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Permanently remote positions and flexible work schedules means that you’ve likely made sweatpants a staple in your wardrobe. While it’s great there are so many brands to choose from, it can be hard to come to a decision, so fortunately for you we’ve done the testing for you. From unbelievably soft cashmere joggers to fashion-forward tapered sweats, there are a ton of options for a variety of styles and budgets.
Whether you’re sitting through a virtual meeting, binge-watching your favorite show at home, running errands, or just want a cool but casual fit, a great pair of sweats is key. What you decide to buy depends entirely on how and where you want to wear your sweatpants. Keeping that in mind, we scoured the internet for the top-rated sweatpants, then tested 10 cozy pairs on our own to come up with the below guide. Check out our roundup of some of the best sweatpants you can buy right now.
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Naadam Cashmere Sweatpants
Heavenly soft and luxurious, the Naadam cashmere sweatpants feature a heavier knit to keep you warm and cozy, while remaining breathable. They’re perfect for lounging on the couch or running errands around town.
Sizing options: XXS-3X
Most of us don’t consider investing in a set of sweatpants but it may be time to reconsider. The Naadam Cashmere Sweatpants sit firmly at the intersection of luxury and comfort, made from buttery soft 100% Mongolian cashmere with a drawstring waist woven from elastic yarn (that miraculously doesn’t bunch!) and ribbed ankle cuffs that won’t ride up your leg.
They also come in colorful shades beyond your typical neutrals like magenta, salmon and lavender, plus Naadam is all about sustainable and ethical business practices. They work directly with local herders to pay a fair wage, hand-brush their Mongolian goats, support anti-desertification programs and use recyclable packaging.
The Essential Cashmere Sweatpants (small)
Summersalt The Softest French Terry Joggers
Known for their elegant, size inclusive swimwear made from sustainable materials, Summersalt’s loungewear line is led by the best-selling Softest French Terry Joggers which are just as chic and eco-friendly.
Sizing options: XS-2X
If you’re looking for a classic jogger in a wide variety of spring and summer-friendly colors and prints, look no further than the Summersalt Softest French Terry Joggers. Trendy folks will appreciate the pink and blue tie dye options, while the terracotta, powder blue and toffee colors are meant for warm spring days. The eco-friendly TENCEL fabric is on the thinner side and breathable, ideal for those in warm climates who want to live in sweats but not burn up.
While the joggers do come in a wide variety of sizes, tall women take note: these joggers are described as ankle length but can fall at mid-calf depending on how tall you are (I’m 5’9″). I personally wish they had been a bit longer since going up another size would have made them too big everywhere else.
The Softest French Terry Joggers (small)
Richer Poorer Women’s Recycled Fleece Classic Sweatpants
With a timeless straight leg and elastic waist and leg openings, the Richer Poorer Recycled Fleece Classic Sweatpants are the majorly upgraded version of your favorite high school sweats.
Sizing options: XS-XL
You know those roomy, lived in sweats you’ve had for decades? It’s time to replace them with the Richer Poorer Women’s Recycled Fleece Classic Sweatpants to last the next ten years. These sweats have all the features that come to mind when you think of classic sweatpants, like a relaxed fit through the leg, an elastic drawstring waistband and elastic leg openings, with a few grown-up touches like intricate seams on the outer leg and a soft fleece lining.
Speaking of which, the recycled fleece saves approximately 40 plastic bottles from landfills in a process that reduces carbon dioxide emissions and energy usage. Finally, rich color options like olive army, truffle and cub offer a more refined look.
Women’s Recycled Fleece Classic Sweatpant (small)
Madewell MWL Superbrushed Easygoing Sweatpants
It’s rare for sweatpants to be as soft on the outside as they are on the inside, but that’s the case with Madewell’s MWL Superbrushed Easygoing Sweatpants. They’ll be just as comfy for the person you’re cuddled up with as they’ll be for you…almost.
Sizing options: XXS-3X
You may assume MWL stands for Madewell but it actually stands for the “Make Weekends Longer” collection, and these uber comfy sweats are perfect for relaxing at home over a long weekend. I don’t know what sorcery makes these pants so cozy and soft (actually, it’s a blend of TENCEL, REPREVE polyester made from recyclable plastic bottles and spandex), but as soon as I stepped into them I couldn’t stop rubbing my hands over the feathery soft brushed terry.
The leg is relaxed yet slimming and although there is a drawstring waist, the elastic waistband ensured an appropriately snug fit. Sherbet hues like smoky lilac, antique coral and frosted sage paired with the matching MWL top offer a pulled together look for a trip to the market without the need for a real outfit. One thing to note, a drawback to the extra-softness is that these pants do pill quite a bit, even after a few washes according to reviews.
MWL Superbrushed Easygoing Sweatpants (small)
TIÉR NYC Amberglow sweatpants
Tier’s line of unisex, monochromatic sweatsuits are a cult-favorite streetwear brand among the most stylish trendsetters. A tapered leg, extra-deep pockets (with a back pocket!), and metal-tipped drawstrings are the special details that may have the man in your life coming after these pants for himself.
Sizing options: XS-XXL
When you step into a pair of Tier sweatpants, you can feel the impeccable quality immediately. The French terry pants are thick and cozy, with an uber flattering fit that’s both slim and slightly baggy through the leg. The embroidered Tier logo on the front and circular logo on the back makes you feel like you’re part of a club only the cool kids know about.
The sweatpants come in six colors, with the option to add a matching sweatshirt for a full look. I personally think Amberglow and Sleet Grey are the most fashion-forward hues, but neutrals like Ash Black, Blue Depths and Almond Oil (a cream color) are gorgeous options for those that are color shy.
Amberglow Sweatpants (small)
Alo Yoga Muse Sweatpant
The Alo Yoga Muse Sweatpants are the perfect post-yoga class fit, or ideal for those days when you can’t even look at your mat. Cozy, ribbed and relaxed, they’re fantastic for all-day comfort.
Sizing options: XXS-L
If I could only live in one pair of sweatpants for the rest of my days, the Alo Yoga Muse Sweatpant would be it. The brushed ribbed knitting is what makes these pants a standout, upping the level of comfort and creating a pair of sweats that are unexpectedly chic.
The elastic waistband and drawstring ensure a flattering fit around your bum, and the silhouette is relaxed through the legs with a snug ankle hem. I’d even dare to say that neutrals like the black, bone and dark navy Muse sweatpants are so cute you could dress them up with a tissue tee, leather jacket and ankle boots.
Muse Sweatpant (small)
Adidas Originals R.Y.V. Pants
Roomie, soft and with an uplifting message, these R.Y.V. sweatpants were made with the celebration of women in mind.
Sizing options: XS-XL
The wide-leg, off-white R.Y.V. (Reveal Your Voice) Pants are a special edition collaboration between Adidas Originals and Girls Are Awesome. Girls Are Awesome is all about gender equality, so these are the perfect loose-fitting sweats to wear as you work from home to close that gender pay gap.
The French terry lining is comfortable enough to wear all day and breathable so you won’t overheat, but women on the shorter side may feel like the legs are a touch too long. Finally, the eco-friendly R.Y.V. pants are made with recyclable materials as a part of adidas’ mission to end plastic waste.
Originals R.Y.V. Pants (small)
Outdoor Voices All Day Sweatpant
High-rise, velvety soft and lightweight enough to work out in, the Outdoor Voices All Day Sweatpant is the best possible mixture of your favorite legging and trackpant.
Sizing options: XS-XL
When you think of a sweatpant, the All Day Sweatpant by Outdoor Voices is not what will come to mind…and that’s not a bad thing. Of all the sweatpants I tried, this is the one I felt most comfortable wearing out around town with a cute pair of slip-on sneakers, yet it absolutely matched the coziness level necessary for lounging around the house.
The state-of-the-art CloudKnit fabric is stretchy and breathable, with a body-skimming fit that’s very flattering. The slim fit and small percentage of spandex make these sweatpants also great for all the runners out there who are sick of running in leggings.
All Day Sweatpant (small)
Pact Essential Vintage Sweatpant
Pact’s mission is to build earth’s favorite clothing company through the use of organic cotton in all of their apparel, making their Essential Vintage Sweatpant a pick that’s both fashionable and good for the planet.
Sizing options: XS-XXL
Thanks to both 100% organic cotton that uses 91% less water than conventional cotton and Pact’s partnership with fair trade certified factories, the Essential Vintage Sweatpant is one you can feel good about wearing. The pants are also dyed with non-toxic chemicals.
These sweats come with the perfect amount of slouch for a casual look without appearing sloppy, and I found myself pairing them with tanks around the house and a jean jacket and sandals on a Starbucks run. The smocked drawstring waistband gives a touch of femininity and the outer stitching down each leg makes for a retro vibe.
Essential Vintage Sweatpant (small)
Quince SuperSoft Fleece Pants
Fleece-lined and affordable, the SuperSoft Fleece Pants by Quince are go-to sweatpants on chilly days.
Sizing options: XS-XL
Known for their $50 cashmere sweaters, fashion startup, Quince, is all about high quality pieces at affordable prices and lucky for us that includes $29.90 sweatpants. SuperSoft isn’t just a cute title for these fleece-lined sweatpants, it’s the actual name of Quince’s proprietary fabric made with a mixture of TENCEL, recycled polyester, rayon and spandex to create one of the most comfortable fleeces on the market.
The fit is more of a jogger than a classic sweatpant, with a drawstring waistband, deep front pockets (that are also fleece-lined) and just enough stretch to hug curves. I personally found that the pants didn’t fit as loosely on me as they appear in the website photo and were a bit short, so if you like a baggier fit, size up.
SuperSoft Fleece Pants (small)