In NYC and Paris, Styling Loungewear Is an Art—13 Looks That Prove Its Worth


It doesn't take a genius to make a gorgeous dress look chic. What is less effortless, however, is taking a loungewear set and transforming it into an actual outfit, one that's worthy of envy. Yet New Yorkers and Parisians especially seem to do it regularly with ease. 

Whether it's a sweatsuit that could easily look frumpy or cotton pajamas that should look like, well, pajamas, the fashion set in both Paris and New York City appear to know something about styling loungewear that people in other locations don't, turning casual-by-design pieces into an intentional outfit that could work for any occasion. Truly, it's an art, and we could all learn something from them as the season for cozy fabrics and comfortable silhouettes approaches. 

Ahead, see proof of how people in NYC and Paris do loungewear differently (read: better). 


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What you'll need: Sweater-Coat + Matching Lounge Pants + White Sneakers

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What you'll need: Oversize Sweater + Matching Flare Pants + Lug-Sole Boots

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What you'll need: Satin Pajama Set + Cashmere Sweater + Slouchy Coat + Clogs 

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What you'll need: Oversize Leather Jacket + Brown Sweatsuit + Retro Sneakers

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What you'll need: Blue Cashmere Sweater + Matching Lounge Pants + Matching Scarf

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What you'll need: Quarter-Zip Sweatshirt + Matching Joggers + '90s Sunglasses

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What you'll need: Cropped T-Shirt + Trench Coat + Pajama Pants + Point-Toe Mules

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What you'll need: Matching Plissé Set + Wedges + Colorful Shoulder Bag

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What you'll need: Statement Duster Coat + Hoodie + Matching Joggers + Chunky Sneakers

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What you'll need: Lightweight Midi Coat + Ribbed Tunic + Flare Lounge Pants + Rectangular Sunglasses

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What you'll need: Crew-Neck Sweatshirt + Matching Joggers + Tonal Long Coat + Athletic Tube Socks + White Sneakers

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What you'll need: Trench Coat + Gray Sweatsuit + Gold Hoops

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What you'll need: Ribbed Tunic + Matching Flare Pants + Heeled Sandals + Statement Earrings

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Senior Fashion Editor

Eliza Huber is a New York City–based fashion editor who specializes in trend reporting, brand discovery, and celebrity style. She joined Who What Wear in 2021 after almost four years on the fashion editorial team at Refinery29, the job she took after graduating with a marketing degree from the University of Iowa. She has since launched two monthly columns, Let's Get a Room and Ways to Wear; profiled the likes of Dakota Fanning, Diane Kruger, Katie Holmes, and Sabrina Carpenter for WWW's monthly cover features; and reported on everything from the relationship between Formula One and fashion to the top trends from fashion month, season after season. Eliza now lives on the Upper West Side and spends her free time researching F1 fashion imagery for her side Instagram accounts @thepinnacleoffashion and @f1paddockfits, running in Central Park, and scouring eBay for '90s Prada and '80s Yves Saint Laurent.