The short list: The best to buy this summer

From chino shorts to swim shorts, this is how you’re going to keep cool in the heat

Shorts can be a minefield for men. How short is too short? How long is too long? How many pockets? What material? It’s enough to drive you mad, do away with shorts altogether and just sweat it out in trousers.

But that’s no way to live — especially in this summer we’re having. So, even though the list of possible shorting problems and pitfalls is considerably longer than the ideal short length, we’re here to help guide you through the knee-high murky waters of the summer wardrobe.

Make a splash with patterned swim shorts

You may not think that swim shorts are the cornerstone of your summer wardrobe, but we beg to disagree. They may spend most of their time submerged — and it’s hard to make a style statement underwater — but you’ll likely wear your swims more than ordinary shorts this summer, so it pays to get them right.

The short list: The best to buy this summer

Bluemint Arthus Spring Leaves

£95

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The short list: The best to buy this summer

Orlebar Brown Bulldog Flocking About

£225

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The short list: The best to buy this summer

Frescobol Carioca Aquarela Tailored Swim Shorts

£160

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From the coolest brand on the waves, Bluemint, this spring leaves print throws some great colour and shapes onto a classically cut pair of shorts. Orlebar Brown also get it very right with the light blue and pink colouring of their picture trunks. And, with some pops of pink in-between, the blues and white Frescobol Carioca offer just enough pattern and colour. Take your pick.

Stay smart-casual with chino shorts

One of our biggest gripes when it comes to summer is that we can’t replicate the formality of our cold weather wardrobes. Everything must be looser, or lighter and layers are out of the question. You’ll never match a suit, but if its a dinner at a villa, chino shorts are a solid option. Chicly cut and coloured in understated tones, pair with a formal shirt and you’re good to go.

The short list: The best to buy this summer

Lanvin Slim-fit Chino Shorts

£213

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The short list: The best to buy this summer

AMI Bermuda Nayv Shorts

£91

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The short list: The best to buy this summer

Salle Priveé Steven Slim-Fit Chino Shorts

£190

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The classic beige cos these Lanvin shorts offers a good level of formality, and a middle crease ups the ante even further. Throwing a darker shade into the mix, AMI’s Bermuda Navy shorts will afford you great versatility — what doesn’t go with navy? And Salle Priveé‘s Chino Shorts in off-white bring a feeling of Rivera glamour to any outfit.

Keep it light and breezy with pastel linens

Of course, the mainstay of your summer wardrobe, linen, can pair with the pattern of a comfortable short to create perhaps the greatest summer garment. When the sun hits, these light, soft and breezy shorts will feel like a gift from God. And grabbing a pair in a pastel shade will give you that more modern, relaxed look we all strive for in summer.

The short list: The best to buy this summer

Luca Faloni Marine Green Panarea Linen-Cotton shorts

£95

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The short list: The best to buy this summer

Orlebar Brown Norwich Linen shorts in Powder Blue

£145

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The short list: The best to buy this summer

Club Monaco Baxter Linen Chambray Shorts

£100

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Luca Faloni designs clothes that can transition from beach to city street in the blink of an eye, and these marine green linen-cotton shorts are no exception. Alternatively, if you’re feeling a bit more colourful, why not slip into these blue linen shorts from Orlebar Brown? Or, for a classic feel that never disappoints, Club Monaco will always deliver on style.

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