The Obtainer - 5/13/24, Monday

The Obtainer

May 13th Edition

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Presented by

Cory Ohlendorf

How are the temperatures where you are? Is it time to break out the shorts or do you still have some time? Either way, now is the time to buy a pair for the season.

- Cory Ohlendorf, Editor in Chief ⋯ @coryohlendorf


Buying Guide

The Wide World of Shorts

First the bad news: We've got a few months of sweltering heat and humidity ahead of us. But the good news? You likely have a vacation planned, and even if you don't, you can still pull on a pair of shorts to survive the dog days of summer in style and comfort. Now, I know that some men still flat out refuse to wear shorts. And I get it.

For far too long, our options were relegated to bad pairs that made men look juvenile or were simply unflattering. But it's safe to say that we're currently living in the golden age of shorts. There are no hard and fast rules of what's in style or not. You want to show off the quads you've been building at the gym? Then slip on some seriously short-shorts. There are plenty of five-inch inseams on the market today. Looking for something a bit more modest, but no less breezy and relaxed? You could go with a boxy knee-length style, complete with pleats for a relaxed, continental vibe that looks particularly nice with a pair of well-worn loafers. Maybe you want some easygoing gorp-y nylon shorts that can also take some splashing around the pool. The point is, there are no wrong ways to wear shorts in 2024. To help you make a decision, we've pulled together our top 20 pairs to sport this summer.

Our Picks

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A classic choice that is adaptable and comfortable. Go for a shorter inseam for a more retro look, or size up and go longer for a relaxed, modern look that pairs nicely with lightweight, long-sleeve shirts.

Vintage washed short,
$130 by Alex Mill

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Want to add some advanced tech vibes and water resistance to your look? Throw on some nylon shorts that pair nicely with sneakers or sandals.

Baggies short,
$65 by Patagonia

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An old-school look that wouldn't have been considered a few summers ago. But some roomy pleated shorts add some relaxed sophistication to your warm weather look.

Relaxed seersucker short,
$148 by Todd Snyder

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Wild Card Shorts

Shorts, by definition, are more casual than pants and thus, allow for a little more fun. You want at least one pair that's a little unexpected. Maybe it's some cut-offs or cords, maybe it's embroidered details.

Embroidered mesh short,
$50 / $37.50 by Abercrombie & Fitch

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The quintessential pair of shorts. Lightweight and comfortable, they's so easy they don't require buttons or zippers. Just slide them on and tie your waistband.

Linen easy short,
$70 / $53 by Everlane

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Refresh Your Pool Kit

Hanging by the pool for a few hours? Maybe you’re headed down to the beach or spending some time on a boat. Make sure you're outfitted with breezy pieces that can transition from swimming to lounging and everything in between. Huckberry’s swim shop is loaded up with everything you need to look and feel your best in and out of the water. From stylish trunks and quick-drying terrycloth shirts to some handsome suede slip-ons. Don't forget to bring along plenty of water-resistant sunblock, some tunes (thanks to a wireless speaker inspired by a military radio) and a handy roomy bag that can keep all your belongings secure and safe from the elements.


lined trunks,
$78 by Wellen


terry cloth shirt,
$98 by Wellen


Woods sunglasses,
$125 by Walden Eyewear


Terra mule,
$110 by LUCA


gear bag,
$298 by RUX

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Smart Buys

The sales and discounts our team is currently watching.

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Ready for summer travel? This adaptable duffel is made from water-resistant, recycled tarpaulin material and reinforced with extra bar tacks and double stitching for durability.

$125 / $88.93 by
The Northface


This luxe take on a classic polo is made from a knit silk/cotton fabric from Italy, which helps give it the rakish ‘Talented Mr. Ripley’ vibes. And now it’s marked way down.

$228 / $99 by
Todd Snyder


If you’ve been considering upgrading your oral care routine with a water flosser, this well-reviewed and dentist-recommended model is now on sale for less fifty bucks.

$69.99 / $49.99
by Waterpik


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