We get it. Cargo shorts are practical. Who doesn’t love pockets?
But men need to update their wardrobes over time, too. And even if you love cargo shorts – well, how do we put this gently? The fashion world is over them.
It’s time to donate your big-pocket friends and find a more updated look for the summer.
Here are some in-style alternatives to cargo shorts.
1. Slightly shorter shorts
We’re not talking Richard Simmons, but above-the-knee shorts can look nice. Case in point: These red chambray shorts from J. Crew. Their 9-inch inseam looks a little more pulled together than big, baggy, sloppy cargos. Factory 9-inch Red Chambray Gramercy Short, $39.50, Jcrew.com
2. Drawstring shorts
Looking for something a little more relaxed? Try linen-blend shorts in a cool gray. With a drawstring, they’re as comfy as activewear, but they still have pockets, and linen has a sort of classic, breezy summer feel. Dress them up or down. INC International Concepts Russ Soft Shorts, $24.99, Macys.com
3. Messenger shorts
Still stuck on the cargo vibe? Try the updated version: messenger shorts. These are more form-fitting, less baggy but still have oversized pockets and fall below the knee. They have a distinct surfer attitude to them that makes them great for summer. INC International Concepts Evans Messenger Shorts, $49.50, Macys.com
4. Plaid shorts
Plaid is timeless. It’s a no-fail fashion choice for men of all ages. For a subtler pattern, pick a gray and black plaid mixture. It goes with almost everything and can look preppy or a little punk rock, depending on how you wear it. Calvin Klein Men’s Vanderson Plaid Shorts, $65, Macys.com