Let’s talk facts. In summer, you have fewer layers to work with (our style columnist, Tan France, has waxed lyrical about this, too). Every layer counts. In summer, you’re gonna need your shorts to do the heavy lifting.
The rulebook hasn’t changed a whole lot, but the long and the short of it, is that you want your shorts to hit around mid-thigh. It’s a universally flattering length for any body type, as it’ll keep your proportions lean and mean, and toe the line between smart and casual. For a swervier look, cop a pair of shorts with a little more character and a wider leg – but think through your silhouette carefully.
The great news is that we’re living in a rarefied era of shorts: from logo prints to tie-dye, there’s never been more options on the table. Here are some of our favourites of the moment.
Burberry Icon Stripe Merino Wool-Knit Basketball Shorts
Are your legs ready to rock an iconic colour palette? Because ours sure are. Consider these your “dress shorts”. $490 at Matches Fashion
Neil Barrett Lightning Bolt-Print Neoprene Shorts
While these Neil Barrett shorts have more than a little bit of flash, it’s the low-key comfort of padded neoprene that’ll keep you coming back, over and over. $545 at Matches Fashion
You As Orion Palm-Print Micro-Twill Shorts
If you’re gonna go vibrant, go vibrant. And, should you feel the impact of these brash, vacation-y shorts wearing off, you need only to reach for the co-ord shirt to make ‘em feel new, all over again. $237 at Matches Fashion
Reigning Champ Loopback Cotton-Jersey Drawstring Shorts
We put up a mean front, but like anyone else, there are days where we crave comfort above all else. Reigning Champ does soft-as-anything shorts as well as anybody – just add a lightweight hero jacket to keep things on the level. $132 at Mr Porter
John Elliott Tie-Dyed Cotton Shorts
You already love John Elliott for his masterful reimagination of sweatpants (thanks to him, they can go outside the house with confidence). He continues to do justice to the legs of men, everywhere, with these swag-dripping tie-dye shorts. $435 at Mr Porter
Story Mfg. Wide-Leg Tie-Dyed Organic Cotton Drawstring Shorts
For days where you’re craving the punch of indigo denim, but want to feel the breeze on your legs. Reach for navy and cream tones to finish the job. $240 at Mr Porter
De Bonne Facture Pleated Brushed-Cotton Bermuda Shorts
Basic shorts feeling too…basic? Get yourself a pleat. These are guaranteed to make you the smartest dude in whatever room you’re in this summer. $312 at Mr Porter
Freemans Sporting Club Slim-Fit Striped Cotton Drawstring Shorts
When the time comes to soften things up, reach for some ’80s stripes and a uber-soft palette. Call these your off-off-duty shorts, and rock with confidence. $223 at Mr Porter