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

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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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

Iron and Resin Logan Shorts

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

Style Pick of the Week: Club Monaco Baxter Shorts

Editor’s note: Expect these posts weekly detailing one standout item coveted by yours truly. Sometimes, these fit within budgetary restrictions and other times, they’re expensive splurges worth saving for. For more Wish List items from Beau, head here, and to see other Style Picks, head here.

A slim fit, basic colors and imported cotton fabric make these Club Monaco shorts a winner.

A slim fit, basic colors and imported cotton fabric make these Club Monaco shorts a winner.

It hasn’t really felt like summer yet in NYC, but that hasn’t stopped me from shopping around for some nice, versatile shorts for warm weather. Ditching jeans or chinos isn’t something that everybody’s accustomed to doing, but for me, it’s a necessary (and fun) style move. Lots of designers have been updating their fits and fabrics as far as shorts go (Bonobos continues to make shorts out of its legendary Washed Chino fabric for example, and the linen shorts seen below from Frank & Oak are also a winner). And Club Monaco is the latest to follow suit with an updated, more tailored version that you might expect from a retailer with a distinct continental style. The brand’s Baxter Short is made from imported cotton with a 7″ inseam and what looks to be a fairly slim fit. Waist sizes run up to 36″ and down to 28″, a wide enough range of sizes for those looking to improve their short game.

One way to wear shorts in the warmer months. Linen herringbone pair seen here by Frank & Oak. Nautical print T-shirt by J. Crew Factory. White sneakers by GREATS Brand. Glasses by Warby Parker.

One way to wear shorts in the warmer months. Linen herringbone pair seen here by Frank & Oak. Nautical print T-shirt by J. Crew Factory. White sneakers by GREATS Brand. Glasses by Warby Parker.

The fact that the Club Monaco pair comes in just three basic yet highly versatile colors is another positive — the Graphite, Navy or Khaki shades would work with just about any color combination up top — especially a printed short-sleeve shirt or a colorful pocket tee (one variation on that can be seen above; those shorts are by Frank & Oak). Throwing on shorts certainly doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style or reverting back to the cargo shorts that many of us (myself included) probably wore in past years. Club Monaco’s iteration is pricey and it seems as if they don’t offer too many sales, but the quality of the fabric and the fit should be some comfort when investing in a pair.

Would you consider picking up some shorts from Club Monaco? What’s your go-to pair for the summer?
Ernest Alexander

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