As the weather gets warmer a lot of people will face the stark realisation that they haven’t prepped enough for the changing months. Nowhere in the wardrobe is this more obvious than the shorts department. Of course, you can attempt to style out the same pair of gym shorts you’ve been leisurely wearing year-round but they’re not exactly versatile when it comes to getting out and about. You need a roster. Shorts that experience the slightest remnants of sweat need to be washed. Backups are essential.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a few suggestions in the men's sweat shorts department. Some performance-minded, some for milling around the house and nipping to the shop, others you could easily get away with out and about as part of athleisure-minded looks. All prioritise comfort and looks, with colour palettes to suit everyone and plenty of pocket space. Here’s our pick of the best sweat shorts for men now.
Best sweat shorts for men in 2023
WAHTS Troy Sweat Shorts
Premium athleisure brand WAHTS is always a place worth checking if you are on the hunt for comfortable upmarket essentials and their Troy sweat shorts fit the bill. Available in three colours (sand melange, navy blue and grey melange), they are made from comfortable loopback jersey cotton that is soft to the touch, with side and back pockets. To be dressed up or down, with an elasticated waist that’s built for comfort.
Hamilton + Hare Drawstring Shorts
We’re here for this pair of ecru shorts from Hamilton + Hare, a brand synonymous with luxury pyjamas, underwear and resort-wear staples. Basically, stuff that’s the ultimate gift to yourself. Wearable self-care. The shorts are made from 100% BCI cotton which has been given an additional treatment to make it last longer and thus lead to less waste. The ecru colourway is a solid upgrade on white and we notice there’s a matching t-shirt on the website too.
Wax London Sweat Shorts
Premium Wax London. Saw them coming a mile off. Taking the classic jersey short and giving it an injection of much-needed pattern and colour. That soft, shorts comfort with a welcome bit of character. Crafted from a terry towel fabric made from 100% organic cotton woven in Spain, the shorts come in a relaxed fit with the option of a matching Didcot shirt if you’re looking to double up on the pattern.
Forét Run Shorts
Forét is one of those activewear brands that has a knack for stylishly camouflaging its pieces, making for practical garments that could still be worn day to day, away from the gym. The brand’s run shorts are as wearable on a run or hike as they are for pub beer gardens or city break lunch excursions. Available in two colourways, navy or alu, they are made from lightweight recycled polyester and lend themselves to loose fit t-shirts and your practical footwear of choice.
Neutrale Short Pants
They’re not shorts, they’re not pants, they’re short pants. It’s got a ring do it, doesn’t it? We can hear a jingle coming on. Neutrale’s unisex short pants come in a boxy regular fit and are made in Spain from certified 100% organic cotton. They are soft to the touch, come with an elasticated tie waist and are available in navy and white. Colour block your lower half and twin with a Breton striped long sleeve.
Fear of God Essentials Jersey Drawstring Shorts
Head over to Mr Porter for these Fear of God Essentials cotton blend jersey drawstring shorts, available in a dashing soft pastel green as well as light grey, plum, black and yellow. Featuring an appliquéd logo and straight leg fit that sits above the knee, the shorts are made from a fleece back cotton blend making for a pair so soft you will not want to take them off. Wear them with matching pieces from the essentials range, be it a sweatshirt or tee.
Nike Sportswear Club Men's Stretch Shorts
If you’re after that explicitly sporty look, these Nike Sportswear Club men’s stretch shorts should do the job. Built for all-day wear, the soft stretch jersey cotton ensures ease of movement and a cosy fit with an adjusted rise and short inseam. Get them in a classic dark grey or switch it up with a pair in black.
Adidas Waffle Shorts
We like these, we like them a lot. The classic three-stripe is always an enticing proposition on most clothing, even better with the classic trefoil in pride of place, but what’s really selling these shorts as a point of difference is the cotton waffle texture. With a short length that harks back to your da in the '80s, get them in wonder white (excellent name for a colourway) and rock a heavyweight t-shirt and a pair of Sambas.
On Running Hybrid Shorts
A highly technical pair from On Running sees not one but two layers combining for the ultimate everyday workout short. Stretchy base layer underneath, ultralight outer layer on top. Pockets on both with a versatility that will leave you comfortable and supported in high or lower temperatures. Available in four pleasing colours and weighing in at a mere 192g, sweat-wicking fabric keeps you fresh and the duel layer will ensure a comfortable run.