Three Essential Pairs of Shorts

Building a wardrobe from scratch isn’t easy. You can read a thousand guides, none of which seem to address your specific situation. Or you can fill up a cart only to second-guess yourself when it comes time to check out.

Making the right choice can be even harder when you have far too many options. Let’s cut through the clutter and focus on just three styles of shorts that will make your wardrobe as versatile as possible—giving you lots of room to meet any of your wardrobe needs.

Seersucker Shorts

Seersucker may seem like an odd choice at first glance. Is it really “versatile,” after all? Can you really wear it in a number of situations, or is it something of a sartorial sideshow?

The truth is that a pair of quality Seersucker shorts will last you through three seasons:  spring, summer, and fall. This is especially true if you live in a warmer climate where seersucker isn’t just a necessity but something of a way of life.

After all, there’s versatility—and then there’s versatility that everyone else is wearing, too. Don’t be like everyone else. Make seersucker your new go-to for almost all seasons. Wear them with a rain jacket in the spring, with a T-shirt or button-down in the summer, or with a sweatshirt in the fall. Not only will no one give you odd looks; they’ll probably compliment you on the subtle way in which you’ve appeared to master your wardrobe.

Classic Vintage Twill Shorts

If seersucker is the short for all seasons, then vintage twill shorts are your best bet for the more formal occasions. After all, you do have to occasionally dress up a bit, even when summer heat hits. The longer cut of these vintage twill shorts will ensure that you cover more skin—which always makes an outfit more formal—without losing any of the fun that comes with wearing a pair of outdoorsy shorts.

There are plenty of color options here, so make sure that you pick something that will match with the “smarter” clothes in your wardrobe: the button downs, the polos, and so on. These shorts are less for pairing with T-shirts and more for pairing with anything you might wear to a restaurant.

Reversible Shorts

These reversible shorts accomplish two great things to enhance your wardrobe. Thanks to the reverse side, they offer a little splash of color. But more importantly, they add a fourth pair of shorts to your wardrobe beyond just these three, because they’re, well, reversible. Plus, if you have limited funds to invest in shorts, there’s no better way to stretch your dollar than by purchasing shorts that essentially act as two in one.

Add these three styles of shorts to your wardrobe and you’ll be able to get away with outfits across just about any season short of cold, blustery winters. Experiment with different shirts up top—including long-sleeve shirts when the weather gets a little cooler. You’ll likely find that it doesn’t take much to build up a strong wardrobe of versatile clothes. All you need is a little intel on where to buy quality pieces. Good news is, if you’re reading this post, you’re already in the right place.

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