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How To Style Leather Jackets For Men 1

When it comes to men’s style, there aren’t many garments more versatile than a leather jacket. However, as a middle-aged man, it’s important to know what looks good and what doesn’t. After all, no guy wants to look like he’s wearing a jacket from his teenage son’s wardrobe.

In today’s article, I’m breaking out how to style a leather jacket for men in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s+, and show you some great outfit ideas that will help you look your best. We’ll be covering:

  1. 3 Rules For Wearing Leather Jackets For Men
    • The Leather Jacket Must Fit Correctly
    • Your Leather Jacket Must Suit Your Body Type
    • All Leather Jackets Are Casual
  2. What Leather Jacket Looks Best On Men In Their 30s?
  3. What Leather Jacket Looks Best On Men In Their 40s?
    • Moto Racer Jacket
    • Leather Biker Jacket
  4. What Leather Jacket Looks Best On Men In Their 50s?
    • Suede Bomber Jacket
    • Leather Field Jacket
  5. What Leather Jacket Looks Best On Men Aged 60+?
    • Leather Car Coats
    • Leather Blazer (Cattleman Jacket)

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3 Rules For Wearing Leather Jackets For Men

Here’s the deal, gents – anyone from the age of 18 to 80 can wear a leather jacket. Guys have been rocking leather for hundreds of years and, as long as you buy the correct style for your age and body type, there’s absolutely no reason you shouldn’t feel confident wearing a leather jacket at any age.

That being said, there are a few basic rules you need to follow when wearing a leather jacket – ESPECIALLY if you’re a man at risk of looking like he’s trying too hard to dress younger than his years.

Nothing too stressful, just a few recommendations I’d like to make before we get into which jacket is best for you according to your age group.

#1 The Leather Jacket Must Fit Correctly

black man with bike wearing leather jacket

Sounds obvious, right?

Not necessarily – you’d be surprised how many guys I see walking around in leather jackets that are too long in the sleeves or narrow in the shoulders.

Fit is important at any age, but when you’re a slightly older guy who’s trying to look stylish and well put together, it’s essential that you nail the fit of every garment you wear – leather jackets included.

That means you need to find a jacket that’s the right size for your body type and height. That means the sleeves need to be the right length, the shoulders shouldn’t be too loose OR too tight across the shoulders, and the jacket should be able to zip up without pulling across your midsection.

I know – it sounds like a lot. However, if you don’t put the time and effort into finding a jacket that fits you well, you’ll either:

  1. Look ridiculous wearing a jacket that doesn’t suit your body structure
  2. Never wear your jacket because it’s uncomfortable and awkward

To avoid this, I’d advise buying your leather jacket at a store where you can try on each garment in front of a mirror. You’ll know instantly whether or not a jacket fits you well by how it looks and feels in the changing room.

#2 Your Leather Jacket Must Suit Your Body Type

Asian man wearing well fitted leather jacket

It’s no coincidence that so many guys think leather jackets should be worn exclusively by younger men.

Let’s be clear – when you’re in your late teens and early 20s, you’re in your prime. You’ve got the best body you’ll ever have, and you can get away with wearing almost anything and still look good.

As you break into your 30s, 40s, and 50s – it’s natural for a guy to gain a bit of weight around the midsection. You probably don’t play as much sport as you used to, you’re married and comfortable with your wife, and a few kids have come along, which means you just don’t have time to hit the gym like you used to.

No one’s judging you for that, gents. Trust me, we’ve all been there.

The fact is, many leather jacket styles suit slimmer builds. So it’s important to be realistic about what jacket styles suit a dad-bod and which you should avoid at all costs.

We’ll go into more detail about this later on, but in general:

  1. Biker Leather Jackets suit slim-waisted men
  2. Bomber Leather Jackets work for guys with a dad-bod
  3. Boxy Leather Overshirts suit larger men

#3 All Leather Jackets Are Casual

man with beard wearing leather jacket and denim shirt

Broadly speaking, leather jackets are casual garments.

Sure, some are dressier than others – however, you’re never going to look good wearing a leather jacket over the top of a tuxedo.

Nowadays, ‘formal’ can mean a lot of different things, so there are ‘formal’ events where a leather jacket could be worn. But working out what’s appropriate and what isn’t can be a minefield – so I thought I’d give you a bit of a breakdown below:

  1. Smart Casual: Yes, you can wear a leather jacket
  2. Business Casual: Yes, you can wear a leather jacket
  3. Business Formal: You can wear a leather jacket while commuting, but should remove it at the office
  4. Black Tie: No. Never.
  5. White Tie: No. No. No. For the love of God, NO!

In short – light-colored, textured leather is casual. For a more formal-looking leather jacket, opt for a black, smooth leather Moto Racer jacket.

What Leather Jacket Looks Best On Men In Their 30s?

man in his 30-s wearing leather jacket

When you’re in your 30s, it can be hard to know how to dress.

You’re not 25 anymore, so the up-to-date style and fashion of younger men probably isn’t going to work for you anymore. But at the same time, many would still consider you a younger man.

This can make it hard to pick out clothing that’s suitable for your age – especially when it comes to leather jackets.

So what’s a stylish guy to do? Hazard a guess at what’s acceptable in the hopes the leather jacket he wears is appropriate for his age?

Maybe not – that’s a pretty risky move.

Instead, use your head. You’re in an in-between age, so look for in-between jackets to suit that! Your 20s mean slim-fit clothing and fashion-forward designs, while guys in their 40s might opt for classic designs in a more straight cut.

My advice? Check out the two jackets I recommend for guys in the 40s (in the next section) and adjust my advice to suit your age. That means opting for a slightly slimmer fit (after all, chances are you’re still in pretty good shape) with more details to make the garments look ‘younger’.

What Leather Jacket Looks Best On Men In Their 40s?

man in his 40s wearing leather jacket with zip pullover, shirt and tie

Guys in their 40s might find it difficult to understand what their age means for their style. After all, a 40-year-old guy isn’t old, but he’s also not young anymore.

As such, many guys around this age fall into the trap of either dressing below or beyond their years.

As such, when looking to invest in a leather jacket, the 40-year-old man should consider a few things:

  • What do I want out of a leather jacket?
  • Is there anything that I should avoid at all costs when shopping for a leather jacket?
  • Does my body type suit leather jackets in general?

Generally speaking, a guy in his 40s can still pull off more youthful garments as long as he knows what he’s doing.

However, it’s important not to go too young – super skinny biker jackets might not be the way to go unless you’re a 20-year-old with a 28-inch waist.

With that being said, let’s take a look at the two styles of leather jacket I would recommend to any 40-year-old man:

#1 Moto Jackets

moto racer jacket

The Moto Jacket is a very minimal, sleek-looking leather jacket that’s perfect for guys breaking into middle age.

It’s symmetrical in design, doesn’t feature any bulky lapels or collars, and looks very European – as it should, seeing as it was made popular by motorcycle racers from across the pond.

In my opinion, the Moto Jacket is the perfect balance between edgy leather and sleek sophistication. You’ll commonly see these jackets made from smooth black leather with little to no detailing (like studs, embroidery, or excess pockets). For this reason, it suits the man that’s looking to adjust to his more mature years without giving up his youthful, stylish edge.

If you’re in your 40s, I would highly recommend investing in a Moto Jacket.

You can wear it with pretty much anything – from dark-wash jeans and a polo to chinos and a button-down shirt. It’s truly versatile, sophisticated, and stylish all at once.

Just make sure you get the fit right – as I mentioned earlier, these jackets look best when they’re fitted and don’t have any excess fabric bunching up around the wrists or waist.

#2 Men’s Leather Biker Jacket (Or Double Rider)


In the same vein as the Moto Racer leather jacket, the modern men’s leather biker jacket is best suited to the man that wants to transition between young and mature clothing.

Sure, many iterations of the biker jacket just aren’t suited to guys past the age of 30. Anything with an excess amount of studs or ‘fashionable’ detailing should be avoided at all costs as a mature man.

However, if you choose carefully, a Biker leather jacket can look great on a middle-aged man.

The key is to look at the details and be intentional when it comes to choosing your jacket style.

For example, many biker jackets will feature ‘rock and roll’ style details like studs, spikes, and chains. Is this something a mature man can pull off? Absolutely not! I’ll be frank… unless your name’s Alice Cooper, no man should even consider trying to wear this style of the men’s leather biker jacket.

Instead, 40-year-old guys should look for biker jackets that are sleek, well-fitted, and made from high-quality leather. Look for a jacket with:

  • Slightly smaller lapel collars
  • Few/no studs
  • Absolutely no patchwork or colored stitching
  • Gun metal sips and button poppers

What Leather Jacket Looks Best On Men In Their 50s?

man in his 50s wearing leather jacket with wool cardigan

The big 5-0.

Many people consider 50 to be the age when a man can really show who he really is. He’s past the point in his life where he needs to pretend to be something he’s not and follow the herd.

The same can be said for a 50-year-old’s choice of clothing – it’s time to ditch the boring suits and dad jeans and start dressing for success.

A leather jacket is a perfect way for a 50-year-old man to show that he’s still got style without looking like he’s trying too hard.

There are two main types of leather jackets I would recommend for men in their 50s:

  • The Bomber Jacket
  • The Field Jacket

Both of these styles are classic, stylish and will make you look great without appearing overly trendy or fashion-forward.

#1 Suede Bomber Jackets


The bomber jacket is a timeless style that has been around for decades. It was originally designed for pilots in World War II (hence the name) and has been popular ever since.

For men in their 50s, I would recommend choosing a bomber jacket that is made from suede. This adds a level of sophistication and refinement that other materials just can’t match. Sure, suede might not be as durable and tough as other forms of leather, but what it lacks in durability, it makes up for in elegance.

When it comes to choosing the right color, there are really no set rules. However, I would recommend avoiding anything too bright or garish – stick to more subdued colors like brown, navy, burgundy or shades of gray.

As for the fit, you want your bomber jacket to be snug but not too tight. There should be enough room for you to comfortably layer a sweater underneath without feeling restricted.

Depending on the style of your bomber, you may find that the base of the jacket features an elastic waistband. For guys with a larger mid-section, this can be a great option to help you look slimmer. The boxy structure of the jacket can help to hide curves, while the elasticated waist brings you in and can make your hips look smaller.

#2 Leather Field Jackets (Or Fatigue Jacket)


The leather field jacket is another classic style that has been around for many years.

While the leather field jacket might not be as popular as it once was, it’s still a great option for men in their 50s who are looking for a stylish and sophisticated leather jacket that sets them apart from other guys out there.

As the name might suggest, field jackets give off an air of adventure. They’re designed to be worn in the great outdoors and often fall in the same category as waxed cotton jackets – ideal for pairing with a pair of hardy jeans and wellington boots for a walk in the fall countryside.

While younger guys are able to pull off field jackets, I think the more refined and expensive look of a high-quality leather field jacket is best suited to mature guys. There’s something almost stately about this style of leather jacket, a style that most young guys would find hard to match with their slim-fit jeans and bulky fashion trainers.

For bigger guys, the leather field jacket can be a good option, provided you find one with a belt. Typically, a field jacket falls below the waistline – which can make larger guys look even larger as the material overhangs their gut.

As such, I’d advise looking for a leather field jacket with a belt at the waist. When fastened, this will help to bring the middle of the torso inwards and reduce the size of that dad-bod beer gut.

What Leather Jacket Looks Best On Men Aged 60+?

man in his 60s wearing brown leather jacket

At the age of 60 and upwards, guys start to really lose confidence in their appearance. After all, most men in their 60s have started to experience multiple signs of aging – whether that’s wrinkles, gray hair or a little bit more around the middle.

But just because you’re not as young as you used to be, it doesn’t mean you can’t still look great. In fact, I would argue that men in their 60s are some of the best-dressed guys out there.

The fact is, a lot of guys over 60 give up and resign themselves to dressing like a grandpa. For any stylish 60-year-old, that’s a huge advantage. If you decide to keep up a good style and dress well in your 60s, chances are you’ll look better than 95% of men your age.

Knowing which leather jackets suit you at 60 is a big part of that.

For guys in their 60s, there are two types of leather jacket I would recommend:

  • Leather Car Coats
  • Leather Blazer (or the Cattleman)

#1 Leather Car Coats


There’s just something really sophisticated about a man in a leather car coat.

Originally, this style of jacket was developed as a compromise between shorter jacket styles and longer coat styles. They sit just below the buttocks so that they can provide more warmth than a standard waist-length jacket without getting tangled around your legs like long coats tend to.

Generally speaking, leather car coats are very simple in design. They’re usually button-up, and feature jetted pockets – so there are little to no metal zips and poppers visible on the outside of the garment.

For guys in their 60s, Leather Car Coats are the perfect way to acknowledge your age without resigning yourself to ‘old man fashion.’ In my opinion, younger guys just can’t pull these off because they look like the jacket of a man who has experience and status.

When it comes to color, opt for black or dark brown – these are the most timeless and sophisticated shades of leather that won’t make you stand out in all the wrong ways.

As for the fit, make sure you go for a slim or tailored fit as opposed to a regular or boxy cut. At your age, you want to look sharp and well-dressed in clothes that fit you.

#2 Leather Blazer (Or Cattleman Jacket)


The Cattleman Blazer is probably the most controversial leather jacket style on this list. After all, not many guys look at a leather blazer and think it’s something that a stylish man should wear.

I’ve heard some guys say they should only be worn by cowboys or Goodfellas – but I beg to differ.

As an older guy, you can actually look pretty darn stylish wearing a Cattleman leather blazer – they’re minimal, tailored-looking, and suit a wide variety of outfits from casual to semi-formal.

The great thing about Cattleman blazers is that they come in a wide range of colors and styles. For example, you could go for a classic black leather blazer or something more unusual like tan or green.

Alternatively, if you want to stay on the safer side, you could always opt for a brown leather blazer – they tend to be the most versatile and easy to style.

When it comes to choosing the right fit, make sure you go for a slim or tailored cut as opposed to anything baggy or boxy. And finally, regardless of which color or style you choose, make sure the jacket is well-fitted so that it doesn’t look like you’re swimming in material.

WARNING: Most tailors won’t have the tools to work with leather. That means that alterations are hard to make and can become very expensive. That’s why it’s important to shop around and find a Cattleman jacket that fits well off-the-rack.

The correct fit of a leather blazer is the same as any other blazer – it shouldn’t be too loose or tight across the shoulders or chest, and the sleeves should sit just above the wrist.

Pair with a shirt, jeans, and matching leather boots for a timeless and mature look that’s sure to set you apart from the crowd.

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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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By: Antonio Centeno
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