Welcome to early fall, that tricky time of year when it’s not quite cold enough to cuddle up in sweatpants, but far too chilly to keep wearing your skimpy summer dresses. Summer weather is fleeting and with it goes my desire to wear shorts—or so I thought, until I discovered the magic of sweater shorts. Sweater shorts are the unexpected (and super comfortable) pieces currently taking over my transitional weather wardrobe—and they deserve a place in yours this season, too.
Think of sweater shorts as a shorter, cuter version of your favorite sweatpants, without the overheating factor. Or a cozier version of your go-to denim cut-offs! You can wear ‘em as part of a matching sweater set or on their own with a baby tee or hoodie, so yes, they’re versatile.
When finding the right pair, opting for ones that come in a neutral colorway will earn you bonus fashion points, especially as wearing head-to-toe neutrals is one of this season’s top trends. Think shades of chestnut, tan, gray and cream, all of which go perfectly with the knits you’ve already got hanging in your closet.
But just as cute are the more colorful options I’ve listed below, from shades of green to dreamy pastel lilac. After all, If you’re trying to incorporate more color into your wardrobe, your loungewear is a great place to start! You can take the time to get comfortable in your preferred shade now before you actually leave the house wearing it. If it feels too bold, the worst-case scenario is that you now own a ridiculously soft pair of shorts to wear while you work from home.
Read on to shop a few of the cutest sweater shorts and knit bottoms on the market right now. Happy lounging!
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Checked Sweater Shorts
Sweater-Knit Lounge Shorts
Drawstring Knit Shorts
These Drawstring Knit Shorts from Sage the Label are cream-colored perfection, if I do say so myself.
Matching Knit Shorts
Wanna try something on the brighter side? Try out these green knit shorts from ASOS Design.
Mirka Cable Knit Short
Yes,cable-knit shorts exist and this pair from Tach Clothing proves that they’re cute as hell.
Cruising Sweater Shorts
If you’re looking for a pair of sweater shorts that have a wider leg instead of a slim fit, try this lavender pair of Cruising Sweater Shorts by FP Beach.
Chunky Knit Sweater Shorts
These Chunky Knit Sweater Shorts from Good American come in two colors, but I adore this Pesto green shade.
Cozy Knit Shorts
These Cozy Knit Shorts from SKIMS are a happy medium between actual sweater shorts and a plush blanket. So fuzzy!
BLACK Fine Viscose Sweater Shorts
Lavender? For fall? Now that’s actually groundbreaking! This pair of shorts is proof that pastels are a year-round essential.
Fuzzy Sweater Shorts
These Fuzzy Sweater Shorts from Eloquii come in three colors, so stock up right now so you can wear them every day of the week.
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