You know what is stupidly hard to find? Active wear shorts. Not even cute ones, just shorts in general seem to have disappeared in the wake of the lululemon/tna pants era. I love my stretchy black pants but I can't do cheerleading, gymnstics, dance or a lot of intense workouts in them. I thought since mall searching wasn't working for me, I would find tons and tons online to choose from. I thought wrong. To try and save the world time, I've compiled a list of places, online and off that might help your search! Please Feel free to tell me where you get your shorts in the comments so I can build this list up!
Triple Flip is a small start up chain slowly growing in Canada. I came across their store in Oakville and I was super impressed. It's like this place understands the need for actual shorts! They sell a few body suits as well but they mainly focus on general active wear. In a move I find rather confusing, the line is marketed towards younger girls but the sizes go all the way up to about a M-L adult. The pictures on the website may through you off but they do fit accurate to size. I'm wearing a 5 and it fits great. I would suggest ordering from them for sure. I'm wearing the super shorts I bought from them today (which inspired this post!) and I'm super happy with my purchase. They are made with the same lulu lemon material, the perfect short length for cheer shorts and priced extremly well. These shorts will last working out two times a week for a few years. The only problem I have with this company besides the marketing focus towards younger girls is some of the fabric prints are a bit tacky but its nice to see them add some different styles in the mix. I want to pick up a pair of pink plaid shorts for sure, workout clothes should be fun. Bonus points for selling sparkly spankies. Also, encourage them to make some cute bra tops! P.S. stretch wear is 15% off right now.
Jagwear is a website that offers tons and tons of great shorts. They have a bunch of sparkly ones as well as plain colors with rhinestones. I totally plan on making an order here for sure once I have some money! I'm super surprised I haven't heard of them until now. Bonus, they have a Halloween sale on right for 30% off some stuff.
They also get a shout out for making a superhero bodysuit. Just another reason I want to do actual gymnastics.
Gk Elite is a great website for cheer and gymnastics related workout gear. They set trends in the cheer world and follow them. They also have a wide selection of bra tops and shorts. They also have cool features like a cheer line by Shawn Johnson. I could honestly buy over $1000 worth of things on this site! I'm going to crack soon and probly do that. If only I wasn't paying more then I make on cheer... The websites really large so make sure to look around in every section before ordering. The one thing that stopped me from ordering on this site before was how exensive shipping was to Canada. I think it was 14-20 something for a pair of shorts? If your only ordering one thing that really sucks. If you can find some friends to order with though this site could totally be worth it.
All About Dance has a small but affordable selection of shorts on their site. The website also promises cheap and quick shipping to Canada so that's a bonus! The site looks like a good place to get some great basics for a low price.
Pink by Victoria's Secret
In the summer I could not find shorts. I got desperate and bought the cute capri pants from pink and cut them! Yes, it was expensive for shorts but they are super cute and I cut them to the length I wanted. I didn't hem them as I've been to lazy but they've been fine. I hate that I had to resort to this but I do love pinks designs. MAKE MORE SHORTS PINK!
This is a local line that is super cute! They don't have many shorts but they do offer a few cute ones. The line offers great things like pockets for credit cards and ipods and the cutest bra tops!
And of course...
The last few times I've checked out TNA I haven't seen any shorts. Whenever they do get some in though they are sure to be on the pricer side. Its still a good place to check as it can be fairly easy to track down in a mall in Canada. Minus more points for not having a webshop though
This is the most obvious choice. They will be over priced and don't usually have the best fits for cheer but they are wildly available.