Khaki shorts for men have long been an American staple. Made from sturdy cloth and featuring neutral colors, they are strong enough to wear in the yard yet can be stylish enough to wear for a casual night on the town. Khaki shorts for guys will have a cuff line right at the knee level or just above it. They can feature pockets along the sides in a style known as cargo shorts; these pockets are usually the difference between a dressier short or a more casual style. The material that is used in a pair of classic khaki shorts is heavier twilled cotton, although the term khaki is also used to describe the short’s color or their style as well; khaki is available in any tint from dark yellow to dark tan or brownish colors.
Most men’s stores will carry an extensive selection of khaki or cargo shorts for men in a wide variety of colors, materials and styles. For a casual look, stores such as Wal Mart are a less expensive option while a store like Macy’s offers a bigger selection of dressier long khaki shorts for men.
Here is a brief list of common retailers that carry quality khaki shorts, and some of the popular brands they feature:
•Aeropostale:This higher end retailer features its own self-named brands of clothing. Cargo shorts range from $35, but with clearance sales you can get them as low as $13 a pair.
•Old Navy For MenAlso featuring its own brand names, Old Navy features quality clothing at lower prices. Men’s cargo or khaki shorts are between $13 and $20.
•KohlsKohl’s is a lower priced store and features a large selection with brand names like Chaps, Sonoma, Lee, Haggar, Levi’s and Dockers. Depending on which brand you choose, these prices can be from $14 to $65.
•Hollister For MenWith brand names such as Embarcadero, Bay Shore and their own Hollister brand, this online shop has khaki and cargo shorts starting at $25.
•Target: Target offers good quality clothes at modest prices. Their selection of khaki or cargo shorts includes dENiZEN, a Levis’s brand of clothing, as well as Mossimo, Champion, Merona and Dickie’s for men starting at $13 and ranging upwards to $25.
•JCPenney: JCPenney is a name synonymous with affordability, selection and high quality. Izod, St. John’s Bay, Arizona and Lee are just some of the brands of cargo and khaki shorts offered by JCPenney. Prices range from $20 to $50 dependent on the brands chosen.
Choosing men khaki shorts can be a bit confusing. With so many styles to choose from, it can be difficult to choose the best shorts. Keep the following things in mind while shopping for cargo shorts to choose the best pair for your needs.
1. Where will you be wearing the shorts? If you like the casual style of shorts but will be wearing them out, go for a longer length with no pockets on the sides. Wear a neutral belt and a polo shirt to complete the look.
2. Length of the shorts definitely matters. Shorts that are too short are not stylish, while those that are too long can look awkward. Aim for a length that goes just above or at the level of the knee.
3. Shoe selection can complete the look you want. White tennis shoes are not always a good choice for khakis, especially not if you are trying to achieve a dressier look. Loafers with or without socks are a good choice of shoe to wear with khakis, as are earth toned sandals or sneakers. A neutral toned dress shoe is a good option as well.
4. To sock or not? This age old question has plagued men for decades. The answer is that it really is up to you. Short socks or ankle socks look good, but no one will fault you for wearing the higher athletic socks. It all depends on the shoe you are wearing and the look you are trying to achieve.
For versatility and overall sturdiness, khaki or cargo shorts are the right choice for nearly any casual to medium-dress occasion all summer long. The perfect length and design for comfort, these shorts can be used for any purpose from yard work to a night out with friends. With a large selection of styles and colors, khaki shorts are a good investment for any guy’s wardrobe.