Sweatpants and hoodies get all the hype when it comes to loungewear. And, sure, there's room in all of our closets for some full-on comfy 'fits. But if you feel hot in hoodies and constricted in pants—or you're just looking to expand your loungewear repertoire—look to something a little shorter and just as comfy: the sweat short.
Yes, comfy sweat shorts are extremely '90s weightlifting and yes, that is exactly what makes sweat shorts so stylish. You see, men's fashion is in this time of embracing the old, the clunky, and the little-too-retro. Dad sneakers? Yes. Tropical tourist button-front shirts? Of course. Sweat shorts? You bet your comfy quads they are.
You have options here when it comes to what they should look like, how they should fit, and what you can wear them with. There's a sweat short for every price range and a style for every level of sweat short skill, from the very basic to the fully tie-dyed. For the fit, it's important that you don't overthink it. Sweat shorts are one of those items of clothing that require you don't try so hard. They are sweat shorts, after all. The best bet is to go for a sweat short that hits a little above the knee, but more advanced sweat short-wearers can go as above or below as they please.
Looking for the best sweat shorts? We rounded up the 20 most comfortable pairs of sweat shorts for every situation you could ever need one in.
H&M Regular-Fit Sweat Shorts
If men's sweat shorts are new territory for you, start with something low-key. These ones from H&M come in a variety of colors and are the cheapest of the bunch, at a cool $12.99. Get a few.
Champion Reverse Weave Shorts
When venturing into new types of clothes, it's always a good bet to tread on familiar ground. You already know and love Champion's classic sweatshirts, and these shorts are made of the same tried-and-true reverse weave fabric.
Mack Weldon Ace Sweatshort
If you run warm, a thick cotton sweat short can feel too hot too fast. Mack Weldon's shorts, on the other hand, use a micro-sanded French terry that will keep your legs feeling aired out all day.
Outdoor Voices Nimbus Cotton Shorts
Outdoor Voices knows how you live your life—a lot of thinking about working out and a bit of actually doing it. Lean into the former with these fleece-lined sweat shorts. The ribbed waistband is the ultimate source of comfort.
Todd Snyder x Champion Cut Off Sweatshort
The Todd Snyder x Champion collection is always the right mix of classic and cool. These cut-off sweat shorts are no different. The bit of raw edge and eggshell coloring makes for an expert nod to those '90s weightlifting looks.
Lululemon City Sweat Short French Terry 9"
Lululemon is the master of feel-good workout clothes and you bet that expertise extends to the non-workout clothes. Wear these sweat shorts in the house, out of the house, and during every daytime nap.
Bonobos Lightweight French Terry Sweat Shorts
Bonobos really leveled-up the whole idea of sweat shorts into something that can be worn off the couch and out of the house. These are super lightweight and the ideal change post-swim.
Nike Sportswear Alumni Shorts
Nike sweat shorts are good because of course Nike sweat shorts are good. If you're looking for one pair that will round out your loungewear for years to come, it doesn't get more classic than these.
Vuori Ponto Shorts
These shorts are a one-stop shop: They are lightweight and super soft, but they are also made with moisture-wicking material. That's great if you want to do a mid-day yoga class or you just... sweat a lot.
Ugg Zavier Terry Lounge Shorts
Here for cozy shorts only? It truly does not get more lounge-friendly than a pair of Ugg sweat shorts. You're surely familiar with the shoes, but Ugg's clothes are next-level lounging. The extra-thick waistband makes them feel just the right amount of snug.
Adidas Pre-Game Shorts
Adidas makes a mean pair of sweat shorts and we love them for that. Its Pre-Game shorts are great for watching other people play sports or playing virtual ones on your couch.
AllSaints Avio Sweat Shorts
Raw-edged sweat shorts are not a pick to overlook, and AllSaints absolutely nails the look. These are a little bit longer, a little bit edgier, and the perfect pair for the fashion-inclined. Socks and sandals recommended.
L.L. Bean Essential Knit Shorts
Have you ever worn a hoodie so comfortable you wished it were all over your body? Well, these L.L. Bean shorts are here to make your dreams come true. These knit shorts are the right balance of comfortable without looking frumpy.
Abercrombie & FitchFleece Shorts
Listen, Abercrombie makes some damn good sweats and the colors are standout perfection. This cool terracotta color could make these shorts look like real pants instead of sweat pants. Sneaky sneaky.
Gap 9" Vintage Shorts in French Terry
Gap has been making extremely good—and cheap!—sweatshirts for a minute, so you don't want to sleep on the venture into sweat shorts. These French terry ones can double as post-swim shorts in the summer.
Richer Poorer French Terry Sweat Shorts
Not so sure about sweat shorts? Sure. We get it. Ease in with something that feels cozy, but looks simple. Richer Poorer's French terry black sweat shorts are the ideal gateway pair.
Russell Athletic Adam Tie-Dye Short
Fearless in your pursuit of cool sweat short attire? Have some fun with it. Tie-dye sweats are as free-spirited as your calves will be. Wear it with a long sleeve plain white or navy tee as to not go completely overboard.
Alo Yoga Chill Short
You will never want to take these Alo shorts off. They hit a little higher on the thigh and might not even register as sweat shorts to the unknowing observer. Wear 'em with your favorite tee.
Tracksmith Trackhouse Shorts
Tracksmith is known for its very good takes on running shorts, but they are all about the 360-view of your day. These are meant for post-run, but that dark green color and slim fit looks good whever you wear them.
Faherty Lucaya Sweat Short
Faherty's beach vibes fit swimmingly with the whole idea of a sweat short. The lightweight jacquard doesn't feel heavy the way a classic cotton might, making them ideal for summer lounging.