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FOR BETTER or worse, love it or hate it, jean shorts are back. Honestly, this shouldn’t be a surprise. Despite being the punchline of many fashion jokes, jean shorts have been popular for just as much time, if not more, than unpopular over the past fifty years. Daisy Duke in the 1970s, JNCO in the 1990s, and Original Hipsters in the 2000s all made the abbreviated version of denim look good. Now, celebrities like Pharrell, A$AP Rocky, and Zac Efron are showing off the various ways make downsized denim look good. The current jorts moment that we’re living in is incorporating all the various looks from a long and storied history. Which means there are so many options out there to start wearing jorts this summer, if you aren’t already.
Just like a full length pair of jeans, the best jorts start with good denim. While most shorts are made from light materials like chino or polyester, jeans should be sturdier but still flexible. What you trade off in breathability and weight, you more than get back in the rich denim texture. Therein lies the appeal that keeps bringing jean shorts back again and again, the look of jeans with the comfort of shorts. So enjoy both at once with this collection of the best jorts for men available right now.
What to Look for in Jorts
Guidelines for picking the right pair of jorts look similar to picking the right pair of jeans. Choosing a proper denim is paramount. Which means you want predominantly cotton, with 2 to 5% of elastane in the mix if you prefer stretch. Just as with jeans, the fit should complement your body type as much as the look you’re going for. Bigger thighs look better with a roomier (i.e. relaxed) fit while slimmer legs are best suited for a slimmer fit. You also want to select an inseam that you’re comfortable with so it is best to start out with a pair that matches the short length you commonly already wear.
If you’re venturing into jorts territory for the first time, we recommend easing in with a standard five pocket denim. Given the current rise of the trend, there are plenty of adventurous options out there. If your personal style bends towards the bold, then by all means, have fun with it. However, it is definitely easier to incorporate a simple pair of “dad shorts” first.
How to Style Jorts
How to Style Jorts
When it comes to styling denim shorts, you have to consider how baggy and long you want them to be. There are essentially two schools of thought on jorts: The retro look that drops below the knee, or close to, and runs baggy. This often includes cargo and carpenter shorts. Complete the retro look with oversized t-shirts, button downs, and light jackets. High ankle socks with sneakers are a good way to complete the look.
The other way to style jorts is to simply think of them as the shorts you’re used to, just in a different fabric. This applies to any jean shorts that fit common contemporary short criteria of inseams running from 5 to 8 inches, slim fitting, and featuring a standard five pocket design. This route offers a wide range of styling because you can pretty much wear them with anything in your wardrobe, from aloha shirts to oxfords. Complete the look with loafers or sandals.
What Are Jorts Shorts?
What Are Jorts Shorts?
Jean shorts, abbreviated to jorts, are just that. Any kind of shorts that are made out of denim. Full length jeans can be cut down into a short inseam, often leaving a desired fraying, or the garment can be short to begin with. The variation in jean shorts designs are just as wide ranging as chinos or any other material used to make shorts. The only reason that jorts are so often separated into their own category is an infamous fashion history.
Brad is a contributing style commerce editor. After a decade working for menswear brands including J.Crew and Ralph Lauren, Brad switched from selling fashion to writing about it. His words have appeared in Huckberry, Heddels, and The Manual.
As Men's Health's Deputy Editor, Commerce, Christian Gollayan oversees all shopping content on menshealth.com. He relocated back to New York by way of Portland, where he was the Associate Managing Editor at TheManual.com. Christian's work has also been featured in InStyle, Food & Wine, the New York Post, and Tatler Asia.
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