And just like that, it’s shorts weather. Well, Mother Nature may sneak in a couple more days with highs in the 50s, but with the sun shining. It’s time to let those calves breath a little.
Shorts are a funny thing. You can tell the guys whose wives buy their shorts for them – they are usually 2″ too wide, and 10″ too long. Rule(s) of thumb: Shorts should barely touch the top of the knee (at minimum), but still give the thighs a little coverage. Anything shorter than a 5″ inseam get a little questionable.
When it comes to shorts, there are a TON of choices out there. I like to go for a good fit, preferably all cotton, and a good inseam. I’m a 6.5-8″ inseam guy, depending on the fit. I don’t like them too long, nor to I like them too short. I don’t mind taking shorts to the tailors. For me, shorts need to have a good value proposition: I don’t like to overspend on a piece that is largely casual. Shorts are disposable, but they are replaceable. This year, here are the shorts I like:
From Top Left:
1. Duck Head Gold School Chino Shorts: The classics of the classics, but with an updated fabric and a great fit. The middle 80%-ers. They go with everything, and look better as they get beat up.
2. Orvis Signature Chino Cotton Shorts: I know these are long (this is what tailors are for), but the color choices from Orvis are outstanding. These Mellow Yellows are super cool.
3. Southern Proper PC Shorts: The greatest casual shorts ever made. The cut is just right, not too long, but not so short that you look like an overaged post-grad frat guy.
4. Onward Reserve Piedmont Shorts: Onward’s Piedmont shorts hit on all the right cylinders. The rise is just right, the inseam is a very appropriate 7.5″, and the price point is just right. Good colors, too.
5. Patagonia 7″ Stand Up Shorts: Stand Ups have changed over the past couple of years. I’m all about Patagonia, but the SUs I bought in 2000 are a little different than the shorts I buy today. To get that good look, buy the 7″ inseams, but buy 2″ bigger in the waist, then wash and dry them. That’s the winning recipe for the iconic Stand Up look.
6. Peter Millar Crown Vintage Canvas Shorts: A cool pair of canvas shorts is a great addition. The rough looking canvas adds some depth, and they’ll patina very well. Pair them with a white golf shirt and you are in business.
7. Patagonia Baggies Shorts: Probably the greatest shorts ever made. They do everything.
8. J. Crew Factory 7″ Shorts: The best deal on the planet for chino shorts.
9. Sid Mashburn Dark Blue/White Stripe Pincord Shorts: I’m not over seersucker, but I’m close. To fill my stripe-need, try these Pincords from Sid. Good stuff.
What are your go-to shorts this year?
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