Shorts are a no-brainer when summer is in full swing... but, let's face it: not all pairs are created equal. Leave your gym shorts in the locker room and check out five styles that are guaranteed to upgrade your look this summer.
Menswear designers have been going for looser, wider silhouettes in recent seasons—and, as the designers at Japanese streetwear brand Neighborhood demonstrate, wide-leg shorts present a great opportunity to incorporate a floral print into your summer wardrobe. Wear this pair on a weekend vacation with a short-sleeve oxford shirt and a pair of Birks.
Cargo shorts get a much-needed update from the organic upstart label Outerknown, backed by pro surfer Kelly Slater. This pair features minimal utility pockets and is cropped above the knee, making it slimmer than the baggy styles we're used to seeing. Try it out with a vintage-stripe tee and suede desert boots.
If you're in the market for statement shorts, Neil Barrett is your man: the British designer has earned a cult following with his distinctive, geometric renditions of men's sportswear. Pair this wide-legged short with a loose white tank and minimal black sneakers.
Sweatshorts have become the menswear trend that refuses to die. Skip the ubiquitous, baggy slub styles and check out this seriously sophisticated pair from A.P.C.: the clean lines, elegant color, and straight cut instantly enhance your summer wardrobe while maintaining a sporty vibe. Wear them to an evening ballgame with a lightweight henley and off-white leather tennis shoes.
These denim cutoffs are a bit of a splurge, but they happen to be the best pair we've seen all summer—not that we'd expect anything less from the supremely capable hands of New York designer John Elliott. If you're one of those guys who enjoys kicking around in boots on a 90-degree day, these are the shorts for you.