Chris Pine is something of a pandemic style savant. In all of his choices — wearing his button-ups all loose and on the edge of a nip slip, living in a single pair of corduroy shorts all summer — he embodies the “go girl, give us nothing” energy of 2020. And for that, he’s a Hollywood Chris of the people. He might not be on a glitzy Dunkin’ pap walk like Ben Affleck, but he’s wearing a weird hat and going gray. (Same, Chris.) Plus, the man never leaves home without a mask, and what better accessory is there?

But let’s talk about the shorts. Banks Journal, a cool surf-inspired label that draws on its Japanese and Aussie roots, makes Chris’s exact pair: the sold-out Big Bear Walkshort ($65).

But you’re in luck, because I have a lightweight look-alike to offer up, the shorts I wish I’d been wearing all summer: the Pact Woven Drawstring Short ($60). Pact, a great fair-trade one-stop shop for organic cotton basics, nailed the look of a classic cargo or corduroy short here, but with none of the clunkiness. (The stitching looks way more expensive than it is, too.) Plus, it’s got a drawstring waist; it rolls up surprisingly easily, considering how thin the fabric is; and the organic cotton twill has a nice stretch to it.

What I like about the women’s shorts is how the ends flare out at the bottom — it gives a fashion-forward feel but also makes your legs (and waist) look slimmer in the process. I wear these with my go-to white ribbed tanks from Calvin Klein, tucked in. What I like about the men’s shorts (which are almost identical, only longer) is how nice they look with a thick cuff. This pair doesn’t flare and has a more classic silhouette because of it, but if you like to cuff your shorts a few times, the men’s length fits perfectly. Read on to shop my picks from Pact, plus Chris’s sold-out shorts in not-sold-out colorways from Banks Journal.



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