Sweatpants are the epitome of casual, but you don’t have to just wear them chillin’ at home. The best are comfy enough for a day inside but ready to step out if need be. They come in all kinds of materials from all-cotton fleece-back jersey, to super comfy tri-blend concoctions or high-end cashmere and velour versions. Whether you’re headed out with slim pair and rare sneakers or are staying in, laissez-faire style, loose and lounge-y with your favorite slippers, these are some of our favorite, most stylish sweatpants.
Product selections made by Evan Malachosky
Outerknown’s Sur Sweatpants are made from a blend of organic cotton and hemp, the latter of which affords extra weight, while the former provides softness. They’re sturdy and structured yet comfortable and breathable, and they boast zip pockets on the front and back.
Manufactured in the US from 100-percent cotton, Les Tien’s luxury sweats are started on a fine loom and finished with a steel brush, which gives it a vintage look and feel. They’ll be pleasantly soft — eerily worn-in — from the first time you put them on. Plus, they come in eight colors.
These tapered sweatpants are made with a cotton-poly loopback fabric and come in five versatile colors. Based on vintage styles, these sweatpants have a thick elastic waistband with a drawstring, elastic cuffs, side pockets and a back patch pocket. What's more the style comes in sizes XS to 3XL.
You should know what to expect from Everlane by now: Elevated essentials at sensible prices backed by a 365-day guarantee. All of the products in the brands Uniform collection are backed by the same promise, but rarely, I can assure you, do issues arise. These 100-percent cotton sweats are soft, plenty durable, and available in three stylish hues.
Kotn’s quickly rising the ranks of brands making super solid basics. The label’s new Essential Sweatpant is another impressive option, with its 100-percent Better Cotton fleece body, brushed interior, and relaxed fit. These come in four fashionable colors.
You can’t go wrong with J.Crew’s basics. These online-exclusive sweatpants feature a French Terry that’s super soft against the skin, pockets, drawstring waist and elastic hem all in a perfectly-fitting relaxed cut.
Madewell’s sweats feature a mix of traditional and recycled cotton, meaning they’re soft and super comfy. The color’s a sort of faded, vintage-tinged red, and the fabric promises to be lightweight without sacrificing warmth.
Made from American ringspun cotton, these sweatpants come in a midweight loopback fabric. They feature an elastic waistband (with a drawstring), subtle cuffs, side pockets and a back patch pocket.
Gap’s basics are pretty damn good. And you can get them for the price of most fast fashion iterations. (Although Gap is fast fashion, in my opinion, they’re better than ASOS or H&M). Made from majority cotton, these come in 20 colors and have a noticeable, vintage-like softness to them.
Did the sight of Abercrombie & Fitch just scare you a little? Don’t freak. The once decrepit mall dud is doing interesting, albeit pleasantly simple, things in the menswear space again. Get your hands on this retro-inspired pair of sweatpants, with thick legs, a relaxed-fit, and your choice of five colors — all for under $60.
Italic is a members-only shopping platform that sells popular products made in the same factories as expensive designer goods at cost. Sounds too good to be true, right? Right. The offerings are only available to those that pay a monthly fee, but first time orders have that dollar amount deducted from the total cost. That means you can get these recycled terry sweatpants in one of two colors for half the price of competitors’ versions.
Todd Snyder’s ongoing collaboration with Champion has produced modern-day classics, not the least of which is its luxurious sweatpant. Crafted in Canada using a hefty French terry fabric, the cut is tailored as perfectly as its famed suits.
Completely raw and recycled, these all-natural sweats are produced in Los Angeles using a fabric made with cotton manufacturing waste. The weighty 14-ounce fabric is left undyed and unbleached for a unique texture.
Reigning Champ produces some of the best knits out of its Canadian factory and it's got legions of fans to show for it. Its sweatpants give an old-school vibe with drawstrings at the waist and hem, a beefy all-cotton fabric and flush flatlock stitching that won’t irritate against the skin.
Pangaia’s eco-friendly 365 Track Pants are offered in 22 different colors. Wear the rainbow, I guess? All joking aside, they’re made from 100-percent organic cotton, are dyed with dyes infused into recycled water, and are finished with a treatment that prevents shedding.
Richer Poorer’s sweats look like a successful vintage score — like super soft, worn-in sweatpants colleges would assign to student athletes before college sports became a trillion dollar business. (And long before Nike or Jordan sponsored athletes, too.) They have a unique faded gray color to them, and super soft, relaxed-fit legs. Plus, they’re made from 40-percent recycled polyester, which means each pair diverts 40 water bottles from the landfill.