In the height of summer, comfort is key. Show off those pins and swap heavy trousers and jeans for lightweight shorts that will keep you cool and comfy when the mercury rises. Throw on your favourite T-shirt and some leather trainers and you're good to go. Not sure where to start? We've rounded up the 10 key shorts style every man needs, plus our pick of the best men's shorts to buy in each category. From classic chino shorts to breezy linen shorts, there's a pair for every taste and occasion. Scroll on to find your perfect pair.
The best men's shorts in 2023
Best chino shorts: ASKET
Scandinavian masters of minimalism ASKET have produced a series of essential wardrobe staples, including these cut-to-perfection chino shorts. Ethically crafted in Portugal from 100% organic cotton twill weave, they're durable yet breathable, perfect for warm summer days. Their refined silhouette and slightly tailored fit makes them the ultimate smart-casual style hero, ready to team with just about anything – from a breezy linen shirt and espadrilles to your go-to T-shirt and trainers.
Best drawstring shorts: Form&Thread
Drawstring shorts fuse the comfort of pyjamas with the put-togetherness of off-duty weekend attire. For a versatile, wear-anywhere style that you'll reach for time and again, look to London-based label Form&Thread. The brand's Twill Draw Shorts are based on its bestselling Double Pleated Trousers. and boast the same level of elegance, with added comfort – thanks to the trusty drawstring. Made in Portugal from mid-weight 220GSM long-staple cotton twill, they feature a slightly brushed finish for a super-soft feel.
Best gym shorts: WAHTS
Crafted from a breathable, water and wind-repellent technical stretch fabric, these shorts from Dutch luxury gym clothes label WAHTS promise a smarter, more stylish workout. The minimalist design and classic navy hue lend them ultimate versatility. Team them with a pair of sleek and sporty gym shoes to take things up a notch. Exercise never looked so good.
Best terry shorts: The Resort Co
Terrycloth, a super soft and lightweight fabric woven from cotton, is having a major moment. Embrace the trend and stock up on a pair of poolside-ready terry shorts. Our pick is this style from The Resort Co. Handcrafted in Portugal, they boast a relaxed fit and elastic waistband for ultimate all-day comfort. Team them with The Resort Co's matching terry shirt and a pair of slides for a fail-safe summer look.
Best cargo shorts: Wax London
Like denim shorts, men's cargo shorts are also seeing something of a sartorial renaissance. And we're fully on board. Fusing functionality (those pockets!), comfort and casual style, these knee-length cargo shorts from Wax London are the ultimate weekend wardrobe companion, guaranteed to keep you looking and feeling cool in the warmer months. Team them with high-top trainers and a heavyweight tee for a contemporary skatewear-inspired look.
Best linen shorts: L'Estrange
In the blazing heat of summer, a pair of breezy linen shorts will save the day. This version from London-based label L'Estrange are made from a silky soft linen-cotton blend with just the right amount of stretch. Not only are they stylish in L'Estrange's characteristically understated way, but they're super comfy too, thanks to a hidden elastic waistband and internal drawstring. Plus, thanks to linen's low environmental impact, they're an eco-friendly wardrobe addition, meaning you can feel good about your purchase.
Best corduroy shorts: ISTO.
Corduroy is often thought of as a cold weather fabric, but it doesn't have to be so. As these gorgeously textured shorts from Lisbon-based label ISTO. attest, corduroy can certainly transcend seasons. Wear these cords to the beach, bar – just about anywhere. The slightly oversized fit and drawstring waist offer ultimate comfort.
Best swim shorts: CDLP
Consciously crafted in Portugal from Econyl – a regenerated nylon fibre made from salvaged plastic waste from oceans and landfills – these men's swim shorts from Swedish label CDLP not only look good, but do good. The crisp, polychromatic plain-weave construction results in a luminous finish that will turn heads on the beach for all the right reasons.
Best boxer shorts: Hamilton and Hare
Men's underwear deserves more respect. Such is the thinking behind British underwear and essentials label Hamilton and Hare, which just so happens to makes some of the softest boxer shorts we've encountered. Crafted from premium 100% two-ply twill cotton, the brand's signature boxer shorts boast a flattering tailored fit that will give you a pep in your step.
Why not team your new shorts with a pair of minimalist trainers?