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The 9 Best Sweatshorts



If you’ve already ticked leggings and lounge dresses off your list, sweat shorts are a logical next step in building your at-home wardrobe. The best sweat shorts are, above all, comfortable: They could be soft French terry or a thick and stretchy knit. What sweat shorts share in common is a relaxed fit that makes you actually look forward to slipping into them. And these days, you can pair them with a matching athleisure hoodie for a surprisingly sophisticated look.

Ideally, your shorts will also come equipped with pockets — but if a pair is cute enough then pockets might be worth forgoing in favor of scoring style points. If you’re looking for a pair of athletic sweat shorts you can wear to the gym, steer clear of cotton in favor of moisture-wicking polyester and mesh. If you want a good pair of sweat shorts for travel or vacation, opt for a loose pair in an upgraded style like faux linen with cuffs. They’ll read as polished but you can still wear them ultra-casually, like down to the pool — which is the kind of versatility you need when packing.

Those who are looking exclusively for loungewear can indulge in vintage throwback styles with piped trim or ultra-comfy patterned sweat shorts that were made for the “breakfast in bed” state of mind.

No matter how you plan on wearing them, make sure the sweat shorts you’re eyeing have the inseam you want, whether that’s an ultra-cheeky 2-inch inseam or a long, fully-covered Bermuda cut.

These nine pairs of sweat shorts were made for working out, staying in, and everything in between.


These Best-Selling Sweat Shorts With Pockets

Amazon reviewers love these quality sweat shorts, made of thick, soft, cotton-spandex knit with a cozy brushed lining that’s fully machine washable. A five-inch inseam offers just the right amount of length, while the sturdy elastic waist features a three-channel stitched matching drawstring. The mid-rise delivers comfy, all-day wear. “These shorts are perfect, and fit so comfortably. I really appreciate the quality and design,” one fan reviewed, noting, “The pockets are roomy and well placed, including the back pocket.”

Available colors: 13

Available sizes: X-Small – 3X-Large


Some Stylish Cotton Gym Shorts With A Rolled Hem

These cute sweat shorts, with a three-inch inseam, look more elevated than basic pairs with a tailored yoke and rolled cuffs on the trim leg. The drawstring waist has a high-quality, three-channel stitch to keep the cord in place, and there are two front pockets deep enough for keys or lip balm. They’re made from a blend of cotton and polyester, with a soft French terry lining. No care instructions were specified, but they seem to wash and dry well according to reviews. “The quality is great. They’re super comfortable and look good just lounging around the house, or with an outfit. I’m definitely getting another pair.”

Available colors: 12

Available sizes: Small – X-Large


These Chic Leopard Lounge Shorts

These stylish lounge shorts are a fun option to have in rotation for days you’re feeling extra but still want to be comfy. They feature a three-inch inseam, a high waist with a three-channel drawstring over the elastic waistband, and pockets. The finished seams, in the classic dolphin style, come with black piping. One reviewer noted, “They’re drawstring, but can really be dressed up if you want to wear them that way.” The cotton-polyester blend washes well, according to shoppers. One fan raved about the short’s versatility: “These are solid enough to wear out for a night on the town and comfortable enough to lounge around the house.”

Available sizes: Small – XX-Large


These Cute Printed Sweat Shorts

Cute nautical-inspired stripes, on-trend tie-dye, wearable florals, and tons of camouflage — take your pick with these comfy sweat shorts. They come in so many patterns and are made from a stretchy polyester/spandex blend with a short two- to three-inch inseam and wide drawstring waist (though no pockets). Shoppers dubbed these comfortable shorts perfect for around the house but some noted the drawstring was long on this pair (but easy to trim and knot to fit). “These are cute the draw string is more of a statement not just a nub under my shirt like other shorts,” one reviewer noted. Another fan gushed, “Love the fact that there is no tight elastic at the waist!” Plus, they’re machine washable on gentle for easy care.

Available colors: 29

Available sizes: X-Small – XX-Large


Some Sweat-Wicking Athletic Shorts For Active Days

These sporty sweat shorts are made from a performance-grade recycled polyester fabric that wicks sweat away to keep you feeling dry. A breathable mesh lining promotes airflow so you cool down faster, while a looser leg (in a 5-inch inseam) ensures total range of motion whether you’re lapping the track or sprawled out on the couch. A hidden drawstring lets you adjust the fit without getting in your way during play. “I love these more for lounging around and basic workouts,” one reviewer shared. “They are super comfy though and love that I have found shorts that actually fit my body (pear shape) and look good!” These shorts can be machine washed, but you’ll want to line dry them for best results. However, they do not have pockets.

Available colors: 14

Available sizes: XX-Small – XX-Large


These Retro Cheeky Sweat Shorts

This pair of high-waisted sweat shorts is a cheeky vintage addition to your loungewear drawer. These are made from a comfy, breathable cotton blend with a thin drawstring waist. Although the exact inseam isn’t listed, you can expect this pair to run short. Get this easygoing short in muted solids, pastel tie-dye, and even with embroidered patches. “Bought these for bed time shorts but they are cute enough to wear as regular shorts. They were exactly what I needed,” one reviewer was pleased to note. Fans also report they hold up well in the wash, although they. do not come with pockets.

Available colors: 43

Available sizes: X-Small – X-Large


Some Bermuda Sweat Shorts For When You Want To Go All In

A pair of Bermuda sweat shorts are comfy-casual, and can actually read quite polished if you pair with a matching sweatshirt and a statement shoe. Bermudas also keep you a little more covered and are almost impossible to ride up. (You’ll also find a five-inch inseam listed here if you want something shorter.) Two slash pockets on the sides have enough room for a smartphone, and there’s a patch pocket on the back. The stretch elastic waist has a triple-channel drawstring that lies flat and blends in. “My favorite thing about these shorts is the wide waistband, it makes them really comfy. The fabric feels like good quality and the stitching seems strong,” one shopper was pleased to note. Even better, there are no special washing instructions for this soft cotton/spandex blend.

Available colors: 4

Available sizes: X-Small – XX-Large


These On-Trend Dolphin Shorts In An AffordableTwo-Pack

These cute budget sweat shorts are made from mostly cotton with a hint of polyester and come in coordinated sets that make it easy to stock your capsule. They have a thin elastic pull-on waist and a close fit — there’s no room for pockets — with a cheeky, 2.5-inch inseam and contoured retro-style piping on the seams. “These shorts are great. I wear them to bed and they are so soft. The more you wash them the softer they get,” one fan promised. To avoid shrinkage, you may way to line dry. For just $15 for a pack of two, they’re hard to beat.

Available colors: 46

Available sizes: Small – XX-Large


Some Breezy Drawstring Shorts

A pair of lightweight drawstring shorts — with practical pockets! — feel as comfortable as your sweats but handily dresses up with a cute top and some stylish shoes. These are made from a blend of cotton, polyester, and spandex with a nubby linen-like weave with a cuffed leg that upgrades their easygoing style. You can get them in a moderate four-inch leg or with a longer 11-inch Bermuda inseam. “I bought these to wear around the house, but they look nice enough to wear out somewhere. I got the denim look, which does look exactly like denim, but are much softer and lighter weight,” one reviewer pointed out.

Available colors: 6

Available sizes: Small – XX-Large

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Tired of dressing down? McCord Museum’s Dior exhibit gives taste of high fashion




More Montrealers may be dressing down these days while they work from home, but the McCord Museum is giving visitors a taste of high fashion.

A new exhibit is dedicated to the famed designer Christian Dior.

“Dior opened 17 months after World War II. There was still rationing, no textiles and what he was suggesting is the antithesis to wartime style,” said Alexandra Palmer of the Royal Ontario Museum.

Palmer credited Dior with helping to restart many smaller industries that had been dormant during the war.

“There were beaders, embroiderers, textile makers, manufacturers. All these people come together and make the dress,” she said. “You can’t have fabulous fashion unless you have access to amazing materials.”

The display includes 40 garments on loan from the Royal Ontario Museum, as well as the McCord’s own well-preserved collection of 11 dresses.

“The silk satins of the 1950s are today blended with rayon or acetate, modern synthetic fabrics,” said curator Cynthia Cooper. “It’s very difficult today to fidn something that replicates fabrics used in that period.”

The Christian Dior exhibition runs until Jan. 3, 2021.  

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The 6 Best Water Shoes For Women




Whether you’re scaling the cliffs at the beach, hiking by your favorite river, or just enjoying a leisurely boat day, a sturdy pair of water shoes keep you safe. The best water shoes for women have added traction on non-slip soles and are made from a quick-drying material that keeps you comfortable and prevents blisters. But not all water shoes are the same. Here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping for a quality pair of water shoes.

The first thing to consider is what you plan to do while wearing your water shoes. If you’re someone who prefers not to get into the lake or ocean without something to protect your feet from rocks or slimy lake bottoms, a basic pair of water socks made from a quick-drying synthetic fabric blend with non-slip soles can do the trick. If you’re looking to hike or walk for long periods of time, you’ll want to opt for a pair with more arch support and a sturdier mix of leather and fabric uppers. Other great features to look for in a pair of water shoes include a mesh upper to keep the shoes light, breathable, and easy to tread water in.

A rubber or durable synthetic sole with traction will keep you from slipping when you’re in action. Most water shoes are designed to wear without socks, but you’ll want to look for flexible materials that won’t rub on your feet. A pair for sports should feature elastic shoelaces that lock so that they stay secure on your feet.

Many water shoes feature small drainage holes to keep you as dry as possible. This is especially nice for shoes you plan to wear both in the water and around town or while taking a lunch break. You’ll find shoes on this list that range from laidback sandals and trendy mesh shoes to sturdy hiking water shoes for trekking up hills and through caves.

Whether you’re exploring a new coastal city or doing water aerobics, these are the best water shoes that will keep you safe and comfortable all day.

1. A Pair Of Water Socks With A Cult Following

This traditional-style water shoe fits like a sock to protect your feet while you explore the shoreline and ocean. Designed from a lightweight, stretchy, and flexible polyester and spandex blend, they slip on and fit snug around your foot, staying in place as you explore and swim. The smooth material is designed to protect your feet from blisters and chafing, and the rubber sole features traction to create a barrier between sharp rocks, slimy ocean floors, or grainy sand. This highly rated and affordable shoe has more than 12,000 reviews, with many praising its slim style and quick-drying properties. They’re available in more than 40 colors that range from solid neutrals to fun rainbow and flamingo prints.

Helpful Review: I really can’t say enough about these shoes. I was skeptical, which is why I only purchased one pair for myself and not my entire family but as soon as I got them and used them at the beach, I totally regretted not having purchased some for all of us. These work AMAZINGLY for the beach. I hate going in the ocean without something on my feet, but other water shoes, sandals, flip flops etc always left me with painful feet because shells and grainy sand would still fill them and tear up my feet. NOTHING but tiny specs of the “fine” sand got into these shoes at the beach. I was shocked and SO happy.

  • Available Sizes: 5.5 — 15

2. Some Ultra-Grippy Water Shoes For Hiking

If you’re planning to hike a trail by a water source or in wet conditions, these Merrell water shoes are for you. They’re made from a blend of leather and fast-drying Lycra Neoprene and have a waxy waterproof layer that wicks water away quickly to keep your feet dry and comfortable. The open design offers air circulation as well as water drainage for any terrain you may come across. They have thick, rubber non-slip soles with traction and reviewers say they don’t need to be broken in and can go from the box straight to the trail. Some reviewers suggest sizing up half a size for the best fit. They have more than 1,000 reviews and come in eight colors.

Helpful Review: “These shoes exceeded all of my expectations. […] I purchased these shoes to take to Hawaii for hiking and walking on rocks through waterfalls and they were absolutely perfect. They are incredibly comfortable, dry very quickly, and provide perfect support for me to feel stable hiking through bamboo forests and rocky streams. I can’t recommend these shoes highly enough! I’m so glad I have them, and will probably wear them at home a bunch as well.”

3. These Breathable Water Shoes With Arch Support

While most water shoes are not known for providing arch support, many reviewers say these fabric water shoes feel as close to your favorite pair of supportive running shoes as possible. The rubber sole has non-slip traction, and its lightweight midsole paired with a cushioned sockliner provides support and a cushiony feeling. They have a drawstring tie and easy, slip-on style, with a breathable mesh upper that dries quickly between dips into the water. Small, discrete holes in the sole allow water to easily drain after a swim. With more than 7,000 reviews, these shoes pass the test for comfort, style, and support — and they’re available in 18 colors like light grey, purple, and blue.

Helpful review: “Good quality shoe, comfortable, dries fast, & washes up nicely via washing machine. I was in Playa Del Carmen crystal caves in water walking on nothing but rocky caverns for 3 hours non stop. The soles must be of good quality because I couldn’t feel the rocks under my feet. Matter of fact I had pebbles stuck in the bottom of my feet & never knew they were there until I pulled them out of the washer.[…] Good arch support, was walking around all day (9-10hrs) & my feet never hurt or blistered. When I came out off the water I didn’t have that wet, sloshing, slipping around like you do with the other water shoes where your feet are wet all day. […]”

4. A Water Sandal With An Anti-Odor Footbed To Keep ‘Em Fresh

If you prefer an open shoe design, these Keen water sandals are a highly rated option with more than 1,000 reviews. They’re made of a sturdy canvas material with a closed rubber toe to protect you as you walk. The mesh lining and adjustable bungee cord laces make these shoes stretchy, breathable, and customizable. The dual pull-on hooks mean you can slip into these sandals quickly and the anti-odor footbed helps absorb sweat and smells. They have a flexible sole with non-slip traction. They’re available in eight colors such as turquoise, grey, and pink.

Helpful Review: “LOVE these sandals!!!! These bad boys took me all around the Costa Rican beach & rainforest while on vacation. My feet are VERY sensitive, easily blister, are easily fatigued, AKA nightmare feet, but I had ZERO issues with these sandals! No rubbing, no blisters, no pain in the heel or arches, no cramping; nothing but pain-free exploring of the Osa Peninsula! These sandals do run a bit small. I am normally a solid size 8 in all shoes (occasionally a 7.5 in some flats) so when I ordered size 8, I ended up exchanging for an 8.5 which fit PERFECT so I do recommend sizing up a half size.”

  • Available Sizes: 5 — 10.5

5. These Lightweight Water Shoes For Sports

These water sports shoes can keep up with you through all of your adventures. The ergonomic design offers support and cushion. They’re made of sturdy polyester material with a stretchy and breathable mesh upper that give them the fit of snug socks. The elastic shoe laces have a lock mechanism that keep the shoes secure whether you’re kayaking, doing water aerobics, sailing, or playing a game of beach volleyball. These shoes have a texturized rubber sole for non-slip traction and eight drainage holes to let water run through and keep your feet cool and dry. These highly rates shoes boast nearly 6,000 reviewers, with many saying they are functional, comfortable, and well-built. Some reviewers do recommend sizing down one size for the best fit. They’re available in 29 colors and styles.

Helpful Review: “These water shoes are very comfortable and great for kayaking or any water sport you are using them for. We kayak a lot so we wanted something with a thick bottom, so we don’t step on things in the water or hurt our feet on stones. We bought 2 pairs and family members have bought 5 pairs, very nice shoes!”

  • Available Sizes: 5.5 — 15

6. And Some Stylish Water Shoes Available In So Many Colors

With over 5,000 reviews, it’s easy to see why reviewers love these quick-drying water shoes so much — they come in more than 30 colors like purple, green, and sandy rose and effortlessly unite sweet style with function. These fabric shoes have a breathable, all-over mesh design that keeps you cool and wicks away moisture in a snap. The sole is designed with a drainage hole and rubber pods that offer stellar anti-slip traction and the lightweight midsole makes these a crowd favorite. The faux laces give these shoes the look of sneakers with the ease of water shoes — just slip them on and hit the beach or pool.

Helpful Review: “Fit is perfect and true to size. They are REALLY cute sneaker type water shoes. The soles do have “holes” in them for water to drain out of, so mud seeps up to your feet, and rocks get stuck. From other reviews, we were well aware and unphased by this, as they served their purpose beautifully for waterfall hikes, etc. They have excellent traction on slippery rocks and dry extremely quickly.”

  • Available Sizes: 6 — 11

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