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Top 10 High-Waisted Compression Workout Shorts

10 Slimming And Smoothing Shorts For Every Type Of Workout

10 Slimming And Smoothing Shorts For Every Type Of Workout

Once you find the workout short, there’s really no going back. But if we may, we’d like to introduce a new favorite we don’t think any gal should live without: high-waisted compression workout shorts. The high-waisted look has been in since the 1950s and, clearly, it’s not going out of style any time soon. Combine this with compression, and you’ve got one flattering workout short with the added bonus of a smoothing effect.

High-waisted compression shorts are perfect for lifting, spin class, or even a quick run on the treadmill. In addition to these shorts' versatile nature, they’re just the right length for preventing chafing and wicking sweat without compromising your motion. Are you sold yet? Good. We’ve scoured the internet collecting rave reviews, browsing editorial mentions, and scrolling through the latest social buzz to bring you a carefully curated and ranked list of the Top 10 high-waisted compression workout shorts. Keep scrolling to shop the styles that made the cut. Opening image: lululemon.com

Did you enjoy our 10 Best High-Waisted Compression Workout Shorts? Just wait till you see our 10 Best Yoga Shorts!

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August 28, 2020

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Colorfulkoala High Waisted Yoga Shorts
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Colorfulkoala High Waisted Yoga Shorts

LOVED FOR: These leggings are high quality without the high price tag.

USERS SAID: “If you're reading this, here's the lowdown. Exact same material and feel as their patterned leggings, which means I have the exact same feelings: they're perfect. These feel amazing and have compression for all of your areas. Excellent tummy control with the band and brushed feeling on the fabric.”

90 Degree By Reflex High Waist Power Flex Biker Shorts

WHY YOU NEED IT: These compression shorts include a pocket big enough for your smartphone, eliminating the need for an armband or workout bag.

ABOUT THE BRAND: 90 Degree is Amazon’s number one seller of gym leggings. 

The Gym People High Waist Yoga Shorts

WHY YOU NEED IT: These shorts come in a longer length, which is excellent for preventing chafing and wicking away sweat.

LOVED FOR: These shorts are so versatile. Wear them for running, spin class, yoga, or rock climbing. 

ODODOS High Waist Workout Shorts

WHY YOU NEED IT: Not only do these shorts come with a pocket for your smartphone, but they also include two small zipper pockets to secure your keys, card, or cash.

FUN FACT: These shorts are squat-proof. 

IUGA Workout Shorts

LOVED FOR: These shorts are designed to flatter and contour your curves with a butt-lifting design.

USERS SAID: “I get the hype. I bought two pairs each of IUGA shorts and leggings, and they fit perfectly and the comfort is downright amazing. I can lounge, sleep, and exercise in them. The pockets are very well placed and fit a Galaxy S20 just fine.”

Alo Yoga High Waist Biker Shorts

WHY YOU NEED IT: These shorts are moisture-wicking and anti-odor, so they’re perfect for those extra intense workouts.

FUN FACT: These shorts are wear-tested by Alo’s in-house team.

Lululemon Fast And Free Short 10"

FUN FACT: These shorts were designed to give wearers weightless coverage and unrestricted movement.

LOVED FOR: We know this edit is about workout shorts, but these are cute enough to show off anywhere. Loved for their versatility, this is the perfect pair of bottoms for a workout or afternoon downtown.

Baleaf High Waist Workout Shorts

WHY YOU NEED IT: These shorts prevent chafing in every length.

FUN FACT: These shorts have over 11,000 five-star reviews. 

Old Navy High-Waisted Elevate Compression Bermuda Shorts

USERS SAID: “These are my ABSOLUTE fave compression shorts! The waistband stays put, even during the most rigorous workouts! They have just the right amount of elasticity.”

LOVED FOR: The high-quality construction and affordable price point. 

ODODOS High Waist Out Pocket Yoga Short

BEST FOR: Running

USERS SAID: “These are AMAZING. [...] They fit like a glove. Squat-proof and run-proof. Don’t have to constantly pull them up. I always buy my workout bottoms from Lululemon, but honestly, no more. I will def be ordering more from here. The quality is awesome, the pockets are a plus, and as I said, the fit is perfect! I highly recommend these."

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