Apparel & Accessories

The Best Fitted Running Shorts on the Market Right Now

Our top picks for the most flattering fitted running shorts come in a variety of lengths for legs and hips of all sizes.

The bike shorts trend is here to stay, but finding the perfect pair of fitted running shorts can leave women feeling like Goldilocks—everyone’s body is different, and some compression shorts can be too tight, or too long, or too short. We’ve taken out some of the guesswork with our top picks. These are the best tight-fitting shorts to wear when running, and in short, medium, and long inseams, you’re sure to find a flattering pair to love.

SHORT

New Balance Fast Flight Hot ShortNew Balance Fast Flight Hot Short | $30

If you’re aiming to PR in the mile and want to dress for success, these short shorts are sure to fire you up. Pick from three sleek colors, then motor through the straightaways.

Spanx Booty Boost Active ShortSpanx Booty Boost Active 4” Short | $58

Spanx is known for making women feel and look good in their everyday clothes, so it’s no wonder that the active shorts fit and feel great. Between the high waist and stitching above the butt, these are super flattering.

MEDIUM

Janji Race ShortJanji 6” Pace Short | $54

These funky floral shorts are perfect if you like to shake up your running wardrobe. A super-high drawstring waist with silicone to stay put means these seemingly never move.

Lululemon Fast and Free ShortLululemon Fast and Free 6” Short | $68

You’ll slip right into these thanks to Nulux fabric that’s quick-drying with the just-right amount of compressive fit. A plethora of colors and sizes provide you with the perfect fit.

LONG

Athleta Ultimate Stash Pocket ShortAthleta Ultimate Stash Pocket 7” Short | $59

Double side pockets, plus a stash pocket in the waistband, make these the perfect long-run short—they’ll hold all your gels and your phone.

Tracksmith Allston Long ShortsTracksmith Allston Long Shorts | $72

A 7.25-inch inseam and Italian blended fabrics keep these track-approved shorts tight without being uncomfortable. A clamshell-like back pocket keeps your phone secure throughout hill repeats.