If there's been one major fashion trend to really take off in 2020, it's loungewear. Yep, with our shifting lifestyles, comfortable fashion pieces have never felt so relevant or been in such heavy rotation—at least if you're taking a look at my wardrobe. With all of the focus on cozy fashion, it's inevitable that some trends start to feel a bit overdone. For me, tie-dye falls into that category. While it's no doubt a dose of fun, it feels less versatile than some of the other cool loungewear pieces I've been seeing.
Curious to get my fellow editors to weigh in, I asked them to share the comfortable fashion trends they're putting on hold and the new ones they're making room for in their closets. If you're looking for some updated ways to wear fashion-forward loungewear at home, you'll want to shop their amazing picks. From knitwear sets to ribbed pants to dressy pajamas and more, I know I already feel inspired to add these to my shopping cart.
Tie-dye was one of the defining trends of 2020, but I wouldn't mind if it fades away a bit. Sweatpants were another major trend this year, but I'm currently loving the sweat shorts that are popping up everywhere. They feel like a fresh take on loungewear that will carry us through to spring.
Shop my picks:
Wearing: Knitwear sets
"Okay, so I've never been a fan of sweatpants (in fact, I haven't owned or worn a pair in eight years), so for me, the idea of athleisure and cozy clothing isn't really a part of my approach to getting dressed every day. I feel the most comfortable when I look polished, which is why the prospect of matching knitwear is the only form of cozy-clothing I'm opting into. It's not only trendy, and still polished enough for my liking, but it's perfect for snuggling up with a book in."
Shop Jasmine's picks:
Shop the matching Wool Blend Knit Shorts ($36).
Shop the matching Inca Pants ($148).
Skipping: Standard pajamas
Wearing: Dressy pajamas
"I will admit that I am one of those people who stays in their pajamas a little longer than I should once the workday starts. To encourage me to get out of my lazy sleepwear slump, I'm investing in fancy pajamas that can also double as loungewear. There is no way I'll feel lazy while waltzing around the house in feathers."
Shop Lauren's picks:
Skipping: Bike shorts
Wearing: Ribbed knit pants
"I'm done with bike shorts (at least for a little while). I went hard on them earlier this year and even though they're comfortable, they don't actually double as real pants so I'll be reserving them for warm-weather workouts and turning instead to ribbed knit pants. They're definitely lounge-worthy but can also look cool with some low heels."
Shop Anna's picks:
Skipping: Graphic sweatshirts
Wearing: Sweatsuit sets
"I wouldn't necessarily say I'm 'over' oversize graphic sweatshirts, but I've been gravitating more towards matching sweatsuits in cool colorways instead of my usual graphic sweatshirt and leggings combo. They're perfect to lounge and WFH in, and if I have to run an errand any cool jacket makes for a relaxed yet forward vibe."
Shop Yusra's picks:
Shop the matching Jogging Pants ($26).
Shop the matching Classic Jogger ($78).
Skipping: House-only pieces
Wearing: Double-duty items
"I'm not spending any more money on things that I only wear inside the house, like baggy sweatpants or slippers. Instead, I want to buy comfy, cozy pieces that pull double-duty and also look stylish outside the house, like cute cardigans or printed sweatshirts."
Shop Erin's picks:
Skipping: T-shirts with sweatpants
Wearing: Matching knit sets
"I'm getting slightly tired of my boring T-shirt and sweatpants combo. Instead, I'm all about matching knit sets for a chic and cozy vibe."
Shop Bobby's picks:
Shop the matching Flared Pants ($50).
Shop the matching Jogger Pants ($90).
Skipping: Leggings with tees
Wearing: Plush fabrics
"While I was living in oversize tees and leggings for a while I've definitely reached peak fatigue. Instead, I'm cocooning myself in super cushy fabrics now that winter is here like fleece sweats and a textured knit bodysuit."
Shop Judith's picks:
Wearing: Sweater pants
"Call me crazy but I don't really like lounging in leggings. I associate them with working out, which isn't very relaxing, in my opinion. What I am into lately is sweater pants, which are even softer than sweatpants and look a bit more elevated."
Shop Allyson's picks:
Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She covers seasonal runway reports, fashion trends, the luxury market, industry expert interviews, fall and spring issue features, on-the-rise brands, self-styled shopping stories on the best current buys, and columns including The Luxury List. She also contributes to podcast recordings, branded content initiatives, and social media takeovers. Kristen has worked with luxury brands including Prada, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her personal style has been featured in publications including Vogue.com, Vogue France, and the CFDA. Prior to Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in New York.
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