For a lot of guys, it’s not enough to have single application garments anymore — if they invest in a piece of clothing, it should be versatile and multipurpose. Brands are listening to those needs and are now offering the ideal short for summer: a hybrid between a swim trunk and a traditional short.

The style utilizes fabrics appropriate for the water but features design cues lifted from traditional shorts like fly-front zippers, button or snap closures and side pockets. These shorts are your go-anywhere summer short, designed to be worn to the beach and out to dinner on the same day.

Outerknown Nomadic Hybrid Short

Cut from fast-drying recycled polyester, these shorts have a classic fit and a 8.5-inch inseam. The design features mesh pockets, corozo buttons and an internal drawstring.

Patagonia Stretch Wavefarer Walk Short

These stretch-nylon shorts are treated with a water-repellent finish and hit just above the knee. They feature a zipper fly, belt loops and mesh pockets.

Faherty All Day Short

This slim-fit short has a nine-inch inseam and is made from a cotton-recycled poly blend with a touch of stretch. They are quick drying, odor repellent and feature easy-draining pockets.

Onia Calder Short

Cut from lightweight stretch-nylon, these shorts have a mesh lining and interior drawstring. The design includes a zip fly, flap back pocket and locker loop.

Sunspel Mid-Length Swim Shorts

These straight-leg shorts have both a mid-rise and a mid-length. Cut from durable polyester, they feature and internal drawstring, a front-flap pocket, a back zipped pocket and a mesh lining.

Orlebar Brown Bulldog Swim Shorts

These mid-length shorts are cut from a comfortable cotton-poly blend. The design features adjustable waist tabs, two front slash pockets, a back zip pocket and a mesh lining.

Brunello Cucinelli Swim Shorts

These mid-length shorts are made in Italy from dark red polyester. The design features an internal drawstring, two front slash pockets, a back zipped pocket and a mesh lining.

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