8 Men’s Shorts To Wear For The Lunar New Year (Or Any Festive Occasion)

Real men don’t just wear pants – they wear shorts, too.

By Chris Ong        4 February 2021

In case you haven’t been catching up on current men’s fashion trends: Shorts are hot. And why not? It’s comfortable to wear in humid Singapore, lets you show off all your gains from all your “leg days” at the gym, and comes in so many styles that you are bound to find one that suits you and the occasion, including the upcoming Lunar New Year. Just make sure to know if there is any dress code (written or unwritten) and be respectful of the family whose home you are visiting – them being a gracious host doesn’t mean you can be an ungracious guest. If all seems fine and dandy, then go ahead and bear those arms, we mean, thighs, by trying these festive-occasion appropriate shorts.

Uniqlo x Adam Scott

Adam Scott x Uniqlo Men Ultra Light Shorts, $39.90, Uniqlo

If one of golf’s most stylish players can rock this, so can you. Part of a Uniqlo line created alongside with Aussie sportsman Adam Scott, this pair is made from a special 100% polyester developed with textile specialist, Toray, so it’s lightweight, comfy and quick-drying. Plus, it’s cut slightly above knee and boasts a streamlined look, meaning that you can not only wear this to visit the family, but head out for a spot of golf after!

Available from uniqlo.com.sg

Tailored shorts, $29.95, H&M

When in doubt, start by choosing a darker colour, like the dark khaki green of the pair here. The woven fabric and sewn-in turn-ups may give it a “smarter” look, but don’t worry, it ain’t stuffy – there’s a concealed drawstring and covered elastication at the waist just in case you pop one too many pineapple tarts into your piehole.

Available from www2.hm.com/en_asia2

Vintage Check Drawcord Swim Shorts, $550, Burberry

Yes, you can wear swim shorts out of the water, especially if they look as spiffy as this. The signature check pattern of the British luxury brand and the longer-length make this wearable attire on dry land (there’s a shorter length model if you want to, aherm, test the waters of outerwear). What’s more, it has side slip and back zip pockets to hold all your necessities. Also, great if you are visiting someone who has a pool, ’cos you know, swim shorts.

Available from sg.burberry.com

Stone Island

Classic Sweat Shorts, $340, Stone Island

If you really can’t leave your comfy sweatpants behind, then might as well opt for this shorts version. While it is lounge-worthy – it has an elastic drawstring waistband and fleece lining – it’s also more “serious” looking since it’s in black (a grey would be cutting it too close to being too “homely”) and the side pocket and logo label elevates this beyond slouch wear. Do put on a more colourful top just so you aren’t sending out too much of a negative, “can’t-be-bothered” vibe.

Available from hbx.com

Classic shorts, $91 (USD $69), COS

Keep it simple yet chic with this modern update on the humble garment. Made of organic cotton, its above-the-knee cut, clean design and sombre navy colour makes this easy to pair with your fave short-sleeve shirt for that minimalist urban-hipster look.

Available from cosstores.com or check with COS boutiques in Singapore for availability

In Good Company
MARCUS Linen Shirts, $139, In Good Company

Sooo many reasons why this is perfect for any sunny-day occasion. It’s made from fine cotton linen so its breathable yet looks presentable with its crisp finish; it’s in a relaxed cut but designed with double frontal pleats, slant pockets and side buckle tabs so it looks smart-casual; it’s adorned with a French bearer button and sewn up with neat stitching so it looks tailored. And, it’s from the feted SG brand In Good Company so you can support local!

Available from In Good Company boutiques and ingoodcompany.asia

Acne Studios
Ross Wide-Leg Cotton-Blend Corduroy Shorts, $334, Acne Studios

Secure, sturdy, comfy – this brown pair is made of slightly fuzzy corduroy so you can stay cosy if you fear shorts will make you feel too breezy. Its wide-leg profile also helps give those of us with thunder thighs more room to move yet lets us look effortlessly stylish.

Available from Mr Porter

Kaplan Drawstring Denim Short, $229, A.P.C.

Denim’s your daily must-wear? The solution: Put aside your thrashed-out jeans and pull on this classic washed indigo short from hipster-beloved French brand, A.P.C., for that special occasion instead. It comes with 2 side pockets, a back flap pocket and an elasticated drawstring waist. It’s regular- to semi-baggy-sized, so it should suit most folk as an all-year wardrobe staple.     

Available from END.

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