Sweatpants were originally intended for athletic pursuits. Today, those pursuits are mostly achieved from the couch, in search of which channel has the game on — sweatpants are simply the go-to pair of bottoms for many. They’re perfect for chillin’ at home, working from home or heading out to meet friends.
If you want the comfort of your beloved sweatpants without emphasizing the sweat part, especially now that the weather’s heating up, sweat shorts are the logical choice. The basis for a good pair of sweat shorts is a comfortable and durable jersey or terry-cloth fabric. It’s stretchy, has a comfortable drape and is the perfect lounge-friendly material. Whether it’s a pair of no-nonsense heather grey joints or an over-the-top pair with luxury materials, there are a ton to choose from. Instead of wasting your precious minutes poring through every option, we’ve rounded up a series of our favorites.
Uniqlo Jersey Easy Shorts
Uniqlo’s always been a reliable source for quality basics that come with low price tags and its Jersey Easy Shorts are a great option if you’ve got just twenty bucks. Made from all-cotton fabric, the shorts are lightweight and extremely comfortable. They feature slash hand pockets, a patched rear pocket and an adjustable drawstring waist.
Los Angeles Apparel Mid-Length Heavy Jersey Shorts
Made in Los Angeles using a sturdy 8.5-ounce cotton jersey, these come with requisite hand and rear pockets as well as a stretchy elasticated drawstring waist. You can grab ’em in ten different colors, too, if the classic mid-grey sweat ain’t for you.
Entireworld Sweat Shorts
This pair is a mix between running and sweat shorts, pairing 100 percent cotton jersey with details like cut-out side seams and bound seams throughout. They also come with two slash hand pockets a rear pocket and an elasticated drawstring waist.
Outerknown Sur Sweatshorts
Designed with an eco-conscious blend of hemp and organic cotton, Outerknown’s Sur Sweatshorts are as durable as they are comfortable. Hemp ensures that you’ll be cool even in the most brutal swelter and the zippered rear pocket ensures you won’t lose your wallet.
Todd Snyder x Champion Lightweight Warm Up Shorts
Canada crafts some of the best knits in the world, and that’s exactly where Todd Snyder went to make these quality sweat shorts. Drawing on vintage sportswear, these shorts are made from a 16-ounce French terry fabric and feature an elastic waist, comfortable flatlock stitching throughout and a drawstring waist.
Save Khaki United Supima Fleece Sweat Shorts
Cut from extra-soft Supima cotton, these minimally-designed sweat shorts are no-nonsense comfort. Made in the USA, they come in eight different colors, each with a drawstring waist, on-seam hand pockets, gusseted side seams (for a greater range of motion) and a rear pocket.
Faherty Tie-Dye Sweatshort
For low-key psychedelic vibes, Faherty’s tie-dye version of the sweat short is perfect. The pastel colorway doesn’t read like DIY summer camp and, unlike most options out there, these come with four pockets instead of just three.
Reigning Champ Lightweight Terry Sweat Short
The dense, yet comfy pima cotton knit of these shorts is easily the highlight, but the construction is nothing to scoff at. It features a ribbed gusseted crotch, jersey-lined pockets, flatlocked seams and even a locker loop.
Lady White Co LWC Sweatshort
Grown, knit, cut and sewn in the US, everything about these sweat shorts is top-notch. From the custom-woven 13-ounce jersey that’s been brushed on the inside for a super-soft feel to the metal eyelets for durability to the relaxed silhouette, these are shorts that sit far above most others.
Stone Island Sweat Short
Yes, sweat shorts can be technical. Stone Island makes that case with its military-inspired version which features an extra zippered cargo pocket at the thigh as well as a hidden snap rear pocket.