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It can be hard to pick the best work shorts for the job. Whether you need holster pockets, Hi-Vis shorts for safety, or even an elasticated waist (don’t worry we won’t judge). We’ve made a list of some of the men’s work shorts options to help you figure out which will be the best fit for you and your trade.

We’ve divided them into categories so you can find the best shorts for you.

Work Shorts with Holster Pockets

We know that tradies NEED pockets. You have to carry around multiple things at once, be always on the go, and don’t get us started on screws disappearing into the abyss. What better way to keep everything in one place than a pair of handy shorts with holster pockets so you can always feel prepared.

Dewalt Cheverley Trade Work Shorts Grey in Various Sizes By Mad4Tools


These Dewalt Cheverley Trade Work Shorts in Grey have a reinforced holster pocket, cargo and back pockets for multi-use and they also feature a low rise waist and tunnel belt loop for added comfort.

Scruffs Trade Flex Slim Fit Work Shorts With Holster Pockets Graphite Grey In Various Sizes by Mad4Tools

Next up we have the Trade Flex Shorts from Scruffs are a flexible slim fit style short that allows you to have freedom of movement and provides long-lasting comfort throughout the day.  The shorts are packed with additional features, including lightweight and durable ripstop fabric, a cargo pocket, a mobile phone pocket, tool loops and D-ring for tool and accessory storage. These Trade Flex shorts are designed to be less baggy than other regular work shorts, yet still provide flexibility in movement.


Work Shorts Without Holster Pockets

If you need your pockets but don’t need to be carrying half the earth with you, you can opt for something without the holster pockets.

Scruffs Vintage Cargo Cotton Trade Work Shorts Black in Various Sizes by Mad4tools

These Scruffs Vintage Cargo Cotton Trade Work Shorts in black are hard-wearing, comfortable, and relaxed-fit style work shorts with multiple pockets, suitable for light industrial occupations. They also come with a free adjustable belt to keep them up and secured (no builders bum’s going on here). P.s. you won’t find these anywhere else though, as they’re exclusive to MAD4TOOLS.COM!


Ox Fleece Jogger Work Shorts Grey in Various Sizes by Mad4Tools

The Ox Fleece Jogger Work Shorts in grey are a perfect option if you need to stay comfortable at work. They have a heavyweight cotton drawcord, brushed back fleece for extra comfort and warmth, a snap-fastening mobile phone back pocket and an elasticated waistband for an extra comfortable fit.

Hi-Vis Shorts

If you work in an environment where you need to stay in site, then Hi-Vis shorts are what you’ll need.

Portwest Hi-Vis Polycotton Shorts Orange And Navy in Various Sizes by Mad4tools

These Portwest Orange Poly-Cotton summer shorts are super stylish. The modern knee-length style and contrasting trims have made these shorts a favourite for hot days. Featuring a convenient thigh pocket and mobile phone pocket, with a half elasticated waist for a comfortable fit.

Portwest PW3 HiVis Holster Shorts Yellow Black Various sizes by Mad4tools

The PW3 Hi-Fleece Holster shorts by Portwest are ideal to keep you cool in summer. They also include a half-elasticated waist, are 40+ UPF rated to block 98% of UV rays and have 7 pockets for ample storage. We think they’re one of the best work shorts for summer this year.

Lightweight Shorts for Summer

We know tradies are well-known for being outside in all weathers, and when the sun starts shining, you’ll need a suitable lightweight pair of shorts to make the heat a little more bearable.

Ox Ripstop Multi Pocket Trade Work Shorts Graphite Grey in Various Sizes by Mad4Tools

If you’re looking for a light pair of work shorts these OX Ripstop multi-pocket shorts would be a great fit. They’re ultra-Lightweight, extremely durable and have reinforced Ripstop Anti-Tear fabric. They also have Cordura Reinforced back & side pockets so you won’t have to worry about ripping through them.

Tuffstuff Elite Ripstop Trade Work Shorts in Grey and Various Sizes by Mad4Tools

The next contestant is the Tuffstuff Elite Work Short. These are the lightest-weight rip-stop shorts from the Tuffstuff Elite range and really do look the bizniz. They include Tuff-Tex reinforcement to the zones to tackle the hardest knocks, and pockets to store all of those handy little tools.

Cargo Shorts

Cargo shorts are a classic staple in a tradie’s wardrobe, their main feature is their durability and their easy-to-access pockets. These are the two top we love right now.

Dickies Everyday Cargo Work Shorts in Khaki Brown in Various Sizes by Mad4Tools

The Everyday Short in core Dickie’s style comes with multiple pockets for carrying your workday essentials. Made from a polycotton blend, this comfy and casual short is designed for everyday working. Plus you can’t go wrong with this colour as it’ll match your boots too!

Stanley Tucson Ripstop Trade Cargo Work Shorts Grey in Various Sizes by Mad4Tools

If you need something that’ll match the darker elements in your wardrobe, these Stanley Tucson Cargo Shorts are great for this. They’re also constructed from a durable poly/cotton ripstop fabric and have a variety of pockets and a hammer loop!

Scruffs Ripstop Trade Cargo Work Shorts with Multiple Pockets in Black by Mad4tools


Lastly but definitely not least, we have our customer favourite Scruffs Ripstop Work Shorts. They utilise a unique and durable Ripstop polyester fabric that allows for less material with superior anti-rip strength, making them ideal workwear shorts that keep you extra cool, do not feel heavy, and, that stay tough. We love these and we’re sure you will too.

If you can’t quite find the Men’s work shorts you need in this blog, head over to our site where we have hundreds of short options available.


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