Exercise skorts give you the freedom of shorts, but the femininity and clean lines of a skirt. You can do just about every type of activity in a skort, from bicycling uphill to hitting a tennis ball on the court. In fact, the history behind this garment can be traced back to bicycling in the 1890s when trouser skirts, as they were called then, allowed women more freedom and mobility to get on a bike. (They looked very different compared to today's modern skorts, however.) Presently, many retailers offer athletic skorts that come in a range of colors and lengths, allowing you to feel comfortable and modest at the same time. You never have to worry about wind gusts accidentally lifting up your skirt because if it does, the pair of shorts underneath provide ample coverage. There's a reason skorts have stuck around for so long—they're cute and versatile—and we've rounded up our favorites this season, below.
Best Day-to-Night Skort
Your day-to-night skort. You can wear this with sneakers for your sporty morning activities and then swap out the kicks for a pair of cute sandals for your nighttime events. The skort even has a hidden phone pocket built into the shorts, so leave your handbag at home.
Best for Tennis
This tennis skort from Venus Williams' fitness line will give you the luck you need to win that match on the court. Channel some of her power as you battle it out with your friends and family.
Best Running Skort
For a skort that looks more like a pair of shorts, opt for this olive green Nike pair. The asymmetrical cut adds a nice stylistic touch while the skort still maintains a sense of functionality: it has Nike's Dri-FIT technology and an internal drop-in pocket for your credit card or keys.
This printed skort is made for medium to high-impact workouts at the gym or outdoors. If you're looking for an athletic piece with a fun print and plenty of stash space (this skort has five pockets!), the search ends here. Add to your checkout cart ASAP.
Best for Blocking UV Radiation
This skort is made from recycled poly and is resistant to wrinkles, so you can pack it with you for your weekend getaways or long-distance travels. It also checks off the boxes for quick-drying properties and a UPF 50+ rating.
Best Everyday Skort
This multifunctional skort is meant to be worn for a variety of summertime activities, from your casual summer bike rides to games on the court. The skort is made from a recycled poly and spandex blend for max stretchiness and comfort. Scoop it up in a few more colors to keep in your daily rotation.
Best for Affordability
Not sure how you feel about skorts? Start with a super affordable option like this one as a test drive. It's not too long and not too short, offering the perfect coverage whether you're hiking or training for a marathon.
Best for Short Length
This skirt is designed for tennis and comes in three different shades, though our favorite is this blush tone. Fans of the skort say it's flattering and comfortable, though the shorts run a bit tight so you might want to size up.
Best for Being Lightweight
This lightweight, machine washable skort has a wide, supportive waistband and is 14" in length. It comes in two colors, which are quickly selling out, and has a hidden zip pocket at the pocket so you can go hands-free for your activities.
Best for Golfing
This skort is perfect for every activity, from golfing to running along the shoreline of a beach (read the customer reviews if you're feeling doubtful). It has a relaxed fit, a wide, mid-rise waistband, and moisture-wicking technology so you stay dry and cool during your workout.
Best for Adidas Fans
Before you head to the court, gear up in your favorite tennis pieces. This skort is specifically cut for on-court movement and comes with attached tights for further coverage. If you tend to get super sweaty during the game, don't worry—this skort is designed to absorb moisture.
Best for Running
Running is fun and less of a hassle when you have all the right gear. Enter this skort made from quick-drying fabric and feels light and airy as you tackle those miles.
Best for Any Activity
For an easy, fuss-free skort, check out this one from Outdoor Voices. It comes in three different colors (originally four, but one shade is completely sold out already—it's popular!) and is made from breathable fabric so you can sweat it out on the hottest summer days. (Hot tip: Before you hit checkout, grab an Outdoor Voices promo code.)
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Marina Liao is the former fashion news editor at MarieClaire.com, where she covered celebrity style (from Meghan Markle to Katie Holmes), fashion trends, and shopping advice, plus conducted original interviews with industry insiders. She's also had many opportunities to write content in other areas such as beauty, food, tech, and even home. Her previous fashion stints include POPSUGAR and Cosmopolitan.
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