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Life Of Riley Comfort Waist Shorts

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Life Of Riley Comfort Waist Shorts: Stonewashed cotton canvas with subtle, elastic-gathered side bands on the waist. Front pleats, quarter front pockets, and two button-through rear pockets. Machine washable. Imported.

Men's Sizing

Chest 34-
Neck 14-
Sleeves 33-
Waist 28-

Men's Tall Sizes - Select shirt and outerwear styles are available in Tall sizes (woven items : 1" extra in sleeve length, 2" extra in body length; knit items : 1" extra in sleeve length, 2" extra in body length).
Note: Men's Tall sizes are generally made to fit guys over 6' tall.

Men's Shirt Fits

Classic Fit: Easy and comfortable on most men. A traditional American cut.
Relaxed Fit: Generous and roomy. Ideal for layering.
Do you know your acetate from a hole in the ground? Your gussets from your grommets? If not, here's a list of the more commonly used textile words and terms that you'll see in our catalog. For more information or clarification, you can call us at: 1-800-882-4323

ACETATE - A manufactured fiber that uses cellulose refined from cotton and/or wood pulp. Characteristics: fast drying, wrinkle- and shrinkage-resistant, crisp or soft depending on end use, luxurious in appearance.

ACRYLIC - A manufactured fiber made from long-chain synthetic polymers. Characteristics: wrinkle resistance; low moisture absorbency and quick-drying; provides warmth yet lightweight, soft and resilient.

ALPACA - The fleece from an Alpaca, a cousin to the llama. Alpaca fleece is similar in characteristics to wool, but softer, silkier and more lustrous.

BANDED COLLAR - A shirt without a fold-over collar; there is only the band at the neck.

BARTACK - A close series of stitches crossing a piece of cloth in order to reinforce at a point of concentrated strain (e.g. belt loop or patch pocket corner).

BASKET WEAVE - A variation of the plain weave in which two or more threads weave alike in both warp (down) and filling (across) directions, joined in the regular order of the plain weave. So named for the basket-like pattern of the weave.

BATIK - A method of resist dyeing which employs wax as the resist. The pattern is covered with wax, and the fabric is then dyed: the wax patterns will not take the dye. The wax is removed after dyeing by boiling the fabric or applying solvent. The fabric is often streaked where the dye has gone through cracks in the wax. Batik dyeing originated in Indonesia.

BESOM - A narrow piece of fabric that works as an edging on a pocket; can be single besom, one side of pocket opening or double besom, both sides.

BOX PLEAT - Two small, back to back outward facing pleats that have a box- like appearance. On shirts, box pleats are positioned in the center back at the bottom of the yoke to allow ease of movement in the shoulders and arms.

BROADCLOTH - A fine, closely woven, lustrous cotton or cotton/poly blend made in plain weave with a fine rib in the direction of the filling (across). The filling yarn is heavier and has less twist than the warp yarn (down). The cloth is usually mercerized, and has a soft, firm finish.

BRUSHING - A finishing process for woven or knit fabrics in which brushes or other abrading elements are used to raise a nap (a fuzzy or downy surface). Brushed fabrics have a soft, slightly weathered, broken-in feel.

BUTTON-DOWN COLLAR - Having buttonholes on the collar points so they fasten to the shirt.

CAMP COLLAR - A one-piece collar that lays flat, part of the shirt also lays flat to create a notch. Also called a Convertible Collar or Notched Collar.

CANVAS - A general classification of strong, firm, closely woven fabrics usually made with cotton. A heavier, open weave comprised of plied yarns (a number of single yarns, usually three, twisted together). Characteristics: very hard-wearing, generally water-resistant.

CASHMERE - The fleece that comes from a Cashmere goat. These animals roam at high elevations (10,000 - 15,000 ft.), hence their very warm, soft fleece. Garments made with cashmere are normally more expensive because of limited yield (one goat produces only 4 ounces of fleece a year).

CHAMBRAY - A general class of plain weave, usually cotton, made with a colored warp (down) and white filling (across). Most often made using blue and white, but also available in stripes, checks and figured patterns.

COMBING - The removal of short fibers or noils from material so that the resulting yarn be composed of larger fibers. The comb straightens and arranges them in parallel order.

CORDUROY - A strong, durable fabric with cotton ground and vertical cut-pile stripes (wales) formed by an extra system of filling yarns. The foundation of the fabric can be either a plain or twill weave. Of all cotton fabrics, corduroy is the warmest because its wales form an insulated cushion of air.

COTTON - A vegetable fiber consisting of unicellular hairs attached to the seed of the cotton plant. The normal color of cotton is light to dark cream, and its chemical composition is almost pure cellulose. A distinct feature of the mature fiber is its spirality or twist. In fabrics, cotton makes for strong, versatile, cool-wearing and comfortable garments.

CREPE - A general classification of fabric characterized by a broad range of crinkled or gained surface effects. Methods of making crepe include the use of hard twisted yarns, special chemical treatment, special weaves and embossing.

DART - A tuck in the fabric that is sewn. It is used to define the shape of a garment making a two dimensional piece of fabric into a three-dimensional garment. Darts are usually seen where the body curves: bust, waist, hip.

DENIM - A well-known basic cotton or blended fabric in a right- or left-hand woven twill. Generally, the warp (down) is dyed blue with a white filling (across). Also called "dungaree."

DOBBY - A general term for a fabric woven on a special dobby loom, which allows the weaving of small, geometric figures. These patterns are beyond the range of simple looms, yet too limited to be produced economically by Jacquard loom. A dobby weave can be distinguished from a plain weave by its more ornate and intricate woven appearance.

FLANNEL - Generally, a cotton or wool fabric, napped on one or both sides (usually both), then bleached, dyed or printed, and brushed or rerun through the napping machine to revive the nap. Flannel fabrics are very soft and cozy.

FLEECE - 1). A heavy napped surface, most often in knit goods, made with a heavy and soft-spun back yarn, which is napped in finishing (e.g. the inside surface of a sweatshirt). 2). Wool sheared from sheep or other animals in the wool class. The term is especially used for the entire coat of wool shorn from the sheep at one time; it is generally taken off the animal in one piece.

GARMENT DYEING - The garment is first produced, then the complete garment is dyed.

GARMENT WASH - The garment is constructed and then washed to soften the fabric and minimize shrinkage.

GAUGE - A measurement used in knitted garments that reflects the size of the needles used to knit the garment. The larger the gauge, the smaller the needle - therefore, the finer the knit.

GORE - Vertical panels in a skirt or dress; enhances the fit of a garment.

GROMMET - Little air holes reinforced with metal ring, usually on jackets, hats or shoes to allow ventilation.

GROSGRAIN - A firm, closely woven, ribbed fabric. It has a dressy appearance and is used for ribbons, neckties, hatbands and trimmings.

GUSSET - A triangular piece of fabric inserted into a garment to improve the fit or for reinforcement (e.g. on the sleeve of a jacket under the arm to allow for extra layering).

HERRINGBONE TWILL - A broken twill weave composed of vertical sections which are alternately right hand and left hand in direction, resembling the vertebral structure of the herring (zigzag). The twill changes direction perfectly where the weave breaks, balancing the overall pattern of the fabric.

HOLLYWOOD WAISTBAND - The waistband is the same piece of fabric as the rest of the garment. Advantages are that it has a smooth silhouette making the transition from hip to waist more gradual.

JACQUARD - A system of weaving which, because of a pattern-making mechanism of great versatility, permits the production of very ornate, complex woven designs. This type of weaving is used for tapestry, figured necktie and dress fabric, and figured patterns on knit goods (sweaters).

JERSEY - A generic term for a plain knitted fabric; its principal distinction is that it is not a fabric with a distinct rib (e.g. T-shirt fabric).

KNIT - Knit fabrics are made up of a series of interlocking loops that result in a flexible construction. All knits have some stretch.

LINEN - One of the oldest textile fibers known. Though the fiber and the fabric are both commonly known as linen, it is actually flax, the fiber of the Linum plant. Linen is generally favored for its fine, strong, cool-wearing properties. It drapes away from the skin rather than clinging to it. In knitwear, linen is combined with other natural or synthetic fibers for improved strength and resiliency.

MERCERIZATION - A treatment of cotton yarn or fabric to increase its luster. Its affinity for dyes is also enhanced. In the process, the material is immersed under tension in a sodium hydroxide (caustic soda) solution. This later is neutralized in acid. The process causes a permanent swelling of the fiber, thus increasing its luster.

NYLON - The generic term for man-made fibers composed of polyamides derived from coal and petroleum. Characteristics: high strength, elasticity, low water absorption and quick-drying.

OMBRE - A color effect woven into the fabric that has gradual changes in shade from light to dark, generally produced by arranging different tones in the warp.

PIGMENT DYEING - A process in which a specific type of dye is applied to the surface of a fabric, then after one washing it fades into a softer color. The color will slowly continue to fade with age. Pigment dyed products from Territory Ahead are prewashed and will not harm other garments during washing after they've been washed once.

PLACKET - An opening with fabric piecing and buttons or snaps on a garment that facilitates dressing. Plackets can be at the neck of a shirt, the cuff of a sleeve, or the waist of a skirt or pair of pants.

PLEATS - Small tucks in clothing to allow for extra room and ease of movement. Pleats can be seen at the waist of pants or skirts, the cuff of a sleeve, the waist or bust area of a blouse or dress.

POLYESTER - A manufactured fiber made from long-chain synthetic polymers. Characteristics: crease-resistance, quick-drying, great shape retention, high strength, abrasion resistance and easy care.

PRINTING - Applying color(s) in definite, repeated patterns of fabric by any one of a number of printing methods. Color is deposited in thick paste form and treated with steam or chemicals to cause it to migrate into or adhere to textile material. The design is not woven into the cloth but stamped in after the cloth is woven or knit.

RAMIE - A strong, soft fiber yielded by the inner bark of the Ramie plant. The fiber is white, soft, lustrous and slightly coarser than flax (linen) when degummed and bleached. Ramie fabrics are strong, smooth and durable.

RAYON - A generic term for man-made fibers composed of regenerated cellulose derived from trees, cotton and woody plants. Characteristics: high absorbency, bright or dull luster, pleasant feel or hand, good draping qualities, ability to be dyed in brilliant colors and superior strength.

REACTIVE DYE - A type of dye that completely saturates the fabric for a long lasting color.

RIB KNIT - A double-knit fabric in which the rib wales or vertical rows of stitches intermesh alternatively on the face and the back of the fabric. Rib knit fabrics have good elasticity and shape retention, especially in the width.

RISE - The measurement on pants from the front waist between the legs up to the back waist. This refers to how high or low a pant will ride (i.e. "short-waist" or "long-waist")

SANDBLASTING - The garment is literally sandblasted for a worn-in look; fabric has to be very durable to withstand the abuse, usually 14 oz. denim for jeans.

SANDWASH - Sand is put into the industrial wash for a softened feel and texture for the garment.

SHIRTTAIL HEM - The curved bottom hem of a shirt - higher on the side hip area (for ease of movement) dipping low in the front and back (so that the shirt will stay tucked into pants).

SILK - Continuous protein filament produced by the larvae of various insects, especially the caterpillar when constructing its cocoon. The chief portion of commercial silk is produced in Japan and China. Characteristics: resiliency, aesthetics, elasticity and strength, warm in winter, cool in summer.

SLUB - A lump or thick place on yarn caused by small lengths of yarn adhering to it during the spinning process. This adds a random texture to the fabric when the yarn is woven or knit into a garment.

SPREAD COLLAR - An open collar with no buttons to hold the collar points to the shirt. Spread collars have two pieces: the fold over collar part and the stand that keeps the collar close to the neck.

STANDARD WAISTBAND - An extra piece of fabric that is sewn to the body of the pants, shorts or skirt.

TENCEL - A cellulosic fiber produced by Courtaulds, spun from an amine oxide solvent that offers a higher degree of polymerization than is available with rayon. Characteristics: pleasant feel or hand, good draping qualities, ability to be dyed in brilliant colors, superior strength, and easy care.

VENTED BOTTOM - The bottom hem of a shirt that is cut straight with side slits to allow ease of movement. Vents are usually 2" deep.

WALE - In woven fabric, one series of ribs, cords, or raised portions. In corduroy fabric, wales per inch are counted to distinguish broad- from fine-textured cloth. The higher the wale number, the finer the texture of the fabric.

WEIGHT OF CLOTH (OZ.) - A description or classification of many fabrics by weight per yard.

WELT - A piece of fabric that works as an edging on a pocket; usually a single welt and wider than a besom.

WOOL - Primarily the fleece of a sheep or lamb - but can also refer to fleece of the alpaca, angora, cashmere goat, camel and vicuna. The fiber is distinguished from hair by the character of its covering: minute overlapping scales, which give it a felting property. Characteristics: strong and resilient, soft and warm, wicks away moisture and dyes well for rich coloration.

WOVEN - Woven fabrics are produced by the interlacing of yarns. Each filling yarn goes alternately over and under each warp yarn.

YARN-DYEING - Dyeing of individual yarns before weaving or knitting. Compared to garment dyes or prints, yarn-dyed fabrics boast richer, longer lasting color.

YOKE - An added section of fabric in a shirt or pants that enhances the fit. On a shirt, the yoke is usually on the back across the top shoulder area but can also be on the front shoulder to chest area. On pants, it is generally on the back of jeans-style pants located below the waistband.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating:

(based on 41 reviews)

September 13, 2019
"Great shorts, but far larger than advertised, the small (28-30) would easily fit a 33-33 waist "
September 02, 2016
"service was great as usual as was the products ordered these before and they wear like iron. Great product "
August 26, 2016
"My 3d pair of these. Comfortable, stylish, at home in the garden or on the street or in the bistro. Expandable waist allows me to eat whatever I want and not feel squeezed in half. I am short in stature so the 6" inseam is perfect."
August 22, 2016
"Just ordered my 5th pair of Life of Riley shorts which I wear constantly in New Zealand, but the last pair's color did not match the kakki color shown in the catoloug. Now I don't even see that color on your website. Have you discontinued it? Too bad!"
By Paul Pronsky
Vero Beach, FL
June 08, 2016
"Continues to be the best shorts available"
By R. McLean
Denver, CO
May 14, 2016
"Waist button hole too small. Waist small for a large!"
By Danny Cash
Spartanburg, SC
April 28, 2016
"Color not close to picture-much darker but that seems to be the norm with anything I order from Territory Ahead-some items are not even close to the pictures either in the catalogue or on line. size good but material heavier than the last ones I bought for the same style shorts."
By Ron Leiser
Manalapan, NJ
April 13, 2016
"Very comfortable"
April 08, 2016
"I like the new colors with life of Riley shorts Stone/Mushroom"
April 08, 2016
"I love the style and having a 6" inseam this is my 6 pair of life of Riley shorts..........."
By Ron
Dallas, TX
October 13, 2015
"I have loved and worn these shorts for years so when the old were getting worn I ordered replacements. The new ones were different but it took my cell phone falling from my front pocket several times to realize what it was. When I compared the pocket size from new to old I realized the length was about 2" shorter, stuff falls out when sitting. After one broken cell screen I no longer wear them."
By Hoagie
So. Burlington, Vermont
September 30, 2015
"Best shorts I have ever found. I have five pairs. Finally wore a pair out sliding in and out of a golf cart after playing in my "golf" pair after four years of play every day when not raining."
By Joe
Chicago IL
July 09, 2015
"Had a couple people I didn't know compliment the shorts. Tried to say it was my great legs. I had to stand corrected; it was the shorts :-)"
scottsdale, az
June 27, 2015
"just an all round good pair of everyday shorts, to wear all summer in Arizona heat."
scottsdale, az
June 27, 2015
"excellent shorts, with a little extra in the design. particularly like canvas material; would be even better if it were heavier."
By J.P.
Omaha, NE
June 20, 2015
"Very above average shorts, a little unique in design and fabric is excellent. Khaki is good color and the ability to choose length is smart. Not your boring same old, same old short."
By David
Cape Cod
May 16, 2015
"I have bought these over the years and I just went onto the site and they are unavailable. First of all they wash and wear very well and don't wear out. I bought a gray pair last year and love them too. The disappointment is that my tan pair (which I bought 10 years ago) finally are looking a little worn so I thought I could replace them. They don't even have that color anymore much less the shorts themselves. I also have a hard time finding the 6" inseam in anything else. Bummed!!!"
By Erik
Campbell, CA
April 04, 2015
"Zipper is shorter than it used to be. The crotch is tight. Can you say ouch? Am returning the latest order. These used to be the best. Oh well. Please contact me if they make a good batch again. Thanks!"
By SteveS
Lancaster Co., Pa
April 01, 2015
"I have been a fan of these shorts for a long time, love when they put them on sale! Very well constructed! I can't get used to the long shorts that people wear today, therefore I love the fact they come in multiple inseams. I need some new colors, hope they go on sale soon."
By Erik
Campbell, CA
March 30, 2015
"I have been a big fan of these for years. I recently reordered these in XL, in several colors. For one, the color of the KHAKI has changed from a nice light tan to an ugly tan with a light greenish tinge. Second, and more important, the gussests are narrower than they used to be -- especially at the leg opening where it really matters, so the shorts are not nearly as comfortable and as before: they tug on the front of your legs when flexing. Too bad..."
By big boy
bend oregon
March 20, 2015
"The zipper problem is an issue with others of their pants, and yes, I understand the problem."
By Linn
April 13, 2014
"These are the only shorts my husband will wear. You can't see the subltle elastic under a belt, he loves the 7.5 length and the durability of the fabric. I wish they came in black, and I haven't been able to get olive for years...it is always "sold out"."
By clarkl
Tifton, GA
March 10, 2014
"The original Life of Riley shorts were my alltime favorite so I was glad to see that they were being reissued. However, this new version is inferior to the original. For one thing, the zipper is too short and this leads to problems that I won't enumerate. Also, the great old stone color is no longer available. If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
By Scooter
Western MA
April 13, 2013
"I like the fabric on these and they are certainly nicely made. Will be good shorts to lounge around in during the hot weather."
By guernica
June 26, 2012
June 25, 2012
"Top of the line, still have the first pair I bought(still trying to get back into them) It,s an age thing."
June 04, 2012
"New shopper at Territory Ahead. So far so great. I love everything that I have purchased including these shorts. Comfortable, soft, and stylish. Can't wait to see them fade. Only problem I bought them too short 7.5" length and my usual size large 34" waist too big for Riley's large. Have to send back for 9" length and XL waist. Wife loved the look but said I looked like an old man with 7.5" length, whatever :). I highly recommend these shorts but if you are new to TA may want to size up one."
By Beancounter
May 31, 2012
"Sizing runs a little small. Had to trade up to an XL, where L has worked for other purchases. Great fabric. True color. Very comfortable and will wear well."
By Eastcoaster
McLean, VA
May 27, 2012
"I like these shorts, but as others have pointed out, the beltloops are absurdly large."
By Bob1
Spring Mills, Pa
May 06, 2012
"My closet is full of Territory Ahead clothing. I love it. Having said that, I am very disappointed in these shorts. I have had a pair for a couple of years in a size LARGE. I had a 36" waist at the time. 36" is a little tight right now, so I ordered an XL. I can barely button them. I have never worn an XXL in my life and I am 60 years old. You have obviously changed manufactures. Judging from the number of complaints, you need to change back! I understand you will happily exchange or refund, however that is not the issue. I now have to return these shorts, which is an inconvenience. Thank you for all your great products, but this is not one of them."
By WinoMike
Huntington Beach, CA
April 28, 2012
"Bought 3 pr. in 3 different colours. Very pleased: a) Fabric is attractive, seems durable, washes well and rugged semi-faded look is very cool; b) nicely designed w/nod to small detail -- well constructed; c) Fairly comfortable w/some stretch in waistband (run very slightly smaller sizewise...if in doubt, go larger). Bought 9" inseam - great! Yeah, the belt loops are a little large, so will need wider belt if using, but does not detract from stylishness. Highly recommend!"
By jgnull
April 27, 2012
"Hubby loves these. Choice of inseam is great option"
By NorSea27
norhtern MI
April 26, 2012
"Not used to elastic waisted shorts. Stretched to the point of uncomfortable to get to the upper stated size if not less. THinking the next size up will be too big..."
By Barinr
April 26, 2012
"Ive worn these shorts for years and keep re-ordering them. It takes years to wear a pair out they are so well made. They just get better with age. The slightly flexible waste provides for slight variations in weight. They are great."
By Barinr
April 10, 2012
"Over the years I have own many pairs of these shorts. They wear well and look great. The fact that I have purchased so many pairs of these speaks for itself."
By Dietz
Mid Atlantic
April 04, 2012
"I purchased two pairs of shorts. One fits nicely the other I can hardly get on. Both are large and I have a 37 waste."
By Lucke
March 27, 2012
By carbon19
I-4 corridor FL
March 13, 2012
"Really good looking shorts, unfortunately for me the legs were baggy and didn't look great on me. Otherwise they were awesome."
By johno58
March 05, 2012
"Took a chance and ordered stretch banded shorts. Very good fit and stretch band hardly noticeable. Great fabric and colors."
By Jam313
North Carolina
January 26, 2012
"I have really enjoyed these shorts. I am short waisted and like the 6 inch inseam. I have purchased every color available. The low rise fit great for me. The only problem is with the belt loops. I don't understand why they have to be so large. They look a little strange, but the fit and the 6 inch inseam is why I like them so much. I would buy more when the belt loop is corrected and new colors are added to the line. I would like to see some other styles with the lower rise and inseam."
By Decozy1
January 12, 2012
"I bought 2 pairs of these shorts for my husband. He loves them. They are a bit heavier than what he would normally wear but the quality it excellent. The feedback about the belt loops did not apply to the two pairs I bought so I'm not sure if they changed the style or what but they're perfectly normal. The colors are subdued but still rich. The tan and the navy go great with the TTA Coral Route shirt. My husband wears a size 38 waist and the XL fits perfecctly."