Shorts aren't everyone's cup of tea. But let's be honest: after our dear Earth experienced three consecutive days of record heatwaves in July 2023, we can't fool ourselves anymore. Climate change is waving hello, and it's definitely too hot for long jeans. Heck, even denim shorts won't cut it! What we need to endure this heatwave gracefully are lightweight shorts. But what are lightweight shorts, and what should you look for? Fear not! At SANVT, we are here to help you figure out how to keep your cool even in record heat.
Now, setting aside the alarming consequences of climate change and the El Niño phenomenon, we face a much more pressing (yet *maybe* less significant) dilemma: What on Earth do we have to wear to beat the heat? The answer lies in shorts, dear sun worshippers! But not just any shorts – lightweight shorts!
What Are Lightweight Shorts?
Lightweight shorts are shorts crafted from a lighter woven material. Sounds reasonable, right? But what exactly is a lighter woven material? Common eco-friendly options for lightweight shorts include linen, hemp or organic cotton. However, it's not just about the material itself; what truly matters is the grams per square meter (GSM) measurement based on the fabric's density. This weight is what determines whether the material can be classified as lightweight.
Typically, a pair of shorts weighs between 200 and 600 grams per square meter (g/m²). For those scorching summer days, opt for shorts at the lower end of the spectrum to maximize breathability. On the other hand, heavier woven jeans shorts and sturdier options are better suited for cooler summer days.
What to consider when shopping for lightweight shorts?
Finding the perfect lightweight shorts is easier said than done. You see, fabric density alone is no guarantee of greatness. Quite the contrary! Many lighter woven shorts sacrifice durability and tear resistance. One wrong move, and you might end up with an unfortunate rip, exposing your unbecoming rear area. Should this happen at a formal brunch, you’re toast! To avoid such mishaps, prioritize high-quality fabrics blended with elastane for a long-lasting product that allows for ample freedom of movement.
Another aspect to watch out for is opaqueness. Often, lower fabric density results in greater see-through potential. So make sure your shorts don't show more skin than you bargained for. After all, accidental peep shows are not on anyone's style agenda. And let’s be honest: shorts already reveal more than some of us care to show (hello, pasty calves!).
And, if you happen to be a sustainable fashion aficionado, like the folk at SANVT, it's vital to choose lightweight shorts made from eco-friendly materials and produced under fair conditions. Let's ensure neither your shorts nor the environment get short-changed in the process.
SANVT's Perfect Shorts
If you think finding a pair of lightweight shorts with timeless design is a Mission Impossible and you prefer to stick to your breathable chinos for the summer, we have fantastic news for you: SANVT's Perfect Shorts are a perfect pair of chinos cut short. Handcrafted from the same stretch cotton fabric as our classic chinos, these lightweight to medium-weight super soft satin shorts boast a breathable GSM of 290 g/m². The fine blend of organic cotton and elastane, with its microfine weave pattern, feels refreshingly cool against the skin and ensures natural moisture regulation. It's a high-quality summer essential for everyday wear, sustainably made, ethically produced, climate-neutral, and timelessly smart! Luxurious details, like metal drawstring-tips, tonal lining and hook-and-eye closure are a hint towards the outstanding quality of the shorts. No more choosing between chinos and shorts this summer – with our Perfect Shorts, you get the best of both worlds. And let us add: wearing these shorts is your best short-cut to beating the heat!
Lightweight Shorts: Conclusion
Speaking of the heat. With the record heatwaves and environmental catastrophes of this year's climate change, one thing is clear: life is too short to wear uncomfortable pants. And while we strongly urge you to rethink your fashion consumption and choices in general to significantly reduce your ecological footprint, we can’t let you sacrifice style and comfort if sustainable options are available. In short, with our Perfect Shorts, you can unite a sportive attitude, classic style, and do the right thing one stylish step at a time.
If you want to learn more about what makes the best summer shorts, read more in our post featuring breathability, fit, functionality and quality.