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High rise: The best men’s shorts for summer

24 May 2024 | |By Luxury London

Don’t suffer in the name of style this season, invest in a smart pair of summer shorts to see you through even the hottest days

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We may still be waiting for the welcome heat of the summer to truly wash 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 luxe touch to any upcoming camping trips, while Mr P.’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.

Brunello Cucinelli cotton cargo shorts

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Burberry embroidered cargo shorts

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Vilebrequin Baie linen cargo shorts

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The best denim shorts for men

We know denim shorts aren’t for everyone, but if you feel like you can brave this season's trendiest silhouette, there are some great options out there. Go classic in a graphic T-shirt with Nudie Jeans’ light wash pair, or style Ralph Lauren's vintage-inspired take with a relaxed shirt. Alternatively, give your look a little edge with Diesel's faded black raw-hem shorts or Prada's Bermuda styles and some seriously cool jewellery.

Nudie Jeans Seth denim shorts

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Diesel logo-appliqué denim shorts

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Polo Ralph Lauren classic denim shorts

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Prada denim Bermuda shorts

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The best chino shorts for men

A true seasonal staple, chino shorts make smart summer dressing easy-peasy: all you need to do is throw on a rugby shirt and your favourite boat shoes. Keep it simple in neutral shades with Sunspel and Sandro's chino shorts, or let your bottom half do the talking with Reiss' striking salmon pair and Paul Smith's forest green style.

Reiss Wicket chino shorts

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PS Paul Smith chino shorts

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Sandro cotton chino shorts

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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). Jil Sander's are supremely smart with their sleek pleats as are Ami Paris' – both an appropriate choice for more formal events – while Brunello Cucinelli’s white linen shorts would probably be better suited to a barbecue than a boardroom, but the choice is yours.

Jil Sander layered-hem pleated shorts

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Brunello Cucinelli tailored shorts

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Ami Paris wool shorts

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Thom Browne classic shorts

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