10 Alternatives to the Iconic (And Often Sold Out) Patagonia Baggies
Because Baggies aren't the end all be all
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This was supposed to be the summer of shorts. With the vaccine rolled out and Hot Vax Summer poised to be in full swing, plus the appearance of rising hemlines pioneered by one Milo Ventimiglia, it seemed kismet — this would be the summer of thighs, calves and showing off some serious skin. And the shorts that would help us do so? The famed Patagonia Baggies, preferably their 5″ inseam.
But as fate would have it, Patagonia Baggies are selling out. It happens at the start of every summer as enthusiasts and those eager to see what all the hype is about stock up in preparation for the season ahead, leaving the rest of us with slim pickings or left to scout out pairs on resale sites for exorbitant prices.
But before you resign yourself to chino shorts that linger around your knee (yikes) we recommend broadening your shorts horizons and considering styles and brands beyond Patty’s Baggies. We aren’t going to deny the allure of their icon status, but we can recognize that there are plenty of other worthy nylon options on the market — options that often offer things the Baggies don’t, whether it be a shorter length (we’re talking 3″) or no mesh lining.
So yes, the summer of shorts is still firmly on, as evidenced by the 10 alternatives to the Patagonia Baggies we’ve listed below. Who knows — you might even find a new favorite, dare we say better, pair of shorts.
L.L.Bean Classic Supplex Sport Shorts
Like the Baggies, L.L.Bean’s are made from the same Supplex nylon favored for its water-repellant, quick-drying properties and feature a similar pull-on silhouette. What were originally designed to be swim trunks are now appropriate for both aquatic and non-aquatic activities alike, the UPF 50+ fabric capable of blocking 97.5% of the sun’s UV rays, ideal for (safely) spending your day soaking up some rays.
J.Crew Tech Dock Short
If you’re familiar with J.Crew’s Dock Short silhouette then you’ll appreciate their Tech version of the short, which keeps the same cut and updates it with a recycled nylon and spandex fabric. The result is a short slightly inspired by the athletic styles of the ’60s yet updated to handle today’s wealth of activities and your busy, active lifestyle.
Standard Cloth 3″ Oliver Nylon Short
While we love a good Baggie, the shortest length they offer is 5″, which by today’s short standards is long. So if you’re really looking to go in on the short shorts craze, we recommend these 3″ nylon shorts from Standard Cloth. Sure, two inches might not seem like a lot but you know what they say — every inch counts.
Entireworld All Star Shorts
Another pair made from water-resistant recycled nylon (plus cotton), but what makes Entireworld’s All Star Shorts stand out from the rest is their lack of a mesh lining or, as they refer to it, “that pesky net.” In other words, they’re the perfect pair for those who like to throw caution to the wind.
Champion Nylon Shorts
It only seems natural that an athletic brand as storied as Champion would offer their own take on the nylon shorts, and theirs doesn’t disappoint. Featuring an elastic stretched waistline, zippered side pockets plus a pocket at the back, they’re easy, breezy and everything you could want from a casual short.
Madewell Everywear Shorts
Made from a reinforced ripstop nylon, the shorts are more than equipped to handle their fair share of wear and tear while still remaining suitable enough for less strenuous activities like brunch with friends.
Lululemon Bowline Short 5″ Stretch Ripstop
Lululemon’s version of the nylon short offers a sleeker look than most (their pair, like Madewell’s, made from water-resistant, ripstop fabric) thanks to the flat-front pockets and monochromatic colorway, meaning you can just as easily pair them with a button-down as t-shirt.
Abercrombie Saturday Short
One of our picks from the brand’s spring line, the Abercrombie Saturday Short are primed for a post-covid summer, still comfortable enough to remind you of your favorite athleisure yet offering a look that’s a little more put together than those well-worn sweatpants. Take them from brunch to the beach and everywhere in between.
Myles Apparel Everyday Short
We’d be lying if we didn’t say that part of the reason we’re so attracted to these shorts is the fun turquoise drawstring which contrasts nicely against the khaki fabric. But hey, it’s the little things. right?
iets frans… Nylon Patchwork Short
If you favored Baggies for their often unconventional patterns, there are still styles to be found that offer the same thing, like these patchwork shorts from iets frans…, a bold yet highly wearable pair thanks to the muted, darker colors and touches of black throughout.
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