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Life is about compromises, and the skill of finding a satisfactory middle ground is one of the most beneficial abilities going. That’s why when it comes to choosing a pair of shorts for summer, you’d do well to consider the longer options, too. Long shorts afford the best of both worlds: you get the airiness and styling options of any other shorts, but you don’t need to bear all for the world to see while wearing them. Do not despair, we’re not talking three-quarter-length cutoffs, though.
We’ve scoured the web for the best long shorts for every style and every budget. Whether we’re talking utilitarian iterations from Patagonia or more luxurious examples from the likes of Jil Sander, Acne Studios, and CMMN SWDN, there’s a pair of long shorts for every wardrobe.
Browse our favorite long shorts below.
Distressed and Relaxed
Cav Empt delivers grungy summer vibes with this pair of muted shorts that feature an irregular stripe pattern. Made in Japan, this pair is cut from pure cotton for durability and comfort but thanks to the beaten aesthetic you needn’t worry about keeping them pristine.
Cut to the same, relaxed width as most Carhartt work pants, the Carhartt WIP Master Short is a surprisingly formal option when it comes to shorts. The all-black colorway makes styling easy, but if you’re struggling, opt for a trusty pair of Vans for skate style.
Are Flared Shorts a Thing?
Acne Studios serve up some signature irreverence with this pair of shorts which have a kick towards the hem. The exaggerated shape of this pair contrasts with a very normal construction otherwise, making them an easy way to introduce an exciting new shape into your repertoire.
Straight To The Point
No messing around, Patagonia does what it’s done for decades with this pair of functional shorts that end just below the knee. Made up mostly from organic cotton, the Venga Rock Shorts are perfect for any forays into nature.
Shorts But Sophisticated
Our Legacy’s Rest Shorts embody the label’s design direction. At once avant-garde and classic, this pair of long shorts will bring a strong dose of Scandinavian cool to your summer style.
Blazer Not Included
That’s right, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this pair of formal long shorts came with a blazer. Complete with creases and pleats, CMMN SWDN’s Jayson Shorts work perfectly with a white shirt, but you can also style with your favorite sneaks.
Oversized and cut from toweling, Jil Sander serves up certified summer chic here. We’re not sure we’ve ever seen a garment more prepared for sun-soaked beach trips and it’s making us really want a holiday.
Styling Made Easy
As we have come to expect from the Swedish retailer, COS’ Cotton Mix Long Shorts a defined by their simplicity. You’re in the wrong place if you’re on the search for loud embellishment, but dive right in if, like us, you’re hoping to anchor your wardrobe in something quietly confident.
Comme Does Corduroy
Is there anything that storied house COMME des GARÇONS can’t do? We’re yet to find it. Injecting its coveted alternative mojo into this pair of below-the-knee shorts, COMME’s corduroy creation is a guaranteed win this summer.
Luxury in Half Length
Take the graceful but subversive design direction of Sacai and combine it with Gramicci’s functional outlook and you’ve got the recipe for one of the season’s most underrated collaborations. We’re loving this pair of denim shorts because it’s pretty much everything you could want from a pair of shorts all in one, stylish place.
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