Three Things to Look for in a Great Pair of Men’s Cargo Shorts

Get the most out of this utilitarian fashion essential.

Cargo shorts are all about pockets—lots of them. As a general rule though, one extra pocket on each side is better than two—the shorts will look less weighed down and the pockets should fall around the middle of your thigh.

Lived-In Look

Relaxed fit, available in 30 to 55 waist. Unionbay

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Shorts that fall a little lower than the knee (but not too much) make a statement. To avoid looking sloppy, they should fit like a pair of chinos—loose enough to lounge around in comfortably, but not too baggy. When shorts are long enough to cover the knee joint, the fabric shouldn’t be so stiff that it restricts easy movement.

Super-Sturdy

Eight pockets to hold everything you need—two regular side slant pockets, two back pockets and a pair of flap pockets on each leg. Wrangler

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Cotton twill fabric is generally thicker and stiffer than regular cotton. It lasts longer, too, making it a great choice if you’re hard on your clothes.

Streamlined and Casual

Comes in nine colors and two camouflage prints. Amazon Essentials

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If you want to be able to dress up your cargo shorts, look for a simple pair that falls just above the knees and doesn’t have any additional design features like zippers or extra buttons. Look for a pair with just one cargo pocket on each side for a classier profile.