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Ask Chris Black: I’m Stocking Up on Shorts. What Pairs Do You Like?

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If you’re looking for the most powerful hair dryer or the handiest chef’s knife, you can find those things easily enough. Other objects of desire are a little more taste-based. What’s the next status water bottle or hand wash, for instance? If you have a burning question about the next fanny pack or Noah rugby shirt, Chris Black is here to answer it in a regular column.

I need to start stocking up on shorts. Beyond your go-to Stussys, what pairs do you recommend? Looking for lounging shorts but also ones I can (hopefully) wear outside the house soon.

Luckily for you, shorts are a passion of mine! My father wears them year-round, so I believe it is actually in my DNA. Fair warning: I like them on the shorter side :).

The Effo short in navy blue from New York–based brand Adsum covers all the bases. They are made of a comfortable crinkle-finish nylon and mesh-lined and have a cheeky tonal herringbone band around the leg openings.

The Champion Reverse Weave Mesh Shorts are the OG loungewear choice. Some wear them for playing basketball, but I prefer them for lying on the couch. They have pockets, which are necessary for toting your phone from bedroom to kitchen in this lockdown.

These ghurka shorts from Engineered Garments are a little long, but the wild black-watch pattern makes them a must. A little British, a little Japanese — perfect.