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The Best Big & Tall Shorts for Summer

The Best Big & Tall Shorts for Summer

It’s officially summer, which means one thing and one thing only: it’s shorts season. “But Ryan,” you may say, “Doesn’t summer also mean it’s time for ice cream and road trips?” No. The season for ice cream is all seasons, and I live in New York City and don’t have a car. So. Shorts it is.

Like everything in my life, I have a strategy when it comes to building the perfect shorts wardrobe (what can I say, I’m a planner). The perfect “a-shortment” (get it?) to keep you feeling and looking cool consists of… Something Bold, Something New, Something Cargo-d and Something Blue!

Something Bold

You can get away with things in the summer that you can’t get away with any other time year (like drinking an entire bottle of White Girl Rosé by yourself).  Maybe you wouldn’t wear pink pants, or trousers with little critters or tennis racquets embroidered on them – but shorts? Go crazy!

From left to right:

The Foundry Chino Shorts in Coral

Asos Floral Shorts

Polo Prepster Shorts

Polo Madras Patchwork Shorts

Something New

For my purposes, new means crisp, tailored and saturated. Nothing faded, frayed or frumpy. The below are as good with a crisp button down and gingham tie as they are with a classic polo (pop the collar at your own risk). 

From left to right:

Goodfellow & Co Dot Shorts

Lands' End Plain Front Chino Shorts

Polo Ralph Lauren Plain Front Chino Shorts

Something Cargo-d

Cargo shorts get a bum rap: too fratty on the one hand, too frumpy on the other. Look for an inseam that hits just above the knee and the pockets lie flat (PSA: despite their name, the pockets are not really for storing your cargo. Don’t do it). I would get them in white and wear them all summer long (or at least until I spilled ketchup on them). 

From left to right:

Old Navy Cargo Shorts in Crocodile Tears

King Size Direct Chambray Cargo Shorts

Kohl's Croft & Barrow

Something Blue

Navy, cobalt, sky – whatever. It doesn’t matter, but get some blue shorts into your closet STAT. Like jeans, they go with everything.

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