14 Pairs of Sweatshorts to Lounge In This Summer

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The time has come to pack away our winter wardrobe to make room for our summer clothes. Which, in the age of quarantine, pretty much means swapping sweatpants and leggings for bike short and sweatshorts. What are sweatshorts you ask? Exactly what they sound like—cozy, comfy, cropped sweats that are nearly identical to their full-length counterparts just more conducive to warmer temps. So, without further ado, here are 14 pairs of sweatshorts to lounge around in this summer.

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1. sundry Cut-off Shorts

Wear these millennial pink minis with a tie-dye T-shirt for your next socially-distanced picnic, or slip into the matching sweatshirt ($132) for afternoons spent sitting in front of the A/C.

Available in sizes XS to L


2. lululemon On The Fly Shorts

Reviewers raved about the incredibly comfortable Luxtreme fabric that doesn’t look quite as casual as your typical fleece, cotton or terry cloth. Yep, these shorts great for picking up a coffee or a cocktail, without sacrificing on coziness.

Available in sizes 0 to 14


3. privacy Please Liam Shorts

Those side ties are fully adjustable, so you can let them hang loose for maximum coverage or pull them tight for a shorter, sexier hemline.

Available in sizes XXS to XL


4. nike Plus Drawstring Waist Shorts

We came for the super soft fleece fabric but stayed for the hot-pink drawstring cord and retro logo.

Available in sizes XL to 4XL


5. missguided Two-piece Runner Shorts

If matching sets are your thing, these retro runner-style shorts can be worn with a coordinating crop top ($24) or swapped for full-length pants ($19), just in case you want multiple options.

Available in sizes 0 to 12


6. be Proud By Bp. Athletic Shorts

These easy pink shorts are actually part of Nordstrom’s gender-neutral collection, so you and the guy in your life can enjoy wearing them this summer.

Available in sizes XXS to 4XL


7. athleta Farallon Bermuda Shorts

Why settle for two pockets when you can have five? Deep front pockets make carrying a handbag unnecessary, while the two sealed back pockets can stow anything you’re worried about losing. Last but not least is a small hidden slot within the right-hand front pocket, for storing those items you want to keep handy but hidden (spare cash, your keys, etc.).

Available in sizes 0 to 16, also Tall

Lane Bryant

8. livi Pull-on Shorts

The super-soft jersey fabric makes these sweatshorts feel more like PJs than anything else…which we take absolutely no issue with.

Available in sizes 10 to 28


9. privacy Please Tatum Shorts

A dainty ruffle hem adds playful touch to an otherwise sporty silhouette.

Available in sizes XXS to XL


10. lululemon Soft Ambitions High Rise Shorts

Although these shorts are made from thick fabric, they’re still breathable and cooling so there’s no need to worry about overheating. Plus, the four-inch inseam is long enough that chafing won’t be an issue.

Available in sizes 0 to 14


11. faherty Bondi French Terry Shorts

Although it’s not a true rainbow, we still think these surf-inspired shorts are an excellent way to celebrate Pride month in June and all year long.

Buy it ($98)

Available in sizes XS to XL

Alternative Apparel

12. alternative Apparel Lounge Burnout French Terry Shorts

This lightweight pair has all the visual appeal of a well-worn vintage style, without any of the holes, smells or stretched out fabric that typically comes with such an aged item.

Buy it ($48)

Available in sizes XS to XL


13. aerie Real Soft Easy Shorts

Many reviewers called these easy, breezy shorts the ultimate piece of at-home loungewear. And seeing as they’re currently on sale for just 20 bucks a pop you might as well stock up on a few of the faded color options.

Available in sizes XXS to XXL

Lou & Grey

14. lou & Grey Kickback Drawstring Shorts

Lou & Grey makes some of PureWow’s favorite loungewear, with multiple editors gushing over the Upstate sweats collection. These sweatshorts are no exception, proving every bit as cozy as the knits we snuggled in all winter long.

Available in sizes XXS to XXL

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