The Definitive Guide to Men’s Shorts

The Definitive Guide to Men’s Shorts

Summer is finally upon us. The question is, are you properly prepared in the wardrobe department? In the “metrosexual” age, many of us have wardrobes that go all the way to Narnia, but are still deficient on summer gear.

Today we are going to discuss the most important part of anybody’s summer gear: shorts. There are several styles of shorts to consider, and here are the main ones:

Basketball shorts-

These items are especially popular in North America on those hot summer days. They offer a maximum of comfort, but are really considered dressing down. For casual purposes they are fine, however. Brands are probably too numerous to list here.

The Condor Celex Workout Shorts are breathable and moisture-wicking and come with offset zippered pockets for safe storage of keys, wallets, cell phone, etc., and full gusseted crotch for added mobility.

These are less bummy than basketball shorts, and are acceptable in many situations both in and out of the gym. These come in various styles. Don’t get them too tight if you plan to work out in them. Remember, fashion should always function.

Traditional cargo shorts- example: Brandit Savage Vintage Shorts (come with cotton webbed belt and are made of cotton with a worn out look).

These are the classic that people love to love or hate. The extra pocket space is a plus for many things. People may scoff, but carrying sunscreen around with you is not a bad idea at all in the summer months. There are dressier models of these that are much sleeker in design and can actually be worn in dressy casual situations in hot weather, especially in open-air events.

Swimming shorts- example: Pentagon Hippocampus Swimming Shorts 

Very limited use, but your repertoire of shorts should include at least two of these. They have no pockets, and are used for one thing only. But don’t be one of those guys who swims around in his other shorts. For one thing, these are designed to withstand the rigors of chlorine/salt water/sand etc. and the other shorts you own are not, so if you play the lazy guy and use them in the water, be prepared to replace them quickly.  These Pentagon Hippocampus Swimming Shorts actually do come with two front hand pockets with inner mesh lining and back pocket secured with Velcro fastening, and small inner sleeve pocket. I wouldn’t say these are good for one thing only: I see guys wearing swimming shorts everyday on holiday.


Hiking shorts- example: Helikon Outdoor Tactical Shorts 8.5″ 

Sometimes hailed as the new cargo shorts, these are a great compromise between looks, function, and comfort, and are gaining quickly in popularity for these reasons. They are a great choice for almost any summer situation. Obviously, these are also usable for many things besides hiking. There are also versions of these that absolutely can be used in dressy casual situations.

Granted, there are and probably always will be people crying out that shorts can’t be good fashion. These are the oppressive and miserable people who think that good fashion means walking around bathed in sweat because you are dressing inappropriately for the weather and climate. Not to mention, exposing one’s extremities actually does have several health benefits. Look it up if you don’t believe it. And if institutions like GQ can promote shorts, anybody can wear them with relative impunity. Really, ignore those fashion Nazis. Be comfortable, and fashionable at the same time.

Just remember to pair your shorts with the appropriate shoes for the occasion. Even if you can rock a pair of classy shorts to a nice event these days without fear of Victorian reprisals, it doesn’t mean that those stinking sneakers or crocs get a pass too!

Happy shorts hunting for all of you.

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