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There’s an old saying that a good workman never blames his tools, but we’d be lying if we said the right ones don’t make a difference. When it comes to hair products, it can literally be life-changing.

The list of lightbulb moments we’ve had includes: the first time we tried John Frieda’s original Frizz Ease; when we discovered ceramic hair straighteners; that time we had a scalp makeover at Philip Kingsley; and when we learned to co-cleanse curly hair so that it actually looked good.

Much like modern skincare, haircare has evolved well beyond the basic steps of cleansing and moisturising. You’ve got options now – hundreds of them – in refined, state-of-the-art formulas that are designed to tackle every hair concern under the sun.

Knowing how to tame frizz, control curls, fix a tricky scalp, successfully de-oil greasy hair or heat style without making everything a hot mess is going to make your hair look better on the daily.

That cheap bottle of shampoo? Sure, it’ll clean your hair, but it’s more likely to strip the natural oils, making it dryer and duller over time. So, while some brands may be pricier than others, these are some of our most tried-and-trusted. And as the saying goes, you’re worth it.

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Let’s start with the basics: do you have hair to brush? Ever given any thought to the type of brush you are using? Time to start.

Denman has been making hairbrushes for over 80 years. In 1938, on a visit to New York, John Denman Dean discovered a revolutionary new product, nylon, brought it back home to Northern Ireland, and started a line of brushes. In the 1960s, super snipper, Vidal Sassoon picked up the Denman D3 Original Styler and cemented its status as the ultimate styling brush.

Today, there’s a brush for every hair type and purpose. The go-to products in our kit include the Jack Dean Luxury Beech Wood Club Brush, which has super-soft, natural boar bristles to smooth and shine short, fine and weak hair and sensitive scalps. It’s so gentle you can barely feel it.

The D6 Original Scalp Massager and Shower Brush is the perfect palm styler to get right to the roots, massage in strengthening tonic or beard oil, and to detangle and comb product through wet hair or stubble. And the Jack Dean D200 Skeleton Vent handles easily without snagging or pulling, adds root lift and volume, and offers express heat styling thanks to the clever vent design.

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Mother Nature is a cruel mistress. Unless you’re blessed in the genetic lottery, that lustrous head of hair that you take for granted will slowly wither on the vine with the passage of time. Of course, it might not – but are you willing to risk it?

Prevention is always better than a cure (which is, most likely, a Turkish hair transplant down the line). Male pattern baldness isn’t the only cause of thinning – stress and poor diet can be factors, wearing it tied up can cause traction alopecia around the hairline, and even a pesky virus can cause temporary hair loss.

Want to make more of an effort to preserve what you’ve got? THIX has got those precious follicles covered. This tight routine of shampoo, conditioner and styling paste is infused with science-backed ingredients including essential vitamins, amino acids, proteins and stimulating caffeine.

Like a super green smoothie, it provides all the nutrients the hair needs with a cocktail of plant keratin, biotin (B7), niacinamide (B3), panthenol (B5), pyridoxine (B6) and vitamins C and E.

Is it a miracle cure for baldness? Nope – and it doesn’t claim to be. Will it help your strands feel thicker, fuller and healthier? Yup – with visible root lift and a lush texture.

It’s vegan, sulphate and GMO free, comes in fully recyclable aluminium packaging, and the invigorating minty fresh smell provides a more stimulating shower experience in the morning.

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Bumble and bumble.


Every pro hair stylist has Bumble and bumble in their kit. A backstage favourite, Bumble and bumble opened their first salon in New York in the late 1970s, and quickly became known for a signature cutting style using a straight edge razor.

It launched Brilliantine, its first own label product in 1990, a best-selling oil-based styling creme to add shine and separation, and dropped its famous Surf Spray, which gives instant salty waves, in 2001. Bb. has been serving pro formulas that out perform the rest since the start, which is why it costs more than your average haircare brand.

Frequent blow dryer or heat styler? Right now, the Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil Heat/UV Protective Primer takes the top spot, with good reason: it cuts frizz, adds definition to curls, provides heat styling protection, sun protection and adds hydration without weighing hair down. You need this – stat.

For the wax and gel enthusiast, Sunday Shampoo is like a memory wipe to correct a styling gunk overload. This weekly detox will gently remove oil, grime and build-up. So, when your hair suddenly feels like it can’t get clean or your regulars feel less effective, re-set with this; it leaves the hair feeling lighter, bouncy and squeaky clean.

Timothée Chalamet’s work as the unofficial ambassador for loose, natural curls has done more for the cause than most other personalities in recent memory (not you, Timberlake). Knowing how to manage those rebellious coils it is half the battle when embracing one’s natural texture.

Whether your hair is coily, kinky or sits in tight spirals, the Curl Defining Cream is a designed to de-frizz and enhance the shape of your curls without leaving any tell-tale crunchiness.

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French grooming specialist Horace prove that quality haircare can still be affordable. With a full range of styling aids, shampoos, conditioners (including solid bars for zero waste) and specialist treatments for every hair type and concern, you can look after your hair with a reasonable outlay.

The Wax Pomade is made with natural ingredients – beeswax, kaolin clay, sapote butter (to nourish the scalp) and glycerin – and without mineral oil, parabens and silicone. We love it because it lasts all day, looks natural, leaves no residue, and washes clean out without any effort.

When you’re dogged with an itchy, dry, flaky scalp it can be hard to find effective products that don’t make the issue worse. Unlike the major anti-dandruff brand found in the supermarket, Gentle Anti-Dandruff Shampoo is sulphate-free, so it’s less likely to irritate the skin or tax your hair. Use it 2-3 times a week for one month, and say goodbye to tell-tale flakes and bothersome itch.

Great for all hair types – especially fine, thinning or straight – the Texturising Hair Spray deserves a spot in your grooming arsenal. This salty spray has a pleasant flowery marine scent and adds much needed volume and texture when applied to damp hair.

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As a certified B Corporation, this under-the-radar Italian brand has serious environmental creds and offers excellent hair/skin solutions that’s mostly sold through independent outlets. Davines strives to be circular, using locally-sourced, botanical ingredients and renewable or recycled packaging that can be reused and refilled at your nearest bulk supply.

So, what do we love? It’s easy to navigate and find the right products for your concern. In the essential range, Volu boosts fine or limp hair, Melu takes care of breaking/damaged hair, Momo replenishes dry hair and Love Curl does what it says on the tin.

SU offers sun protection, OI is for shiny, silky hair, while Naturaltech is a complete holistic range on top. The offer is huge, and the products are a pleasure to use.

Scalp care has ratcheted up our list of priorities in recent times and the Solu Salt Scrub, from the clarifying line for oily/clogged hair, is a deep cleansing, purifying treatment made with pure sea salt that removes pollution and impurities for a revitalised scalp.

Individually sealed in wrapping paper, every time we re-up our supply of This is a Forming Pomade it’s like a gift. One of our longest serving styling products for short, textured styles, this lightweight formula adds shine and re-workable hold.

Always burning your bonce? Make sure you’ve got SU Milk Sun-Protecting Leave in Hair Spray when you’re headed to the pool or beach. This leave-in spray has UV filters to protect scalp, hair and prevent colour fade, and it replenishes the hair and skin from the moisture sapping trio of sun, salt and chlorine.

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Kiehl’s is an 170-year-old New York apothecary that occupied corner stores in Manhattan, and originally fulfilled prescriptions by hand. French beauty giant L’Orèal acquired the business in 2000, and – we’re going to be brutally honest here – most of the brand’s best-loved, cult products are original formulas which pre-date the millennium.

While skincare innovations are the current focus, it still has a tight edit of effective hair care products that we go back to time and time again – when they have them in stock. Crucially, there seems to be persistent supply chain issues both in the UK and in the US.

To the best of our knowledge, Creme with Silk Groom was one of the first hair creams on the market. This non-greasy, conditioning styling cream is made with wheat protein and jojoba oil, nixes frizz and flyaways and gives light structure when applied to damp or dry hair. One tube lasts for ages, which is just as well, because while the brand insist it’s not been discontinued, it’s been out of stock for two years.

Needs must, so we’ve been experimenting with substitutes and highly recommend these (cheaper) alternatives: Larry King A Social Life for Your Hair, Phyto 7 Moisturising Day Cream and Bumble and bumble Grooming Creme.

We still love you Kiehl’s, and we’ll ride out this storm together. Thankfully, all is not lost, because we can still get our hands on these hair saviours: Amino Acid Shampoo, a gentle cleanser with a soft scent of coconut that adds volume; and Hair Conditioner and Grooming Aid Formula 133, a super-lightweight conditioner for all types to detangle, soften and tame.

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What began as a subscription shave club has morphed into a fully fledged grooming powerhouse. Harry’s USP is style and value for money – an appreciable bonus in these wallet-crunching times.

Harry’s still offer its original premise of subscribe and save, plus one-off purchases for the commitment-phobic, and you can source them online and offline via major outlets like Sainsbury’s, Boots, Target and Amazon.

Even if you don’t have dandruff (which is caused by a specific fungus), that doesn’t mean your scalp isn’t parched. Step forward, Dry Scalp 2 in 1 Shampoo & Conditioner, which is designed to soothe a tight, dry skin.

For styling aids that won’t break the bank, we’ve got Texturising Putty on repeat to keep our barnet from looking a dishevelled, sticky mess. Malleable with a matte finish, this putty can easily be reshaped.

On the flip side, the Sculpting Gel offers firm hold and polished shine that won’t flake or dry out the hair.

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Combining NYC cool with no-nonsense vibes, Malin+Goetz’ founding purpose was to deliver efficacious grooming products that were also fragrance-free, kind to sensitive skin, vegan and cruelty free – a big point of difference when it launched.

Scalp masks can be fiddly and/or time consuming, so we thoroughly high-five the Detox Scalp Mask. This express treatment takes just five minutes to work its foaming magic. Top line ingredients include a blend of glycolic, lactic and salicylic acid to gently exfoliate and clarify, conditioning safflower, olive oil and coconut oil, and therapeutic spearmint leaf and peppermint oil to cool and soothe. Use it once a week for noticeably fuller, thicker, softer and shinier hair that stays cleaner between washes, and a healthier, happier scalp.

On the cleansing front, the Gentle Hydrating Shampoo is sulphate-free and kinder to hair that’s washed frequently, prone to frizz, chemically relaxed or colour treated hair, with a combination of amino acids, marine algae extract and panthenol.

The brand also sell Peppermint Shampoo by the gallon (3.78 litres), so if you can stump up for it then go full prepper and you’ll save almost 50% on a year’s supply or more.

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Naturally, the makers of everyone’s favourite hand wash also do well in other departments, offering generous 500ml bottles of shampoo and conditioner to keep your shower stall well stocked (bulk options always offer the most economical price). Superior fragrances come as standard with Aēsop, so you can bet they smell great too.

Scalp issues? Sage & Cedar Scalp Treatment is a pre-shampoo oil for sensitive, dry or easily irritated scalps that can do with some extra TLC. This easy to wash out formula contains rosemary leaf, cedar atlas and sage leaf. Take a full pipette’s worth and massage all over, leave for 15 minutes, and shampoo away. Expect to see less dryness and redness as a result.

Dry, dull, wiry and coarse facial hair will love the Shine Hair & Beard Oil. With a herbaceous scent of petitgrain and borage, this multitasking product will give lacklustre strands a new lease of life, without any greasiness.

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Baxter of California

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The story goes that Baxter Finley couldn’t find any dedicated skincare products for men, so he started making his own. That was in California, way back in 1965. Now, Baxter of California has a global presence, and a barbershop on La Cienega on West Hollywood that carries his name above the door.

One of the best-known, classic products is Clay Pomade, which offers unbeatable, matte hold when applied to dry or damp hair, and a shine finish when applied to wet hair. Made with kaolin and bentonite clay and natural beeswax, it can wrangle straight, thick and short hair types into submission.

For longer lengths, straight, wavy and fine hair, the versatile Clay Effect Style Spray is a pre-styler that adds oomph, texture and semi-matte hold. You can even use it with Clay Pomade for extra grit. It only contains good stuff, like jojoba oil, bamboo leaf extract and green tea extract, and it’s seriously easy to use: spray into wet or damp hair, style with or without heat, and just get on with your day.

Daily Fortifying Conditioner gets rave reviews for it’s tingling, minty fresh scent and hair-loving ingredients of wheat protein, Vitamin E, and coconut extract. It offers weightless, silk conditioning and because you don’t need to apply generously, one bottle lasts for ages.

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Hanz de Fuko

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A relative newcomer to the men’s grooming scene, Hanz De Fuko was created in 2009 by childhood friends, David Alfonso and Christopher Zent. Born in San Francisco, the brand quickly gained a reputation for cult haircare products made with natural and organic ingredients.

While the full range covers skincare and haircare, the versatile, easy to use stylers are some of the best-known and best-loved in the business, and you only need to use a tiny bit.

When it’s all about bigging up the volume, we reach for Claymation. This hybrid wax offers excellent staying power and pliability with a semi-matte finish, lending a relaxed, textured look to the hair. Just warm up a small amount in the hands and apply.

For a beach-y finish with high hold, there’s Quicksand – an ingenious blend of wax and dry shampoo. This gritty paste is like a salt spray that keeps on giving; it adds volume, absorbs excess oil and gives a dead matte finish – with the benefit of weightless texture. The experts at HdF recommend it for second day looks (wash day plus one).

Untameable hair types will meet their match with Sponge Wax. Flexible, firm and with a matte finish, use it to create slept-in, textured styles on dry hair and smooth styles on damp hair. With long-lasting, pliable hold you can change it up throughout the day.

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Horst Rechelbacher was heavily inspired by the science of ayurveda and founded Aveda in Minneapolis in 1978, creating his first product, a clove shampoo, over his kitchen sink with the help of two Ayurvedic doctors.

An early pioneer of holistic haircare, greater environmental responsibility, he established the Aveda Institute to train up the next generation of hair stylists, colourists and therapists.

Silver fox in the making? Bring out that badger streak with the famed Blue Malva Color Enhance Shampoo. This vivid, purple-hued shampoo is a miracle for white, grey, salt and pepper, very blonde or bleached hair, cleaning up the brassiest yellows to icy white, with noticeable pop. It’s harder to find in smaller quantities than one litre, so shop around for the best deal.

The thickening men’s hair care line, Invati, targets the achilles heel of hair loss. A solid five-star performer is the Aveda Advanced Thickening Foam. So simple to use, this leave-in foam adds reassuring bulk to the weakest of strands and uses rice protein to reinforce fragile hair, smooth frizz, add bounce and shine. Use before styling or drying naturally.

Looking for the perfect gel that doesn’t leave an oil slick? Aveda Men Pure-formance Firm Hold Gel is the holy grail of gel products. It’s lightweight, so it won’t weigh hair down, leaves zero residue, contains UV filters for extra sun protection, offers great hold and does all this without smelling like tropical bubblegum or some kind of cheap plastic toy.

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American Crew

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American Crew started out as a professional only haircare brand founded by hair stylist David Raccuglia, in 1994. Pre-internet, being a salon-only brand was a strong sales tactic; customers got a hands-on demo from their barber, and a recommendation they could trust.

The recognisable styling ‘pucks’ are sensibly divided by the strength of hold and level of shine. American Crew Fiber has by far the most reviews on Amazon, and 68% gave it a 5 star rating. There are thousands of satisfied customers commending it for its strong, pliable hold and matte finish.

It’s suited to short hairstyles between 1-3 inches in length, which want height and texture. It also contains lanolin and beeswax, so it’s definitely not vegan.

We’re also partial to the Boost Powder, which adds grip, height and texture – especially useful when sprinkled into floppy, freshly washed hair, or fine, flat and very straight hair. Combine it at will with other products in the line.

Of the newcomers to the range, we’ll tip our hat to the Matte Clay Spray for mid to long lengths, and dirty hair, due to the oil-absorbing, dry shampoo effect. The premise is similar to Baxter’s Clay Spray – at half the price. Spray in and style with your fingers for medium hold and a matte finish.

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Shu Uemura Art of Hair

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Originally from Japan, Shu Uemura was a legendary makeup artist who worked in Hollywood with screen idols Shirley MacLaine, Frank Sinatra and Lucille Ball at their peak. In 1964, he returned home to Tokyo and opened the Shu Uemura Makeup School. His first product was a cleansing oil for the skin, which remains a bestseller to this day.

In 2007, the company launched Art of Hair, a professional first hair care line, just a year before he died. His parting gift to the world is a superior collection organised by hair type, with products that regularly nudge five-star reviews.

Taking inspiration from yu-su-ru, the Japanese ritual of bathing hair in rice water, the new Izumi Tonic range is dedicated to reinforcing weak hair. The Strengthening Energising Water harnesses this hero ingredient and ceramide to transform hair into smooth, strong follicles. It works like a lightweight leave-in conditioner that you just apply to wet hair.

Like St. Jude in a jar, Ultimate Reset Masque is our patron saint of lost causes; whether that’s overly chemically treated, coloured, chlorinated or heated, or simply parched and straw-like, this mask is like super bond for frazzled follicles. Enriched with Japanese rice extract, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals its a deeply restorative treatment that’s worth the splurge.

Art of Styling Ishi Sculpt is an extremely versatile styling aid for all hair types that can create smooth or textured, reworkable matte looks – add it to your styling cabinet.

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With the motto ‘we can do better’ Aussie brand Patricks delivers high performance grooming products in super-stylish packaging. It’s so good, and looks so cool, DC Comics tapped the brand to create an energising, anti-fatigue moisturiser under the banner of Wayne Enterprises, for anyone who aspires to live like the Gotham City billionaire/Batman.

Expect no less of the haircare formulas, which perform beyond expectation. They’ve put significant R&D into the ultra thickening range, if you’re happy to part with £68 for a shampoo. At a significantly lower price point, Lite Shampoo is far from entry level. Expressly designed for universal, non-thinning hair, it uses an impressive list of high-spec ingredients that includes scientifically-proven botanical extracts, tetrapeptides, essential vitamins and fatty acids to support the skin function and follicle growth cycle.

Alternatively, start your addiction and sample the range with the Discovery Set, which contains six travel-size versions of the SH1/CD1 Daily Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner, SH2/CD2 Deep Clean Shampoo and Moisturizing Conditioner and minis of the Lite Shampoo and conditioner. Take it on tour this summer and it will leave every rubbish hotel amenity in the shade.

We can’t mention Patricks without shouting out the styling range. The M2 Matte Finish, Medium Hold Styling Product is the brand’s bestseller and rightly so, because it ticks all the boxes: it promotes hair growth, nourishes the scalp, protects with UV filters, has a luxurious feel and a high-end scent to boot.

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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

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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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