Summertime means it’s time to ditch those jeans and sweats and break out the shorts. While some might find shorts unappealing, I think they just haven’t found the right pair. There is a great pair of shorts for whatever you’re doing, whether that’s exercising, going to the store, or trying to maintain an air of professionality. To help you find the perfect pair for you, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites.
Best Overall: Flint & Tinder 365 Shorts
These shorts are the best looking chino shorts I’ve found as of this writing. They are a classic pair of shorts, a wardrobe staple if you will, with the addition of a little spandex to keep things stretchy. They’re lightweight and stylish to boot.
Best Feature: They are classic shorts that can go the distance. No frills, just good, solid shorts.
Runner-Up: Lululemon At Ease Shorts
These aren’t exercise shorts, they’re more like the short version of sweats. And in my opinion, they can be worn anywhere. They are too substantial to be running or exercise shorts, but instead, boast a nice, cozy fabric perfect for lounging on the couch in or walking the dog.
Best Feature: Beyond being the most comfortable on this list, they manage to be more stylish than most shorts out there, too.
Best Athleisure: Outdoor Voices Sunday Short
Outdoor Voices makes some of our favorite Men’s clothing, and their shorts are certainly not to be missed. These have a nice stretch, aren’t restricting, and definitely aren’t chino shorts. You’ll stay cool and comfy in these all day.
Best Feature: If you’re looking for shorts that are a step up from running shorts, these are them.
Best Waistband: Everlane’s Pull-On Performance Chino
These are dupes that will trick people into thinking you’re wearing chino shorts when you’re not. Unlike other chino shorts, the waistband has some stretch to it (something we all might need right about now), but below that, it’s all chino, all style.
Best Feature: The waistband transforms these shorts into some of the most comfortable I own.
Most Functional: Buck Mason Deck Shorts
These shorts are some of my favorites for one reason: they’re also secretly swim trunks. So not only are they shorts you can wear out to a dinner al fresco, you can hop into the pool right after. Well, you should probably wait 30-minutes at least.
Best Feature: Versatility without sacrificing anything. I got these shorts as shorts but I love that I can get them wet without worrying about a thing.
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