Keeping cool in summer doesn't have to come at the expense of elegance. As much as we welcome those warm weather wardrobe staples that lend themselves perfectly to casual everyday ensembles – like classic tees and comfy drawstring shorts – we're happy to see a host of brands taking things up a notch and offering smarter summer options. The latest such item to cross our radar? Tailored shorts. Fusing the sartorial sophistication of suit trousers with the easy, breezy appeal of regular shorts, tailored shorts are the perfect solution to keeping your cool whilst looking smart.
Of course, classic tailoring will always have its place in our wardrobes, but if you want to mix things up a bit and beat the heat in style, a pair of tailored shorts is just the ticket. Wear them with a linen shirt, loafers and a lightweight blazer for effortless summer wedding style. For a more casual option, you can't go wrong with a crisp white tee and leather trainers. Ready to leg it? Discover our pick of the best men's tailored shorts below.
London-based label L'Estrange has made a name for itself as a fail-safe go-to for seasonless smart-casual staples. Its impeccably cut 12 Shorts, seen here in the shorter 7" length, are elegantly understated, perfect for just about any occasion. Crafted from organic cotton with a hint of stretch, they feature a hidden elastic waistband and internal drawstring for ultimate comfort.
With a fierce commitment to traditional Italian craftsmanship at its core, Luca Faloni produces timeless and made-to-last menswear staples. These tailored cotton shorts are evidence of the label's artisanal approach. Crafted from durable Italian Whipcord, they're designed to maintain their sleek and streamlined shape over time, ensuring you'll reach for them time and again.
Gusari is revolutionising the men's swimwear market with its tailored swim shorts that promise ultimate elegance from beach to bar. The label's Deia style, named after a small coastal village in Mallorca, features a smart D-Hoop fastening and a flattering classic cut, distinguishing it from other more casual swim shorts on the market. Crafted from a bespoke quick-dry fabric, these shorts are the perfect holiday companion.
Taking notes from traditional tailoring, these shorts from Flax London feature large slanted patch pockets and a substantial, texture-heavy stonewashed linen construction that results in a flattering drape. Simply add a short-sleeved camp collar shirt, leather belt and leather sandals for an effortless summery aesthetic.
These high-rise wide-leg shorts from Closed are expertly cut from 100% organic cotton twill, for a super-soft and breathable feel. The flowing pleats give them that tailored look, while a natural woven lining offers extra durability. Team them with an Oxford shirt and Derby shoes for an office-appropriate business-casual look.
Taking inspiration from its bestselling Double Pleated Trousers, British brand Form&Thread has produced a shortened version that retains the elegance of the original, with added comfort (thanks to that elasticated drawstring waist) and ease of movement. The fit is semi-relaxed: casual enough for day-to-day wear but smart enough to team with a collared button-up shirt. An undeniable wardrobe hero that you'll reach for all summer long.
Stockholm-based label ASKET never fails to impress with its minimalist wardrobe essentials. These men's shorts are proof that less is often more. Made from crisp 100% organic cotton twill weave, they boast a clean silhouette and simple detailing for ultimate versatility. Ideal for work or play, they'll pair perfectly with a denim shirt and leather trainers.
With their pressed creases, constructed waist and slanted pockets, these men's shorts from ARKET recall classical tailoring, making them ideal for those more formal occasions. Style them with a tucked-in dress shirt and some crisp white trainers for an effortless boardroom-to-bar look. The loose fit and breathable linen-cotton construction makes them perfect for sweltering summer days.
For sharp summer style, look to suiting specialists Reiss. Its tailored linen shorts, complete with pressed creases and side adjuster tabs, will elevate your everyday summer ensemble to suaver heights. Throw on a short-sleeve shirt, some espadrilles and a pair of retro-inspired sunglasses for instant holiday elegance.
For a slightly more casual option, browse our edit of men's chino shorts.
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