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 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

#OOTD: The Best Way to Wear Shorts this Summer

Editor’s note: You’ve surely seen this hashtag lots of different places, including on Instagram. But how does that carry over to real life? The #OOTD will take one great item and put together a versatile, stylish outfit around it. Look for past features here.

We’ve covered lots of ground here in past #OOTD posts on The Style Guide, but it seems we’ve skipped over a crucial style tip — the best way to wear shorts when it’s hot out. If you’re anything like me, it can sometimes be tricky to put away your denim, be it a slim pair of light wash jeans or something darker in color. They’re an easy style to wear across any season, to be sure — but from time to time, the weather really just calls for shorts. However, we’re not talking baggy cargo shorts. The best shorts for summer are more tailored in cut, lighter in terms of weight and fabric, and able to be worn with everything from a slim pocket T-shirt to a crisp polo and most styles in between. The same goes for the footwear you can match ’em with (and the pick you see below is a bit of a style swerve). The versatility of a slim pair of shorts is great news for all of us, particularly if you like your #menswear a bit more eye-catching.  And if you’re hesitant to ditch your denim or chinos because shorts feel too casual, know that you can take some risks when wearing tailored shorts (click that there link for tips). The below outfit starts things off slow, though. It’s one of the best ways to wear shorts this summer — at least in the opinion of your humble author.

Step 1: Buy shorts for summer. Step 2: Rock shorts for summer using this #OOTD.

Step 1: Buy shorts for summer. Step 2: Rock shorts for summer using this #OOTD.

The Shorts: JackThreads Chino Shorts, $39 — If you haven’t yet snagged a pair of chino shorts, these should be your go-to. Trying them on is free through the brand’s TryOuts program, and the fit and fabric should be reliable and stylish.

The Shirt: JACHS NY Cream-and-Blue Horizontal Striped Short-Sleeve Shirt, $89 — Upgrade from a casual T-shirt with an easygoing short-sleeve number that fits slim and broadens your chest thanks to the stylish stripes.

The Shoes: Jack Erwin Parker Driving Loafer in Navy Suede, $115 — We all love our stylish sneakers, but give some suede driving loafers a try. This particular pair is cut long and lean, and the navy color is especially sleek.

The Socks: Ministry of Supply Atlas No-show Socks, $11.98 — As crucial as it is to get your footwear choice right, it’s even more essential to grab some no-show socks to complement those kicks (especially driving loafers). Note that although the Grey color is shown in that photo, Black is what’s in stock now.
 The Belt: Arcade Belt Co. The Hudson Belt, $31.98 — So, you’ve got the shorts all set; don’t forget about a belt, particularly an upscale accessory that incorporates a neutral color and summer-appropriate texture.
The Watch: Invicta 8926 Pro Diver, $84.14 — Tough, reliable and stylish is the way to go; this is a casual watch that still looks crisp and plays off the rest of the outfit perfectly.
The Sunglasses: Randolph Engineering Aviator Sunglasses in Gunmetal, $209.98 — To top off an outfit that’s got a bit of flourish (particularly those driving loafers), grab some classic men’s sunglasses.
The Necessary Accessory: Manda Organic Sun Paste, $28.98 — When it comes to getting out this summer, taking care of your skin is a must. Doing so in an organic fashion is even better.
The Everyday Carry: Appointed Mini-Jotter, $9.98 — Not everyone is partial to writing things down, what with technology everywhere, but when out on a casual weekend, it can be great to have a notebook handy to jot down your passing thoughts.

 Making the leap to wearing shorts more frequently than denim or chinos can be a work in progress, even when it’s warm out. But grabbing a slim, stylish pair in a neutral color allows you to pair them easily with essentials you’d also rock with classic denim — like a short-sleeve shirt, a casual watch and loafers, for example. And when you take the approach that khaki shorts can work with everything from a T-shirt to a classic Oxford shirt, that opens another world of possibilities (heading to the office for a half-day? Try out shorts with a blazer — perhaps).  Plus, keeping things affordable and simple helps when finding out the pair that’s best for you can help  a great deal. Are you on board yet? Good. For more tips on how to style shorts this summer, head on over to my Instagram, or jump on over to Twitter if you’ve got other summer shorts picks.

Frank & Oak