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There are a handful of wardrobe staples that every well-dressed woman relies on during the summer months. But for those that could do without the denim cutoffs of the season, sweat shorts are a cool yet comfortable alternative suited for wherever your plans take you. And if fashion has taught us anything lately, it’s that dressing up athleisure for more formal occasions is easier than you think.
“Since sweatpants were the unofficial lockdown uniform, it makes sense that the trend has evolved over the seasons,” Taylor Tomasi Hill, creative director of The Yes, explains. “Aside from being supremely comfortable, sweat shorts are great because they can be an unexpectedly versatile base. I love countering a casual top or bottom with something more polished.”
As for styling, Tomasi Hill says “it’s all about proportions.” She suggests sticking with neutral colored shorts, pared back with a crisp button-down or a sweatshirt layered underneath a blazer for a more posh approach. “Opt for a mid-length short with a relaxed fit,” she stresses. “Otherwise, it doesn’t quite achieve the same look.” Not sure where to start? The industry vet cites the likes of The GREAT and Nili Lotan as her favorites. “It’s refreshing to see how a few of my everyday go-tos have been embracing this category each in their own way,” she says. “Take [the] ‘Austin’ sweat short—the raw hem and slouchy fit are distinctly Nili but still very much on trend.”
Ahead, shop 18 more of the best sweat shorts you’ll basically live in this summer.
The Street-Style Star
Roda Organic-Cotton Shorts
Founded by street-style fixture Thora Valdimars, Rotate is all about everyday glamour. The bold hues of its cotton shorts will infuse a hint of style into a traditionally sporty staple.
The Walking Blanket
Hi-Fi Relaxed Short
Fans of the California-based brand’s cashmere jumpers will love its equally-yoked sweat shorts just as much.
The Everyday Pair
As the name suggests, these sweat shorts are designed to transcend seasons and trends for everyday wear. (They come in 21 different colors.)
The Updated Classic
These shorts are part of the brand’s latest collab with the iconic sportswear brand.
On the Right Track
Logo Patch Drawstring Shorts
Leave it to Diesel’s newly-appointed creative director Glenn Martens to make retro gym shorts feel cool again.
The Ultimate Mid-Rise
Cool Blue Rener Shorts
Because everyone loves a mid-rise short.
Toweling (Cut) Off
Eco Terry Short
The plush terry material makes this pair perfect for your next tropical vacation.
Not Your ‘Costal Grandmother’s’ Shorts
Striped Drawstring Athletic Short
Gone are the days where colorful, plush knits are reserved for your grandparents. Make them feel especially modern by wearing them with mule sandals and a white tank.
The Celebrity Favorite
The New York-based label’s cozy atheleisure is beloved by the likes of music mogul Diddy and athletes alike—so you know they’re good.
The Featherweight Pair
Made from a lightweight knit, they’re well-suited for really hot days.
The Buzzy Staple
Outdoor Fleece Shorts
These fleece sweat shorts are as comfy as the shapewear brand’s cult status suggests.
The Influencer-Approved Pair
They’re as aesthetically-pleasing as they are comfortable. Have your pick of the style in more than 33 colors.
The Nice Save
Invest in the matching shirt to create a cool coordinated set.
The Cozy Hot Pants
Arancia Linen Shorts
Hot pants are back. You might as well invest in a pair made from a cozy fabric for easy and flexible wear.
Brogan Paneled Satin-Twill Shorts
With bloomers and other lingerie-inspired trends on the rise, Isabel Marant offers the best of both worlds in a satin-twill pair with subtle sporty details.
The Luxurious Take
Fleece & Leather Logo Patch Shorts
Loewe’s spin on classic sweat shorts wouldn’t be complete without the brand’s leather logo stamped at the back.
A Touch of Glam
Crystal Butterfly Cotton Track Shorts
The embellished detail on the side means dressing them up or down with ease.
The T-Shirt Pair
Embroidered Logo Track Shorts
Modeled after your favorite cotton t-shirt, Marc Jacobs’s track shorts are a great alternative for shoppers looking for a longer pair.
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