How to Style Sweat Shorts: Fashionable Outfit Ideas

Get in on one of Summer’s biggest trends with these chic looks!

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If the past few months have taught us anything fashion-wise, it’s that cozy outfits are king. That vibe is continuing this summer in the form of the sweat shorts trend! So today, I thought I’d share some cute sweat shorts outfits to get you started with this look.

As with any trendy item that is more to the laid-back side, sweat shorts need to be styled right to ensure that you look put-together, not like you just rolled out of bed.

Below, I’ve put together three stylish sweat shorts outfit ideas that are sure to make an impact this summer.

Just keep scrolling to see them!

Outfit #1 – Playful Menswear-Inspired Style

How to Wear Sweat Shorts the Fashion Girl Way | Outfit #1 with gray sweat shorts, striped button-down top, bandana, lace-up sandals, fanny pack, sunglasses


This super-chic, menswear-inspired look adds a hint of dressiness to the sweat short trend, thanks to its juxtaposition of preppy details and mixed prints.

To get the look for yourself, begin by buttoning up a loose-fitting striped short-sleeved shirt.

Next, add neutral-colored sweat shorts, such as this classic (and affordable!) charcoal gray pair.

To add some visual interest to the outfit, put on a lightweight scarf with a boho print, as well as some classy faux-tortoise sunglasses.

A canvas fanny pack makes for an easy way to carry around your essentials on walks and grocery trips.

Finally, these tie-up sandals make for a fashionable way to complete the ensemble.

Outfit #2 – Beach-Inspired Summer Style

How to Wear Sweat Shorts the Fashion Girl Way | Outfit #2 with floral shorts matching set, woven bag, espadrilles, scrunchie


Though you might not be near the beach this summer, that doesn’t mean you can’t dress like you’re there!

For a look that’s sure to remind you of days spent relaxing by the water, go for a summery matching sweat shorts and t-shirt set.

Style the set with a straw bucket bag and timeless aviator sunglasses to give the ensemble an extra beachy vibe.

Then, add a scrunchie in a sweet shade of pink.

Lastly, to finish off this laid-back look, simply slip on a pair of understated faux-suede espadrilles.

Outfit #3 – Playful and Colorful Throwback Vibes

How to Wear Sweat Shorts the Fashion Girl Way | Outfit #3 with pink sweat shorts, tie-dye t-shirt, yellow bag, pink sneakers, round sunglasses, butterfly clips


For the final look, I wanted to put together something bright and cheerful. So, I decided to go with this fun, 1990s-inspired outfit.

To copy it for yourself, start off by half-tucking a trendy tie-dye t-shirt into a pair of neon peach sweat shorts. Doing this will enable you to show off their unique pull detail.

Next, put on a pair of bold ombré sunglasses, and grab an electric neon yellow tote.

For some extra ’90s flair, pin small sections of your hair back using pretty butterfly clips.

Finally, pull everything together with a pair of hot pink sneakers, which are definitely in keeping with the look’s carefree and colorful theme.

Pro Tips on Wearing Sweat Shorts

Want even more inspo? Take your sweat shorts to the next level with the tips below: 

  • Go for the classics: Sweat shorts don’t have to be boring. Throw on a crisp white t-shirt and sneakers or a classic chambray shirt with some canvas shoes for an effortless, timeless look. 
  • Show off your personality: Mix up your style and show off your unique flair by wearing bold and bright colors or pairing your sweat shorts with fun accessories.
  • Choose the right fabric: Make sure you choose sweat shorts that are made of breathable, lightweight fabrics like cotton or polyester for maximum comfort. 

Have fun! Sweat shorts make great statement pieces, so don’t be afraid to mix and match different prints and textures to create a look that is totally unique to you. Have fun with it!

What do you think of these sweat shorts outfits?

Are you a fan of sweat shorts? How would you style them? Do you have a favorite place to buy cute sweat shorts?

Let me know in the comments!

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