When you think of the best men’s shorts, what’s the first thing that springs to mind? Hopefully, your mind jumps right away to something casual and classic, something easy to wear: Something like the best chino shorts, of course. Chino is, first and foremost, a type of cotton, with a close-knit weave and hard-wearing construction.
Of course, because we’re talking shorts here, chino often gets an upgrade for summer with the use of stretch fabric, and sometimes, fabric like linen is incorporated into the mix. The kicker here is that the best chino shorts could be the ones you get the most wear out of this season: In the right cut and color, you can wear them with everything from a pocket tee to a polo to a henley.
Find the right inseam length (it seems a 7 or 8-inch inseam works on most guys), and then pair them up as you please with your favorite summer style staples. To get you started on your way to expert seasonal style, these are WERD’s picks for the best chino shorts.
Huckberry’s famed Flint and Tinder brand really knocks it out of the park when it comes to the best chino shorts–the key is the fact that they’ve used the same stretchy, soft-yet-durable fabric as found in the brand’s aptly named 365 Pants. The 7-inch inseam hits the sweet spot, while the range of color options suits every style.
Leave it to J.Crew to design as timeless a pair as any, available in colors like Dusty Navy and Aircraft Surplus. It also helps that the 7-inch inseam hits above the knee on most guys for a clean, cool look.
In the same way that Flint and Tinder took its famed 365 fabric and turned it into shorts, Bonobos has taken a similar tack when it comes to its Stretch Washed Chino Shorts. They’re like, well, a shorter version of the versatile stretch chinos that made the company so popular, and the ability to customize your fit (Standard, Slim or Athletic) and inseam length (from 5 inches to 9 inches) is also a major bonus.
Soft, breezy poplin chino shorts are a solid summer style move, with all the laidback comfort you need, and AG understands that perfectly. They also feature 2 percent elastane for crucial stretch and ease of movement, while bright color options add just a bit of flair to more straightforward summer looks. When it’s time to step out of AG’s famed denim, step into these chino shorts.
Although perhaps best known for its denim, Devil-Dog Dungarees takes a classic-meets-modern approach to chino shorts, this time using a durable sanded sateen cotton twill fabric with a hint of stretch for crucial summer style points and mobility. The color is also classic, and the fit (a regular straight fit) is on point, too. They could just be your new go-to summer shorts.
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