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There’s that brilliant song by The Courteeners with the line that goes, “You’re not nineteen forever, pull yourselves together”. This is true of course, with one exception, and that’s with family. Everyone has that one relative who refuses to believe you’ve aged a day – since you were nine, or nineteen – and who typically arrives at this time of year bearing a wildly inappropriate gift for your actual age or status.

You’re as old as you feel, they say, but under no circumstances should grown men be receiving ‘fragranced’ body spray, or boxes of ‘smellies’. We require sophisticated, signature scents that will set us apart from the crowd, make us feel like we’re walking an inch taller, and turn heads when we enter the room. Not the kind of stuff that reminds anyone, anywhere, of the pungency of the boy’s changing room at school.

With that in mind, meet 23 of the best signature men’s fragrances that we’ve sniffed all year.

Brioni Eau de Parfum Essentiel

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The Brioni scent library continues to grow with Eau de Parfum Essentiel. This green edition contains sparkling top notes of bergamot and cardamom, with a fresh injection of tomato leaves, over a heart of earthy patchouli, an exclusive tonka bean variety, with an enveloping dry down of amber, frankincense and sandalwood.

It’s as well-crafted as a Brioni suit and brings eco-credentials as a 100% natural origin fragrance, housed in a green lacquered glass bottle decorated using water-based, environmentally friendly raw materials in an FSC-certified box.

Buy now at Harrods

Brunello Cucinelli Pour Homme


Brunello Cucinelli, the stealth wealth label that dresses the real Logan Roys of the world, was a favoured designer on the set of Succession. Pour Homme marks the label’s first signature scent for men that’s inspired by the rolling hills and natural landscape of the label’s motherland in Umbria, Italy.

Fragrance is that rare occasion where luxury brands release an ‘entry-level’ product that us mere mortals can afford, and the execution here is reassuringly expensive. The bottle is nicely made, with pleasing, contrasting textures of ribbed glass, cool metal and smoothed edges.

Meanwhile the amber liquid within holds aromatic and woody notes of Madagascan black pepper, Calabrian bergamot, Nigerian ginger, juniper berries, cypress, clary sage and Angelica seeds, over base notes of Ambrox Super – a woody, musky amber – and award-winning Clearwood®, a sustainable version of patchouli made from sugar cane.

It’s effortless, Italian sophistication – just like the clothes.

Buy now at Harrods

Lalique Encre Indigo

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We’re very fond of Encre Noir by master glass artisans Lalique, so the new Encre Indigo is a welcome ‘blue’ addition to our collection. Top notes of juniper berry oil, pink peppercorn and Calabrian bergamot give way to Korean Jukro black tea, saffron and bay oil from Madagascar, underpinned by vetiver oil, patchouli Sulawesi, ambergris and mossy earth.

It’s fresh and a little bit spicy, with a lovely smoky dry down that can take you from day to night and back again.

Buy now at Harrods

Bentley Beyond The Collection Magnetic Amber

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Swankily packaged in a faux leather box replete with a wood effect-inlay, Bentley always screams luxury – and that’s before we’ve put our grubby mitts on the cut crystal flaçon that’s laid to rest inside.

Magnetic Amber is a very seductive scent that opens with Italian bergamot and rosemary, reveals olibanum oil and cardamom oil in the heart, over base notes of Virginian cedarwood, labdanum, vanilla, tonka bean and white amber.

It looks smarter than anything we have in our drinks cabinet and smells pretty magnificent too.

Buy now at Harrods

Hackett Absolute


Savile Row tailor Hackett has tapped legendary Formula One racing driver Jenson Button as the face of its new scent, Hackett Absolute.

Now a trio of fine fragrances, Absolute joins Hackett Essential, a woody fougère with a clean, fresh blend of spices, citrus and amber; and Hackett Bespoke, a woody amber with notes of oak-aged rum, leather and tobacco.

Created by perfumers Jordi Fernández and Marion Costero, Hackett Absolute is a warm woody aromatic juice with fruity, citrus top notes of lemon, lavender, pink pepper and apple; a floral, spicy heart of violet leaves, iris, geranium and cardamon; and a rich base of cedarwood, dry amber, vanilla and a Royal Oak accord.

We particularly like the dry down on the skin – it’s powdery and musky and an all-round great scent for any occasion.

Buy now at Hackett

L’Objet Côté Maquis

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The first fragrance collection from L’Objet comes from a collaboration between creative director, Elad Yifrach, and perfumer Yann Vasnier. The bottle, unsurprisingly, is an object worthy of our admiration – much like the distinctive homewares the brand is known for. Each perfume is adorned with a spherical, crackle-glazed cap and contained in a simple black glass bottle adorned with white lettering. It’s one to be left proudly on display and not hidden in a bathroom cabinet.

Côté Maquis, is our seasonal pick of the four covetable scents. Côté Maquis carries notes of salty air, incense, cashmere woods and golden labdanum, and with shades of pine and churches, it smells very fitting for this time of year.

The quartet is also available in bath salts, and hand and body lotion for the full body experience.

Buy now at L’Objet

Byredo Animalique


Blaze a memorable trail across the bar in this heavy hitter from Byredo. Powerful and deep, Animalique takes inspiration from primal instincts and spirit animals – think less cutesy, fluffy bunny and more wilder, growling types.

The fresh top notes of bergamot and lemon quickly give way to a warm heart of mimosa, violet and white suede, before it gets a little dirty and feral with amber, sandalwood and tobacco leaves. Despite its bestial undertones, it’s suitable for vegans.

Buy now at Harrods

Jo Malone Special-Edition Cypress & Grapevine Cologne Intense


No one can fault Jo Malone’s ability to bring on the seasonal cheer, however this special striped edition of Cypress & Grapevine is a rather elegant alternative to festive favourites, Ginger Biscuit and Orange Bitters.

With resinous notes of cypress, vetiver, warm amber and earthy moss, it’s a very green, aromatic and masculine scent.

Buy now at Jo Malone

Valentino Uomo Born in Roma Rockstud Noir


We love the original Valentino Uomo, and this punky iteration gets a full matte black makeover. The juice is laden with Italian bergamot and sage heart Provence over an ambergris accord in the base.

It’s an aromatic citrus, which isn’t really what the name or the look suggests, but this is distinctly fresh and clean, as opposed to dirty or grungey.

Buy now Exclusively at Selfridges

Buly 1803 Eau Triple Les Jardins Français

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Seeds are important: the presence of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway should convey the importance of collecting and preserving the genetic heritage of our flora and fauna. In a similar vein, French apothecary Buly has plundered the archives of heirloom seeds and seedlings of 18th- and 19th-century botanists to create Les Jardins Français de L’Officine.

The collection takes inspiration from antique varieties of fruit, herbs, florals and vegetables in six, milky water-based fragrances offering top-line pairings: Iraqi Beetroot and Egyptian Rhubarb, Oriental Watercress and Sardinian Parsley, Scandinavian Redcurrant and Peruvian Tomato, Caribbean Sweet Potato and Afghan Carrot, and Andean Verbena and Ulu Basil.

The fragrances read like an appetising menu of global flavours, which translate into tantalising scents that transport the wearer to a lush, bountiful vegetable garden. In the dead of the approaching winter, this collection feels like a seed vault sent with love from the southern hemisphere.

Buy now at Buly 1803

Gucci Guilty Elixir De Parfum Pour Homme


Looking for something a little different? This woody, amber leather scent devised by perfumers Quentin Bisch and Natalie Cetto opens with tangy notes of orange flower absolute, pimento and nutmeg over a heart of smooth orris butter, orange flower absolute and osmanthus before ending in a dizzying dry down of special notes: ambrofix, benzoin resinoid from Laos, vanillin and patchouli.

So, how does it smell? It’s more adventurous than your classic men’s scent, managing to walk the line of not being too floral or too sweet. It also has impressive staying power on the skin, so it’s worth the extra pennies for the parfum version.

Buy now at John Lewis

Boss Bottled Elixir Parfum Intense

Men’s fragrances are dripping in incense and patchouli these days, so of course BOSS has added both to its warm and spicy Elixir. Like the camel coat worn by Chris Hemsworth in the campaign, it lends itself perfectly to the colder weather.

Elixir combines incense essence and cardamom in the opening, patchouli and vetiver essence in the heart, while base notes of labdanum and cedarwood essence give off long-lasting sweet, smoky vibes and hints of whisky that keep us coming back for more.

Buy now at John Lewis

Rabanne Phantom Parfum


Fronted by Charlie Heaton of Stranger Things fame, the ad campaign sees the actor cutting some shapes to David Bowie. Rabanne’s Phantom robot certainly has a playful appeal, and who says fragrance can’t be fun anyway?

This refillable, matte black Phantom Parfum is made with notes of cardamom, lemon, bergamot and rhubarb, lavender, patchouli, geranium and cedar wood over a sweet, resinous base of vanilla, tolu balsam and vetiver.

Being a grown-up is fine and all that, but this satisfies our inner teen as well.

Buy now at Harrods

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male Collector Edition


Like a wintry Village People ornament, the iconic Le Male torso receives a frosted finish for the festive season, dressed in a silver shearling effect jacket and encased in an icy scene.

It’s the same best-selling, award-winning fragrance that’s been warming hearts the world over.

Buy now at The Fragrance Shop

Caroline Herrera Bad Boy Extreme

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Another brand that really goes for it on the packaging front is American fashion label Carolina Herrera. Like a lightning bolt from a Greek god, Bad Boy Extreme brings a little fiery drama to the proceedings, with a warm, spicy and aromatic accord with notes of fresh ginger, vetiver de sables, cocoa absolute and woody patchouli.

Go out and try it at the first opportunity because there’s a high chance you will love it. Available online and from the new Sephora.

Buy now at John Lewis

Moncler Sunrise Pour Homme

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Ski season is almost here, so get in the mood with this new scent from Moncler, inspired by the romanticism of dawn breaking over the mountain ridge.

Aromatic and woody, it’s as fresh as the mountain air, with an opening blast of pink peppercorn, clary sage and suede accord over a base of Haitian vetiver and patchouli.

Warm, yet cool, it nails the contrast between alpine freshness and the rays of the rising sun.

Buy now Exclusively at Flannels

Creed Absolu Aventus


Olivier Creed has beautiful handwriting. How do we know? His autograph is etched onto the top of the box of this special edition Aventus.

Composed of dry woods, fresh and fruity Absolu opens with a zingy burst of bergamot, lemon, blackcurrant, grapefruit and ginger in the top notes; a punch of pineapple, patchouli, pink pepper, cardamom, and cinnamon in the heart; and then brings it down with vetiver, cashmeran wood, labdanum, ambrosian, musk and oakmoss at the base.

Which notes are the most prominent? To our nose, it’s a delightful grapefruit, pineapple and pepper kick that’s warmer and fruitier than the original Aventus.

Props to Creed for giving it such a high price tag in this economy. Is it worth it? Creed devotées will always say yes.

Buy now at John Lewis

Jaguar ERA Reloaded


There’s Paris, Milan and, now, er, Coventry. Bigging up the Midlands home of the luxe automobile maker, Jaguar ERA Reloaded has an appetising ingredients list: mouth-watering Brazilian orange, Sicilian lemon, apple, Jasmine water, melon, peppermint, pineapple, caramel, tonka bean and vanilla, mixed with woods, musk and amber.

Creators of dream cars, it’s a sweet scent for a sweet ride.

Buy now at Sephora

Jöklalykt 66º North by Fischersund

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Looking for the perfect whiff to match your Gorpcore outfits? How about Jöklalykt, a scent inspired by the rugged, melting beauty of Iceland?

Made by outdoor experts 66º North, and Fischersund, a family-run perfumery and art collective from Reykjavik, the fragrance takes inspiration from the ancient landscape that’s being exposed by the rapid loss of glacial ice caused by rising global temperatures.

Hand-poured and hand-crafted, Jöklalykt captures the unique smell of long-dormant earth, cold air, wet dirt, petrified wood and geosmin, a smell humans easily recognise as damp, earthy, fresh water.

It’s a mineral-infused, icy blast that will suit your multi-pocketed, weatherproof gear, right down to the rain-soaked ground.

Buy now at 66º North

Louis Vuitton Pacific Chill


Escaping the northern hemisphere for some winter sun? Take us with you, please, and be sure to pack this perfectly suited scent for warmer climes.

Pacific Chill from Louis Vuitton comes from the Californian-inspired collection composed by perfumer Jacques Cavallier and artist Alex Israel, who creates bespoke imagery for the outer packaging.

With a cool, purifying vibe inspired by West Coast wellness culture, this delectable fruity cocktail contains blackcurrant, carrot seed and aromatic herbs, with accents of apricot, date and fig and a hint of May rose. Pacific Chill is such a revitalising tonic for the senses that it’s tempting to drink it.

Buy now at Louis Vuitton

Yves Saint Laurent MYSLF


Elvis star, Austin Butler is fashion’s new muse and the new face of Yves Saint Laurent. The mood here is all about being MYSLF, so has Butler finally given up the husky drawl he adopted to play the legendary Memphis singer?

Going full method obviously suits the young actor; for everyone else, it’s better to be YRSLF. The refillable scent is composed of not one, but two, types of fresh, vibrant bergamot in the opening, orange blossom absolute in the heart and woody base notes of Ambrofix and patchouli.

Buy now at John Lewis

Ralph’s Club Elixir


Another ‘elixir’ on the scene is from Ralph’s Club, so called because it uses the strongest concentration of compounds (typically around 20%), and also because it suggests a kind of mysterious, intoxicating substance.

This effort from Ralph Lauren is certainly the latter, with an amber woody scent composed of cardamom oil, grapefruit oil and green mandarin in the top; sage heart, lavandin heart, geranium heart and orris butter pallida in the heart; and patchouli oil, balsam absolute, leather accord and olibanum in the base.

It’s an elegant combination that lasts.

Buy now at Harrods

Tom Ford Private Blend Myrrh Mystère

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‘Tis the season to gift thyself, so if you’re in the mood for a rich, indulgent scent with a price tag to match, get your hands on Tom Ford’s latest release, Myrrh Mystère.

Taking the biblical ingredient of myrrh essence and myrrh resinoid absolute, with sandalwood and musk underpinned by an ultra-vanille accord, this is a luxurious woody amber scent.

Buy now at John Lewis

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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

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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

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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.

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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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