Sweatpants are great for winter, but when it comes to summer, sweat shorts are one of the most versatile pieces of clothing you can own. While they’re still a workout and lounging go-to, you can now rock them on the street too.
Like most developments in the athleisure megatrend of the past few years, the new sweat short trend is worth getting excited about for a few reasons. Firstly, it won’t break the bank, as stylish sweat shorts from brands like Nike and Adidas are highly affordable. And secondly, sweat shorts are downright comfortable. This is a blessing for guys who dread squeezing into jeans in the morning, as you can go straight from lounging to running errands to meeting friends without changing… and still be the most stylish guy in the room.
However, you can’t reap all the benefits of sweat shorts without picking the right pair. Some are purpose-built for helping you have a great workout, some are decidedly stylish, and others are best for lounging all day. To help find the best pair, we’ve rounded up ten of our favorites below.
1. Adidas Originals 3-Stripe Shorts
These Adidas 3-stripe shorts are a jack of all trades. The iconic 3-stripe sweats have recently become a wardrobe staple for everyone interested in looking good – no matter their gender or style – but the short version ups the versatility as a great go-to for working out as well. For best results, we recommend rocking them with a colorful modern t-shirt and your best sneakers, but you can also wear them with a casual button-up (i.e. a statement-making vacation shirt). This means you can wear the shorts while running errands, hanging out at home, or even stopping by a casual bar in the summer.
2. Hanes Jersey Short
Although designers might be able to sell sweat shorts for hundreds, you can also score them for very cheap. These highly-rated Hanes shorts cost just $7 a pop. Sure, they’re not the most trendy shorts on the market, but they’re well-made with a comfortable, soft cotton-polyester blend. This makes them a good go-to for working out or lounging, and because they’re so inexpensive, you don’t have to worry about ruining them while working out… or spilling a little cereal on them while binging Netflix.
3. Russell Athletic Cotton Short
BEST FOR RUNNING
Some runners prefer sweat shorts to regular running shorts – especially when it gets colder. If that’s the case for you, pick up some of these jersey cotton shorts from Russell Athletics. They’re slightly shorter than most sweat shorts, eliminating the excess fabric that gets in the way while running. They’re also very affordable, so you can beat them up and replace them without breaking the bank.
4. H&M Raw-Edged Sweatshort
BEST FOR LOUNGING
Sweat shorts are the undisputed champions of lounging. They’re soft and stretchy, but far more breathable than long sweats (your nether regions will thank you). Almost any sweat short will be comfortable, but if you really want the best of the best, we recommend H&M’s raw-edged sweatshorts. The lack of a hem on the leg makes them just a touch lighter and more breathable, while a cotton-polyester fabric provides a softness you won’t want to take off. Ever.
5. Under Armour Raid 10-Inch Shorts
BEST FOR WORKING OUT
If you plan on using your sweat shorts for their originally intended purpose of working out, go for these Under Armour Raid shorts. They’re reasonably priced but have a few key features that separate them from the pack. The fabric is sweat-wicking and anti-microbial so you’ll stay as dry and stink-free as possible, while a built-in UPF 30 protects your skin from the sun if you’re exercising outside. The shorts come highly-rated with over 2,000 reviews, as users say they’re incredibly comfortable, lightweight and have deep pockets that come in surprisingly handy.
6. Polo Ralph Lauren Sleep Shorts
BEST FOR SLEEPING
Guys sometimes have trouble figuring out what to sleep in. A full set of PJs (or even sweats) can feel like too much in bed, but underwear can sometimes be too little. Good sleeping sweat shorts like these from Polo make a great in-between. They’re similar to boxers with a loose fit and a button fly for nighttime trips to the bathroom, but they’re slightly thicker and longer than boxers for more coverage. Plus, you’ll feel like a king rocking Polo Ralph Lauren while you snooze.
7. Nike Club Shorts
BEST LOGO SHORTS
Whether you’re wearing your sweat shorts to the market or the gym, a bold logo will always score style points. Logos have become a serious matter in fashion recently, but you can’t go wrong with the classic Nike Swoosh on these shorts. They feature an 80% cotton 20% polyester build that gives them a little stretch for working out, but the logo makes them easy to wear outside the gym too.
8. FILA George Athletic Shorts
If your main consideration is style when buying sweat shorts (and you can’t splurge on a designer pick), go for these FILA shorts. They elevate athleisure with some of that oh-so-hot 90s nostalgia, creating a pair of shorts that make a statement all on their own. This means you can wear them very simply with a plain white tee and sneakers and still look up-to-date. They come in a few colors – grey, black and yellow – but we suggest the grey for maximum stylistic versatility.
9. Sol Angeles Ombré Knit Shorts
Tie die is back in a big way. It used to be reserved for hippies and stoners, but now men’s fashion influencers like Jonah Hill and Harry Styles are modernizing the bold pattern. These sweat shorts from Sol Angeles provide a great way to pull off the look because, well, they’re not a normal tie-dye t-shirt. Because the print is still fairly bold, you’ll want to rock them in one of two ways: simply, with a neutral t-shirt, or boldly and confidently with any other statement-making clothes in your closet.
10. Off-White Unfinished Sweat Shorts
If you can splurge on a pair of sweat shorts, there’s no contest; these Off-Whites are the way to go. The brand – helmed by Kanye’s friend and collaborator Virgil Abloh – has quickly skyrocketed to become one of the coolest brands around. We think these shorts are a great way to rock the brand because they’re a versatile wardrobe basic instead of a statement piece, so you can subtly flex when buying groceries or going to a trendy bar. As with the shorts above, you can choose to wear them quietly with a white tee and simple sneakers, or big and bravely with other statement pieces.