The Best High-Waisted Activewear Shorts For Your Next Summer Workout

Comfort, style and function all in one.

When it comes to summer workouts we’re after activewear that does it all. We want coverage that doesn’t leave us in fear of a fashion emergency, tight waistbands that we don’t need to constantly adjust and pull at and of course something that keeps us cool, comfortable and chic

This is where a classic pair of high-waisted shorts comes into the equation. 

It’s truly impossible to go wrong with a pair of shorts come summertime. Pair with a matching crop for a seamless set that is equal parts practical and stylish, throw on a t-shirt for some added coverage or on days with a breeze go for the Princess Diana look with an oversized jumper and chunky sneakers. 

In fact, a pair of high-waisted bike or running shorts are no longer reserved for the gym or Pilates classes, they’ve become an integral part of the everyday athleisure look and have certainly got the tick of style approval from our fave celebs. 

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So if you’re finding leggings just aren’t cutting it when it comes to getting your sweat on when the mercury starts to rise then it might just be worth investing in a pair of these. 

Not sure where to start or overwhelmed by choice? Take a look at some of our top picks ranging in budget, style and silhouette below. 

The best high waisted activewear shorts to buy for summer 2024 

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Ultra Luxe mesh shortie shorts, $34.99, Cotton On Body

Cotton On Body is a fool-proof brand to turn to when it comes to high-quality activewear at an affordable price. These summery mango-hued pair of shorts are a great length as they finish at the upper thigh and are made from a moisture-wicking fabric that keeps you dry during even the toughest of workouts. 


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Side stripe biker short, $75, Pinky & Kamal

Retro in the best way, these bike shorts are buttery soft and hug the body, sculpting and flattering your curves. The rich azure shade is what summer activewear dreams are made of and the recycled fabric of the shorts to reduce waste makes it all the more covetable. Pair with a baby tee or the matching cami for the ultimate 90s-inspired workout ‘fit.


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Extra Tough shorts in rust, $64.95, Bambine Body

Designed with high-intensity workouts in mind these shorts will move with you and are certifiably squat-proof. They have a scrunch design on the booty to shape the assets and there’s no chance at a cameltoe thanks to the missing front scene – hurrah. 


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Softstreme high-rise short, $99, Lululemon

If you prefer a looser short then these super soft shorts from the experts at Lululemon are a great option. The ‘peach-fuzz’ lining makes them soft to the touch and is also a trans-seasonal choice as that can offer some warmth paired with a jumper or long sleeve. 


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Motivate high-waist shorts, $21.98 (was $54.95), Boody

If you shop with sustainability in mind then these five-inch inseam shorts are made using an innovative bamboo viscose and organic cotton blend that is soft to the touch. It also has hidden pockets for the essentials and is breathable during heavy workouts. 


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Cyper bike short, $90 (was $119), P.E Nation

Go big and go bold with a pair of patterned shorts like these eye-catching psychedelic high-waisted shorts that offer a touch more coverage thanks to the longer leg line that supports your movements. 


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Mini biker shorts Nandex, $69.95, Stax. 

Designed with a flattering high waist and a seamless, front-seam-free mini length, these shorts are a stylish addition to your collection. The Nandex fabric ensures a luxurious feel, making them the perfect companion for any activity be it to the gym or to run errands.


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Own the Run two-in-one shorts, $70, adidas

Designed with runners in mind, these shorts are designed to give you the support you need and amp up your next job. With a comfy elastic waist and lightweight, soft fabric that is decked out with reflective details for low-light visibility, Aeroready tech for staying cool, and the iconic 3-Stripes on a vibrant backdrop for that timeless style. And here’s the eco-friendly scoop – these shorts are made with recycled materials, boasting at least 60% recycled content.


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