July 13, 2021

Athleisure Shorts: Everything You Need To Know

What Is Athleisure?

If you are particularly into the fashion scene, you may already be familiar with the word “athleisure.” This type of clothing is exactly what it sounds like: a hybrid of athletic wear and regular, everyday leisurewear. At its core, athleisure’s purpose is to combine comfort with style to create clothes that have the practical benefits of athletic wear while still looking cool and fashionable.

Athleisure has essentially established an entirely new category of clothing and is evidence of a larger cultural shift toward a preference for casual wear in America. It seems to reflect our increasing value of an active, healthy lifestyle. Wearing athleisure clothing means staying on top of current trends, and there’s a reason that it’s surged in popularity.

The Benefits of Athleisure

Thanks to the wider social acceptance of fabric and materials found in traditionally “athletic” clothing, feeling incredibly comfortable for the full 24 hours out of your day is entirely possible. Fashion brands are increasingly designing clothes made of breathable, lightweight fabric that you can wear both out on the town and in the gym.

What may immediately come to mind when you think of athleisure are leggings or yoga pants, but the trend isn’t exclusive to women’s fashion. It is widespread, meaning that there are cool, sleek options on the market for men as well. And for active men on the go, comfortable and versatile clothes are essential.

We’re here to help you take advantage of the athleisure trend by highlighting what qualities to look for in a pair of shorts to make the most out of your athleisure collection. Solid, high-quality shorts like the ones we carry have the potential to really maximize your comfort and confidence.

What To Look For in a Pair of Athleisure Shorts  

When it comes to identifying a superior pair of athleisure shorts, there are a few features to pay attention to. Remember, your main concerns are comfort and style, and to get the best of both qualities, pay attention to the following: 

  • Type of fabric
  • Waistband
  • Length
  • Color

The type of fabric can really make or break the practicality of your shorts, especially if you want to get active or break a sweat in them. After all, the whole point of athleisure is that your shorts should be transferable between your lunch date and a trip to the golf course.

In terms of fashion, you’ll, of course, also want to take into account the style, length, and color of your shorts so that you can stock up on what makes you look and feel your best.

Stylish Loungewear

If you’re looking for something that feels like a sweatpant but looks stylish, our Run-Around Shorts are made from a cotton, micromodal, and spandex blend. They’re reminiscent of your favorite classic cotton t-shirt, blended with lighter, more breathable materials.

A cotton blend can be a supremely comfortable choice for running around doing errands (hence, the name “Run-Around”) or making a quick coffee trip. Not only that, but you can spare yourself the time it would take to change between your errands and running over to the gym to lift some weights. 

Defining Features

The drawstring around the waistband on these shorts definitely makes for a more casual style, but the longer length and rich, solid colors still make for an elevated look. You might choose a lighter shade for a preppier look or a darker shade, depending on what’s best for your complexion. Either way, you’ll look effortlessly cool.  

Dressing It Up With These Shorts

On the other end of the spectrum, let’s say you want something that really appears like a dress short but still lends itself to being super comfortable. The Nicer Shorts are decidedly more formal than the drawstring shorts, given their button waistband and the addition of back pockets.

While dressed up in appearance, these shorts are sneakily made from a polyester and spandex blend, two materials to look for when you want breathable clothing. These two fabrics are staples when it comes to workout clothes because they are light, stretchy, and easy to maintain. 

Athleisure dress shorts are the perfect thing to throw on for an occasion like heading to the golf course because they’ll allow you to move more comfortably without sacrificing your formality and style. You’ll thank yourself for wearing flexible material if you’re going to be moving around all day—and you’ll remember that Willy California has your back.  

Depending on your height, and if you like showing off a little more of your leg, you might consider purchasing the same shorts with a shorter 9” inseam. You always want your shorts to hit you in the right spot to get that really stylish, fitted look, which is why we carry multiple options.

Working Out

We’ve talked about running around and doing errands and now dressing up, but what about actually getting into an intense, targeted workout? Let’s look at some shorts that really put the “athletic” in “athleisure.”

We’ve talked a little bit about the importance of fabric already, and both our Workout Shorts and Training Shorts are made from that golden blend of polyester and spandex. Again, these materials are made for movement, so they’re an ideal choice to wear while you’re getting fit. They have an elastic waistband for extra flexibility too.  

Not only that, but they’re moisture-wicking, which is a huge quality to look for in clothes that you’ll be wearing to sweat it out. 

What is “moisture-wicking”?

Your body sweats in order to cool itself, and moisture-wicking technology means that the fabric allows your sweat to rise to the surface of your clothes and evaporate. This is an awesome way to let your body’s natural cooling process work, rather than trapping your sweat underneath your clothes and weighing you down.


If you’re a runner or find yourself doing any other activities that require a wide span of movement, you may want to choose a pair of shorts that include an inside liner for added support. The training shorts we mentioned above have just that, and you’ll notice that they also have a shorter, 7” inseam as well. This length will ensure even more that you’re not weighed down by any extra fabric while you run.

Exercising in Style

These pairs of workout and training shorts aren’t your typical baggy basketball shorts that have been sitting in your dresser since college. We’ve already mentioned how their crisp colors and sleek fabric contribute to their style factor, but they’re also set apart by their slim fit. The way that a pair of shorts lays on your body is huge in determining whether you look frumpy or polished. And with these, you’ll definitely be the latter.

The Best of Both Worlds

Who could ask for a better combination than looking sharp while feeling relaxed? Athleisure really means getting the best of both worlds when it comes to these two things. Whether it comes down to going to a nice event and wanting to stay comfortable or going to the gym and wanting to look stylish, this trend is the way to go. 

When you pick a pair of shorts, look for those moisture-wicking fabrics that will keep you cool even while you’re moving. Consider different features like drawstrings, buttons, or elastic waistbands. Pick the best length for your body, and go with crisp, solid colors to look extra fresh. When you find the pair that’s best for you, you’ll look awesome and feel great while doing it!