I Live for Elevated Loungewear—These Under-$40 Pieces Are Everything


(Image credit: @anna__laplaca; Pictured: Who What Wear High Rise Wide-Leg Silky Pants ($35))

Twenty-twenty has been the year of loungewear. Since spring, my closet has taken a sharp pivot into the comfortable category and over the past several months, I've really graduated from my basic leggings and standard sweats to more elevated and fashion-forward staples that are no less easy to wear but definitely look and feel a step above the rest. Yes, I've even become somewhat of a loungewear snob in the process. (What can I say? I just have an eye for it.)

Since I'm passionate about cool loungewear, I figured I'd share some of the outfits I'm wearing as of late in the hopes it might inspire your own at-home rotation. With a little help from the rather affordable pieces our namesake clothing line is serving up right now, I put together four outfits that define my current lounge aesthetic. The best part? None of the pieces featured here top $40, so I mean it when I say that they only look luxurious. If you're ready to dive in, simply keep scrolling to see my 'fits and shop the pieces.


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Wearing: Who What Wear Bell Sleeve T-Shirt ($25) and Wide-Leg Pants ($28); Merrell Alpine Sneakers ($90); Jenny Bird Stevie Necklace ($125)

Ribbed knitwear has a way of looking expensive, no matter what you actually spend on it and this set is certainly no exception to that. Although this outfit feels just as comfortable as any pair of sweats, it looks a lot more pulled-together thanks to details like the ribbed texture and rich marigold color. Both items are perfect for styling solo, too. The top has subtle bell sleeves and a low back, which gives it an elevated feel that would make it look good with jeans or a skirt while the pants have a high waist and flared legs which remind me of trousers.


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Wearing: Simonett Sweater Sleeves ($90); Ganni Mesh Turtleneck ($135); Who What Wear Silky Wide-Leg Pants ($35)

Speaking of loungewear items that only look luxurious, we need to discuss these pants because they're perfect. The silky material is stunning and the ultra wide-leg fit makes them a current pick, too. I honestly felt so fancy even just wearing them around the house and to WFH, so it's safe to say I'll be living in these all winter.


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Wearing: Who What Wear Balloon Sleeve Jumpsuit ($40); Tatuo Detachable Collar ($16)

A jumpsuit made of sweatpants material? While a piece like this isn't the kind of thing I'd pick out for myself normally, once I tried it on I realized it's actually kind of genius. It's just as comfortable as you're thinking and the kind of one-step outfit that takes zero effort but doesn't look it. I especially appreciated the balloon sleeves which make it feel fashiony and the cinched-in waist which gives it a nice overall shape. Also of note: pockets.


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Wearing: H&M vest; Who What Wear Joggers ($30); Tamara Mellon Clash Boots ($695)

Say what you will, but I couldn't talk about loungewear without mentioning joggers and this pair gets a stamp of approval from me. With an elastic waistband and slouchy fit, they're true joggers but the cotton fabric is more like a trousers material so they're easily dressed up or down. I could even see wearing them into the office (once that's a thing again).

More Comfy Staples I'm Eyeing


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Next: I Put Together a List of My Favorite Under-$70 Items And Thought I'd Share.

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.