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The 15 Best Men’s Shorts To Wear For Summer and Beyond

Do you no longer enjoy wearing sweatpants and being crammed in that overheated Manhattan-style apartment building? No worries, warm weather is here to save the day. As the summer season finally arrived, those garments you stored away over the winter will swiftly make their way back to the front of your drawer and onto your body for those blissful morning strolls and late nights by the pool.

When we pull those shorts out sometimes, however, we look at them and realize they’re a little out of the trend—or the scarier revelation: They don’t fit. Fortunately, shorts come in all shapes and sizes. These days, sweat-shorts and lounge shorts are just as acceptable to wear in public as a clean pair of casual khaki shorts. The inseam is also important in styling, as they do everything from invoking vintage trends to boosting general appearance. What this guide serves to do is two-fold: Provide some explanation as to why different short inseams exist and show off some awesome styles from different clothing stores that will instantly elevate your wardrobe.

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Best 3-Inch Inseam: New Balance Accelerate Running Short

Runners love 3-inch inseams because there’s less restriction of movement. Running is inherently minimalistic, requiring hardly any gear. These New Balance shorts serve their purpose well, and they do simple style well, too — pair a clean white T-shirt with them.

Another Great 3-Inch Inseam Short

Tracksmith Van Cortlandt Mesh Shorts

Tracksmith Shorts

Tracksmith is also known for its running shorts. These are great at setting up that classic varsity-prep styling found on university campuses in the 1960s.

Best 5-Inch Inseam: Patagonia Baggies

Five-inch inseams got the most buzz of all the different short inseams last summer after becoming a TikTok-inspired trend (Google it). Out of all the shorts that hit at the mid-thigh, Patagonia Baggies are the king of showing a little more leg. To note, if you are looking for the best proportional length of shorts for your body type, 5-inch inseams traditionally work best on shorter men. If you have short or average-length legs, you can trust 5-inch inseams to find that proportional sweet spot.

Other Great 5-Inch Inseam Shorts

Bear Bottom Clothing Stretch Short

An affordable, classic silhouette you can either dress up or down. Bear Bottom has got you covered if you want a casual short with a higher-up fit on the leg.

UO Recycled Cotton 5” Lounge Short

Every guy needs a go-to pair of gray lounge shorts. And if you anticipate wearing them out in public — which is totally acceptable — you’ll like a 5-inch inseam. These specific shorts are sustainable, and they don’t trap heat like their cotton counterparts.

Best 7-Inch Inseam: Ralph Lauren Relaxed Fit Pleated Twill Short

Just like every guy needs lounge shorts, they also need khaki shorts. Seven-inch inseams are known as the traditional fit of shorts. Their length is just above the knee — not too long and not too short. And nobody does tradition better than Ralph.

Other Great 7-Inch Inseam Shorts

Vuori Camo Short

Vuori Camo Short

Vuori makes an excellent athletic fit short. They come in many different colors and have their own breathable boxer brief liner. We don’t technically recommend going commando, but if you must, then go with these.

Best 9-Inch Inseam: Nike Los Angeles Lakers Icon Edition

Nine-inch inseams will either hit right on the knee or slightly above or below, depending on your height. Much like how 5-inch inseams work well for shorter men, 9-inch work well for taller men as they proportionally cover a longer leg. The best part is that 9-inch inseams have just as many excellent styling choices. Check out these Icon Edition Lakers shorts. Put these on and feel like a champion.

Other Great 9-Inch Inseam Shorts

Lululemon Commission Short 9″

The Commission are durable casual shorts made to handle all types of wear and tear. Oh, and they’re comfortable, too.

Needles Green Basketball Shorts

NEEDLES basket

Many of the top 9-inch inseam styles are basketball shorts. They’re easy to wear on the go and extremely comfortable. A good case in point are these satin green shorts from Needles.

More Shorts We Love

Buck Mason 6-Inch Deck Shorts

These quick-drying shorts by Buck Mason are cut from blended cotton with four-way stretch with a 6-inch inseam that’s perfect no matter the weather is.

Allbirds Men’s Camp Shorts

Looking for something earth-friendly? Then the Men’s Camp Shorts by Allbirds might just be the one for you. These soft, breathable, lightweight shorts are made from earth-friendly hemp mixed with special tree fibers.

Fabletics The One Short

All thanks to Fabletics’ The One Short’s streamlined fit, quick-dry, anti-stink technology, and high-stretch fabric, you can basically live your best life with it. They make great workout shorts for all your summer gym sessions.

Ball and Buck 6 Point Washed Duck Cotton Short

Made with ‘Cotton Duck,’ this pair of shorts is guaranteed to be durable in a variety of senses and parallels the strength and multiplicity of character found in the American adventure tradition.

Guess Daniel Shorts

These eye-friendly shorts by Guess highlights a mid-rise waist and side seam pockets with finished welt pockets at back.

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