Summer is well and truly upon us, which means we're stocking up on all manner of warm weather gear to keep us comfortable and cool – from breezy linen shirts to retro-inspired shades. Top of the list is a pair of drawstring shorts, which are – in our opinion – the ultimate everyday summer staple. Just like their sibling drawstring trousers, drawstring shorts fuse the comfort of pyjamas with the put-togetherness of off-duty weekend attire. From sporty-luxe styles to slightly more tailored options, these are 12 of the best men's drawstring shorts we've come across recently. Scroll on to find your perfect pair.
These ultra-versatile and oh-so-comfy shorts from Danish menswear label Forét are made from hard-wearing organic cotton canvas, guaranteeing ultimate durability, no matter what adventures you have in store. Team them with a Cuban collar shirt and minimalist sneakers for an effortless holiday look.
Made in Portugal from luxurious organic jersey cotton with an elasticated drawstring waist, these shorts from Dutch label WAHTS epitomise the brand's commitment to creating elevated sportswear staples that fuse functionality with style. Choose from a range of versatile plain hues, including light blue melange, navy blue and light grey melange.
Sustainably made from 360GSM organic cotton, these sweatshorts from Dutch label Unrecorded are as comfy as they come. In typical Unrecorded fashion, there's no hiding the full cost of their manufacturing: the full cost breakdown is revealed, so you can get an understanding of their true value.
Hamilton and Hare is renowned for its ultra-comfy essentials, and these bottle green terrycloth drawstring shorts are no different. They're the perfect shorts for lounging around in at home: team them with the matching pullover for the ultimate off-duty look.
These elegant shorts from L'Estrange feature a hidden elastic waistband and an internal drawstring fastening, offering all of the comfort of sweat shorts but with the added sophistication of tailored chino shorts. Cut from a premium Italian cotton stretch fabric, they boast a luxuriously soft feel. Wear them to a summer barbecue or poolside soirée with an airy linen shirt.
Made from a recycled and organic cotton blend in a loopback knit, these summer-ready shorts from CDLP's Mobilité range boast ultimate breathability and durability, as well as moisture-wicking properties. Wear them at home, to the gym, beach or around town.
As far as fabrics go, linen is an absolute saviour in the warm summer months. Which is why these men's drawstring shorts from Percival – crafted from 100% lightweight and ultra-breathable linen – have our full attention. Cut just above the knee, they offer a flattering fit and ultimate all-day comfort. Team them with a linen Cuban collar shirt from Percival's linen collection.
Crafted from 100% organic cotton and lightly washed for a slightly faded look, these ultra-comfy sweat shorts from Wax London are designed to make every day that little bit more effortless. They're cut just above the knee for a slouchy, relaxed feel. Make it an outfit with the matching hoodie.
We love these summery white terry shorts from The Resort Co, which are every bit as ideal for the beach and pool as they are for lounging around in at home. Embrace the terrycloth trend and team them with The Resort Co's matching terry shirt.
Cut for a tailored yet relaxed fit, these shorts from Form&Thread are based on the London label's bestselling Double Pleated Trouser. Made in Portugal from mid-weight 220GSM long-staple cotton twill, they boast a slightly brushed finish for a super-soft feel. The perfect balance between smart and casual.
Lisbon-based label ISTO. specialises in relaxed everyday staples, making it the perfect go-to for a well-crafted pair of men's drawstring shorts. This pair, made from 100% organic cotton corduroy, are designed to take their wearer effortlessly from beach to bar. Their oversized fit would team perfectly with a breezy linen shirt.
Manchester-based brand bound is relatively new to the scene but we're already firm fans, thanks to its impressive array of premium menswear staples. These retro-inspired jogger shorts are made from heavyweight cotton for ultimate durability. Wear them at home or throw on a tee and sneakers for an effortless casual look.
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