Summer Shorts Break Down
Whilst we may be famous for our hard-wearing trousers, we’ve been making serious summer shorts for a good few years too. With the weather starting to improve (slightly), here’s a quick run-down of this season’s shorts—featuring ultra-tough utility shorts, laid-back beach shorts and everything in between…
The Painter Shorts
At the top we’ve got the Painter Shorts. As you’d probably expect, these are sturdy utility shorts, complete with plenty of pockets space, as well as the all-important hammer loop and paint-brush pocket on the lower thigh.
If you’re tired of flimsy shorts that barely last the summer, then these are probably the shorts for you. Built to the same spec as our much-loved Painter Pants, they’re real tough cookies—with tried and tested workwear details like triple-stitched seams and bartacks keeping things reassuringly sturdy.
The Fatigue Shorts
The Fatigue Shorts are another warm-weather take on a Stan Ray classic, this time based on our Fatigue Pants. To be honest, these probably don’t need much of an introduction really—they’re the same classic Fatigues we’ve been making since back in the 70s, cut with summer in mind. That means the same military grade cotton sateen fabric and those same trademark rectangle front pockets you’d find on our trousers, making these ideal outdoor shorts—perfect for hiking, biking and camping.
If you’re after a cleaner, more subtle alternative to cargo shorts, these are the ones.
The Fat Shorts
For those who like things on the baggier side, there are the Fat Shorts. Sort of like the laid back younger brother of the Fatigue Shorts, these are both longer and wider—making them the baggiest shorts we make.
That fabric deserves a mention too. It’s a custom-washed sateen which has a really nice vintage flavour to it—tastefully worn-in but most definitely not worn-out.
The Rec Shorts
And now for something a bit different. The Rec Shorts (or Recreation Shorts to give ‘em their full title) are sort of a hybrid of beach shorts and climbing shorts, made with leisure firmly in mind. Keeping things relaxed, they’ve got an elasticated drawstring waist (although there are belt loops too if you’re a strict belt wearer), and are made from super-crisp lightweight tropical poplin that’s ideal for stuffy summer afternoons.
Shape-wise, these are the shortest shorts we make (unless you count our Miki or Volley swimming shorts), making them a good option for anyone looking for something a touch smarter. That’s not to say they’re not up to any outdoor adventures, but they’ll work just as well with an Oxford shirt at a garden party as they will with a fleece at the campsite.
The Miki Shorts
And for those heading to the beach, there are the Miki Shorts. Our take on the stripped-back shorts worn by surfers in the 1960s, they’re classically styled swimming shorts, made from lightweight taslan fabric that dries reassuringly quickly.
With that classic shape they’re a bit more subtle than most swimming shorts, meaning that not only do they work great in the water, but they also look good out of it—and you don’t have to change out of them when you head off the beach and into town
Check out the full shorts collection.