74.98 OR Pistol Lake French Terry Sweatshorts — $65

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Two options, both featuring a drawstring waistband and a modern fit.

Want the feel of your favorite, broken-in, easy-to-wear pair of shorts? Better yet, want that in a silhouette that’s much more polished than you might expect? That’s what you’re getting with the Iron and Resin Logan Shorts, a distinctly summer-friendly offering from a brand known for its rugged motorcycle gear. And the Pistol Lake French Terry Sweatshorts  are an old Style Guide favorite — remember this 2015 Style Pick of the Week feature? Of course you do. Wear those to the gym or to a beach bonfire — it’s as easy as that.

Honorable Mention: Cory Vines Path Shorts  — $37.98

Slick, stylish and effective gym shorts for under $40? Sign me up.

For the guy who appreciates reliable, affordable and hard-wearing performance shorts, look no further than the Cory Vines Path Shorts. These shorts blend lightweight mesh with neutral colorways, an excellent price and a fit that hits above the knee — another reliable option for gym shorts or heck, errand-running, beach-strolling, park-walking shorts. And hey, for under $40? That puts the Cory Vines Path Shorts just about on my list of the top shorts to buy for summer.

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Is your shopping cart filled up with stylish shorts for summer? Maybe more than one pair? Across the board, it’s perhaps easier than ever to get reliable shorts in a modern cut made from excellent fabric — take picks like the more tailored  Finisterre Coverack Shorts or the more casual Iron and Resin Logan Shorts. And when one considers the seamless blend of athletic functionality and style that something like the  Myles Apparel Everyday Short    brings to the table, it’s not as tricky as it once was to upgrade your game across the board. Throw in classic picks from the likes of Abercrombie and Fitch and Pistol Lake — plus the quietly good Cory Vines Path Shorts — and you’re set for any shorts-wearing situation you can dream up. If you’d like to offer up your thoughts on this list, join me on Twitter.

For now — happy shopping and stay stylish!

-Beau