Best shorts for men: from classic denim to sports comfy sports styles

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SHORTS are perfect for being the year-long wardrobe staple that accessorise training sessions, sunny days and chilled nights at home.

Feel hot? Going for a run? Getting comfy at home? Shorts are a saviour in more ways than one, a must-have essential.

Anthony Joshua and David Beckham love wearing shorts

Whether you’re working up a sweat in the gym or enjoying some rare English sunshine, there’s always a good time for getting your legs out.

In the sunny land of LA, fashion icons like David Beckham have been spotted in a range of styles, and worldwide, athletes like Anthony Joshua religiously wear shorts for all their competitions.

Justin Bieber has managed to turn football training outfits into a streetwear sensation, often wearing his shorts over Off-White leggings.

Luckily, this look is one that suits England’s famously temperamental weather.

Are you one of those men who like to show off their rugged manliness wearing shorts in the snow?

Or, maybe you can only feel comfy at home when your legs can breathe?

Whichever you are, in this list there’s a pair of shorts ideal for you.

How short should mens shorts be?

Shorts are obviously a casual piece, but they don’t have to look sloppy!

Make sure they fit and flatter your body type.

Shorts shouldn’t go past your knee, and should stop at the top of your kneecap or a few inches higher than that.

The second fashion faux-pas when it comes to a pair of shorts is the width- avoid pairs that flare out at the bottom as this will make your legs look thin and boyish.

Look for slim fit shorts, unless you have thick or muscly legs.

What can I wear with chino shorts?

The chino short is a handy little tool to take you from pool-side to party.

Navy is the most versatile shade and suits every skin tone, so add a pair to your basket.

Pair with a cotton or linen shirt and boat shoes for a polished yet relaxed holiday look.

Swap in an unstructured blazer and a nice pair of loafers for a dressy but not sweaty outfit.

If you’re heading to the shops, just pop on a t-shirt and trainers and you’re good to go.

Add in a bomber, a suede jacket, or a Harrington jacket for a trendy but low key flare.

1. Cool Cargos

These Khaki Cargo Shorts are £25 from Debenhams
These Khaki Cargo Shorts are £20 from Debenhams

Practical combat shorts are a must-have for every guy from dads to teenage boys – multiple pockets will always come in handy.

Available in big and tall too, these more-than comfortable shorts are made from pure cotton.

They also come in white, grey or navy, but choose khaki for classic cargo shorts.

If the dress code’s smart casual, they look great with a plain white T-shirt and trainers.

  • Mantaray – Khaki Cargo Shorts, £20 from Debenhams – buy here

2. Classic Denim

Levi have these denim shorts for £50
Levi have these denim shorts for £50

We can always rely on Levi’s to provide super-cool denim.

This original straight fit design is a stylish staple for warmer weather.

The 501 hemmed shorts are made from 99 per cent cotton and have a trendy button-fly.

Although they’re £50, you’ll be able to pass them down generations as worn-in Levi’s look even cooler.

  • 501 Hemmed Short, £50 from Levi – buy here

3. Luxe lounging

Comfy and cool Calvin Klein shorts
Comfy and cool Calvin Klein shorts

With these jersey PJ shorts from the CK Sleep range, you can Instagram #chillinginyourcalvins.

They’re comfy and cool – perfect for lounging around at home.

These cotton shorts feature the signature Calvin Klein waistband, which is also elasticated so you can relax to the max without restriction.

Wear them with nothing else when you’re in ultimate chill mode.

  • Calvin Klein Lounge Waistband Short, £44.99 from FootAsylum- buy here

4. Basic black

Uniqlo's Chino shorts will go with anything
Uniqlo’s Chino shorts will go with anything

For basic men’s shorts at great prices, look no further than Uniqlo.

These chinos are lightweight, classic and have invisible stitchwork, finessing the minimalist trend for under £20.

As these are basic black shorts, they’ll go with anything (and nobody will notice if you outfit repeat).

  • Men Chino Shorts, £19.90 from Uniqlo – buy here

5. The all-rounder

These jersey sport shorts are great for the gym and sport the Nike logo
These jersey sport shorts are great for the gym and sport the Nike logo

There’s a reason jersey sport shorts have been a Nike staple since the 1990s – they’re comfy enough to lounge in or wear to the gym, but also work for laid-back streetwear looks.

They have an elastic waistband for added comfort, drawstring ties for a customised fit and pockets for practicality. What more could you want in a pair of shorts?

The famous Nike logo is a trendy touch – with sportswear taking over street style, you could even wear these with a black jumper and some Air Force 1s for a casual daywear ensemble.

  • Nike Sportswear, £22 from Next – buy here

6. Chic Chino

Polo Ralph Lauren have made these quality chino shorts
Polo Ralph Lauren have made these quality chino shorts

You can always count on the king of prep Ralph Lauren to come through with great quality chino shorts.

Made from navy twill, they’re woven with a hint of stretch to balance the slim cut and embroidered with the brand’s logo on the back pocket.

Spruce up for a summer soiree with sockless loafers and a camp collar shirt, or team with a tucked-in white T-shirt during the day.

  • Polo Ralph Lauren, £109 from John Lewis – buy here

7. Basic Denim

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These denim shorts by Next won’t break the bank

Denim shorts don’t need to be expensive, Next has a basic, skinny style for only £20.

Made from stretch-denim with a subtle blue wash, they’re cut in a slim shape and finished with trendy turn-ups.

As the weather gets warmer, these can be your go-to casual-wear saviour, they go with everything and anything.

  • Straight Fit Shorts, £20 from Next – buy here

8. Training Time

Nike Challenger 2 in 1 Shorts is great for workouts
Nike Challenger 2 in 1 Shorts is great for workouts

Nike’s Challenger shorts are ideal for a heavy workout sesh.

They’re made from Dri-FIT fabric to wick sweat away and perforated with tiny air-holes for ventilation.

And if you’re worried the wide shape will risk some unwelcome wardrobe malfunctions (we all remember that episode in Friends) fear not, they come with built-in stretch shorts underneath to support and protect you.

  • Nike Challenger 2 in 1 Shorts, £30 from Amazon – buy here


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