15 pairs of sweatpants and joggers we've been living in while working from home
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- Soft, stretchy, and well-fitting loungers are the not-so-secret secret to staying comfy at home.
- Some of our favorite brands that make them include Tommy John, Roots, Lululemon, and Aerie.
- These loungers average around $70, but the Insider Reviews team thinks they’re worth every penny.
There was a time, a dark time long ago, when I would wear jeans all day — yes, even once I got home and didn’t have to. Ever since I realized there are pant options 100 times more comfortable than even my most comfortable pair of jeans, I try not to dwell on this haunted past.
Having discovered loungers and joggers made from the softest, stretchiest fabrics and realized the error of my ways, I’m no longer foolish enough to keep my outdoor pants on after walking through the door. You can bet the moment I change into my smooth and cozy loungers that I will not be going back outside. Or, if I do, I could care less about what other people think because of how comfy they are.
My colleagues own comfortable lounge pants that make them feel the same way, a soft-burning appreciation for cozy bottoms that turns into a fiery speech whenever they have to explain that yes, these lounge pants are worth every penny.
15 incredibly comfortable loungers and joggers for men and women:
Vuori Performance Jogger
Performance jogger, available in 14 colors
I’ve been hearing about these joggers everywhere, and now that I have a pair, I can say that they’re really that great. The performance material is super comfy yet feels a bit more “dressy” than standard sweats. I have the sky blue color and it’s a cheerful break from all the black leggings I’ve been wearing while WFH. One thing to note is that the legs are cropped, so I just wish I’d gone one size up for a longer fit. (I’m 5-foot-2 and they still hit above the ankle, just like the model pictured.) —Ashley Phillips, style & beauty editor
Target A New Day Jogger
Women’s High-Rise Ankle Jogger Pants, available in 10 colors
Achieving full teddy bear realness, I own these jogger pants in brown along with their matching crewneck and tank. The entire set feels like a nice, warm hug. It’s my absolute go-to when it comes to WFH attire or a trusty airport look. The comfy fleece lining and high-rise fit ensure maximum comfort. It never gets too baggy with multiple wears, but even so, the drawstring cord helps keep the joggers breathable but flattering. At 5-foot-4, the size small hit my preferred length just below the ankles. And, it comes in both regular and plus sizes. —Jacqueline Saguin, style & beauty reviews fellow
Coalatree Evolution Jogger
Evolution Jogger, available in four colors
I love my Coalatree Evolution Joggers. They’re sustainably made, odor-resistant, and so comfy that I almost always have them on during the weekend. I’m also a big fan of the zippered pockets with tiny pull tabs. —Tercius Bufete, deals editor
Richer Poorer Fleece Sweatpant
Women’s Recycled Fleece Classic Sweatpant, available in 11 colors
I credit the roundup of our favorite sweatsuits for my nonstop wear of these sweatpants. The cotton and recycled polyester blend is extremely comfortable — and saves around 40 plastic bottles from landfills. I was worried the fabric would lose its soft texture after going through the wash, but the material has held up well so far. I’m 5-foot-5 and the XS fits me perfectly. I can wear them high-waisted or push them down a little for a baggier fit. I’ll definitely be purchasing another sweatsuit and have already gifted one. —Katie Decker-Jacoby, style & beauty reviews fellow
Aritzia Babaton Retreat Pant
The Group by Babaton Retreat Pant, available in three colors
These lounge pants are like a wearable blanket. They’re fluffy all over, not just on the outside, and they almost instantly warm up your legs. The high waist fit means the pants keep both your legs and waist cozy, making them perfect for wear in the colder months. The waistband is stretchy and doesn’t restrict your movement or roll down. If I had to mention drawbacks, I’m 5-foot-5 and the XS fits well, but it runs long. I had to get them hemmed so they wouldn’t drag on the floor and pick up dirt. The material is also slightly see through but wearing nude underwear or saving them for at-home wear only easily solves that concern. —Katie Decker-Jacoby, style & beauty reviews fellow
Tommy John Lounge Jogger
Women’s Lounge Jogger, available in five colors
“Does Tommy John ever get it wrong?” That’s the question our team is constantly asking ourselves. If its Women’s Lounge Joggers are any indication, though, then no. Tommy John says they’re made of an innovative stretch material that always keeps its shape, and so far, I can validate that claim. The fabric is also still super soft after its first washing. Additional details like tapered legs, side pockets, and a tagless label make this pair of lounge pants an instant favorite. I look forward to going home and putting them on. —Ellen Hoffman, executive editor
As Ellen already hinted, every piece I’ve ever tried from Tommy John elicits the same bemused chuckle: They’ve done it again. The company’s feather-light, super-soft underwear, camisoles, and tank tops are all standouts in my closet — and these joggers are some of the best. The side pockets, tagless label, and tapered fit are all perks, but the real highlight is the tri-blend fabric — unbelievably soft, airy, and hasn’t stretched out yet. It’s hard to wear another pair to bed. —Mara Leighton, senior reporter
I had never tried anything from Tommy John, but my coworkers had raved about how comfortable all of their Tommy John loungewear is — they were onto something. These joggers are super soft, lightweight, and have a nice, tapered fit. They feel like pajamas, but look presentable enough to wear out of the house, which I did and was pretty happy about. —Remi Rosmarin, former reporter
Sheex Modern Jogger
Women’s Modern Jogger, available in three colors
Made by a company known for its innovative performance fabric bedding and sleepwear, the Sheex slim-fit joggers are lighter and thinner than most so you can wear them during warmer days without overheating. If you’re prone to overheating regardless of the weather, you’re in luck because the fabric is temperature-regulating and moisture-wicking. As you settle into your bed, couch, or giant beanbag chair, both you and your legs can breathe easy. —Connie Chen, senior reporter
Intent Joggers, available in two colors
I am a major Lululemon sweatpants advocate — they are pretty much my number one requested gift around the holidays. Lulu’s Intent Joggers are just plain comfortable. I don’t know what magic is woven in the fabric, but the balance of soft and stretchy makes it comfortable to do work around the house, go out and run errands, and then still feel like you can relax on the couch immediately after. I have put some serious miles into these pants and so far, they have not wavered.
At Ease Joggers, available in four colors
The At Ease Jogger echos the same vibes as the Intent Jogger. The big difference between this and the Intent Jogger is that I feel more inclined to relax and lounge with the At Ease. I’m more likely to fall asleep in these sweatpants due to the relaxed fit, whereas for the Intent Jogger, I still feel as if I need to change out of them before I go to bed. —Frank Massaro, strategic partnerships manager
Roots Slim Elastic Sweatpant
Men’s Original Slim Sweatpant, available in two colors
Note: The Slim Elastic Sweatpant is now sold out and no longer available. We’ve replaced it with a similar option from Roots.
I’ve never been very loyal to any specific brand, but Roots will be my loungewear until the day I die, and even after that because I am insisting in my will that I get buried and spend eternity in these Slim Elastic Sweatpants. These sweatpants truly have it all; they look cool enough to wear outside the house, are soft enough to fall asleep standing up, and even have elastic cuffs so you don’t have to deal with the annoyance of constantly stepping on your pant legs. —Danny Bakst, story production manager
MeUndies Lounge Pant (Women's)
Women’s Lounge Pant, available in six colors
MeUndies makes some of the softest underwear and loungewear that I’ve come across, and most of my adult life has been spent in the pursuit of comfort. (My favorite possession is a $98 robe). The MicroModal/elastane blend is silky soft and weighty, and the cut is simultaneously sleek and loose — slim and polished enough to be alright for a morning bagel run or early morning flight. —Mara Leighton, senior reporter
After hearing how comfy these lounge pants are from my coworkers, I was so excited to finally get my hands on a pair. They’re indeed silky soft, but what I like most is the weightiness of the fabric; I was expecting something flimsy, but these feel more like true lounge pants you could wear outside in a pinch rather than PJ bottoms. And, they have pockets which is always a plus. —Ashley Phillips, style and beauty editor
MeUndies Modal Jogger
Women’s Modal Jogger, available in six colors
I love MeUndies’ joggers. In fact, I’m wearing my pair right now as I work from home. They’re ultra-soft and stretchy for lounging around or over-eating takeout on the couch, but the silhouette is sleek enough that I can wear them out on a walk with sneakers and a sweatshirt and not feel like a total slob. If soft and stretchy is what you’re looking for, these are it. —Sally Kaplan, deputy editor
Tentree Atlas Sweatpant
Atlas Sweatpant, available in three colors
Tentree is a Canadian outdoor apparel company that makes high-quality and sustainable clothing. The Atlas sweatpants, which I’ve been wearing for the past couple of months, are made from 50% organic cotton and 50% recycled polyester. The fabric is so soft and comfortable that you wouldn’t think it’s partially made from sustainable synthetics, but that’s a trademark of a great outdoors brand.
It’s roomy and breathable for staying inside a heated house, but the cuffed ankle, deep pockets, and heat retention make this a suitable jogger for heading outside (base layer recommended if it’s particularly cold where you are). The Atlas is like wearing your favorite blanket but in jogger form. A fleece version is also available. —Les Shu, senior editor
Outerknown Solstice Sweatpants
Solstice Sweatpant, available in one color
The vintage-washed, terrycloth material is super breathable so I never feel overheated or uncomfortably warm. On the flip side, I’m never cold when I have these joggers on — they’re the perfect weight for year-round wear. I’m a little over 5-foot-1 and a size 8-10; I wear a size large for a bit of an oversized fit but could have stood to size down. The length hits my ankles, for reference. I should also point out that I really appreciate Outerknown’s focus on sustainability. It helps me justify the extra cost of its clothes since they’re not cheap. —Sally Kaplan, senior editor
Athleta Studio Jogger
Studio Jogger, available in three colors
I never thought I could love joggers so much until I tried the Athleta Studio Joggers. The material is extremely soft and feels like butter against your skin. I’m on the shorter side, so joggers tend to look big, baggy, and too long, yet these pants fit just right. They come in petite sizes and I own a pair in every color they have. Another bonus: they have pockets. I literally won’t wear anything else when it comes to trendy yet comfortable clothes. —Ariel Tilayoff, former story production fellow
Monrow Supersoft Vintage Sweatpant
Supersoft Vintage Sweatpant, available in three colors
I’ve had these joggers from Monrow’s Supersoft collection for years now and I still wear them several days a week. Just like the name suggests, the fabric is super soft and has a lived-in feel from day one. Unlike my other sweats, this is the only pair that I find comfortable enough to sleep in. I’ve also worn them on long flights with a matching sweatshirt. They have shrunk over time, so I recommend ordering a size up to be safe. —Ashley Phillips, style and beauty editor
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