15 best skorts to shop, 2022 – Gym Wear – Women's Health UK

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Looking for the best skorts to shop? We’ve got you covered – literally. Skirts and dresses with built-in shorts were originally made for tennis, but people like to wear them for golf, running, and even lifting, too. (Or, you know, running weekend errands when it’s hot outside.) Cult-favourites include ones by Girlfriend Collective, Adidas, Nike, Abercrombie, and Slazenger – and we’ve found all the best picks ahead of warmer weather.
The word “skort” is a combination of “skirt” and “shorts,” so the clue’s in the name. This is a dreamy combo piece of kit – the skirt provides a range of motion (and extra coverage, if lycra shorts feel a tad too revealing to you), and the shorts underneath ensure your modesty is protected while you hop around the court. Isn’t that a tennis skirt, you ask? Well, sometimes – but traditional tennis skirts don’t necessarily always have built-in shorts. Plus, the sides of the stretchy, tight shorts are a handy spot for storing spare tennis balls, and many of them come with slip pockets to hold a mobile phone or car keys.
If you prefer an all-in-one situation, there are plenty of retailers who have your back. Abercrombie & Fitch’s “Traveler Dress” (sic) is somewhat of a social media sensation – women praise it for taking them from tennis to the gym and everywhere in between, in comfort. Sweaty Betty also does a “Power Dress,” which is currently 20% off in the spring sale. And editor-favourite brand Reformation happens to make some very chic active dresses with built-in shorts, too.
Sweaty Betty’s multi-use skort is ace for training, tennis, running, or just staying comfy running weekend errands. It’s made with breathable, sweat-wicking fabric, and comes in four colours. One five star review called it the “perfect tennis skort.” High praise indeed.
If you love a skort, don’t sleep on Nike’s great selection. They’ve got classic black and white styles, but also patterns, bright colours, and trend-led styles that would blend in easily with your everyday wardrobe. This style is lightweight, stretchy, and made with at least 75% recycled materials.
Girlfriend Collective, the label famed for its ultra-comfy activewear, chic colour combos, and inclusive sizing, also happens to do a great summer skort. Matches Fashion stocks the black version up to a size XXL, but you can shop nine other colours up to a size 6X on the Girlfriend Collective site, if you’re willing to wait for overseas shipping. This has built-in compressive shorts, hidden pockets, and side slits.
Our favourite bit about this skort? Pockets! There’s a slit pocket concealed on the thigh of the shorts, plus an envelope style pocket on the back. There is no front seam on the shorts, to avoid them riding up or chafing. Nike’s Flex fabric will move with your body, and the pleats provide added range of motion. We’re sold.
You might think of Americana, varsity-inspired logo jumpers when you think of A&F, but they’ve got great activewear as well. Case in point: the social media favourite “Traveler Dress.” It has built-in shorts with a hidden slit pocket for your phone, and adjustable straps. Plus, it comes in a whopping eleven stylish colours, so you can take your pick. We’ll be wearing ours around town on the weekends.
Lululemon’s Pace Rival skort is designed with both tennis and running in mind. It comes in a huge range of colours, in sizes 4 to 24, which we are very here for. The shorts have drop-in side pockets, plus a secure back pocket. This is a mid-rise skirt (great if you find that higher-rise options dig in), and it comes in lightweight, sweat-wicking fabric. Helllooo, four-way stretch.
Big. News. Sweaty Betty’s Power Gym dresses are currently 20% off, reduced down to £80 from £100. Snag one of the four colours before your size sells out – these are great multi-sport dresses with built-in shorts. The inner shorts have a slip pocket, and there’s even a built-in bra, too, if that’s your thing. See you on the court.
Lulu’s Court Rival skort is one of the most flattering we’ve seen, thanks to the bias cut flutter hem. It’s shorter on the sides, which gives a leg-lengthening effect. A dual-entry pocket in the shorts fits both a tennis ball and your phone – win, win. This style is high-rise, and is made with Luxtreme™ mesh panels for ventilation.
The Sports Edit is the UK’s largest stockist of storied athleisure brand, Girlfriend Collective. Their famous skort, pictured here in moss green, comes in sizes XXS to XXXL on their site. Happy customers say that “the fabric feels high quality” and it’s a “really flattering” shape. Works for us!
Reformation, an editor-favourite brand for gorgeous sun dresses, also happens to make wildly chic skort dresses. Choose from white, black, or two polka-dot styles, and a few different cuts. The v-neck is ultra-flattering, too.
Gilly Hicks, if you’re not already familiar, is Hollister’s affordable activewear line. They have great deals on stylish basics, like this pastel skort for just £15. The four-way stretch fabric is breathable and moisture-wicking, plus it comes with a pocket. For the price, this skort is tough to beat.
Calling all fashion-forward tennis lovers – peep Adidas’ colour blocked skirt. Created in collaboration with the South African designer Rich Mnisi, this comes with some separate standout shorts to be worn underneath, clad in one of his bold designs. We like the mesh detailing and laser cut holes in the skirt that reveal the designs beneath for a little something different.
If the occasion calls for tennis whites, enlist the pros with the Slazenger x Sophia & Cinzia Pleated Skort. This is a classic tennis skort without added bells and whistles like pockets, but for the price, it looks great, and will get the job done. Choose from black or white, but hurry – this collab is selling through fast.
If you’re looking to up your golf game, consider Under Armour’s Links Knit Skort. These have built-in compression shorts, four-way stretch, sweatwicking fabric, and zip pockets. Ideal, really. These come in a smart navy colour with a turquoise side stripe, and a mint green partially-exposed waistband in the back.
Calling all tennis pros – Head’s Club Skort is stocked at Sports Direct in seven colours, including summery watermelon pink. This high-waisted skort is made with quick-dry material, and has side slits for the best range of motion. At under £40, this one’s a steal.


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