The 20 Best Men’s Sweat Shorts for Play Time & Lay Time All Summer Long

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Sweatshorts for men are the best way to stay comfortable when lounging around or working out in the summertime. Think of them as your best sweatpants you wear when it’s colder, but instead, they’re cut at the knee. The best sweat shorts for men are meant to keep you feeling cozy and soft the way regular sweatpants do, but intentionally don’t overheat you as much as wearing a pair of the best joggers would in 90-degree weather.

While short shorts for men are taking the world by storm this summer, sweat shorts for men are easily a close second. Most sweat shorts for men fall above the knee, which throws them into the short shorts category. Also, not only do sweat shorts feel great when exercising (which was the initial intent for their creation), they’re also comfy as all hell for lounging. Not to mention, there are so many different styles of sweat shorts nowadays that you can even pull off one of the best ‘fits you’ll wear all summer in these drawstring shorts. It’s a win the whole way through.

Sweatshorts for men are available at just about all of your favorite online retailers right now just in time for summer. No matter what you get up to this summer, these shorts will make a great tag-along. Hikes, bike rides, mall trips, vacations, plane rides — you name it, sweat shorts for men can stylishly accompany.

If you’re looking for the top sweat shorts of the season, you’ve come to the right place. See below for every pair we’re obsessing over right now.

  

1. Zella Pyrite Knit Shorts

BEST OVERALL

Zella will never disappoint. And at this point, that’s a fact. We have been obsessed with these Zella shorts for a bit now given their cooling design and stretch-knit fabric. They’re tremendous for working out and laying around equally, making them a true hybrid you need in your dresser. There are a number of colors available for purchase depending on your preference, but these light purple sweat shorts pictured below will get you a couple of double-takes at the gym and at least one from your significant other while you chill with your hands down your pants on the sofa for the fourth day in a row.

Zella Pyrite Knit Shorts Courtesy of Nordstrom

Zella Pyrite Knit Shorts

$49.00

  

2. Everlane ReNew Air Short

RUNNER UP

Made entirely from recycled materials, the Everlane ReNew Air Shorts are some of the best eco-friendly men’s sweat shorts that money can buy. Each pair is both stretchy and soft for a range of activities. Think: coffee days that turn into mall days that turn into hike days that turn into bike days that turn into drinks with the boys. They happen and in these sweat shorts, they’ll happen in a comfier manner.

Everlane ReNew Air Short Courtesy of Everlane

Everlane ReNew Air Short

$50.00

  

3. H&M Regular Fit Sweatshorts

BUDGET PICK

Need a reliable pair of sweat shorts that won’t even come close to breaking the bank? Check out these regular fit sweat shorts from H&M. These shorts are made from a blend of cotton and recycled polyester for a soft construction. They have three pockets, two on the side and one on the back, for keeping your belongings safe. Each pair is topped with a drawstring which will fit your body cozily.

H&M Regular Fit Sweatshorts Courtesy of H&M

H&M Regular Fit Sweatshorts

$11.69

  

4. UO Lucien Vintage Wash Short

EDITOR’S PICK

The Lucien Vintage Wash Shorts are about color, color, color. Urban Outfitters really knocked it out of the park with these extra-short sweat shorts for men. They’re available in not only this gorgeous dated green, but blue, pink, black, light grey, purple, red and orange. Our e-commerce editor Tyler has these and says they’re the best purchase he’s made so far in 2021. “Not only are they cozy as all hell, but they’re the perfect pair of shorts for just about every tee I own.”

UO Lucien Vintage Wash Short Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

UO Lucien Vintage Wash Short

$39.00

  

5. Nike Sportswear Fleece Drawstring Shorts

BEST FOR WORKOUTS

Main motivation for purchasing a pair of sweat shorts for men to get that body back in order? We get it. Check Nike’s Sportswear Fleece Drawstring Shorts out for size. Play your best game or lift harder than ever in these, which are perfect for keeping cool during your workout all summer long. Each pair is made with at least 75% recycled and organic materials from leftover scraps in Nike’s factory. Colors are available in light and dark grey as well as a bright yellow.

Nike Sportswear Fleece Drawstring Shorts Courtesy of Nike

Nike Sportswear Fleece Drawstring Shorts

$45.00

  

6. Lululemon At Ease Short

BEST POST-WORKOUT

You aren’t spending hours after your workout before showering in the same shorts you work out in, right? We hope not. The Lululemon At Ease Shorts are the best shorts to wear post-workout when you’ve got a few errands to run before you can take a shower. Throw these on in the locker room and stay sweat-free in comfort when out and about. They’re just as perfect for the couch, too.

Lululemon At Ease Short Courtesy of Lululemon

Lululemon At Ease Short

$78.00

  

7. J. Crew 6.5″ Lightweight Sunfaded French Terry Dock Short

MOST LIGHTWEIGHT

This lightweight option from J. Crew comes in seven colors and has a sun-faded effect that adds the perfect amount of “chill” to any occasion. They feature French terry knit with slub cotton that’s super soft and will make you feel comfy while also looking classy while you’re out and about.

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J. Crew Dock Short J. Crew

J. Crew Lightweight Sunfaded French Terry Dock Short

$39.50
  

8. Chubbies The Schwort

BEST SHORT SHORT

As we mentioned, short shorts are all the rage right now — and for good reason. Who doesn’t love an exposed thigh? No more untanned thighs in 2021, boys. Sorry about it. Chubbies excels tremendously in the realm of short shorts. Like, just check out The Schwort pictured below to get a load of what we’re talking about. These babies have a 5.5″ inseam, a drawstring waist for added comfort and a breathable yet soft construction.

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Chubbies The Schwort Courtesy of Chubbies

Chubbies The Schwort

$40.00

  

9. Adidas Essentials French Terry 3-Stripes Shorts

BEST SIDE-STRIPED

Side-striped shorts sort of go hand-in-hand with the sweat shorts trend due to their athletic nature, that’s why we think these French Terries from Adidas are a staple to the style. These cozy shorts are great for both lounging and working out in and cost relatively little compared to other sweat shorts for men on the market. Cotton products used to support sustainable farming methods and are even made with recycled content.

Adidas Essentials French Terry 3-Stripes Shorts Courtesy of Adidas

Adidas Essentials French Terry 3-Stripes Shorts

$35.00

  

10. UO Lucien Washed Awning Stripe Sweatshort

BEST STRIPED

Where there are side stripes, there’s gotta be full stripes. These striped sweat shorts from Urban Outfitters mimic a carnival tent in the best way possible. Given they’re so busy, you’re going to have to plan an outfit ahead of time in these. We suggest solid color tees and tanks with minimal prints.

UO Lucien Washed Awning Stripe Sweatshort Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

UO Lucien Washed Awning Stripe Sweatshort

$39.00

  

11. Amazon Essentials Men’s Fleece Cargo Short

MOST NEUTRAL

A cargo sweat short has multiple benefits which include extra storage and a slight Rambo effect that makes you look like you’re prepared no matter what. This pair is flexible enough to be worn during vacation, the weekend, or whenever you need to be comfortable. They come with an elasticized waist and drawstring that makes putting them on a breeze. Also, this option comes in eight colors.

Amazon Essentials Men's Fleece Cargo Short Amazon

Amazon Essentials Men's Fleece Cargo Short

$16.90
  

12. Vuori Ponto Short

MOST COZY

Vuori is known for creating athletic/dressy clothes that have a distinct aesthetic and purpose. These shorts are nothing new for the brand. They feature a lightweight, smooth fabric that’s breathable and functional. Also, they come in eight colors that will definitely suit every guy’s fancy. You’ll never want to take them off.

Vuori Ponto Short Vuori

Vuori Ponto Short

$74.00
  

13. Adidas Originals Essential Sweatshorts

BEST SIGNATURE DESIGN

Another option comes from Adidas. These sweat shorts feature supple cotton that’s breathable and extremely comfy. They come in this bright pop of yellow that will tantalize anyone’s senses. They have an 8 1/2 inch inseam and feature welt pockets.

Adidas Originals Sweatshorts Adidas

Adidas Originals Essential Sweatshorts

$35.00
  

14. Polo Ralph Lauren RL Fleece Short

MOST COLORFUL

The RL Fleece Short comes in 12 effervescent colors that are sure to make a statement this summer. They feature two front angled pockets and have an elasticized drawstring waistband for maximum comfort. Also, they feature the signature Polo pony in a contrasting color that adds the perfect amount of fun to each pair of shorts.

Polo Ralph Lauren RL Fleece Short Polo

Polo Ralph Lauren RL Fleece Short

$89.50
  

15. Wellen Towel Sweat Shorts

MOST ABSORBANT 

Are you looking for a pair of sweat shorts that are perfect for weekend errands yet just as good to wear after your fun day of surfing? Wellen has an option for you. They feature organic cotton that uses less water than conventional cotton during washing. They come in a laidback, fitted style that helps with the versatility aspect of the shorts. Also, they come in two distinct yet subtle colors that are sure to mesh well with everything in your closet.

Wellen Towel Sweat Short Huckberry

Wellen Towel Sweat Shorts

$58.00
  

16. Ma Croix Men’s Premium Brushed Sweat Shorts

BEST BRUSHED FABRIC

These sweat shorts are your standard pair of fleece shorts. They come in multiple colors that will offer a variety to match anybody’s taste and feature an elastic waist. They feature moisture-wicking cotton that makes them perfect for the gym. They also feature an inner drawstring waist to make sizing more appropriate for every body type.

Ma Croix Essentials Mens Premium Brushed Sweat Shorts Amazon

Ma Croix Mens Premium Brushed Sweat Shorts

  

17. Todd Snyder + Champion Sun-Faded 7″ Midweight Warm-Up Short

BEST COLLAB

Todd Snyder is a SPY favorite, and for a good reason. This option from the brand comes in four summer colors that will definitely add a pop of color to your wardrobe. They feature the collaborations logo on the left side of the shorts and have the capacity to become your favorite loungewear or gym apparel this summer. They have a 7″ inseam and a tailored fit that’s perfect for a pickup game or running errands.

Sun-Faded 7" Midweight Warm Up Short Todd Snyder

Todd Snyder + Champion Sun-Faded 7

$88.00
  

18. Old Navy Gender-Neutral Jogger Sweat Shorts

BEST GENDER-NEUTRAL DESIGN

A gender-neutral option comes from Old Navy with a 7.5″ inch inseam that’s adjustable for every body type. They’re essentially a pair of sweat shorts that you can share with your girlfriend, boyfriend, and whoever else, and everyone should feel snug and cozy. They feature a faux fly and an easy pull-on style that’s great for easy accessibility.

Old Navy sweat short Amazon

Old Navy Gender-Neutral Jogger Sweat Shorts

$9.99
  

19. Entireworld Loop Back Sweat Shorts

BEST VINTAGE DESIGN

This style of sweat shorts is very similar to that of the 80s super-short sweat shorts men wore back then, except, not as short. They come in four colors that are in the primary color family, making them pretty easy to match with other things in your closet. They are not too slim and not too loose for a normal, breezy fit. They feature a Japanese loop-back French Terry that’s super comfortable and sustainable.

Entireworld Loop Back Sweatshorts Entireworld

Entireworld Loop Back Sweatshorts

$68.00
  

20. END. Colorful Standard Classic Organic Sweat Short

MOST MODERN

The modern fitted style of these sweat shorts from END. will make sure that you’re stylish without being uncomfortable. They feature a loop-back jersey and organic cotton that’s better for the environment. Although they only come in this pop of pink, it’s perfect for those who want to take a more daring step. They are PETA-approved vegan and feature two side pockets for storage.

END. COLORFUL STANDARD CLASSIC ORGANIC SWEAT SHORT END.

END. Colorful Standard Classic Organic Sweat Short

$59.00
  
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