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Young men’s style is tough to get right.

You’re ready to stop dressing like your kid brother… but you’re not ready to dress like your dad.

You want to fit in with your peers… but you also want to get into a good school, get hired – and get ahead.

You want to be yourself. But you don’t want to embarrass yourself.

And you’re not exactly rolling in money for a new wardrobe.

What to do? Read on… here are the essentials you need.

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1. The Necktie

What’s This?

Heads up – a ‘necktie’ means the long kind of tie (not a bow tie).

Why Wear It?

You can’t look truly smart without a necktie. Business and formal dress codes require them.

How To Wear It

Choose three or four, and include at least two conservative ones in dark colors with modest or no patterning.

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Details, simple cuts and perfect balance are the hallmarks of a John Henric tie. Click here to express your own personal style without compromising on elegance.

Learn a few different tie knots- click here to see how to tie a tie 18 different ways.

When To Wear It

Wear a tie for job interviews, work, graduation, and smart occasions. If you want to wear one casually, try a knit tie.

It’s safest to wear a patterned tie with a plain shirt and vice versa – otherwise you might clash.

2. A Suit

What’s This?

Essentially, a suit is a matching jacket and pants (sometimes with a matching vest too – a three-piece suit).

Why Wear It?

Don’t think a suit is irrelevant to young men’s style. You’ll need one at some point – don’t wait till you have to buy it in a hurry.

How To Wear It?

A simple single-breasted model in charcoal gray or navy blue is best. Get it adjusted to fit you – some department stores will do this for you or you can go to a tailor. Click here for more on how to buy a suit.

When To Wear It

For formal business occasions like job interviews, and formal social occasions like weddings.

3. Plain White Dress Shirt

What’s This?

A dress shirt is a shirt meant for formal wear. They tend to be more conservatively styled and colored, with stiffer collars (so they look good with a tie).

Why Wear It?

Two words: job interviews. A white dress shirt is the most formal – it shows you know your stuff and have made an effort.

infographic mens shirt colors
The classic white dress shirt. Definitely a better predictor of interview success than a crystal ball.

How To Wear It

Go for a shirt with a spread or point collar (not a button-down collar – that’s too informal). For the full ‘serious business’ look, wear it with a suit, a white pocket square, a plain or lightly patterned dark tie, and black oxford shoes.

When To Wear It

For interviews and the most formal business settings.

4. Colored Dress Shirts

What’s This?

Colored dress shirts range from the plainest, lightest, most office-appropriate blue to wild patterned party shirts.

Why Wear It?

Dress shirts are an essential part of all smart dress codes – but they’re also versatile enough to pair with jeans.

john henric patterned shirt
Click here to check out this white and blue floral printed shirt in 100% cotton from John Henric.

How To Wear It

Stick to plain blues and whites or very low-key patterns like herringbone at work. A fun print shirt will get attention at parties.

When To Wear It

For work and social occasions.

5. An OCBD

What’s This?

An ‘OCBD’ or ‘Oxford’ is short for ‘Oxford Cloth Button Down’ – the classic casual shirt. ‘Oxford cloth’ is a type of cotton that’s woven with white threads in one direction and often a color in the other. ‘Button down’ refers to a collar that’s buttoned down to your shirt so it won’t flap around without a tie.

john henric blue oxford
Impeccable and classic, you cannot go wrong with a light blue oxford shirt. You can see both on this Bristol blue Oxford – click to check it out.

Why Wear It?

It goes with just about everything and is a men’s style icon.

How To Wear It

A blue or white OCBD is the most versatile option, but don’t be afraid of pink – it’s a preppy classic. These shirts are designed for going tieless, but you can pull off a knit tie.

When To Wear It

An OCBD can be everyday wear, especially when you’re on your best behavior (dates, church, meeting your girlfriend’s parents) but NOT office or interview wear.

6. Black Balmoral Oxfords

What’s This?

Nothing to do with shirts! A Balmoral Oxford is an Oxford shoe (the smartest style of dress shoe) with a toe cap (an additional piece of leather stitched over the toe) and no other seams.

Why Wear It?

It’s the classic business shoe. You’ll need these for almost any outfit that falls above business casual on the formality scale.

How To Wear It

Learn how to shine your shoes!

When To Wear It

Wearing a suit or slacks and a blazer? Wear dress shoes – no exceptions.

7. Stylish Men’s Work Boots

What’s This?

Men’s leather boots can be divided into work boots and dress boots (which can be worn with a suit). Casual boots usually have more room in the toe box, are made of thicker and less shiny leather, and the soles usually have lugs (rubber bumps for traction).

Why Wear It?

Boots are masculine, practical, and make you look taller (no flash of sock to break up the line of your legs). Dress boots might be a little ‘old’ for you – work boots are a more casual alternative.

How To Wear It

Work boots look great with jeans and a casual shirt.

When To Wear It

Casual wear – you can go for a walk in them.

8. Belt Or Suspenders (Braces)

What’s This?

Suspenders (braces in the UK) are an alternative to a belt – elastic or leather straps that clip to your pants and hang over your shoulders.

skull paisley suspenders
Skull paisley suspenders? Certainly, sir. Click here to see John Henric’s whole range.

Historically they were meant to be hidden under your jacket – now some men like to show them.

Why Wear It?

Belts and suspenders are not just functional, they’re accessories – a belt especially can make or break your outfit (it’s right in the middle there).

Pants with belt loops look naked without a belt.

john henric woven belt
Belts add color and pattern to your outfit as well as the practical function. Click here for all kinds of cool belts from John Henric.

Suspenders don’t draw attention to your waist or break up the line of your body, so you look taller and slimmer.

How To Wear It

You want a smart leather belt, a casual leather belt you can wear with jeans, and a braided elastic belt for summer (cooler than leather). Formal belts are made from shiny black or brown leather with a simple buckle and are plain and undecorated. Casual belts are made from more rugged matte leather or other fabrics, with a wide range of colors and decorations.

When To Wear It

Wear a belt any time you wear pants with belt loops. If there are no belt loops you have the option of suspenders. You can get a tailor to remove (or add) belt loops.

9. Smart Denim Jeans

What’s This?

Smart jeans are a dark color, well-fitted, and don’t have any rips or wear and tear (real or fake).

Why Wear It?

Moving up from boys’ style to young men’s style means upgrading your jeans.

How To Wear It

Choose the best jeans for your body type. Slim fit will suit most young guys. If you want, you can dress smart jeans up with a collared shirt, jacket, and dress shoes or nice sneakers.

When To Wear It

Any casual occasion – not to work or job interviews.

10. Leather Dress Gloves

What’s This?

“Dress” gloves are gloves you can wear with a suit, generally made from dark-colored leather.

Why Wear It?

Leather is both the smartest glove fabric and the most rugged and sexy – remember James Bond in Spectre?

leather gloves
Leather gloves… you won’t get the same effect with woolly mittens.

How To Wear It

Get a pair of black, close-fitting dress gloves, and ideally a more casual pair in a different color – brown is typical, but to set yourself apart get navy or burgundy.

When To Wear It

Any time it’s cold, with smart or casual outfits.

11. Boxer Briefs

What’s This?

Boxer briefs are a type of underwear that’s in between boxer shorts and briefs.

Boxer shorts are loose shorts, briefs are ‘tighty whities’, and boxer briefs are close-fitting shorts that give you a happy medium.

Why Wear It?

Boxer briefs suit every body type. Tighty whities make you look like your mom still buys your underwear. You also need an awesome body to pull them off. Boxer shorts won’t flatter you either – the extra fabric will give you chicken legs if you’re skinny and a big butt if you’re heavier.

boxer briefs
A 2016 underwear survey by GQ found 65.6% of women preferred boxer briefs. Only 5% preferred briefs!

How To Wear It

Get pure cotton – synthetics can trap stinky sweat down there and cause chafing.

When To Wear It

Hopefully every day!

12. Cotton or Merino Wool Dress Socks

What’s This?

Dress socks are socks that you can wear with a suit, smart pants, or dress shoes. They’re thinner and smoother than most casual socks.

Why Wear It?

Wearing casual socks with a smart outfit is a huge rookie mistake.

How To Wear It

Don’t be afraid to wear bold and fun dress socks.

john henric dress socks
Click here to check out John Henric’s range of dress socks – 100% cotton and merino wool, and designed in Sweden.

When you need to look extra serious, such as for an interview or new job, wear plain dress socks that match your pants (this also makes your legs look longer).

When To Wear It

Any time you’re wearing dress shoes and/or smart pants – but you can also wear them casually with jeans and sneakers.

13. Sports Jacket Or Blazer

What’s This?

The difference between a suit jacket, blazer, and sports jacket is simple: if it comes with matching pants, it’s a suit jacket. Blazers are one step down in formality – most common and versatile is a 2-button single-breasted navy blazer. Sports jackets are the most casual. They fit looser and come in rugged fabrics like herringbone, tweed, and corduroy, and almost any color and pattern.

Why Wear It?

It gives you a masculine ‘v’ silhouette, looks sharp, and can go from formal to casual.

How To Wear It

Ideally, you want a navy blazer and a sports jacket in a light neutral. Or for the best of both worlds try a knit blazer. It’s a more casual blazer, great for young men’s style – you can wear it with a t-shirt and jeans or dress it up.

john henric knit blazer
This navy knitted Blazer is a go-to piece for all you gents that are looking for a unique alternative to the suit. Click here for an awesome knit blazer from John Henric.

Make sure your pants are a different color from your jacket or it’ll look like you tried to fake a suit.

When To Wear It

Any time you want to look sharp but don’t have to wear a suit.

14. High Quality Winter Scarf

What’s This?

A knit scarf that’s long, wide, and thick enough to actually keep you warm.

Why Wear It?

Scarves are masculine – originally worn by flying aces to protect them from the cold in open cockpits, they’re associated with daring and adventure.

mens scarf
A scarf is a great men’s accessory when you want to add a little more personality to your outfit without going to a lot of effort. Click here to grab this royal blue scarf from John Henric.

How To Wear It

Go for real wool in a neutral color for warmth and versatility. As with sweaters – if it’s a relatively thin and smooth knit it’ll work for smart or casual wear.

Click here to learn how to tie a scarf ten different ways.

When To Wear It

Any time it’s cold.

15. 100% Merino Wool Polo Shirt

What’s This?

A casual cotton knit shirt with a collar and several buttons at the neck.

Why Wear It?

It’s another versatile classic – you can upgrade your t-shirt to a short sleeve polo, wear a long sleeve polo as a sweater, or treat it like a shirt and throw a jacket over it.

young mens style polo
Click here for John Henric’s stylish range of short sleeve polos – in 100% merino wool.

How To Wear It

Pair it with jeans, khakis, or chinos – jacket optional.

When To Wear It

Any casual occasion. A polo with a sports jacket and jeans is a great first date outfit.

16. Wool or Cashmere Sweater

What’s This?

A good quality sweater is made of natural fibers like wool, cashmere, and cotton, and is well-fitted, not baggy.

Why Wear It?

It’s warm, tactile, and makes girls want to cuddle up to you. Plus it’s great for layering – even with smart outfits like this:

navy pima cotton sweater
Click here to check out John Henric’s exclusive Pima cotton and cashmere sweaters.

How To Wear It

V-necks look great with a collared shirt, but round necks are more versatile. Choose chunky textured sweaters for winter casual wear, and thin sweaters for smarter wear.

When To Wear It

Just about any time – you can even wear one to most offices with a sports jacket or blazer and dress shirt.

17. Peacoat (or Pea Coat)

man wearing pea coat

What’s This?

A classic coat originally worn by sailors. The Peacoat is almost always dark navy or black and double-breasted with wide lapels.

Why Wear It?

The naval heritage gives it a masculine vibe, and it looks MUCH more stylish than a windbreaker or hoodie!

How To Wear It

It goes great with jeans or smart casual wear, or with a suit in a pinch.

When To Wear It

Any time it’s cold outside.

Click here to see my Men’s Winter Jacket Infographic – the ultimate visual style guide for cold weather coats.

18. Leather Or Denim Jacket

man wearing leather jacket

What’s This?

Two of the most casual jackets in young men’s style.

Why Wear It?

These rugged classics build up your shoulders and give you a masculine silhouette. Plus leather jackets look sexy and badass.

How To Wear It

You CAN wear a denim jacket with jeans – it just has to be a different color.

Get the best leather jacket you can afford. If the best you can afford is ultra-cheap, skip it – it’ll fall apart really fast.

When To Wear It

Leather when you want to look like a bad boy, denim when you want to look like a nice boy (but still ultra casual).

19. Cotton or Silk Pocket Square

What’s this?

A pocket square is the handkerchief in the breast pocket of a man’s jacket. It’s decorative – not for blowing your nose.

Why Wear It?

A pocket square matters in young men’s style because it shows you know how to dress – it’s also a good way to smarten up an outfit when a tie would be TOO smart. You can really express yourself with different pocket square colors, patterns, and folds.

john henric pocket square
John Henric offer the widest range of Italian-made handkerchiefs online. No breast pocket is complete without a pocket square!

How To Wear It

Learn how to fold a pocket square in a few different ways (the square fold is easiest to start with, and also the most formal.)

When To Wear It

Any time you wear a smart jacket (even if a tie would be too formal). For the smartest occasions, stick to plain white and a square fold.

20. Stylish Sunglasses

What’s This?

Sunglasses that you’ve dropped a few bucks on.

Why Wear It?

They just look cool – and the right sunglasses have a MASSIVE effect on your attractiveness, as well as making your whole outfit look better.

john henric sunglasses
Sunglasses for men are not only used for protection against the sun, but also as a style statement. Click here to check out John Henric’s stylish sunglasses for men.

How To Wear It

Get the right frames for your face shape. Aviators and wayfarers suit almost everyone.

When To Wear It

Only OUTDOORS when it’s SUNNY. Don’t be that guy.

21: A Classic Analog Watch

wrist watch

What’s This?

Analog is the opposite of digital – it’s a watch with hands.

Why Wear It?

Sure, you’ve got the time on your phone, but young men’s style should include a watch. It makes your outfit look complete – and checking the time on your watch looks much more stylish than fumbling in your pocket.

How To Wear It

For your first watch, pick something that goes with everything. Most versatile is a plain dress watch on a leather band.

When To Wear It

Any time, but know how to match a watch to different dress codes.

Another essential a lot of young men neglect? Wearing clothes that fit. John Henric has you covered here – before launching, they talked to over 800 men about their bodies and did solid research on what they were missing in fit before launching their popular men’s sweaters and shirts. 

Read next: how a man in his 30s should dress sharp.

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Steam Room Etiquette: How A Man Should Behave

shower steam

The positive effects of a steam room – the rejuvenating effect on skin, muscles and joints while relieving stress – are well documented. However, a few people always manage to detract from an otherwise therapeutic experience.

We don’t want you to be ‘that guy’, so we’ve created 10 steam room etiquette guidelines every man should follow.

Don’t Come In Naked

We are not in Ancient Rome; steam rooms are now mainly unisex. Even if you are in a single-sex steam room, please don’t come in naked. There really is no need.

If you don’t want to wear trunks, then don’t. However, please have the decency to put a towel around your waist to protect your ‘modesty’. Furthermore, if you are only wearing a towel, don’t put your leg(s) up – needless to say, no one needs to see that.

Shower Before You Come In

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There’s nothing worse than someone stepping into the steam room straight from a two-hour cardio workout, still dripping with sweat.

Suddenly, people become rather weary about the source of steam in the room, not to mention the ‘scent’. Have a shower, please. It takes 30 seconds.

Use The Space

If the steam room is almost empty, don’t sit directly beside the only person there; it’s awkward.

Much like Thomas Fink’s (of The Man’s Book) method of selecting the optimal urinal, leave at least one space between you and the other person where possible. Trust us, it’ll make a more enjoyable steam room experience for everyone.

Keep It Closed

Unlike the normal rules of gentlemanly behaviour, do not hold the door open for the person behind you. They managed to get this far, we’re sure they’ll be OK opening it for themselves.

It’s frustrating waiting up to 30 minutes for the ‘optimal steaming temperature’ only to have someone come along and hold the door open for their partner who’s showering.

In Or Out

soor open

If you’re unsure you want to come in, think about it outside, not with the door open (see previous point).

If you are looking for someone, come inside rather than trying to see through the impenetrable steam, or waiting for all the steam to filter out to ease your line of vision.


Now, this is unbelievable; some actually think it’s fine to bring a razor into the steam room and have a shave. Where do these people think the hair goes?

It doesn’t matter how much hair you have, the hair still has to go somewhere. There’s no ‘hair length’ related rule for this one – it cannot happen. Ever.

Adults Only

If the sign says, ‘No kids under the age of 16,’ it means that. We should add that the age restriction also applies to mental age.

Watch Your Mouth

steam conversation

While it’s polite to say “Hello” when entering and “Cheers” when leaving, conversation in the steam room should be kept to a minimum and not forced upon any unwilling recipient. If their eyes are closed, it’s probably a good sign they want to be left alone.

Gentleman, it is not a pub. Do not use it as a venue to discuss your lurid stories from the night before, how well your job is going, or divulge the inner workings of your ‘relationships’ – there’s a reason psychologists get paid.

Comments such as “It’s hot in here” are not required – we know it’s hot; that’s why we’re here.

Don’t Stare

It’s still rude, even if (you think) they can’t see you. No one wants to be gawped at, in or out of a steam room.

Hold It In

Finally, if you must break wind, please, please, please do it outside. Unfortunately, the steam doesn’t numb the sense of smell.

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The Best Men’s Shorts For 2024 Are Anything But Boring

The Best Mes Shorts for 2024 Are Anything But Boring

man wearing various styles of shorts

“A don doesn’t wear shorts.”

Words uttered by fictional New York mob boss Carmine Lupertazzi Sr. to Tony Soprano during an exchange between the two in the fourth season premiere of The Sopranos. Essentially, the older man was admonishing Tony for having previously sported a pair of shorts in public. He felt it was immature. Unbecoming. He was wrong, however.

The thing is, we get where Carmine is coming from. Sometimes, shorts don’t meet the level of formality required for a particular setting or event. But we’re not talking about those instances. When it gets really hot out and you don’t have a member of the old mafia guard mumbling in your ear otherwise, shorts simply get the job done.

Only, some shorts do it better. With the rapid approach of summer, we’re here to tell you that cool shorts come in all types of configurations. Different inseam lengths. Different fabrics. The works.

So come along for the ride. We’re taking you on a tour of the best men’s shorts for summer 2024. With so many to choose from, it was hard to narrow them down. But consider the work done for you. Oh, and stick around to the end to see our top pick!

The Best Basic Shorts: 5” Stretch Chino Short by J.Crew

5” Stretch Chino Short by J.Crew

Sometimes you’ve gotta start simple. And that’s exactly where this pair comes in. J.Crew has been supplying fellas with enduring American classics for decades, and if there’s one thing you can rely on them for (besides Ivy-inspired bangers), it’s good closet staples.

Their 5-inch inseam Stretch Chino Shorts get a lot right. For one, they’re arguably the best length you can get. Many agree that a 5-inch inseam is ideal.

There’s something about a short that’s well, short. It lets you show off the goods! In this case, your legs. But there’s also a nice bit of stretch in the mix here, making these perform a heck of a lot better than stiffer counterparts.

With ten colors and a timeless look, these will run you about $50, but select colors go on sale frequently. Don’t miss out.

The Best Classic Shorts: 6-Inch Stretch Classic Fit Chino Short by Polo Ralph Lauren

6-Inch Stretch Classic Fit Chino Short by Polo Ralph Lauren

Looking for something a tad bit more “old money?” Pardon our use of the TikTok-ified term, but Ralph Lauren’s aesthetics often lean into something adjacent to a lifestyle filled with country clubs and true American class.

Their 6-inch Stretch Classic Fit Chino Shorts fit right in with all of that. With six colors and a flattering length, this pair will be sure to impress. Subtle features such as the tabbed-button rear pockets and the tastefully applied, iconic Polo logo all make them an absolute winner.

Our bet? Go with the Deckwash White color for a good mix of versatility and elegance. Oh, and they’re under $90, too.

The Best Textured Shorts: 5 1/2″ Corduroy Everywear Shorts by Madewell

5 1/2" Corduroy Everywear Shorts by Madewell

One of the best style hacks you can ever learn is that texture is seriously important.

Outfit feeling a bit dull? Nine times out of ten it’s because things are too flat. A great way to add more visual interest is by incorporating texture through fabric. In the case of these shorts by Madewell, that would be corduroy.

Though typically a fabric most associated with autumn, winter, and the mild days of spring, these work for summer just as well in short form. With a perfect 5 ½-inch inseam and a comfortable elastic waistband, these shorts are a great addition to any casual ensemble.

They come in some brilliant colors, too, such as Warm Coffee and Dusty Laurel. The best part? They’re less than $70.

The Best Sweat Shorts: Austin International Sweat Short by Saturdays New York City

Austin International Sweat Short by Saturdays New York City

If it’s maximum comfort you crave, look no further than the Austin International Sweat Shorts by Saturdays New York City. They come in a heathered gray as well as black, and they’ve got a solid 6-inch inseam to keep your legs free during the summer heat.

That doesn’t mean these are flimsy, though. They’re constructed from a heavyweight 14oz loopback terry that gives them a great bit of shaping – something you often don’t expect from a pair of sweat shorts. And yet, somehow, they get softer with each and every wash/wear. For less than $100, these are an excellent option you won’t regret.

The Best Military-Inspired Shorts: 5” Officer Short by Todd Snyder

5” Officer Short by Todd Snyder

Remember what we said about lending your outfits a bit of interest through texture? Well, another method is through shape and drape, both of which can be achieved through a couple of well-crafted pleats.

Pleated shorts have had somewhat of a comeback in the men’s fashion landscape, and we’re fully onboard. Todd Snyder’s 5” Officer Shorts are a great way to try out the look.

Inspired by old military shorts and crafted from 100% cotton, these shorts are tastefully short with a 5-inch inseam and feature double pleats, as well as a coin pocket. They’re a bit pricier at $148, but for Todd Snyder quality, they’re well worth the price of admission.

The Best Linen Shorts: 7.5 Pleated Linen Short by J.Crew

7.5 Pleated Linen Short by J.Crew

When it’s absolutely scorching out there, sometimes regular shorts simply won’t do. In that case, it’s time to go full throttle and break out the linen. J.Crew appeared already on this list, but they just have too many great options to offer, like their 7.5” Pleated Linen Short.

Despite their longer length, the extra shaping provided by the single pair of pleats makes these a timeless pair with a bit of extra dimension. Not to mention that flapped coin pocket, which makes for a nice additional touch. They’ll run you just under $90, but when it’s really toasty outside, you’ll be thankful you picked these up.

The Best Loose Denim Shorts: Men’s 5 Star Carpenter Short In Mid Indigo by Wrangler

Men’s 5 Star Carpenter Short In Mid Indigo by Wrangler

Yep, jorts are back. If you’ve paid any attention to fashion spaces online, you might have noticed an uptick in denim short wearers over the past couple of years. But thankfully, today’s denim shorts are a lot cooler than the ones you wore in middle school. And with the right styling? They can look downright killer.

Currently, like many other fashion-forward shorts, jorts tend to be among one of two camps. One is loose and long. The other is a more traditional length and slimmer. Both are valid. But if you’re intrigued by the looser silhouette, Wrangler’s 5 Stat Carpenter Shorts have both you and nearly your knees covered.

These shorts have a 10-inch inseam, which while not for the faint of heart, is certain to make a statement. They’ve got a great early-2000s energy about them, and the more rugged details like the carpenter pant pockets really seal the deal. Not wholly convinced? They’re only $20. You can’t beat that.

The Best Retro-Inspired Denim Shorts: 501 ‘93 Cut Off 7” Men’s Shorts by Levi’s

Guy Wearing Retro-Inspired Denim Shorts wiht untucked casula shirt

Now for the other camp. Levi’s is the undisputed king of jeans. So naturally, their denim shorts are a total vibe, too. Their 501 93” Cut Off 7” Shorts have a great retro flair, with distressing along the hem and several tasteful washes.

Not to worry, because they can still be styled with ease, and their laid-back nature keeps things looking and feeling highly casual.

They cost just under $70, but Levi’s denim is damn near always worth it.

The Best All-Use Shorts: Men’s Baggies Shorts 5” by Patagonia

Men’s Baggies Shorts with flip flops

Patagonia Baggies have reigned supreme for quite some time. They debuted these shorts in 1982 and never looked back. They didn’t have to. These shorts have naturally stood the test of time and work with just about anything.

While they do project a somewhat more athletic look at first glance, you’d be surprised at how versatile they can be. Paired them with a plain white tee. Then a cotton crew neck sweater. Try them with a rugby polo. They just work.

Not only that, but they’re intended for water use as well. In a pinch, they make for a solid pair of swim trunks. Get them wet, and don’t sweat. For only $65, there’s no reason these should be as versatile as they are.

Our Absolute Favorite Shorts: Herringbone Twill Larsen Short by Buck Mason

Herringbone Twill Larsen Short by Buck Mason

A middle-ground 6-inch inseam. Two perfectly pleasing pleats. Herringbone weave texture. These might be the perfect shorts! Buck Mason always releases excellent products, but these might be some of the very best shorts you can buy for summer 2024.

They’re made from a 9.4 oz washed cotton twill fabric, and have just the right amount of extra shape and volume due to the single pleated front. They sit higher on the waist due to classic high rise, better breaking up the proportions between your legs and your chest. With a flapped coin pocket and two neutral colors, these shorts work a wide variety of occasions and an even wider number of ensembles.

For $128, we don’t think there’s a more perfect pair of shorts out there.

The Wrap-Up

Maybe Carmine is right. Maybe a don shouldn’t wear shorts. But chances are, you’re not a don. You’re a regular guy looking to upscale his style. And regular guys wear shorts. Because shorts, when executed well, can look pretty damn great!

Hopefully, this carefully curated list of the best shorts a man can buy has been helpful. Keep an eye out for future recommendations, and keep cool this summer!

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The Best Men’s Linen Pants Keep You Looking Cool and Feeling Cooler

relaxed fit beige linen pants black t shirt black leather belt loafers

Things are getting toasty out there, fellas. It’s just about time to switch over to your summer wardrobe. On the absolute hottest of days, you may be inclined to reach for your favorite pair of shorts.

And hey, we’re not knocking that decision. But on days that you still want to feel a bit more dressed up without sacrificing comfort and breathability, consider picking up a pair of linen pants this season.

For the less initiated, linen is a fabric made from fibers derived from flax plants. Not only is it natural, but it is highly breathable, featuring a looser weave than knotty wools and twill cottons.

This makes linen an ideal material for summertime clothing, especially pants. Their relaxed nature and subtle texture can elevate just about any summer outfit, whether you’re running morning errands or grabbing dinner outdoors. And the best linen pants absolutely double down on the cool factor.

man wearing relaxed-fit beige linen pants with a black t-shirt, black leather belt, and black loafers

At Real Men Real Style, we want you to look your best and feel your best this summer. So without further ado, here are our top recommendations for the best men’s linen pants in 2024, covering a variety of budgets and micro-styles. Read on!

The Budget Pick: Linen Blend Relaxed Pants by Uniqlo

Linen Blend Relaxed Pants by Uniqlo

The Japan-based mega-retailer of clothing basics doesn’t miss. Their Linen Blend Relaxed Pants are an excellent choice, and snagging a pair won’t hurt your wallet too much, either. While not a fully linen composition, a linen-cotton blend ensures a bit less wrinkling than you’d typically expect from fully linen pants – and it keeps things breathable, too.

With a classic silhouette, these are incredibly easy to style as well. Not sure how? Here’s a hint. Try ‘em with just about anything. Appropriate for the office, country club, cruise ship deck, and anywhere in between, there’s a heck of a lot of versatility available to you here.

With five colors and extensive unisex sizing options, you can’t get much better than these for under the $50.00 mark.

The Laid-Back Pick: Linen Drawstring Pants by Madewell

Linen Drawstring Pants by Madewell

If the last option had a bit too much cotton in the mix for your taste, the Linen Drawstring Pants by Madewell might be more your thing. Made from 100%, you guessed it, linen, these casual bottoms offer a solid value for the money, and significantly more laid-back aesthetic.

Available in a unique sage green, don’t let their casual nature fool you – you can style these a ton of ways. Wear them with your favorite band tee. Wear them with loafers of Adidas Sambas. Try them out with a camp collar shirt.

You’ve got options, and the relaxed, generous fit provided by the drawstring waistband means you don’t need to bother worrying about a belt. For under $90.00, these are a damn near steal.

The Contemporary Pick: Classic-fit Linen Trouser by J.Crew

Classic-fit Linen Trouser by J.Crew

If J.Crew didn’t make this list, then something would be seriously wrong. As the parent brand to Madewell, J.Crew is known to offer serious style with a preppy twist – and their linen offerings are no exception to this rule. Their Classic-Fit Linen Trousers are 100% linen and come in four flexible colors.

Not only that, but their timeless fit makes these work exceptionally well for almost any occasion. Dressed up or down, they’ll make an impact. And for a price tag of $118.00, they feature some great extra features like button-flapped rear pockets. We can’t recommend these enough for all your summer sartorial needs.

The Detail-Centric Pick: Standard Pleated Pant in Flax Linen by Alex Mill

Standard Pleated Pant in Flax Linen by Alex Mill

Launched in 2012, Alex Mill has made a profound impact on the men’s fashion landscape in only a relatively brief period of time. Well-regarded for their solid fabrics and budget-friendly casual tailoring options, they should definitely be on your radar – and so should their Standard Pleated Pants in Linen.

There’s hardly a better way to add easy visual depth to an outfit than a couple of pleats, and these pants understand that to great effect. With a slightly cropped hem and higher rise, the fit on these is exceptionally well-crafted.

There’s extras to go around too, most notably a tastefully-flapped coin pocket and cuffed legs. Available for $175.00, these offer a pretty good value if you’re ready for the next step above traditional budget options.

Oh, and did we mention they’re 100% linen, too?

The Clean Pick: Linen Hopsack Carry-On Pant by Buck Mason

Linen Hopsack Carry-On Pant by Buck Mason

The go-to brand for American classics and workwear-inspired pieces at a reasonable price-per-quality, Buck Mason is particularly good at turning great fabrics into even better clothes. Look no further than their Linen Hopsack Carry-On Pants for proof.

Inspired by the look of vintage military chinos, these pants have a particular airy weave that keeps things extra breathable. With a classic fit, natural color, and details like a coin pocket, these pants are competitively priced at $178.00 and can be paired with Buck Mason’s matching Linen-Hopsack Carry-On Jacket for a casual suit that may as well be the official uniform of taking it easy – in style.

The Five-Pocket Pick: Relaxed Fit 5-Pocket Cotton Linen Pant by Todd Snyder

Relaxed Fit 5-Pocket Cotton Linen Pant by Todd Snyder

Looking for a pair of linen pants that definitely air on the casual side of casual? Five-pocket pants are much like jeans – but aren’t necessarily made from denim. In the case of this offering from Todd Snyder, they can come in linen, too!

Todd Snyder is much beloved for their updated takes on classic style centerpieces, and these pants prove they’re still on the money. Available in three colors, you can forget resorting to jeans anytime you want a five-pocket configuration.

With a 73% cotton and 27% linen composition, you can expect these to be sturdier than other more linen-forward pants. But don’t be misled – they’ll still keep you feeling cool and looking fresh.

The Customizable Pick: Classic Wide-leg Trouser by Scott Fraser Collection

Classic Wide-leg Trouser by Scott Fraser

Scott Fraser Collection has become renowned for their exceptional fits, fabrics, and plethora of options available. The England-based brand offers some brilliant tailoring, and their Classic Wide Leg Trousers exemplify the quality you can expect.

Technically, these pants are offered in dozens of options, including cottons and wools. But they’re also available in multiple linen fabrics, ranging in color and weave. There’s guaranteed to be an option that calls out to you.

But that’s not where the customization stops. You can choose to add/remove belt loops, side tabs, cuffed legs, and more, and can expect a highly-flattering traditional fit that is full through the leg and the seat, thanks to a couple of generous pleats. All of this – available to you for around $310.00 USD (converted from GBP).

The Enthusiast Pick: Tobacco Cotton Linen Games Trousers by Drake’s

Tobacco Cotton Linen Games Trousers by Drake’s

If you’re a menswear-head like us, you’re surely familiar with Drake’s. If not, then let it be told – they’ve got some serious game. While certainly pricey, the quality and pure style found in the garments of this British-based menswear powerhouse are nearly unparalleled.

Drake’s understands pants. Like, really well. Their Cotto Linen Games Trousers? Truly exceptional. A high-quality blend of linen and cotton means that these pants will hold their shape better and be less prone to excessive wrinkling, but still maintain a breathable composition suitable for summer weather.

While easily styled up, the construction is relatively relaxed and works just as well casually, with a pinched waist and fuller fit in the leg. Adorned with a pair of single forward-facing pleats, they come in a variety of colors. You can’t go wrong with any of them, but we’re especially fond of the Tobacco color – they’re incredibly versatile.

Like we said, these ones aren’t exactly cheap, coming in at $500.00, but you’ll struggle to find a pair this good anywhere else. Menswear enthusiasts love Drake’s for a lot of reasons. These pants are one of them.

The Wrap-Up

At Real Men Real Style, we want you to look your best and feel confident. Which is why we want to let you know about the best products and best practices. If you haven’t previously given linen pants a shot, let this be your sign to upgrade your style game this summer.

Like we said, shorts can be cool. But linen pants indicate a level of understanding when it comes to the intersection of fabrics and functionality. They tell the world that you don’t have to resort to shorts the moment it gets a bit warm outside. You’re prepared. You’ve got the perfect pair of pants for the job. Any of the above will most certainly help you keep your cool.

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