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The 18 Best Lounge Shorts for Taking It as Easy as Humanly Possible

Esquire Logo By Jonathan Evans of Esquire | Slide 1 of 20: The term"lounge shorts" sounds so, well...self explanatory. Shorts! For lounging! And it's true: That's exactly what we're talking about here. But once you get past that somewhat deceptive simplicity, you realize the issue is a bit more fraught than you may have previously believed. Should you be looking for sweat shorts, those much-beloved counterparts to the sweatpants we've all been living in for the last year? What about stretchy, elastic-waisted chino options? Or feather-light, quick-drying, anti-odor versions that are ostensibly built for working out but still seem so damn enticing when you've completed your last rep and just want to collapse on the couch? Here's the good news: They're all lounge shorts. The same goes for laidback mesh shorts, multi-pocketed utility shorts, and pretty much any other style you can imagine—so long as the style you imagine isn't too tight, tailored, or taxing to put on. Everyone's version of lounging is different, which means the lounge-shorts landscape is a wide and varied one. So go ahead and slip into some french terry, or performance nylon, or airy cotton. The world is your oyster, and you're about to lounge in it. (Listen: I know that metaphor doesn't hold up, but in the name of lounginess, I refuse to adjust it. I'm too relaxed.) Here are 18 options that will keep you comfortable and relaxed all spring and summer long. Take your pick, and then take it easy. After all, that's the whole point.

The term"lounge shorts" sounds so, well...self explanatory. Shorts! For lounging! And it's true: That's exactly what we're talking about here. But once you get past that somewhat deceptive simplicity, you realize the issue is a bit more fraught than you may have previously believed. Should you be looking for sweat shorts, those much-beloved counterparts to the sweatpants we've all been living in for the last year? What about stretchy, elastic-waisted chino options? Or feather-light, quick-drying, anti-odor versions that are ostensibly built for working out but still seem so damn enticing when you've completed your last rep and just want to collapse on the couch?

Here's the good news: They're all lounge shorts. The same goes for laidback mesh shorts, multi-pocketed utility shorts, and pretty much any other style you can imagine—so long as the style you imagine isn't too tight, tailored, or taxing to put on. Everyone's version of lounging is different, which means the lounge-shorts landscape is a wide and varied one. So go ahead and slip into some french terry, or performance nylon, or airy cotton. The world is your oyster, and you're about to lounge in it. (Listen: I know that metaphor doesn't hold up, but in the name of lounginess, I refuse to adjust it. I'm too relaxed.)

Here are 18 options that will keep you comfortable and relaxed all spring and summer long. Take your pick, and then take it easy. After all, that's the whole point.

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