Best Denim Shorts for Men
Our 7 Favorite Jorts for Style & Versatility
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Denim shorts, sometimes affectionately referred to as jorts, have made a massive comeback in recent years, thanks to people waking up to their sheer versatility. Denim began as the uniform of the working class, but time (and some big name designers, celebrities and fashion influencers) led to a reappraisal and then a renaissance, and while high-end jeans have been a thing for a while, now is the time of the jort.
Denim has some serious advantages over other fabrics, beginning with its durability and versatility. If you’re someone who moves a lot, whether for work or pleasure, you’ll appreciate the rugged toughness of the fabric. Additionally, denim is very easy to dress up or down; a collared shirt adds instant sophistication, as do the right shoes or sandals.
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To help get you started, we’ve picked out some of our favorite denim shorts for guys, in a wide varieties of designs, lengths and price points.
H&M Slim Denim Shorts
Want a snazzy pair of dark denim shorts that won’t break the bank? H&M’s Slim Denim Shorts are made from 99% cotton and 1% spandex, giving them an excellent blend of comfort and stretch, while the foldover cuffs and slim fit elevate their aesthetic.
$24.99 at HM.com
Abercrombie & Fitch Loose Denim Short
If you want a classic Americana look, go with a classic Americana brand: Aberbrombie & Fitch. These loose-fitting denim shorts in off white coloring are incredibly comfortable and versatile. We love that the waist button is color-matched, while the 100% cotton construction minimizes chafing and maximizes air flow.
$36 at Abercrombie.com?
Dickies Denim Carpenter Shorts, 11”
Dickies long ago mastered the combination of quality construction and affordability, so if you’re on a budget or need durable shorts that will stand up to the abuse of work or skateboarding or whatever you throw at them, pick up these Denim Carpenter Shorts. The 11” cut is on the long side, to be sure, but if you’re after a more relaxed look, you won’t find a more comfortable or well made pair, especially for the price.
From $29.99 at Dickies.com?
Levi’s 511 Slim Medium Denim Shorts
Levi’s has pretty much been synonymous with quality denim forever now, and their jean shorts are no exception. We love the slim fit and darker wash of the 511 Slim, which perfectly toe the line between a stylish fit and room to move your legs or sit up and down.
$49.50 at Levi.com?
Nudie Seth Shorts Sunny Blues
If you’re willing to splurge on a more high-end option, pick up these light vintage denim shorts from Nudie. The high waist and wide leg make these very comfortable to wear and flattering to most body types, while the organic cotton construction offers superior comfort and breathability.
$185 at NudieJeans.com
Polo Ralph Lauren Cutoff Denim Shorts
Want a more distressed look? We’re big fans of these cutoff denim shorts from Polo Ralph Lauren. The faded wash, cutoff hem and light coloring offer a casual cool that can easily be dressed up or down, while the nonstretch denim will hold up after many washes without losing its shape.
$89.50 at Nordstrom.com?
Old Navy Slim Built-In Flex Cut-Off Jean Shorts
Want the classic blue jean look in short form? Are you a fan of distressed jeans? These slim denim shorts from Old Navy tick all the boxes, and thanks to the contoured waistband and zip fly, they’re comfy and convenient as well.
$36.99 at OldNavy.Gap.com
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