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One of the reasons so much writing gets devoted to fashion is that it’s a silent language.

Without saying a word, your outfit speaks — it tells people who you are, what your values are, and in most settings what your social status is. (Like any language, of course, it can also be lied in, but the communication is still happening whether it’s true or not!)

Go a level deeper, however, and you’ll find that we’re speaking to each other on a visual level regardless of what clothes we’re wearing. Body language is something that could work stark naked — though we don’t recommend it, outside of your bedroom life.

Body Language Matters


The idea that unspoken signals can affect our thoughts and emotions is an uncomfortable one.

But body language really does affect our interactions. Some examples are very obvious: we all flinch, for example, if someone jerks toward us and makes a loud noise.

Hopefully that’s not something you’re seeing in everyday conversation, of course, but the principle is the same. We react to physical stimuli before we process conscious thought.

That was a handy survival trait when humans were trying not to be eaten in the wild. It can still be useful in modern society — but learning how to interpret the body language of others, and how to control your own, is vastly more important than being the first guy to run when something makes a loud noise.

But Does It Really Work?

Books about body language sometimes make it seem a little too much like a Jedi mind trick. It seems too good to be true.

Fiction is especially guilty here — Sherlock Holmes might have been able to watch a man’s hands move as he talked and deduce whether the man was lying or not, but most of us are never going to be able to pull off feats like that.

Even a trained professional can only turn observed body language into a general impression. There’s no such thing as an absolute “read.”

And people with an active interest in deceiving — con men, liars, and even just really good salesmen — can study the same materials just as easily as the people trying to detect them, and control their movements to deliberately mislead.

That said, yes, studying body language “works” — to a point. If you take an interest, learn to observe carefully, and read up on the science behind our motions, there’s an impressive amount of non-verbal information that you can gather.

How Hard Is Reading (or Controlling) Body Language?

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At first, anything to do with body language is going to be challenging.

Modern humans have very verbal brains. We like words, whether they’re spoken or written. Learning to observe non-verbal cues is counter-intuitive for someone who grow up in modern society.

But, as with all skills, it gets easier over time. The more you practice observing silently, the more you’ll internalize the observations, until you get to the point where you don’t have to think about it anymore.

It takes a long time to get to that point. You’ll need to consciously force yourself to observe people for a long time — setting aside time to go sit somewhere in public and work in it deliberately is a good way to get in the habit. So is watching people when you’re running basic errands like going to the grocery store.

Keeping a conscious observation running when you’re out in public will be a struggle. But if you do it every day for weeks, months, and years, you’ll eventually become an expert “reader.”

Controlling your own body language is the flip side of that coin, and requires just as much practice. Actors and other performers can seem very charismatic even when they’re “out of character” — that’s because, to perform effectively, they’ve practiced controlling their body language over and over again.

You’ll need to spend a lot of time studying and practicing in front of a mirror if you want to disguise or misrepresent your internal thoughts and feelings. But, just like getting a good “read,” it can be done by anyone — no special talent or innate skill needed.

Posture and Stance

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Everything from this point on is going to be a general outline. For a detailed look at the evolution behind our body language, you’ll need a longer book.

But broadly speaking, these are some of the basic stances that men and women will assume, and what they suggest about the observed individual’s feelings and thoughts:

  • A dominant, controlling pose squares off directly with the shoulders and hips facing forward and the vitals (stomach, chest, and neck) uncovered. Arms hang comfortably at the sides, rest lightly with the hands on the hips, or clasp behind the back — not in front, which would be a more defensive posture.
  • An aggressive or angry stance pushes the weight forward. The legs are close together, usually with the dominant leg leading forward a half-step or so, as if about to spring into motion. The head and chin tilt forward to protect the neck, and the upper body leans toward other people’s personal space. Bodies often shift off-center to protect the vitals.
  • A defensive or worried stance leans away from other people, and the feet turn away, pointing toward an avenue of escape. The shoulders raise and the chin lowers to protect the neck, and arms are held in close to the body, usually crossed or clasped in front of it to protect the vitals.

Most of the time people’s stances will give you mixed signals, combining two or more of these. Look to the feet and arms more than anything else — where the hands are resting (or clenching) gives you a good idea of how protective or aggressive a person is feeling, and where the feet are pointed tells you where their brains subconsiously want them to move.

Hand Gestures and Language

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Posture is often trained (“stand up straight!”), and can be misleading on its own. Hands are generally less culturally conditioned, making small gestures and hand position offers good insight on a person’s thoughts. Make sure you avoid any inappropriate hand gestures or the below:

  • Open palms are a gesture of sincerity, trust, and openness. It indicates a willingness to listen and cooperate — and, at a basic level, shows that you aren’t holding a weapon or preparing to strike a blow. Everything from a celebrity or politician’s wave to a magician’s “nothing to hide here” spread-hands gesture uses this basic communication.
  • Hiding the palms by facing them inward or curling a fist is an indicator of aggression or defensiveness. The Roman (and later Nazi) salute, demonstrators pumping clenched fists, or coaches karate-chopping one hand into the other as they yell at their players are all examples of this body language.
  • Touching the face can be a sign of dishonesty or anxiety — think of a small child, who claps a hand over his or her mouth just after saying something “wrong.” Touching the back of the head, on the other hand, is a reassuring feeling, and may be a sign of someone who needs comforting or soothing.
  • Fidgeting is an obvious sign of boredom, as is supporting the head with the hands.

All About Handshakes

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Handshakes are probably the most commonly asked-about of the different hand gestures that make up non-verbal communication. Some people put a lot of stock in interpreting handshakes — probably more than is really needed (and those people tend to be the ones who overpower their own, too, which doesn’t necessarily flatter them as much as they’re thinking.)

The idea that the handclasp comes from a Roman method of checking for weapons hidden up the sleeves is probably false (most traditional Roman garments didn’t have sleeves, for one thing), but it is still a fundamentally trusting gesture, offering an open palm rather than a closed one.

These days, the handshake has spread to most cultures, though some Asian countries still prefer the bow. Don’t overthink yours — but develop a good one, and learn to interpret other people’s as well.

  • A dominant handshake turns the palm downward as it is offered, forcing the other person’s to turn upward to meet it. Done firmly (but not forcefully), it’s a good handshake, but it needs to be offered with the arm relaxed and extended far enough to give the other shaker some personal space. With a bone-crushing grip and a forward lunge it’s offensively aggressive.
  • A submissive handshake with the palm turned upward, so that the shaker’s comes down to cup it, is a good way to put people at their ease, or to show sincerity when offering an apology. Grip firmly to compensate for the slightly weaker posture.
  • Two-handed shakes, where the second hand cups the outside of the handshake or reaches up to squeeze the wrist, are a little invasive to use on strangers in casual situations. Save them for when you need to make a specific show out of sharing a personal connection with the recipient.

The most common handshake-related question is how hard to squeeze, and the answer is far more simple than most people make it: you should squeeze until you feel pressure on your skin, and then stop. You don’t want to feel bones through the skin. Give one firm up-and-down pump and stop there.

If it helps, pretend you’re holding a small, very ripe tomato in your hand. If you’re squeezing hard enough that the tomato would burst, you’re squeezing too hard.

Reading the Eyes

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There are a number of over-simplified or outright false claims about people’s eyes. “Liars always look to their left when they lie” is a popular on — if anything, any decent liar is more likely to look straight at the person they’re deceiving, in an effort to appear more sincere.

However, eye movements can be telling — and, unlike hand gestures and body posture, they happen so quickly and subconsciously that it’s difficult to fake them.

  • Blinking is a natural reaction to stress. Short, fast blinks indicate agitation, while frequent slow blinks are more likely a sign of struggling to stay awake or focused. In either case you should look for a prolonged pattern — a few stray blinks at any speed are probably just natural eye movement.
  • A gaze that focuses on someone’s lower face, from the eyes down to the chin, indicates attention being paid to that person. There should still be eye movement — if the gaze is fixed on one point, it’s likely only being held out of politeness.
  • A wider gaze that takes in the whole face is a more intimate form of attention. It can denote positive feelings or physical attraction, and in either case it’s a good sign.
  • A gaze directed above the head or at the top of the face, upwards of the eyes, implies that the watcher feels dominant or superior to the person they are watching. It may be helpful to bring people’s eyes lower with hand gestures if you find them staring above you.
  • People who are talking to themselves, mentally or out loud, tend to look sideways as if they were speaking to another, invisible person. This is where the “liars look left” myth originated — a lie requires you to consider and “discuss” the falsehood with yourself, meaning that many spur of the moment lies are made with a sidelong glance. However, a lie that the teller anticipated in advance can easily be told without any sideways glances.

Gestures made with the eyes are often too fast for other eyes to perceive without the aid of slow-motion playback. Police interrogators can usually make the needed recordings, but in conversation you’ll generally have to rely on your instincts — which are, after all, formed by your own subconscious observations, happening faster than you can track them.

Combined Signals and Overall Mood

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Body language is happening all over, all the time. It’s not just one flicker of the eye in isolation, or a solid, statue-like pose.

Part of the reason it takes so much practice to become a proficient “reader” of body language is because the signals come too fast for a slow thought process to interpret. You have to get yourself so much into the habit of noticing signs that your brain starts to register them without your conscious input.

Beginners can start by learning to look for combinations that indicate overall moods or social positioning:

  • Fear and agitation combine various closed, defensive gestures like crossed arms, lowered heads, and reduced personal space. Gestures become smaller and eye contact is brief, in an unconscious effort to avoid provoking conflict.
  • Aggression is characterized by fast movements, defense of the vital areas (crouching, turning side-on, etc.), and invasions of other people’s personal space.
  • Dominance or confidence takes an open stance, deliberately flaunting the vitals (spread legs, puffed chest, raised chin, etc.) rather than guarding them. Movements are contained, not tilted forward into other people’s space.

Any of these languages can be faked, and people who study body language often do so deliberately, both to mislead and to “prompt” themselves into a specific mindset. If you’re feeling nervous, deliberately assuming a dominant stance can help calm you down and reassure you.

Body language goes far beyond these simple basics — many books have been written about it, and many scientific papers have explored the reasons behind our movements.

But for now, you know the very basics — and that should be enough to convince you that it’s worth learning more!

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Steam Room Etiquette: How A Man Should Behave

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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

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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

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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

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“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

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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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