The 10 Best Men’s Sweatshorts 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 sweatshorts 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, sweatshorts for men are easily a close second. Most sweatshorts for men fall above the knee, which throws them into the short shorts category. Also, not only do sweatshorts 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 sweatshorts 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, sweatshorts for men can stylishly accompany.

If you’re looking for the top sweatshorts 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


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 sweatshorts 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


2. Everlane ReNew Air Short


Made entirely from recycled materials, the Everlane ReNew Air Shorts are some of the best eco-friendly men’s sweatshorts 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 sweatshorts, they’ll happen in a comfier manner.

Everlane ReNew Air Short Courtesy of Everlane


3. H&M Regular Fit Sweatshorts


Need a reliable pair of sweatshorts that won’t even come close to breaking the bank? Check out these regular fit sweatshorts 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


4. UO Lucien Vintage Wash Short


The Lucien Vintage Wash Shorts are about color, color, color. Urban Outfitters really knocked it out of the park with these extra-short sweatshorts 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


5. Nike Sportswear Fleece Drawstring Shorts


Main motivation for purchasing a pair of sweatshorts 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


6. Lululemon At Ease Short


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


7. Jack & Jones Originals 2 Pack Stamp Logo Shorts


Pro-tip: if you’re ever looking for something modern and stylish in the form of a two-pack, always check ASOS before anywhere else. ASOS offers a number of inexpensive two-packs that will keep you looking fresh no matter what the case may be, from tees to undies to these sweatshorts for men pictured below. This two-pack will come in a black and a grey pair to help you express yourself in more than one way all summer long. They’re great for casual days out or when running errands.

Jack & Jones Originals 2 Pack Stamp Logo Shorts Courtesy of ASOS


8. Chubbies The Schwort


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.

Chubbies The Schwort Courtesy of Chubbies


9. Adidas Essentials French Terry 3-Stripes Shorts


Side-striped shorts sort of go hand-in-hand with the sweatshorts 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 sweatshorts 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


10. UO Lucien Washed Awning Stripe Sweatshort


Where there are side stripes, there’s gotta be full stripes. These striped sweatshorts 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


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