Cool Printed Shorts Are the Lazy Guy’s Style Secret for Summer

Give your denim shorts a breather!

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Your summer style doesn’t have to be boring, and you don't have to wear tons of layers to look fashionable. Sounds like a trick, right? Wrong! Printed shorts are the perfect way to stay cool and look cool, too. Dad style might be on-trend right now for caps and kicks, but you won’t find any summer loving walking around in ill-fitting golf shorts, my friends! As for jorts (aka jean shorts), well, it might seem smart to cut up your jeans and avoid spending extra bucks that could go toward frozen cocktails, but the casual style doesn’t make any man look dapper (plus, they’re not even lightweight on those hot days!). Spend next to nothing on your Hanes basic T-shirts, and pair them with these fun shorts for a summer uniform that works almost anywhere!

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Club Monaco
Club Monaco Baxter Men’s Printed Shorts
$89.50

Normally, a bleach spill on your shorts would be a disaster! These days (when done correctly), it’s fashion-forward. Club Monaco’s seersucker Bermuda shorts get a stylish twist with carefully placed bleach-spotting to add a polka-dot effect that feels fresh AF. Plus, seersucker is a great lightweight fabric for wearing all day with fewer visible wrinkles, thanks to its puckered texture. 

More: The Next-Level Hawaiian Shirts You Need This Summer

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Southern Tide
Southern Tide Embroidered Seersucker Shorts for Men
$49.75

Make wine time all the time (we’re not kidding!). Embroidered patterns on summer shorts and trousers have been big in menswear for the preppy set for a while now, but Southern Tide gave it a slight buzz. Instead of your typical anchor, lobster, or palm tree, the brand went with little wine bottles. 

Dress it up with a button-down shirt, or keep it casual with a plain white tee. For less than $100, there’s no need to wine about this price tag.

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Todd Snyder
Todd Snyder Pleated Olive Camo Printed Shorts for Men
$158.00

These Italian cotton printed shorts from Todd Snyder get the army strong treatment with a unique ink-blot camouflage. While we don’t recommend a camo printed suit (think Duck Dynasty or Justin Timberlake at the Super Bowl), this camo print is like a work of art on these pleated shorts. It’s a polished way to rock the military print you love.

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Uniqlo
Uniqlo Men’s Blue Tie-Dye Chino Shorts
$29.90

Yes, tie-dye! Unlike the ‘60s multicolored tie-dye you associate with hippies and Woodstock, a good tonal tie-dye made a splash in menswear last summer, and it’s still going strong. Particularly, we’re loving it in blue for an effect that reminds us of sunlight hitting the bottom of an outdoor pool. This is one trend you’ll want to dip your toes into with an all-white accessories look.

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Brooks Brothers
Brooks Brothers Foulard Print Bermuda Shorts
$98.50

Not all printed shorts have to be wild looking. Average Joe’s wanting to sport shorts on a date night or for a daytime cocktail event will love these Foulard-print Brooks Brothers shorts! This timeless print looks perfect with your favorite stylish polo for a snazzy look that’s not fussy (and perfect for summer!).

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Polo Ralph Lauren
Polo Ralph Lauren Classic-Fit Cotton Printed Shorts
$74.99

If the Hawaiian-shirt look isn’t your thing, you can rock a hint of island vibes with these Polo Ralph Lauren shorts. The iconic polo bear is living our vacation dream with embroidered motifs on the blue shorts, while avoiding an all-over busy print.

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Scotch & Soda
Scotch & Soda Men’s Mixed-Print Cargo Shorts
$95.00

Under most circumstances, cargo shorts are usually best to avoid. Sure, men love all the pockets for their gear, but they add unnecessary bulk that’s totally unflattering. Thankfully, brands have been doing slimmer cargo styles to feature the cool pocket detail men love, without the excess baggage. 

Scotch & Soda took the cargo for a walk on the wild side with a mixed print of paisley and leopard that’s so cool, we wish we thought of it first. Keep it simple with a neutral top and stylish white sneakers to really let these shorts shine.

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3.1 Phillip Lim
3.1 Phillip Lim Men’s Striped Paint Shorts
$149.98

While this is a good amount of money for a pair of summer shorts, a serious fashionisto will find these printed shorts to be a must-have this season. Vertical stripes made a major impact on top designer runways, and we’re here for it. This knee-length short with paint stripes will have any city slicker looking effortlessly cool with just a simple black T-shirt.