Jacob Osborn

10 Best Jean Shorts for Men | Man of Many

When it comes to selecting our list of the best jean shorts for men, the process was simple. Knowing a thing or two about denim plays an important role, and we’ve been in the business of fashion since we were founded back in 2012. Our list takes into account material composition, price point, brand name, cut of denim, and over-style to determine our favourites. From there, we look at some of the most popular options on the market, because keeping up with trends is just as important. If there’s a pair of denim shorts you think we should check out, get in contact. Now, let’s check out the list below.

How Man of Many Chose the Best Jean Shorts for Men

Our list of the best jean shorts for men goes like this.

Best Jean Shorts for Men at a Glance

1. Carhartt Ruck Single Knee Short – Blue Light True Wash

Crafting quality workwear since the late 19th century, Carhartt is a perennial favourite amongst the exact kind of men who’d rock jean shorts regardless of any concurrent style trend (i.e. hardworking dads). This also makes it one of our favourite brands full-stop, and their lineup of jean shorts is only rivalled by perennial denim brand Levi’s. This particular pair combines a classic light blue profile with sturdy construction and thoughtful details such as tool pockets and a hammer loop.

2. Levi’s Standard Jean Shorts

No one does denim quite like Levi’s. The brand remains the absolute master of this domain from one decade to the next and anyone in the market for comfortable men’s jean shorts should look no further than the classic Standard Jean Shorts. A favourite of ours because they offer quality, in the form of 99% cotton construction, with a standard zip fly and a five-pocket design. We always recommend keeping things classic when it comes to jorts and Levi’s knows how to oblige. Beautifully basic in all the best ways.

3. Dickies 11″ Relaxed Fit Carpenter Denim Short

Just like Carhartt, Dickies is another workwear brand we can’t look past when it comes to the best denim shorts for men. Known for crafting long-lasting workwear and other wardrobe staples, they bring that same tier of quality to these relaxed jean shorts. A good choice for those who are looking for a heavier-weight model, the 100% heavyweight cotton denim construction is first class. The shorts sit comfortably just below the waistline with extra room in the seat and thigh. Choose between a variety of colours, our personal favourites being Rinsed Black and Light Indigo.

4. Acne Studios Loose-Fit Denim Shorts

Acne Studios prove that the best men’s denim shorts aren’t just for dads with these black stonewashed classics. The natural stepping stone from a mid-tier designer brand, Acne Studios has had its finger on the pulse of fashion for three decades and counting thanks to premium designs with equally premium cuts and constructions. Take these jorts for example, which are made in Italy from 100% cotton and feature a front button and zip fastening. They run knee-length and deliver simplicity and luxury in equal measure.
Butter Goods hit our radar around five years ago when we sampled a few of the brand’s shorts at a local boutique here in Sydney. Since then, Butter Goods has become a brand that takes style cues from street and skate culture, employing quality and functionality into all its garments. Its take on men’s jean shorts features a baggy fit, a PU patch on the belt loops, and signature embroidery on both the coin pocket and back pocket. As anyone who purchases a pair will quickly discover, extra attention to detail can go a very long way. Get them in Washed Indigo.

5. Butter Goods Spinner Denim Shorts

6. Evisu Seagull Print Denim Shorts

You might recognise Evisu as the denim brand of choice for famous hip-hop stars like Jay-Z and Lil Uzi Vert. The label’s long-running focus on distinctive detail and premium fabrics is alive and well when it comes to the Seagull Print Denim Shorts. Hailing from the recent fall collection, they feature artistic seagull prints on the back pockets and a square beltline patch of premium Godhead leather. This is retro style done oh so right.

7. FRAME L’Homme Cut-Off Short in Bates Rips

Best known for its versatile fits, premium washes, and forward-thinking styles, LA-based denim brand FRAME recently added men’s jean shorts to its top-selling L’Homme line. Label benchmarks such as the mid-rise waist and straight leg are joined by a raw hem finish that lands just above the knee. Each pair is made from light-wash denim with a touch of stretch for added comfort.

8. Saint Laurent Relaxed-Fit Shorts in Black Denim

These black jean shorts (Osaka Black, to be exact) are crafted in Japan from the finest cotton, with raw edges, concealed button closures, and a five-pocket design. Speaking of pockets, yours will need to be fairly deep if you want to afford these ultra-hip bad boys, but you probably knew that as soon as you saw the words Saint Laurent.

9. Ksubi Chopper Short Spray Out Yellow

Australia’s own Ksubi brings its unmistakable touch to men’s jean shorts with this stylish example, aka the Chopper Short Spray Out Yellow. Made from European comfort stretch denim and available in a medium blue vintage wash, they feature a raw hem finish, tasteful rip across the front thigh, and street-inspired branding on the back pocket. It doesn’t get much cooler than this.

10. Kenzo Himawari Denim Shorts

French fashion house Kenzo brings retro flavour and minimalist perfection to these black jean shorts for men, which employ a straight cut and streamlined design. Each pair is made from Japanese Kaihara denim and equipped with an eye-catching brand logo on the back pocket. A 1% touch of elastane means wearers can expect prime comfort for a premium price.
Men’s jean shorts are having a moment and not just amongst working dads or retro-obsessed hipsters. What gives? One might ask. Let’s find out.

Everything You Should Know About Jean Shorts

For the first half of the 20th century, any kind of shorts was considered taboo for men and women alike. In fact, one could even be fined for wearing shorts in public in some cities around the world. But with evolving attitudes came adjoining fashion trends and the emergence of jean shorts.

A Brief History of Denim Shorts

Around 2015, denim shorts became popular enough that the nickname “jorts” was officially entered into the dictionary. As to why this particular staple was staging a comeback amongst men, the answer could be as simple as the cyclical nature of fashion trends. It also helps that celebrity figures such as A$AP Rocky, Justin Bieber, Adam Sandler, and Tyler, the Creator have all made public appearances whilst wearing men’s jean shorts.

Why Are They Popular Again?

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