Warm temps welcome a host of outdoor activities—running, hiking, catching up with friends in the park. In past Aprils, I’d swap out jeans with shorts that rode too far up my crotch for comfort. But at the end of last summer, I discovered the magic of activewear skorts (and exercise dresses). The best workout skorts combine the cuteness of a leg-bearing skirt with the utility of stretchy bike shorts—and, friends, you’re sure to see me sporting these skirts from now until the cold winds pry them from my body.
Not only are workout skorts stylish, but they’re useful for wherever the day takes you. Some are made of sturdy, compressive materials that are great for higher-impact activities like tennis and easy runs; others come in flowy fabrics with drawstrings and are comfy enough for lower-impact yoga, golf, lounging, or even wearing to work. Athletic skorts and skirts are usually made of moisture-wicking and quick-drying material like polyester and spandex. They’re chafe-avoidant thanks to built-in grippy shorts, and almost always come with built-in side pockets for safe storage of your phone and keys.
Below, we’ve rounded up the best workout skorts and skirts of your dreams, with pretty, practical options from retailers like Girlfriend Collective, Outdoor Voices, Lululemon, Amazon, Alo Yoga, and more.
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