Best Cargo Shorts for Men

Don’t call them a fashion faux pas - men still love their cargo shorts
Woman and man wearing cargo shorts.
In style or not, don’t separate a man from his favorite pair of cargo shorts. Pexels

Are cargo shorts for men in or out? I find myself asking every woman I know – from my 46-year-old fiancée to my college-aged niece: “Is it okay for me to still be wearing cargo shorts?” The answers … well, they vary. (For the record, the fiancée says “why not?” while the college junior says “No! But, you’re old so maybe it’s okay.”)

Cargo shorts often make magazines’ lists of “Things Not To Wear Anymore.” The shorts are judged as “so very 1999.” (Hey, so was that Prince song … but maybe that’s proving their point.) Still, men don’t seem to be giving up their love of cargo shorts anytime soon – they’re comfy, hold all our gadgets and they match any T-shirt. (Hey, maybe it’s the T-shirts they’re really objecting to!)

Here are the pairs of cargo pants that we think every guy will love.

Amazon Essentials Men's Classic-Fit Cargo Short

Traditional look

This pair sits at the waist and reaches just above the knee with a 10-inch inseam. Amazon Essentials

We love the simplicity of this set of shorts. It still has the multiple pockets and the necessary comfy fit. The length is just perfect too.

Unionbay Men's Cordova Belted Messenger Cargo Short - Reg and Big and Tall Sizes

Lived-in feel

These 100 percent cotton shorts have a 15-inch inseam and reach just below the knee. Unionbay

These shorts come with an adjustable D-ring belt and drawstring ties at the hem. A vintage pre-wash gives them a nice lived-in look.

Wrangler Authentics Men’s Premium Twill Cargo Short

Storage space galore

This 100 percent cotton twill pair sit at the waist and have a 10-inch inseam so that they reach down to the top of the knees. Wrangler

Ah, yes, “relaxed fit” – this is why we love cargo shorts in general. This pair has four cargo flap pockets, two back flap pockets and two slash pockets so there’s room for everything from your cell phone to a wallet and more.

UNIONBAY Men's Survivor Belted Cargo Short-Reg and Big & Tall Sizes

Relaxed fit

This pair features an 11-inch inseam and fits just above the knee. UNIONBAY

If you combine our favorite features from the first three pairs of cargo shorts – above the knee, attached belt, relaxed fit – you’d have these shorts. You’re welcome.

AOYOG Mens Camo Cargo Shorts Relaxed Fit Multi-Pocket Outdoor Camouflage Cargo Shorts Cotton

Ready for action

This pair has metal snap buttons and are made to sit comfortably at the waist. AOYOG

There is a slew of camouflage design options for these shorts. With breathable material and lightweight construction, we think this option has more for the outdoor set.

Steve Spears is editor of Florida Travel & Life, an online brand that inspires active, affluent travelers, providing them with insider information on discovering the best of Florida. Informative and engaging, the website showcases travel destinations, arts and cultural venues, vibrant dining scenes, recreational activities, the great outdoors and the revitalized real-estate market. He is based in Orlando and counts St. Augustine, Key West and the Gulf Beaches among his favorite destinations in the state.


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