Chino Shorts Outfits for Guys: 5 Days of Summer Style

Chino Shorts Outfits for Guys: 5 Days of Summer Style

Are khaki shorts in style? Ab-so-fricking-lutely
trio of the best men's chino shorts 2024

By Gabi Meyers | Last Updated: May 15 2024 | 6 min read

Are khaki shorts in style? That’s like asking if a Drumstick is the best treat to buy from an ice cream truck. Because the answer is obviously an emphatic YES.

Like springing for a delicious ice cream treat on a hot day, men’s chino shorts outfits will forever be a good idea in the summer.

Sure, you can always get more creative with your summer style. You could opt for linen shorts or patterned shorts even, but sometimes you want to go for a totally timeless look. 

Like chino pants, a pair of khaki- or tan-colored chino shorts is a total men’s style classic.

If you were to go bare minimum on your shorts wardrobe, these bottoms would seamlessly get you through every summer situation. 

A quick note on the terminology in this guide on how to style khaki shorts:

What are chino-style shorts? And are they different from khaki shorts?

Well, yes and no.

Khaki is a color—a tan or beige hue. Chino is a material—a durable cotton fabric that’s often used in men’s pants and shorts.

all styles: Flint and Tinder

So, chino shorts can be khaki, like the pair in the middle, above. Chino shorts could also be blue—those would be blue chino shorts. Or pink. Pink chino shorts. Or black. Or red! You get the idea.

Here we’ll focus on khaki-colored chino shorts, just to keep things simple.

Below, 5 chino shorts outfits for guys:

man standing on a sidewalk, wearing a white baseball cap, white t-shirt with cream-colored sweater over his shoulders, khaki shorts, and sneakers
image: @danielabbink

SG Says: Elevate your shorts with an artfully-draped sweater.

It means that whatever else you wear, like sneakers and a tall sock, look that much more elegant.


SG Says: Pops of red are a great way to make an otherwise neutral-colored outfit feel more impactful.

You could go with a red hat, red shoes, or in this case, both.

man in striped cardigan, chino shorts, tall white socks, and loafers
image: @denny623

SG Says: Stripes and dots? Why not?

Yes, there’s a lot going on in this outfit. If it feels like too much, you can always pick one pattern or color to focus on instead.

man in striped blue shirt unbuttoned to the chest, with khaki-colored shorts and brown loafers
image: @westleydimagiba

SG Says: Pairing your khaki shorts with a casually unbuttoned shirt and horsebit loafers? It’s giving Summer Friday! Pass that man an Aperol spritz.

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SG Says: One of the easiest, most stylish summer outfits. Tall socks with your favorite stylish sneakers and a graphic tee. Easy. Cool. Done.

Shop the best chino shorts for guys:

close up of a man standing profile, wearing khaki-colored chino shorts and a white t-shirt
Flint and Tinder 5″ 365 short, $78
close-up of a man wearing khaki-colored chino shorts and a white t-shirt with his hand in his pocket
J.Crew 5″ stretch chino short, $70

Both the Flint & Tinder shorts and the J.Crew shorts above come in a 5″ inseam and a 7″ inseam, as well as several more neutral hues, from navy to olive to black.

When it comes to what to wear with khaki shorts, consider these bottoms a neutral base for all kinds of outfits, from casual to more dressy.

taylor stitch chino shorts
Taylor Stitch Matlow short, $98
lower half of a man in tan chino shorts against a neutral background
Buck Mason 6.5″ tailored short, $88

Want to dress your shorts up a little? Look for interesting details like a cuffed leg, or pleats. You might not wear them everyday, but they’re good to have on hand for extra sophistication in the summer.

What shoes to wear with khaki shorts

From sneakers to slip-ons to espadrilles, you’ve got plenty of options when it comes to shoes to wear with chino shorts.

When it comes to figuring out how to wear khaki shorts with the right shoes, don’t overthink it! You can dress them up with a breezy button-down shirt and loafers. But you can also wear them totally casually, with a t-shirt and sneakers or slip-ons. And any of these shorts would look great with Birkenstock clogs. Just saying!


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Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Gabi Meyers went from Team SG's first-ever intern to a trusted fashion editor and stylist. She currently lives in Chicago with a very cute dog.