Outerknown is known for making versatile laid-back garments and its new Verano Beach short is a prime example. This relaxed short is cut from a soft seven-ounce hemp-organic cotton blend that is very breathable. Like many hybrid styles, this short features an elastic waist with a drawstring, two side pockets and one back pocket. The back pocket also utilizes a single-button closure with a button made from Oceanworks recycled ocean plastic.
Like Outerknown’s other products, these shorts are ethically manufactured from sustainable materials. While hemp doesn’t have an organic certification process (it’s very easy to grow), cotton does, and this fabric incorporates 45 percent organic cotton. The major boon for organic cotton is that it saves 90 percent more water than conventionally grown varieties and it cuts down on pesticide use.
These shorts have a healthy 8 1/2 inch inseam and a fit that is neither slim nor baggy. Available in three easy-wearing colors (black, olive and tan), they retail for $78. These may be the best shorts for summer, so before the weather gets too hot, pick yourself up a pair.