While I've been eagerly taking notes on the latest trends coming down both the fall and current spring runways, there's one "non-fashion" item I'll always have space in my wardrobe for: sweatpants. And yes, I've heard all the fashion quotes about them being a sign of giving up or sartorial defeat, but that doesn't concern me. Every fall, they'll always be an integral part of my everyday wardrobe. Since comfort has been a priority on many brands' minds since 2020, there are a lot more stylish options on the market than in years prior. Miu Miu even put zip-up sweatshirts on the runway this year, so I don't think fashion sweatpants are a far reach.
With that in mind, I took it upon myself to share in the cozy wealth and find the best sweatpants that meet Who What Wear's comfort and style standards. Whether you're in the market for travel sweats, sleep sweats, or just a pair to run errands in, the picks below will offer a loungewear refresh. Keep scrolling to shop all the chic variations of fleece, cotton, and cashmere to fill your wardrobe with this season.
Based on Net-a-Porter's styling, these aren't reserved for lounging. They're cropped and have a slight wide-leg fit, so they differ from traditional sweatpants in the sense that they can be worn similarly to jeans or trousers. Made from 100% cotton, they're also comfortable enough to wear year-round.
An easy way to make sweatpants look more fashionable? Buy them in a trending color, like this fiery red. The many five-star reviews are filled with appreciation for its comfort and perfect oversize fit. Many buyers also returned to get a few more colors, so you might want to take a look at the other options available too.
Brands like Tibi and Citizens of Humanity have got the fashion set falling for barrel-fit jeans, and I think that these barrel-leg sweats deserve some attention too. Made from soft organic cotton and recycled cotton-blend jersey, they offer both immense comfort and a trend-forward touch.
Don't sleep on Abercrombie's quality—I recently tried out a few of its new arrivals and was impressed with the feel and weight of the fabric. Everything was up to par on quality and felt soft on the skin. I completely get the newfound hype now.