How to Wear Shorter 5″ Inseam Shorts for Guys

This summer, men’s shorter shorts are having a moment in the sun. How short, you ask? 5” or 5.5” inseams are on-trend and offer juuuust enough length for warm weather. Let’s dive into the shorter shorts craze and compare popular men’s fits at AE! 

two guys wearing American Eagle shorts and tshirts walking on a beach

Why Wear Shorter Shorts?

5” and 5.5” inseam shorts hit higher on your leg, several inches above the knee – a flattering length that offers a well-fitted look, gives your legs some extra sun, and makes you look a little taller compared to shorter shorts (we swear). Don’t hide the thighs, guys! 

guy diving into water wearing striped American Eagle swim trunks

Not sure which short is the right style for you? Here are some of our favorite AE shorts available in 5” or 5.5” inseams:

5″ Fleece Jogger Shorts

Fleece Jogger Shorts practically scream “summer.” Super-soft fleece keeps you comfortable all day, and large side pockets make it easy to carry vacation souvenirs. Choose from vibrant solid colors or tropical patterns to match your mood. 

Since these sweat shorts are more casual, try pairing them with a Button-Up Resort Shirt or Camp Collar Poolside Shirt for an outfit that works on the beach or the boardwalk.

Trekker Jogger Shorts

If you’re not feelin’ fleece, look no further than the versatile Trekker Jogger Short in a classic 5″ length that hits above your knee. Available plain or patterned, these shorts are built to move with a drawstring elastic waistband and lightweight twill fabric. 

cropped close up image of two guys wearing American Eagle 5 inch shorts and layered shirts

Building an outfit with 5″ Trekker Shorts is easy: start with a graphic t-shirt, then add a Beach Flannel Shirt for a lightweight layered look.

AirFlex+ 5″ Denim Shorts

We can’t talk about shorts without mentioning denim. 5.5” AirFlex+ denim shorts are as versatile and flexible as your favorite pair of AE jeans, but light enough to stay comfy all summer long. Choose a distressed pair for a rugged, lived-in look that pairs great with a t-shirt or a vintage-wash polo shirt.

Shorter Swim Shorts

The wading is over – swim season has arrived (see what we did there?). Our 5 inch or 5.5 inch swim trunks are made with durable, quick-drying fabric and a lightweight compression lining for extra comfort. Want a little more coverage before you hop in the water? Check out the 7″ swim trunks for a juuuuust-right inseam length.

Not only do these shorts look amazing at the beach, but they’re also perfect for summer adventures on dry land. After your swim sesh, throw on a Bonfire Fleece Hoodie and you’re ready to go!

Show us your favorite men’s shorter shorts outfits by tagging @americaneagle #AEJeans for a chance to be featured on our Instagram, Twitter,, and more!

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