The humble men’s short is having a renaissance this season with a host of luxury and streetwear brands branching out when it comes to fabric, fit and functionality. From high-end silk printed shorts, to tailored and smart, and 90s sports-inspired, here are seven of the best men’s shorts to wear this summer.
Silk has descended upon men’s shorts this season, thanks to Amiri. Cut from a soft silk-twill fabric, these uber-luxe cream shorts boast a comfortable drawstring waistband and earthy botanical print, making them a statement piece in their own right, or a bold co-ord look, paired with the Californian brand’s matching silk button-up shirt.
Gucci is harking back to its 90s archives for its most recent Felpa shorts release. Carrying the Italian label’s iconic red and green horizontal stripe design, the black retro-luxe knee-length shorts come cut from velvety chenille fabric (no nylon here), for a much more contemporary high-fashion update on basketball shorts. Team Gucci, all the way.
These Valentino dress shorts are the closest thing to wearing something tailored – and staying cool – this summer. Made in Italy, the charcoal cotton knee-length shorts feature all the panache of suit pants (belt loops, button and zip fastening and even front pleats), inked with a 70s-inspired tan stripe detail up each leg. Classic, but with a subtle serve of European sprezzatura. Aperitivo, anyone?
Riffing on military garb, these khaki shorts are the perfect recruit for summer. Made from a durable cotton-blend twill, the above-the-knee shorts boast cargo-style pockets and Stone Island’s compass logo on the leg, finished by the Italian brand’s garment-dying process giving them a vintage feel.
Repping the English schoolboy look, E.Tautz preps us for a contemporary take on heritage-style tailored shorts, designed for smart casual days and summer nights. UK-made from cotton-twill, the black shorts feature patch pockets and waistband loops for the option of statement belt. Plus, they’re a tad more eye-raising than their contemporary friends, thanks to a cuffed hem. Short shorts are a thing again, gents.
Another fan of short shorts for men this season, Fear of God’s latest release will take you from the gym, to the café for brunch and back home to the couch, without a second thought to change. Built upon sportswear design, namely basketball, the active-inspired nylon fabric, drawstring waist and black colourway make these an easy fashion, and comfort choice, for the leisurely weekend. Or for your mid-week workout.
It wouldn’t be summer without denim shorts. And Gallery Department’s latest light blue wash offering are tastefully worn for a distressed denim look that’s quintessentially vintage Americana. The frayed hem adds a little piece of grunge, to an otherwise classic summer style staple.
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