Five Plus One is our weekly series of buyer’s guides. We pick a specific category and dig up five great options along with one that’s a little outside the norm.
Sweatshorts don’t fit into everyone’s outfit rotation, but even if they’re not your style they can certainly be worn for workouts, lounging, any manner of activities. The best part is even the most high-end sweatshorts are quite cheap when compared to top-tier denim, boots, or jackets, making them an easy racket to get into.
1) Save Khaki: Supima Fleece Sweatshorts
Save Khaki’s Supima Fleece Sweatshorts are one of the best options out there. Not only are they made in America from ultra soft Supima fleece, but their cost is quite low and they come in a wide array of different colors. They’re designed with two front hand pockets, one rear pocket, and a drawstring waistband for adjustable fit. But be forewarned: once you get one pair of these, don’t be surprised if your dresser quickly fills with every other color.
Available for $85 at Save Khaki.
2) Reigning Champ: Midweight Terry Sweatshorts
Reigning Champ is known for their high-quality sweatshirts, so it should come as no surprise that they have equally fantastic sweatshorts. They come in a range of weights, but their Midweight Terry Sweatshorts are a great place to start. Made in Canada with 100% cotton terry, jersey cloth lined pockets, and a heavily ribbed waistband, these sweatshorts have it all. They’ve available in a wide range of subdued colors that will fit into any wardrobe.
Available for $105+ at Reigning Champ.
3) Mr. Olive: M-19223 Fast Drying Fleece Sweatshorts
Mr. Olive is best known for their high-quality leather goods, but their clothes are nothing to scoff. The M-19223 Fast Drying Fleece Sweatshorts are made from 100% polyester fleece, which offers the comfort of fleece with the fast drying properties of synthetic fabrics. These made-in-Japan sweatshorts come in grey and black, and feature two front hand pockets as well as two back pockets to ensure you bring your all your daily essentials with you.
Available for $144 at Denimio.
4) Lady White Co.: Sweatshorts
Once you get your Lady White Co. t-shirts, there is no better way to complete your outfit than with a pair of their Sweatshorts. These high-rise sweatshorts are made in the USA from 100% cotton fleece, and come with all the great quality and details we’ve come to expect from LWC. Like almost all sweatshorts, these feature an elasticated waistband and drawstring to allow for a solid fit.
Available for $63 at Canoe Club.
5) Beams+: Sweatshorts
While most of the sweatshorts on this list come in multiple colors, those colors are all quite understated. Enter Beams+. Their sweatshorts come in a range of bright colors, and though that’s not for everyone, it’s great to have these options out there. They’re made in Japan from 100% cotton loopback fabric, and feature four pockets: two on the sides and two in the back. These shorts are built a little longer than most that are available these days, but that just adds to their character.
Available for $135 at End Clothing.
Plus One — Pure Blue Japan: Indigo Dyed Sweatshorts
This wouldn’t be a true Heddels article without some indigo dying, and this week it comes courtesy of Pure Blue Japan: one of the most highly respected Japanese denim brands out there. Their Indigo Dyed Sweatshorts are made-in-Japan from 100% cotton that’s been dyed to a deep, indigo hue. They feature metal eyelets in the waistband to anchor the drawstrings, which are themselves made from selvedge denim.
Available for $198 from Okayama Denim.