No matter how much you want to deny it, shorts are definitely in season. But the debate of the perfect length still remains: below the knee or above the knee. And honestly, there may never be a correct answer.
Gen Z Tiktok kids will tell you that a 5" inseam is the only length that matters, while boomers argue their 2006 cargo shorts are still in.
So we decided to bring in professional fashion designers to get their expert opinion on this first world matter. They've compiled a list of their personal favorites + staff picks with a range of prices, features, length, and fit. Here are their favorites of the summer season that will take your style from virgin to gigachad:
Length: True 5" inseam
Features: Rip-proof, Metal Tip Drawstrings, Long Lasting
These shorts from Hakai Culture have recently been going viral all over Tiktok and when I saw them I immediately bought a pair being the anime weeb I am.
Not only do they have amazing japanese and anime inspired designs but they also have superior quality compared to big name brands. At first I thought they would be below average because of how affordable they were, but boy was I wrong.
Their shorts feature a perfect 5" inseam, sleek finish, breathability, and most importantly comfort. All together, these details make up the perfect pair of shorts I've ever tried. Turns out, Tiktok actually has hidden gems sometimes.
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Length: 2" inseam
Features: Pre-shrunk, Extended Drawcord, Double Layered
If you're someone that isn't scared of a ball flash, these shorts are perfect for you. Kill Crew's polyester shorts will add a bit of variety in your closet and they're great for sparring sessions.
Personally, they're a bit too low cut for me and that's an instant red flag. The last thing I want is to show off my skinny thighs. Though, the waistband is comfortable to lounge in, and they come in a variety of colors and sizes, so it's still great to wear around the house!
Length: 5" inseam
Features: Mesh Fabric, Casual Designs, Inner Drawstring
Now this is something I can get behind. Saint Potential shorts are comfortable and compliment any outfit casual or otherwise. The 5" inseam shows the perfect amount of thigh, without making you look like you're part of the LGBTQ+ community.
Something I would consider is that they're not the highest quality for the price and they don't exactly fit slim to your legs leaving lots of open space. But if you're just trying to thirst trap clout demons, these should be your go to.
Length: 5" inseam
Features: 90's Inspired Designs, LA based, Embroidered Logo
Remember those theatre and band kids in highschool? Now imagine if they decided to create a clothing brand, Kinetic Kings is exactly that.
They have a large variety of designs from timeless art to floral canvases. Now if you're someone that geeks out over a beta male like leonardo da vinci, go ahead and purchase a pair. They are decently comfortable to lounge in, but since they're single layered it's best to wear something underneath unless you want to catch a charge.
Length: 7" inseam
Features: Adjustable Waist, Relaxed Fit, Flat Front
Now don't get me wrong, these shows are comfortable as hell and perfect for a boat day. But the only other people I've seen wearing them are preppy white guys that yell daddy's money.
It's a great relaxed fit, and gives old-school vibes. The only thing that threw me off is the price. These are the most expensive shorts on the list by far yet they aren't even close to design and quality compared to Hakai Shorts (Best Overall.) If you have a bit of spare cash and don't mind splurging for a premium look these shorts are made for you.
We wanted to talk further with our investigative reporter Jason Burrow on why he liked Hakai Mesh Shorts the best. Jason tells the story.
Personally, these shorts fit my legs perfectly without being too tight to my thighs. I was blown away by their large cult-like following on social media and knew they had something special.
Not only that but I also couldn't help but take advantage of their Buy 2 Get 1 Free Promo that instantly beat all other competitors.
Shipping was quick and now I consistently wear these shorts whether I'm at the gym or out and about. I can't compliment the quality, service, and community of this brand enough. You'll just have to find out yourself.