What is considered cool by the fashion community and your overall comfort and general wellbeing don’t always intersect, but when they do, man is it reason to celebrate. Take ‘90s-era basketball shorts. These breezy bottoms have always secretly been the chilliest thing you own, and now that they’re officially hyped again, you can wear them out in public too. When people see you in swinging down the street they’ll think: “that dude knows what’s up”, rather than, “that dude just woke up”. We say treat your crotch to a sweat-free and swaggy summer and buy a fresh pair. The chenille Guccis if you’re planning to wear them on date night, the OG mesh drawstrings for some Fortnite and chill.
Basketball shorts are as American as apple pie—until a luxury French house gets their hands on them and suddenly they become…refined.
Givenchy grosgrain-trimmed mesh shorts
LeBron is God. That is all.
Mitchell & Ness ’96 – ’97 L.A. Lakers shorts
Mitchell & Ness
These are the basketball shorts stylish guys like Chris Paul, PJ Tucker, and James Harden wear when they’re not on the hardwood.
Gucci “GG” chenille shorts
Even if your thighs are built for skinny jeans and slim-cut suits, there are mesh shorts out there for you. In fact, these are them.
Adidas Crazylight shorts
College basketball diehards, lovers of fly basketball shorts that don’t scream “LAKERS FAN”, 19Nine is your new favorite brand.
19Nine Rhinos basketball shorts
You don’t buy $695 basketball shorts because they’re practical, but it’s worth mentioning that the zip-front and flap-back pockets on this cult-loved style are mighty convenient.
Fear of God zip pocket mesh shorts
These have that all-American summertime flavor, without making you look like you just stepped off a sailboat in Nantucket.
Champion elevated basketball shorts
This graphic lettering conjures the early ‘90s in a very stylish way. Let’s be real, it also distracts passersby from the outline of your junk.
Jordan Jumpman mesh shorts
The branding might be kind of quiet on these Virgil Abloh-blessed shorts, but don’t dare leave them in the locker room unattended.
Off-White basic logo mesh short
Kappa might be sort of a soccer brand, but that doesn’t make these shorts any less perfect for slam dunking. Or backyard lounging.
Kappa “Treadwell” shorts