All the cutest sweatpants I could find

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Face it: sweats are what a lot of us are living in a whole lot of the time these days, and once the world returns to normal, will we ever go back? I mean, why would we? They’re comfortable as the day is long, cool, and—increasingly—look good enough to pass as streetwear. These are from Outdoor Voices, and they’re in my cart even as I type: throw them on with a sweater and it’d look like you’re wearing trousers.

The hit of tie-dye here is unexpected and fun. These have a similar vibe.

This is Nili Lotan’s Nolan pant, and it is my favorite sweatpant ever. Many days, I throw them on for dog walking in the morning and just keep them on all day.  I know they’re pricey, and maybe more than you would ever consider spending on a piece of this type, which I get. But man, are they good.

These are from Entireworld, a brand I wrote about a while back, and they’re well-priced and come in multiple colors. I don’t own a pair—yet—but people swear by them.

The micro-stripes here are pretty fun.

These are supposed to be super-soft and lightweight, and I like that they’ve got a slimmer cut.

I like a side-stripe, and these are just super-cute in the pink (though they come in grey and this mustardy hue too).

A velour pair would feel incredibly luxe. I like this velvet pair too.

This pleated cropped pair is just ultra-spiff, and I think they would go into constant rotation for whoever went for them.

Just a good pair of fleece sweats at a decent price; they also come in grey.

I love the patch pockets here, and the dusty rose hue. They also look ultra-soft.

Nobody doesn’t like rainbow stripes, am I right?

This pair is from Uniqlo, and they’re some sort of denim hybrid, which is cool.

I like the higher waist on these.

A faux leather pair with excellently big front pockets, and a couple in the back too.

Pink leopard print! Who doesn’t need that in their lives? I also dig the side cargo pocket. Here’s a pair with a more traditional leopard print, if that’s more your speed.

I really really like the color combination on this tie-dye pair.

These aren’t exactly cheap, but I think they’re pretty polished and they’ve got great army pant pockets in the back.

Here’s another pair with cargo pockets, and very trouser-ish styling.

And finally: a camo pair that looks appealingly worn-in.

 

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32 Thoughts on All the cutest sweatpants I could find
    HickfromStyx
    22 Oct 2020
    3:18pm

    I have just ordered three pairs of joggers for my son, who is taking university courses remotely. Otherwise, it would be flannel PJ bottoms for the rest of the winter. These are khaki material styled as joggers, with a bit of stretch. I’m pretty sure he’d never wear them under normal circumstances. These are not normal circumstances.

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      Mimi A.
      23 Oct 2020
      10:24am

      Does anyone know of sweatpants or joggers for men that feature a fly or other opening in front? I want to order some for my husband but most of the sweatpants I’ve found are plain front pull ons with no convenient way for a man’s equipment to emerge when nature calls.

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    Viajera
    22 Oct 2020
    1:55pm

    I find that I am out of step in terms of fashion. Maybe I always have been, though I noticed it more when everything went high rise and there weren’t full leg pants anymore. But I must say how much I enjoyed the photo of the woman in the blazer, pretending she is going to wear that outfit to work. I don’t think so. But, it *is* funny. In a *good* way. Reminded me of Lucky harem pant outings of yore. I like it when people go out on that fashion limb. I think that lady is bouncing up and down on it, too. And having fun. Uh oh … maybe I need to wear that, just so’s.

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      HickfromStyx
      22 Oct 2020
      3:06pm

      Oh, believe me, people are going to work in outfits like that, virtually. I think we have reached peak “business on top, party on bottom”, to paraphrase and invert a saying of Kim’s. Using an ironing board as a desk is now an internet meme. Will we ever go back to ironing and suit dressing that belonged to another century? Blazer cardigans, people, the heavy T-shirts of business attire!

      High rise pants are wonderful if you’re high-waisted like me, so I am giving thanks every day that they arrived after a long drought. I should never be seen in low-rise or even mid-rise pants. Yes, praise the pant gods, for now.

      Being out of step is bad? Or is it blazing a new trail?

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        Viajera
        23 Oct 2020
        12:04am

        Excellent point, HickfromStyx – I did not mean to imply that I favor any kind of a ban on high waist pants … it is only that I am chagrined at the difficulty of finding other kinds. Actually, I like the high waist look. But the pair I have is not so comfy. Guilt by association I guess.

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    Kim
    22 Oct 2020
    1:16pm

    I wish they would identify if they’re traditional “sweatpant” fabric with the warm, soft fleece like interior.

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    Mae
    22 Oct 2020
    2:40pm

    Just ordered the Nolan pants — if you say they’re the best, then I’m certain they are!

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    latenac
    22 Oct 2020
    7:22am

    I am wearing the second ones right now from Outdoor Voices. Very comfortable and wonderful. I have found they pill a bit but it could be because I’m wearing them most days.

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    The Perfume Squirrel
    26 Oct 2020
    1:37pm

    Hi Kim, could you please indulge us readers, what do you usually wear in the olfactorial beauty department (at home, or out) other than your beloved Portrait of a Lady? I know it’s a bit moot to be wearing a beauty product that makes it hard to enjoy it in full capacity right now, but truth be told, sniffing my wrist is what has kept me going and preoccupied with hits of joy when languishing at home in front of the laptop. I find it serves a nice meditative break in-between things. Now that the daylight hours are getting shorter, like a mad squirrel I am hunting-and-gathering all that I can to combat the oncoming seasonal blues. Vitamins, CBD oils, teas, candles, therapy lights, etc.,. Perfumes serves a bit of a thrill in my life and so, I am craving a bit of an olfactory adventure and would love to know if you have any scent recommendations.

    Thanks,
    The Perfume Squirrel

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    Julie Hochman
    22 Oct 2020
    11:59am

    Kim, look at these. I could live in them (and I do). https://vuoriclothing.com/products/womens-performance-jogger-charcoal-heather?variant=32755429965927

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      Cindy
      25 Oct 2020
      10:03pm

      They are the best! I have bought three pairs in the past few months.

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      live in cute sweats
      22 Oct 2020
      2:27pm

      At the beginning of quarantine I bought every pair of sweats I could find. Vouri ended up being my favorite. They are soft, a great length for a short legged gal like me, and don’t pill (I bought a pair of Alala that I love too – but they pilled like mad within 6 hours). I now have 3 pairs (along with about 8 of the tanks) and have gifted their trunks, shorts and tees to my SO and my dad.

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      Lisa H
      24 Oct 2020
      1:20pm

      And, they now come in a long version. My whole family loves Vuori!

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    Eloise
    22 Oct 2020
    8:42am

    This shorty really wants the Bandier pair (even at that price) but if the almost 5’8” model is wearing a small, it’s not gonna happen….

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    Mindy
    22 Oct 2020
    8:50am

    Oh geez. Take note, everyone – & Other Stories doesn’t call them “sweatpants”, they are “Oversized Organic Cotton Jogger Trousers.” FFS. 🙄😆

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    DB
    22 Oct 2020
    9:21am

    Jungmaven makes a great pair that don’t get baggy in the knee and have a relatively slim fit.

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      kara
      22 Oct 2020
      11:55am

      Thanks for the tip–I will definitely check those out! I have their hemp and cotton t-shirt and I love it.

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    Gablesgirl
    22 Oct 2020
    8:20pm

    Am wearing the snugliest pair from Southern Shirts. Like I don’t want to take them off.

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    Cynthia
    22 Oct 2020
    8:14am

    I’d love to know why the Nili Lotan NOLAN pants are your fav. What about them is so special?

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      Kim France
      22 Oct 2020
      8:58am

      First of all, Cynthia, they’re really really comfortable. And I like the cut—it’s sort of trouser-ish. And the hem hits right at the ankle on me (I’m 5’6″), which is perfect. Plus, they’re just all-around a lot more sophisticated than your average sweatpant. I also think they’re pretty flattering.

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        Cynthia
        24 Oct 2020
        9:02am

        I’m a little shorter but you’re convincing me!

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        Annabelle
        22 Oct 2020
        12:43pm

        Quick question on where the back pockets on them lie — they look so low, are they below your bum?? I like the look of these a lot but worry that those flaps would push them over the edge of weird for me… Thanks!

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          Kim France
          22 Oct 2020
          12:57pm

          Not below, but sort of *on*

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      Susanna
      23 Oct 2020
      1:24pm

      Well, the copy reveals that they are made with “artistic processes”…so there’s that.

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    Annabelle
    22 Oct 2020
    12:45pm

    I love the first OV pair but, of course…. no colors available in size small! This is an ongoing source of bewilderment for me — why do brands not make enough of the sizes that sell the most? I encounter this so often, and it seems like there is such a simple fix, I don’t get it. Anyway, I’ll keep my eyes out for restocks of these, and in the meantime will enjoy my very soft Vuori performance joggers, which look quite sleek, never bag out and are adorable with a little sweater tucked into the front!

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    Karen
    22 Oct 2020
    12:28pm

    Am i the only one having flashbacks to my college years —i think i live in sweatpants for most of my freshmen year (1981/82). I distinctly remember a girl down the hall who had a pair that looked exactly like the “leather” pair above, and thinking how cool was she, and so wanting a pair, but knowing they were out of my price range.

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      liz
      22 Oct 2020
      2:28pm

      I did the same about a year or two later. I remember a red pair I bought at either the bookstore or Urban Outfitters. I was also wearing Lacoste and duofold turtle necks under sweaters.
      I never dressed like this before or since.

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    J.
    22 Oct 2020
    4:24pm

    If you’re looking for a lower price point sweatpant, Abercrombie has great ones. I would have never tried them, except one of my children works there & insisted I give them a try. Just size up.
    Also, Calvin Klein activewear has some really fun prints and thank goodness the logo is discreet.
    🙂

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    Carrie P
    22 Oct 2020
    10:15am

    I have been on the hunt all week so thanks for this post; fantastic timing and I might splurge on the Nili’s if they have my size. Even though I have several pairs of random sweats somehow I have convinced myself that I need a few more “new” pairs. May I also recommend Roots? I am in Canada and honestly every pair I own are super comfy and have held up well over the years. While many options have the logo plastered, some don’t and others have it less noticeably. I buy some for my niece every year in the states and one year they didn’t work out for her so I decided to keep them for myself which is how I became a fan. They are having a storewide 20% off right now… I just bought these earlier this week: https://www.roots.com/ca/en/cloud-slim-pant-38090202.html?selectedColor=Y44&start=2&q=slim%20sweatpatns&itemsourse=productlist&navid=search
    p.s. their cotton cabin socks are amazing… they make fabulous holiday gifts 🙂

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      Viajera
      22 Oct 2020
      1:51pm

      Ooooooh!!! Cute socks! I do not own *any* cabin socks. That must be why I have also no cabin. But really, would I want to have to deal with a cabin? It might be a lot of hassle, when one can just rent. Better some socks!!

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    Gleaming the Cube
    23 Oct 2020
    12:36pm

    I do not, and have never, thought of myself as a sweatpant person, but I already own two on this list: one of the Outdoor Voices ones (I’ve had mine for years, so what’s now called the Sunday Sweatpant? They’re great and have lasted forever) and the version of the James Perse ones, which I never considered to be sweatpants and thought they were just pants and would wear to work because they were pants. Am I actually a slob? Quite possibly. Anyway, also in the Before Times, one of my favorite plane outfits were the slouchier OV ones paired with a blazer (because one should be comfortable, but still pulled together, plus blazers have pockets). But Pleats Please is also fantastic on a plane, so if I ever travel again, maybe I’ll try stepping it up…
    But, those tie-dyed ones are fantastic and I am trying my best to resist them.

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