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Best Women’s Basketball Shorts

ByQueen Ballers Club|@queenballers| November 18, 2020
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The best women’s basketball shorts make you look good and feel good. Which probably also makes you play well! So today we’re going to help you look your best on the court. While ensuring you have a dope tunnel fit even if you’re in your practice threads.

We’ve curated all sorts of shorts for basketball in unique styles, colors, and prices, so that you can find a vibe that’s right for you. Check out hot picks from Nike, Adidas, the best women’s college basketball shorts, and some knee-length shorts you’ll love. Plus, see whether they have pockets, whether the fit is comfortable for women, and more. Let’s find your next pair of shorts!

Discover the best women’s basketball shorts

WNBA fashion is on the rise. So it’s time to take your court wardrobe to the next level. Find your new favorite pair of women’s basketball shorts today.

Comfortable women’s basketball shorts

To begin, we’ll kick off with the most comfortable women’s basketball shorts. These shorts are made of super soft materials, while providing performance flexibility, and exciting bright patterns for a little fun. Here are a few of our favorites in no particular order.

1. The Steel Short

These are silky soft, light basketball shorts, while also having a super unique design specifically for women. The Steel Short is made in the USA. The short features an original basketball pattern designed by artist WalkerTKL on one leg and a fun blue on the other, with plenty of breathe and unique energy that provides comfort and performance all day long. Plus, the shorts have two deep-front pockets, making it easy to take your phone, music, and keys to the court.

Why we love it: A woman’s body is different than a man’s. And yet most athletic and athleisure shorts are designed for men first, and adapted for women later. Instead of treating women as an afterthought, SleeperBear treats women as the priority. Their unisex-friendly shorts are engineered specifically for the female body first, including design elements like extra space in the backside and hips area and a slightly shorter length.

Pros:

  • Easy to wash
  • Feature deep pockets
  • 100% polyester knit 
  • Wide waistband prevents stomach pressure
  • Relaxed fit that fits curves

Cons:

  • No waistband draw string if you’re into that
  • Costs more than other shorts because they’re custom made in the USA in small batches
Steel Short for women's basketball

Price: $95

Takeaway: SleeperBear’s shorts are very unique. Support our small sister business that also sends profits back to keep our pro women’s basketball media flowing.

Get your shorts here.

2. The Linnaeus Shorts by SleeperBear

These are some of the most comfortable basketball shorts, while also having a super unique design specifically for women. The Linnaeus Short is made in the USA. You’ll find it provides the perfect blend of cozy cotton fabric, original design, and standout details. 

The short features a washed out Carolina Blue pattern with bold bursts of red Chrysanthemums. Enjoy a relaxed cut that provides both comfort and performance options all day long. Plus, the shorts have two deep-front pockets, making it easy to take your phone, music, and keys to the court.

Why we love it: Chrysanthemums were first cultivated in China as a flowering herb as far back as the 15th century BC. The plant is renowned as one of the Four Gentlemen in Chinese art. And it’s our sister company! So when you purchase a pair, you’re supporting our reporting.

Pros:

  • Easy to wash
  • Feature deep pockets
  • Soft cotton fabric
  • Wide waistband prevents stomach pressure
  • Relaxed fit that fits curves
  • One of a kind and will definitely pop on the court and off

Cons:

  • No waistband draw string if you’re into that
  • Costs more than other shorts because they’re custom made in the USA in small batches
SleeperBear's Linnaeus shorts

Price: $95

Takeaway: SleeperBear’s Linnaeus shorts are some of the best basketball shorts for women, especially if you’ve been frustrated by the lack of colorful options from other brands.

Get your shorts here.

3. Puma’s ftblNXT Women’s shorts

PUMA Hoops Creative Director and iconic image maker June Ambrose made this women’s basketball-inspired lifestyle collection: the High Court Collection. This bold collection takes inspiration from Ambrose’s philosophy that life is a sport, style is the game, and basketball is the vibe. Ambrose incorporates athletic and physical elements of the game into the collection, underscoring how women are consistently winning, playing the game of life, and staying on top of the daily grind in all positions they hold. Classic PUMA silhouettes are transformed with fresh designs and textures, resulting in a bold collection designed to make women feel empowered – on and off the court.

Why we love it: It’s cool how collection mixes function with fashion.

Pros:

  • Soft cotton and polyester
  • Original design
  • Nice vibrant orange color could match well with a WNBA orange hoodie

Cons:

  • Wash inside out is a pain to remember
  • Wash garment in a washing bag is even more to remember
Puma basketball shorts for women

Price: $85

Takeaway: These are shorts that really pop, that other hoopers are unlikely to have. Though they might not hold up that well on the court, and are probably better for post-game hang outs.

Shop the shorts here.

4. Erika shorts by KITH

These casual, comfortable basic shorts come in two colors – dark green and cream. They’re made from cotton fleece fabric, and feature two pockets. Plus, they have a ridded waistband with tunneled elastic, and an exterior drawcord with knot. If you prefer your basketball shorts on the shorter side, these are an essential because you won’t have to roll them up.

Why we love it: The pattern is very simple but still makes a statement.

Pros:

  • Very comfortable
  • Kith script embroidery logo at wearer’s left
  • 100% cotton

Cons:

  • Designed specifically for women
  • The cream colored shorts can get dirty quick
Kith shorts for women's basketball

Price: $120

Takeaway: These are super comfy lounge shorts but the fleece construction can be a little hot when hooping.

Shop the shorts here.

5. Re-Inc Field of Flowers Mesh Shorts

These are fun classic baller mesh shorts for everyone. They have handy front and back pockets. And feature limited edition trippy graphics screen-printed on the front. Plus, they are ethically made right in the USA, in New York, New York.

Why we love it: This company has partnered with grassroots organizations to amplify their work within communities. They’ve given over $70,000 to mostly Black and women-led organizations since they founded their company in 2019.

Pros:

  • They’re unisex so they’re a looser fit
  • Ethically made
  • 100% polyester
  • Washer and dryer safe

Cons:

  • They come in just two colors – black and marigold
  • Mesh holes are slightly on the larger side but that can provide a little more breathe
re-inc shorts for basketball

Price: $80

Takeaway: These are fun shorts that are comfy light mesh, and will be something different on the court.

Shop the shorts here.

6. The Luna Short

The Luna Short is made in the USA. It has comfy cotton fabric and an original design. The short features a fun black and white allover carnival pattern. And they have two deep pockets.

Why we love it: This cool basketball design can’t be found anywhere else.

Pros:

  • Easy to wash
  • Feature deep pockets
  • Soft cotton fabric
  • Wide waistband prevents stomach pressure
  • Relaxed fit that fits curves

Cons:

  • No waistband draw string if you’re into that
  • Costs more than other shorts because they’re custom made in the USA in small batches
Luna short

Price: $95

Takeaway: These shorts are designed for women’s bodies so should be a nice fit.

Get it here.

7. Pippin Shorts by SleeperBear

The Pippin Short is designed for all day wear and made in the USA. You’ll find it provides the perfect blend of performance fabric, original design, and standout details. The short features a bright yellow with a bold palm frond pattern, and a stylish loose cut, with plenty of breathe, and unique energy that provides comfort and performance all day long.

Why we love it: 2-inch soft elastic waistband adds style without cramping yours.

Pros:

  • Made for women
  • Unique pattern
  • Supports a small company

Cons:

  • Higher price because everything is original and made in the USA
women's basketball shorts

Price: $95

Takeaway: The lightest hooper shorts you’ll find in a fantastic pattern.

Shop the shorts here.

8. Women’s Chicago Bulls Jump Shot Short

New color range of Women’s NBA Shorts have arrived at Culture Kings inspired by the latest commemorative Black & Gold Mitchell & Ness Men’s Hardwood Swingman Collection. The Women’s designed shorts now feature a shorter rise and inseam (4 inches) for a high waisted and more feminine fit. Perfectly constructed for you, secure your pair today while stocks last at Culture Kings.

Why we love it: Super comfy and true to size, love these shorts!

Pros:

  • Women’s cut and fit
  • Sparkly gold edging and detailing
  • 100% polyester mesh body
  • Side pockets

Cons:

  • Fully lined with 100% polyester tricot – double fabric just makes them a little heavier
Women's Chicago Bulls Jump Shot Short

Price: $75

Takeaway: Perfect fit in every sense of the word.

Shop the shorts here.

Explore women’s cotton basketball shorts

Up next, we’ve pulled together some of the best women’s cotton basketball shorts, from gray loose joggers to a stylish Nike speckled gray option.

9. Les Mills® Natural Dye Cotton Shorts

These men’s shorts are created with soft, organic cotton, and their color comes from dye that utilizes colors from natural earth pigments and minerals. The shorts feature washed sustainable cotton and an oversized relaxed fit. Due to the dye process, each piece has a uniquely gentle hue to match the soft fabric.

Why we love it: They have a great loose fit and are so soft.

Pros:

  • 100% organic cotton French terry
  • Nice front pockets
  • Very soft

Cons:

  • Men’s size
  • Wash and iron inside out
  • Wash dark colors separately – machine wash cold
  • Use mild detergent only
Reebok basketball shorts

Price: $44.97

Takeaway: While these aren’t traditional basketball shorts, they’re comfortable cotton and would totally work on the court.

Shop the shorts here.

10. Nike women’s cotton shorts for basketball

Nike Sportswear women’s shorts are crafted from soft cotton jersey for a comfortable, casual everyday look. Their elastic waistband with drawcord offers an adjustable fit. And they come in 9 colors so you’re sure to find a pair that matches your kicks.

Why we love it: They have a loose fit for an oversized, roomy feel.

Pros:

  • 100% cotton
  • Easy to machine wash
  • They have side pockets

Cons:

  • Imported
  • A little thick feeling
Nike women's cotton shorts

Price: $40

Takeaway: While not specifically designed for basketball, these could hit the court and be comfortable as heck on a colder day.

Shop the shorts here.

11. adidas Pharrell Williams Basic shorts

Everything needs a foundation. This collection from adidas x Pharrell Williams is just that. A celebration of inclusivity and equality, its focus on comfort and freedom of expression is a baseline for everyday life. These shorts are made of soft French terry. Throw your essentials in the side pockets and get out the door.

Why we love it: 100% cotton French terry is super soft and they have high quality fabric and construction.

Pros:

  • Loose unisex sizing
  • Nice side pockets
  • Zip up pockets keep keys secure

Cons:

  • Maybe a little hot to hoop in
  • Imported
adidas Pharrell Williams shorts

Price: $60

Takeaway: Nice pair of cotton shorts in gender-neutral sizing.

Shop the shorts here.

12. Nike Sportswear Women’s Jersey Shorts

Show your true colors in the Nike Sportswear Shorts. Crafted from soft cotton jersey with a gradient print and adjustable waistband, they’re ready for all-day wear. These shorts have a loose fit for an oversized, roomy feel.

Why we love it: These are fun durable sports shorts in cotton.

Pros:

  • Women’s sizing
  • Unique design
  • 100% cotton
  • Open side pockets

Cons:

  • Imported
Nike women's shorts

Price: $47.97

Takeaway: The graphics are cool on these shorts and they’ll hold up well.

Shop here.

Shop Nike women’s dry elite basketball shorts

Also Nike makes some of the best basketball shorts in the game. Nike women’s dry elite shorts are made of a special, durable fabric. This helps keep sweat under control so your shorts don’t stick to you too badly. Here are a few of the best pairs for women to cop.

13. Nike WNBA Team practice shorts

Show off your loyalty to your favorite WNBA team with these sweet Practice Shorts from Nike. These shorts feature bold team graphics that will easily make you the center of attention. When you wear this cool WNBA team gear, it’ll be clear who you’re rooting for with a spirited passion!

Why we love it: These shorts are designed for action. Their Nike Dri-FIT technology wicks away moisture.

Pros:

  • Nice lower price
  • Comfortable mesh fabric
  • 100% Polyester
  • Durable for court play

Cons:

  • Waistband is a little tight and heavy
WNBA team shorts for basketball

Price: $49.99

Takeaway: Hoop in style and look like your favorite player!

Shop the shorts here.

14. Nike Swoosh Fly shorts

These are the latest Nike shorts designed for lady hoopers. The Nike Swoosh Fly Shorts are designed to fit tight around the waist so they won’t slip. And they’re cut wider through the hips and thighs – a more traditional basketball cut giving you plenty of room to move comfortably and without distractions.

Why we love it: They come in 7 pretty colorways from red to blue to black.

Pros:

  • Low price
  • A slip pocket inside the right hand pocket is great for your phone
  • Hand pockets for convenient storage
  • 100% polyester and easy to machine wash
  • Dri-FIT technology helps keep you cool, dry and comfortable

Cons:

  • The waistband is pretty tight/restricting
  • Everyone has them (but maybe that’s a pro!)
Swoosh fly nike basketball shorts for women

Price: $35

Takeaway: These are great basketball shorts on the longer side – but still above the knee – if that’s your jam.

Get yours here.

15. Nike Fly Crossover

These shorts are great classics available in a wide range of colors, so you can match any shirt, and complete your fit. They feature an above-the-knee length, and they’re not too tiIt’s your game, and there’s never been a better time to play. Made from at least 75% recycled polyester, these shorts are wider through the legs and hips, with a secure and comfortable waist and an optimal inseam length.

Why we love it: Lightweight fabric has 2-way stretch for ease of movement.

Pros:

  • Standard fit for a relaxed, easy feel
  • Durable and easy to wash
  • 100% polyester

Cons:

  • The waistband is pretty tight/restricting
Fly Nike shorts

Price: $45

Takeaway: These are a hooper staple. They’re comfortable and can match with anything.

Shop these shorts here.

There’s also a limited edition Space Jam pair that’s worth checking out.

16. Jordan Essentials Women’s Diamond Shorts

Layer light in the Jordan Essentials Diamond Shorts. Made from 2 layers of breathable mesh, they come in a range of seasonal and brand colors. Striped hems and diamond side panels are inspired by Michael Jordan’s pro uniform. A double layer of breathable mesh feels soft, airy and lightweight—a great sensation in warm weather.

Why we love it: Zippered pockets give you secure spots to carry the essentials.

Pros:

  • 100% polyester
  • Easy to machine wash
  • Durable

Cons:

  • Imported
  • Only a few sizes left
Jordan Essentials

Price: $61.97

Takeaway: Get this classic before they sell out!

Shop the shorts here.

Adidas women’s basketball shorts

Then, we’ve got some cool Adidas women’s basketball shorts in two unique styles. Both have plenty of breathe, and interesting sports fabric. They have a fairly classic colorblock design, and something a little fresher.

17. adidas WOMEN IN POWER AEROREADY SHORTS

Ball every day. These adidas basketball shorts keep you dry and focused with moisture-wicking AEROREADY. The soft mesh fits loosely for a light, free feeling. The extended side pockets ensure small essentials stay in place.

Why we love it: These shorts are made with Primegreen, a series of high-performance recycled materials.

Pros:

  • Loose fit
  • Side pockets
  • 100% recycled polyester mesh

Cons:

  • Just available in one color
adidas basketball shorts for girls

Price: $35

Takeaway: Great low cost pair of basic mesh shorts.

Shop here.

18. adidas 365 WOMEN IN POWER SHORTS

Who runs the world? You already know. Throw on these adidas basketball shorts, and let everybody else know. The cut is loose, and the fabric feels lightweight and breezy. AEROREADY wicks sweat, and extended pockets ensure your essentials stay where you put them.

Why we love it: Loose, women’s-specific fit for an affordable price.

Pros:

  • Nice price
  • This product is made with Primegreen, a series of high-performance recycled materials
  • Moisture-absorbing

Cons:

  • Just one color
  • White gets dirty easily and can be a little see through
  • Imported
adidas women's basketball shorts

Shop the shorts here.

Under Armour women’s basketball shorts

Up next, Under Armour has some women’s basketball shorts from polyester fabric. They’re available in pretty classic colorways, such as black and gray.

19. Under Armour women’s colorblock basketball shorts

These shorts have open hand pockets, a classic design, and a full, loose fit. Their textured knit fabric is tough but breathable. And the encased elastic waistband with an internal drawcord means you can adjust the waist to yours. They feature two blocks of white color along each side.

Why we love it: The material wicks sweat and dries pretty fast.

Pros:

  • 100% Polyester
  • Two great pockets for holding your phone and keys

Cons:

  • A little on the longer side, with a 6.75 inch inseam
  • Only available in gray and white
  • Imported
UA colorblock short

Price: $30

Takeaway: The shorts feature a fuller cut for more comfort and have a classic design, so they’re good practice shorts.

Shop the shorts here.

Women’s college basketball shorts

Then, women’s college basketball shorts can help you rep your favorite school. Here are a few options.

20. Memphis State Tiger shorts

The 1991-92 Memphis State Tigers were led by Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway, the nation’s top recruit, and these shorts pay homage to the team. The Tigers went 23-11 during the regular season to earn a #6 seed in the Midwest region, before losing to rival Cincinnati in the Elite 8. Wear a little piece of history, while making history on the court.

Why we love it: This retro vibe is fire! And everything matches with blue.

Pros:

  • Hemmed pockets on both sides
  • Double Ply 100% Pro Aero Mesh

Cons:

  • Men’s fit
  • White waistband shows dirt more
  • More expensive
  • Made in China
Memphis State Tigers 1991-1992 Retro basketball shorts

Price: $70

Takeaway: These are designed for men so the fit might be a little long or not as wide around the hips, but the retro vibe is really cool.

Shop the shorts here.

21. Nike College Dri-Fit Tempo women’s shorts

Rep your college team as you sweat. They shorts are made with sweat-wicking technology to help you stay dry and comfortable on game day or any day. And they’re made with at least 75% recycled polyester fibers.

Why we love it: They’re an easy fit, and come in a ton of different color combinations like Penn State gray and Georgia red.

Pros:

  • Standard fit has a relaxed, easy feel for women
  • They’re easy to wash
  • They last a long time

Cons:

  • No pockets
  • They’re a little short for basketball with a 3 inch inseam, but do-able
women's college basketball shorts

Price: $26.97

Takeaway: These shorts are a fun way to rep your favorite school.

Shop the shorts here.

Knee length basketball shorts

Any finally, if longer shorts are your thing, check out a few knee-length basketball short options. We found a few great pairs from brands such as Starter and Nike.

22. Starter women’s 10 inch mesh shorts

These women’s knee-length mesh short feature a relaxed fit, an internal logo drawcord, and striped panels along the sides. And they come in three simple color combinations.

Why we love it: The Starter hangtag doubles as a sticker!

Pros:

  • 100% Polyester
  • DRI-STAR helps keep you cool and dry
  • Can be machine washed
  • Low price

Cons:

  • Imported
  • Pockets are pretty small – deep but pretty narrow
  • Mesh fabric can be a little abrasive
Starter women's knee-length basketball shorts

Price: $16.19 plus

Takeaway: These shorts are great for every day long coverage and cheap to boot!

Shop the shorts here.

23. TYSHAWN BASKETBALL SHORTS (GENDER NEUTRAL)

With a relaxed fit made from 100% recycled polyester mesh, the Tyshawn Jones Basketball Shorts brings uptown attitude to hardcourt heritage. The Tyshawn Basketball Shorts feature his gold Trefoil signature sign-off. The UNITEFIT sizing structure is created to fit all sizes, genders, and forms.

Why we love it: Made with a series of recycled materials, and at least 60% recycled content, this product represents a solution to help end plastic waste.

Pros:

  • Elastic waistband
  • 100% recycled polyester mesh
  • Relaxed fit

Cons:

  • Not specifically designed for a woman’s body shape
  • Wash separately
  • Use mild detergent only
  • Imported
TYSHAWN BASKETBALL SHORTS (GENDER NEUTRAL)

Price: $65

Takeaway: These shorts are in a unique Primegreen color we haven’t seen elsewhere.

Shop the shorts here.

24. Loiter Trippy Walk Shorts

For everyday style you can’t go past Loiter’s Trippy Walk Shorts. The graphic print and bold colors add fine touches. Cop yours from Culture Kings while stock lasts.

Why we love it: These shorts come in both black and purple and have cool graphics.

Pros:

  • Dual front pockets / single back pocket
  • Adjustable drawstrings

Cons:

  • Men’s sizing
  • Fabric is light but doesn’t have much breathe
Trippy Walk Shorts

Price: $75

Takeaway: You won’t find these anywhere else, so you’ll have really unique hooper style.

Shop the shorts here.

25. Champion Sunwashed Shorts

As unique as you, the Lightweight Fleece Sun Washed Shorts create a one-of-a-kind vibe and are in women’s sizing. This lightweight garment features a unique sun wash tie-dye and has a fleecy interior to keep things soft and cozy.

Why we love it: These shorts have a cool sun wash dye pattern allover.

Pros:

  • 90% Cotton / 10% Polyester
  • Elastic waist
  • Brushed fleece interior

Cons:

  • Raw-edge cuffs fold up a bit over time
Champion Sunwashed Shorts

Price: $49

Takeaway: These are a handy longer pair of Champion shorts that will last a while.

Shop the shorts here.

What to pair with your women’s basketball shorts

If you like to wear spandex underneath your shorts for extra coverage, here are a few awesome options.

  • Check out Reebok’s printed leggings: Bring energy to your workout in these women’s bike shorts from Reebok. A short version of their celebrated Lux tights, they’re made of sweat-wicking fabric in an eye-catching leopard print. They also have some striped pairs.
  • Check out Nike’s Women’s funky bike shorts: They have a stunning bold print, and the super comfortable design wicks sweat to help keep you dry. Plus, you can’t see through the fabric, so you’re totally covered.
  • Explore Kith’s Women’s Lana Bike Shorts: These have Nylon and spandex fabric and a Kith branded elastic waistband.

Pick the best women’s basketball shorts!

Now you’re ready to select the best women’s shorts to help your style and your game. Explore more shorts here. And up next, check out some fun WNBA facts or stock up on cool basketball hoodies.

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