19 Perfect Pairs Of Shorts

We have a little something for everyone this summer.

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Leonardo Dicaprio shows us exactly what a good pair of shorts can do for one's look.
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There are men — you know who you are — who refuse to retire the pants anywhere but maybe in the pool. On one hand it’s understandable: The world is air conditioned, pants are safer bets for style, and we all remember the once universal “no shorts” rule in the office. On the other hand, shorts are so much more practical, comfortable, and, if you play your cards right, they just look better — especially outside on an 80-plus degree day.

First, you need to find the right style and price for your budget (we did the leg work for you here). Next, find the right length (a 7 or 9-inch inseam should work well on plenty of guys). Fabric is crucial, too: There are options made with soft stretch fabrics, with classic cotton chino or with sporty nylon blends for outdoor summer pursuits.

And finally, we say allow yourself to have a little fun with color and pattern this summer. The best men’s shorts for summer clear each of these bars quite handily. These are our favorite pairs to shop, buy and wear all season long.

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