It's hitting damn near 90 degrees in NYC this week, and for those of us without a strict work dress code—basically anyone not in finance these days—that means it's officially shorts weather. While it's debatable whether or not your pasty stems should see the light of day, sometimes you gotta make a sacrifice in order to not sweat your literal guts out. Sweat shorts, with their flattering wide cut and optimal just-above-the-knee length, are perfect for pretending you're on your way to the gym after are a hard day's work. While you can go the high-end, ninja-goth route and cop some pods, a pair of terry cloth Reigning Champ joints will do just fine as well. Whatever your budget, you too can look vaguely athletic while staying surprisingly comfortable and cool in the sweltering heat.

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