If you're shopping for comfortable loungewear, a good pair of lounge shorts is an essential addition for the slightly warmer months. With so many styles on the market, it can be hard to know which pair will be best. Luckily, we've broken down all you need to know before making your purchase.
We've got information on material, length, and the ideal waistband for a comfortable fit. Plus, we've put together a list of the 10 best lounge shorts for men and women (with those all-important pockets) from Amazon, ASOS, and John Lewis.
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It's important to check the material of your chosen shorts to ensure they are both comfortable and practical. Take a look through the different features of each material below to decide which will be best for you.
For a more traditional option, browse these women's pyjama sets.
Once you've checked that the shorts are available in your size, you should also look at the fit, length and waistband style to ensure they are as comfortable as possible. The most popular fit for lounge shorts is relaxed or regular. You should opt for a relaxed fit if you prefer a little more room to move, but both tend to be relatively spacious.
The length will vary between low, mid and high. High-leg options are shorter, usually with around a 5-inch inseam, and are ideal for lounging or sleeping in hot weather. Alternatively, longer designs provide a little more coverage around the house while mid-length shorts are a great middle ground.
The fit of the waistband will be key to comfort. Most lounge shorts will offer an elasticated or drawstring waist to keep them secure and ensure they are adjustable. For the most versatile waistband, look for shorts with both features, as this will keep you comfortable even on your most bloated days.
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The pink and green stripes on this pretty pair of towelling shorts will stay brighter for longer thanks to the polyester fabric. Combined with the length, they're a match made in cosy heaven! Plus, with 1% elastane, you'll get extra stretch for more comfortable movement and fit.
You can pair them with a matching top if you're after a loungewear co-ord set, but this bold design will look wonderful with just about anything. With a wide range of sizes from 4 to 18, you can be sure to find a pair that's right for you.
These shorts come in the widest range of women's sizes, from 6 to 22. The 100% viscose material is lightweight and breathable with extra stretch to ensure optimal comfort. The elasticated drawstring waist will improve the fit even further.
They're a great choice if you're looking for a traditional summery design you can wear for lounging, running errands and beach days alike, with nautical blue and white stripes that are chic yet understated and deep pockets, too.
These cotton and elastane shorts from Tommy Hilfiger retain the classic gym short look with a nod to the brand colours through the subtle embroidered logo. The shorter length is ideal for lounging in summer, keeping you cool yet comfy during the hotter weather.
Unfortunately, they're only available in a small range of sizes, from 10 to 16. The drawstring waistband could be tightened to fit smaller sizes, but if you need a larger size, you'll have to choose a different pair.
Keeping cool in summer has never been easier with these tropical-themed high-leg shorts, available in sizes 8 to 24. They are made with 100% cotton for breathability and softness, and, unlike many women's pyjama shorts, they have several pockets – perfect for pottering around the house.
The waistband is not elasticated, so you will need to rely on the drawstring to keep the shorts well-fitted. This won't be as comfortable as an elasticated waist, but the bold bow does add a little extra flair to their pretty floral design.
These ladies' mid-rise shorts come in 12 vibrant designs and sizes from 8 to 20, all in the same super-soft 100% cotton jersey fabric. They're the cheapest on our list, too, so they're an excellent choice if you're shopping on a budget or looking to stock up.
They don't have any pockets and the drawstring and buttons are non-functional, so you won't be able to achieve a tight-fitting waist. However, the waistband is fully elasticated so it will be relatively snug and incredibly comfortable.
Written and researched by Alicia Byrne
No. 1: ASOS DESIGN｜Lounge Co-Ord Brushed Towelling Stripe Set
No. 2: FatFace｜Stripe Flippy Shorts
No. 3: Tommy Hilfiger｜Lounge Flag Cotton Shorts
No. 4: FatFace｜Jenny Jungle Tropic Print Pyjama Shorts
No. 5: Paradise｜Ladies Lounge Shorts
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