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The Best Shorts to Wear This Summer

July 18, 2019 Style By

In the warmer months, shorts are a necessity. And while they don’t have a place in the office, come the weekend (or vacation) you need a few pairs to choose from. Aim for a pair that is both comfortable and fun, and embrace casual elements like linen and drawstrings. The picks below should help you look your best when the heat is on.

Everlane Air Chino Drawstring Shorts

This lightweight cotton style is made with 4.2-ounce poplin fabric with added elastane for comfort. The style features two hand pockets and two rear welt pockets.

Outerknown Nomadic Volley

These shorts go between the water and the land effortlessly with quick drying recycled polyester fabric. They’ve got a drawstring waist, two hand pockets and a rear zip pocket.

Sunshine Blues Baby Blue Shorts

These easy-going shorts are responsibly made and garment-dyed in India. They have an elastic waistband, two hand pocket and one rear pocket.

Industry of All Nations Ponja Drawstring Shorts

Made in India from organic cotton, these shorts are naturally dyed with indigo (this shade is achieved with 12 dips in a dye vat). The feature a drawstring waist, two hand pocket and a buttoned rear pocket.

General Admission Rat Rock Tie Dye Short

These relaxed shorts are made with soft Japanese peached cotton that has a two-color ‘psych drop’ dye job. The design has an elastic waistband, two hand pockets and an rear patch pocket.

Alex Mill All-Terrain Short

Made from Italian water-resistant fabric, these shorts are designed for all your summer activities. They have a drawstring waist, front pockets with an interior cellphone stash and a back pocket with a zip closure.

Robert Geller x Lululemon Take the Moment Shorts

These technical shorts have a substantial amount of stretch (14 percent) and an elastic waist band for comfort. The color, Tidal Dye Red Dust Magnum, sets these apart from other performance shorts and the pockets have zippers to keep your essentials safe.

Arc’Teryx Palisade Shorts

These shorts are loaded with functional features including a hidden belt, zip hand pocket and zip thigh pockets. They’re paritally lined and features 6 percent elastane for added comfort.

Brain Dead Sunburst Logo Beach Short

These cotton shorts are made from a custom-printed and dyed marble fabric. The design features a elasticized waistband, two hand pockets and a rear flap pocket.

True Tribe Chrome Soft Shorts

These hybrid shorts are appropriate for wear in or out of the water and are made from a mix of reflective regenerated nylon and recycled nylon (from fishing nets). They feature a elastic drawstring waist, two zipped hand pockets and an athletic fit.

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John Zientek

John Zientek is Gear Patrol's style editor and in-house guitar authority. He grew up on the West Coast.

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