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Let Your Legs Breathe In Style With These 16 Designer Shorts For Men 

By  Emily Konatella

LAST UPDATED - August 5, 2022

When it comes to summer fashion, you can't beat a good pair of men's designer shorts that offer functionality and style. These stylish designer shorts are versatile enough to wear everywhere this summer without sacrificing design.

To help you find your next favorite pair, we've rounded up the season's most stylish men's designer shorts. From preppy chinos to streetwear-savvy athleticwear, their versatile colorways, comfortable fabrics, and timeless fits are well worth the splurge.

16 Men's Designer Shorts to Sport This Summer

01

Out of 16

Rick Owens X Champion Logo-Embroidered Mesh Drawstring Shorts

Rick Owens X Champion Logo-Embroidered Mesh Drawstring Shorts

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For his latest collaboration with Champion, designer Rick Owens reimagined a timeless pair of casual black shorts in his signature drop-crotch, baggy fit. Spacious hip pockets and a stretchy elastic waistband with an adjustable tie ensure they're as functional as they are fashion-forward. An exposed zipper and a star logo embroidered on the side add the perfect finishing touch to these versatile bottoms. Style them with a graphic tee and your go-to sneakers for an easy casual summer outfit.

Material

73% recycled polyamide, 27% elastane

Care

Hand wash

02

Out of 16

Ralph Lauren Purple Label Eaton Stretch-Cotton Shorts

Ralph Lauren Purple Label Eaton Stretch-Cotton Shorts

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Every man needs a pair of preppy chino shorts in their summer wardrobe. These Eaton Flat-Front Shorts from the Ralph Lauren Purple Label feature a timeless slim-leg fit with a zip fly, front button closure, and two hip pockets. Crafted in Portugal from a stretchy cotton blend, they're comfortable enough for all-day wear. Shoppers can choose from an array of basics and bright summer hues, ranging from black, white, and khaki to ocean blue and sage green.

Material

Cotton/elastane

Care

Machine wash

03

Out of 16

Balenciaga Political Campaign Sweat Shorts

Balenciaga Political Campaign Sweat Shorts

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If you're going to splurge on one pair of lounge shorts, make it these Political Campaign Sweat Shorts from Balenciaga. The heritage house turned streetwear innovator is known for elevating ultra-casual pieces with their quirky graphics. These timeless sweat shorts boast a red, white, and blue Balenciaga logo inspired by political campaign artwork. Stick with the classic black colorway for maximum versatility. Slip pockets and an elastic waistband ensure they'll be your new go-to pair for errand running.

Material

Cotton/polyester

Care

Dry clean

04

Out of 16

Alexander McQueen Flat-Front Cotton Shorts

Alexander McQueen Flat-Front Cotton Shorts

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Alexander McQueen is beloved for its traditional British tailoring, and these Flat-Front Cotton Shorts prove why. They're effortlessly cut from lightweight, breathable cotton that's perfect for hot summer weather. An elastic waistband offers all-day comfort, while side slip and back button-through patch pockets provide plenty of space for your stuff. You won't regret adding both the black and white color options to your cart.

Material

100% cotton

Care

Machine wash

05

Out of 16

Fendi Map Print Bermuda Shorts

Fendi Map Print Bermuda Shorts

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Fendi's Map Print Bermuda Shorts are perfect for a summer vacation. The funky Bermuda shorts feature a pull-on silhouette with an elasticized waistband, faux fly, and mid-thigh length. Cargo pockets on the sides keep your wallet, phone, and hotel card close at hand. Covered in a playful map print, they're ready for any far-flung adventure on your calendar this summer. Now all you need is a great pair of sneakers to style them with!

Material

Polyester

Care

Dry clean

06

Out of 16

Lacoste Logo-Patch Track Shorts

Lacoste Logo-Patch Track Shorts

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These Logo-Patch Track Shorts from Lacoste make a practical addition to any summer wardrobe. A tiny alligator logo on the side adds a little something special to the otherwise minimalist style. Offered in an assortment of versatile colors, it's worth adding a few of these affordable designer shorts to your cart. Might we suggest starting with basic black and white? They'll pair well with every color tee in your repertoire.

Material

Cotton blend

Care

Machine Wash

07

Out of 16

Giorgio Armani Cotton-Twill Drawstring Shorts

Giorgio Armani Cotton-Twill Drawstring Shorts

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For the refined gentleman, there's Giorgio Armani's Cotton-Twill Drawstring Shorts. They're expertly tailored in Italy with careful attention to detail and the finest quality fabrics. Side pockets, a gently elasticized waistband, and a concealed zip fastening create a comfortable, laid-back fit. Cut from navy or khaki cotton twill, they look as good with a colorful linen button-up as they do with a simple white tee.

Material

100% cotton

Care

Dry clean

08

Out of 16

Givenchy Logo Swim Shorts

Givenchy Logo Swim Shorts

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These Givenchy Logo Swim Shorts can go straight from the beach to the boardwalk bar. They're cut from lightweight, water-repellent polyester fabric in a simple, pull-on silhouette. An oversized Givenchy logo across the leg adds an effortless sense of sophistication. The splurge-worthy swim shorts come in your choice of sleek black or royal blue.

Material

100% polyester

Care

Machine wash

09

Out of 16

Palm Angels Classic Track Shorts

Palm Angels Classic Track Shorts

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Palm Angels' Classic Track Shorts are guaranteed to be your new go-to pair. The baggy track shorts boast an athletic pull-on fit with an elasticized waistband, roomy hip pockets, and sporty stripes down the side. A Palm Angels logo at the mid-thigh subtly shows off your superior taste in clothing. Shoppers can choose between basic black, preppy khaki, or eye-catching lavender purple.

Material

100% polyester

Care

Machine wash

10

Out of 16

Tom Ford Men's Technical Micro Faille Shorts

Tom Ford Men's Technical Micro Faille Shorts

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If you prefer a shorter inseam, try these Men's Technical Micro Faille Shorts from Tom Ford. They're cut from performance fabric that blends innovative technical materials with lightweight, breathable cotton. But don't underestimate their versatility. Thanks to a chino-inspired design, they're undeniably sophisticated. The mid-thigh length men's shorts come in three color options: black, cream, and olive green.

Material

Cotton/polyester

Care

N/A

11

Out of 16

Heron Preston Logo-Patch Track Shorts

Heron Preston Logo-Patch Track Shorts

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Heron Preston's Logo-Patch Track Shorts make an easy addition to any wardrobe. The simple cotton shorts boast a comfortable elastic waistband, side slip pockets, a back patch pocket, and an above-the-knee length. A bright orange Heron Preston patch on the hip adds an elevated finishing touch. Complete your 'fit with one of the buzz-worthy label's equally splurge-worthy graphic tees.

Material

100% Cotton

Care

N/A

12

Out of 16

Brunello Cucinelli Flat-Front Cotton Shorts

Brunello Cucinelli Flat-Front Cotton Shorts

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Shopping for something you can dress up for a fancy dinner or beach wedding? These Brunello Cucinelli Flat-Front Cotton Shorts are just what your closet needs. The effortlessly tailored trouser shorts pair perfectly with a breezy cotton button-up or linen blazer. There's no shame in splurging on all three color options— black, white, and tan— to round out your summer wardrobe.

Material

100% Cotton

Care

Dry clean

13

Out of 16

Gucci Logo-Trimmed Tech-Jersey Drawstring Shorts

Gucci Logo-Trimmed Tech-Jersey Drawstring Shorts

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Elevate your everyday style with these Logo-Trimmed Tech Jersey Drawstring Shorts from Gucci. The versatile black shorts draw inspiration from retro sportswear and designer Alessandro Michele's signature tracksuits. They're cut from mid-weight athletic fabric with a wide-leg, dropped-crotch fit and an adjustable drawstring waist. Trimmed with reflective piping and webbing woven with the house's double G monogram, they feel undeniably luxurious no matter what you pair them with.

Material

55% polyester, 45% cotton; trim: 80% polyamide, 20% elastane

Care

Machine wash

14

Out of 16

Saint Laurent Straight-Leg Denim Shorts

Saint Laurent Straight-Leg Denim Shorts

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No matter your summer style, you can't go wrong with these Denim Straight Shorts from Saint Laurent. They're crafted in Italy from high-quality black denim with a touch of stretch for added comfort and a raw hem for a laid-back vibe. A 7-inch inseam and slim leg fit feel sleek, sophisticated, and surprisingly timeless. Dress them up with loafers and a linen button-up, or dress them down with a graphic tee and slides. There's no shame in wearing them two days in a row!

Material

98% cotton/ 2% elastane

Care

Dry clean

15

Out of 16

Versace Jeans Couture Baroque-Print Color-Block Shorts

Versace Jeans Couture Baroque-Print Color-Block Shorts

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Liven up your casual wardrobe with these Baroque-Print Color-Block Shorts from Versace Jeans Couture. Panels of the colorful baroque print cotton channel the luxurious feel of the iconic Italian fashion house. They're loosely cut from stretchy fabric with a wide drawstring waistband and classic hip pockets. Throw on your favorite slide and a white tee or graphic hoodie, and you're ready to head out the door to a laid-back lunch or grocery run.

Material

Outer: Cotton 100%, Polyester 87%, Polyamide 11%, Spandex/Elastane 2%

Care

Machine Wash

16

Out of 16

Balmain Cargo Strapped Denim Shorts

Balmain Cargo Strapped Denim Shorts

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Balmain's Cargo Strapped Denim Shorts have a laid-back feel that doesn't fall short on style. A subtle acid wash, front pleats, and a low-slung, baggy fit channel 80s and 90s hip hop in a totally modern way. Oversized cargo pockets, side zip pockets, and B-embossed back pockets offer plenty of space to stash your stuff. Crafted in Italy from heavyweight 100% cotton denim, these streetwear shorts only get better with age. You'll look forward to pulling them out again every summer.

Material

100% Cotton

Care

Machine Wash


About the author

Emily Konatella

Emily is a fashion consultant, designer and creative director with more than 15 years experience creating, designing and developing clothing & jewelry. From managing pageant shows to turning concepts into actual designs, she has experience with almost all fabric types and jewelry designs and is in touch with the latest fashion trends.

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