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17 Best Terry Shorts, Dresses, and Sets

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As the sun gets stronger and summer fashion sets in, it’s time to gear up in head-to-toe terryclothing. A youthful yet versatile fabric that’s both beach and tennis court approved, French terry is at the heart of summer’s most sought-after looks.

Terry has always been a go-to for Recreational Habits co-founder Jackie Skye Muller. But for summer 2022, “brands are reinventing it in fun new colors and prints,” she says. This season we see terry in a whole new light: in addition to shorts and swimsuits, terry takes rompers, sandals, bags and dresses everywhere, from Prada to Aritzia to Terry, a brand dedicated almost entirely in sports fabric. With so many colorful ways to wear it, “terry feels modern for this season,” confirms Divya Mathur, Head of Merchandising at Intermix.

Owning the terryclothing trend is all about balance. “To avoid looking too sporty in that heavier fabric, opt for feminine silhouettes like a romper or miniskirt paired with a matching swimsuit,” suggests Mathur. Or try Skye Muller’s tried-and-true terry uniform: “I love dressing up a terry short with a crisp button-up shirt — it’s an easy way to stay cool while looking grown up,” she says. To make all your terry dreams come true, we’ve selected 17 dresses, matching sets and more to keep you on trend all summer long.

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Whether you’re grabbing a coffee, heading to the beach, or grabbing a bite to eat, these Prada slides are the perfect accessory for a look that’s both comfortable and stylish.

Teddy organic cotton terry romper

Here’s a great example of Mathur’s favorite way to wear terrycloth this summer. A polo romper with a plunging neckline begs to be paired with your favorite bikini and a strappy sandal.

Tna’s Banks T-Shirt is the terrycloth must-have to layer over a bathing suit, pair with jeans or even sweatpants for an outfit that’s both stylish and comfy.

Complete the set: Matching shorts, $40 at Aritzia

This buttery backless dress is a wardrobe staple this season. Wear it with trainers or strappy sandals to turn heads on and off the tennis court.

This Miu Miu slide is the ultimate terry accessory: romantic, yet sporty and understated.

This toweling miniskirt is a look on its own. Easily dressed up or down, it’s a trend staple.

Complete the set: Matching top, $280 at Farfetch

Sincerely Jules for Bandier

Bandier’s best-selling kits have been redone in tangerine terry for the summer. Balance the bold print with plain leggings under the quarter zip or a white poplin button-up shirt over the shorts, or flaunt your stripes in all three pieces at once.

Bob Wave in cotton terry

The sage hue of this sponge bob is soft, but still makes a statement when you want one.

Elma cotton-blend terry jumpsuit

This Suzie Kondie jumpsuit is the ultimate terrycloth look, with a beautiful blue perfect for a night by the water.

Logo Terry Bucket Bag With Drawstring

A beautiful summer accessory in terrycloth, this Marc Jacobs bag is a must. All you need is sunscreen and a good book to throw inside.

Terry Cloth Short Sleeve T-Shirt

This easy toweling short sleeve is a versatile essential – and it’s 25% off right now.

Complete the set: Matching sweatpants, $103 at Bergdorf Goodman

MWL Towel Terry Color Block Curved Hem Shorts

These olive shorts are a no-brainer for sexy girls walking this summer. Make it a complete fit with the matching bralette.

Complete the set: Matching vest, $85 at Madewell

Of course, we needed a towel in this terry cloth edition. Bottega Veneta’s version guarantees the chicest beach day ever. (And it looks even better to take a look at Bottega cream terry tote bag.)

Frankies Bikinis knows how to do terry good: this midi dress is a Y2K moment for any occasion.

Color blocking is made easy with this French terry button up shirt.

Complete the set: Matching shorts, $78 at Shopbop

Quarter Zip Terry Sweatshirt

This Ralph Lauren toweling quarter-zip is the perfect piece for long walks or a game of tennis this summer.

Complete the set: Matching shorts, $99 at Mytheresa

Fiona green gingham smocked camisole

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