There are summer shorts for every size at Lands’ End. Choose from a variety of big and tall men’s shorts in classic colors and styles. Shorts can be just as versatile as men’s pants — especially when you know how to style them. We’ve put together some info about the best big and tall shorts for summer, along with outfit ideas to take you from work to vacation.
There are several types of men’s big and tall shorts to consider for spring and summer. If you like shorts that are casual yet structured, you can’t go wrong with a pair of chinos. Save time in the morning with a pair of no-iron shorts crafted from soft cotton twill. The fabric maintains its wrinkle-free finish for up to 50 washes.
This type of big and tall short has a classic fit, sitting in the middle of the waist. A roomy hip and thigh area lets you move comfortably without feeling confined. These chinos fall just above the knee, so they aren’t too long or short. Button-through back pockets provide storage space for a wallet, while front pockets provide room for keys or other small essentials.
As previously mentioned, these big and tall khaki chino shorts are made from cotton with a twill weave. What makes the fabric special is that it’s ringspun and combed for durability and softness. The spinning process results in cotton threads that are strong and soft, with less shrinkage than regular cotton. If you’ve ever wondered why some cotton garments are softer and sturdier than others, it’s likely related to the production process.
Another type of big and tall shorts to consider are cargo swim trunks. Outrigger® men’s big and tall swim trunks are made from 100% nylon with a water-repellent finish, so they’re incredibly fast-drying. These men’s swim trunks are enhanced with UPF 50 for protection against UV rays. Front snap closure imparts a structured look to these trunks, while the elastic waistband provides all-day comfort for swimming and sunbathing. These lined shorts have several pockets, along with a hidden cellphone pocket.
There are so many ways to wear big and tall shorts. Many different shirt styles go with chinos and/or cargo shorts. For example, you could wear a pair of khaki chinos with a short-sleeve buttoned shirt for a look that’s laid-back without being too casual. A no-iron twill shirt is an excellent choice for spring and summer, as well as men’s polo shirts that come in an array of colorful plaid prints that go well with khaki. The button-down collar imparts a semi-structured look to this shirt, which is gently brushed to make it super-soft.
You might also want to consider a bold madras shirt. These button-down shirts are long enough to leave untucked, and they’re made in India from authentic madras cotton fabric. They come in vibrant plaid prints that stand out against khaki or black shorts. The fabric is lightweight and breathable, making it an excellent option for the hottest days of summer. You can even pair a madras shirt with men’s swim trunks for lunch at a beachfront cafe.
Polo shirts can also be worn with big and tall shorts. If you want a polo shirt that’s dressy enough for work but casual enough for weekend fun, you can’t miss with a Pima cotton polo. Pima cotton is specially spun to make it soft and durable. These shirts are treated to make them wrinkle- and stain-resistant, so you always look put together. The fabric is colorfast for enduring vibrancy, and it resists shrinkage for a stay-true fit.
T-shirts are another option when putting together summer outfits. Chino shorts, cargo shorts, and trunks all look great with any type of men’s tee. Look for a big and tall T-shirt made from 100% cotton for ultimate comfort, such as the Lands’ End Super-T. The fabric is soft yet substantial, and the side seams are sewn for torque resistance. That means these tees won’t twist after a few wash cycles in the way other T-shirts can. If you want a shirt that provides a colorful contrast against khaki, navy or black shorts, opt for a bright striped pattern. You can even wear tees under men’s big and tall dress shirts for a layered look.
There are all kinds of shoes that you can wear with big and tall shorts. For a day at the beach, slip into a pair of water shoes. They’re crafted from fast-drying polyester and mesh, with padded footbeds for comfortable wear. If you want a shoe that works for water or land, consider a pair of closed-toe water sandals. They’re made for the beach or pool, but you can also wear them sightseeing or to a restaurant.
Now that you know more about putting together summer outfits, it’s time to shop. No matter what your signature style happens to be, you can’t go wrong with a few pairs of men’s big and tall pants, shorts, and a collection of shirts that you can mix-and-match.