We may still be awaiting the welcome heat of the summer washes over the UK but it never hurts to be prepared to switch out your go-to trousers for a pair of shorts. Seriously, no carefully curated ensemble is worth melting into a puddle of perspiration on the Central line for, even if the thought of bearing your knees is cringe-inducing.
Sure, shorts have traditionally been solely the domain of schoolboys, cyclists and postmen, but with so many different styles to choose from (cargo, chino, silk, denim, tailored, track… the list goes on), it’s almost too simple to incorporate them into your summer wardrobe. So what are you waiting for? These are the best shorts for men to snap up this summer.
The best cargo shorts for men
Utilitarian and stylish, cargo shorts are, arguably, the style of the season – somewhat surprisingly, considering we’d written them off as geography teacher-chic years ago. Brunello Cucinelli and Vilebrequin’s relaxed navy cargo shorts will add a lux touch tp any upcoming camping trips, while Loro Piana’s linen take will do nicely for hot afternoons by the beach and Burberry’s slightly smarter pair make for a refreshing change from your go-to city chinos – especially when paired with a suave polo and your best white trainers.
The best denim shorts for men
We know denim shorts aren’t for everyone, but if you feel like you can brave it there are some great options out there. Go classic in a graphic T-shirt with Nudie Jeans’ mid-weight pair, or style Acne's vintage-inspired take with a relaxed shirt. Alternatively, give your look a little edge with Kenzo's black raw-hem shorts or Prada's Bermuda styles and some seriously cool jewellery.
The best chino shorts for men
A true seasonal staple, chino shorts make smart summer dressing easy-peasy, and all you need to do is throw on a rugby shirt and your favourite boat shoes. Keep it simple in more neutral shades with Sunspel and Outerknown’s chino shorts, or let your bottom half do the talking with Polo Ralph Lauren’s vibrant orange pair or Lardini's sky blue styles.
The best tailored shorts for men
If you’re looking to give your summer style a little more polish, opt for a pair of tailored shorts that hit just above the knee, which, when worn with loafers and a smart shirt, are a perfect alternative for warm weather workwear (dress code dependent, obviously). Prada’s are supremely smart with their sleek pleats and Burberry’s shorts, while smart in their tailoring, are lent a playful edge by the addition of a large cuff – both an appropriate choice for more formal events – while Anderson & Sheppard’s white linen shorts would probably be better suited to a barbecue than a boardroom, but the choice is yours.