The #1 Feature to Look for in Sweatpants

Like many of you, we have spent the entire season identifying the perfect casual ensembles for our off-duty lives. We've embraced a variety of legging outfits (pairing the stretchy pants with cool bomber jackets, oversize sweaters, and ankle boots), but we haven't quite gotten on board with the sweatpants look—until now.

Though track pants have cropped up in the street style world, classic terry-cloth sweats haven't been as much of a hit—most likely because they're what we throw on post workout or just for hanging out on the couch. Well, if you're looking to incorporate sweats into your off-duty style rotation (which we totally think you should), we tapped Carbon38's chief merchant and activewear expert, Yoon Chung, to spill the details you should look for to ensure the sweatpants you're eyeing will look as good as your leggings.

Chung revealed "the most important thing when looking for sweatpants is finding a pair with narrow pant legs and a tighter fit across the hip," which she said, "creates a more streamlined silhouette." She also advised avoiding "oversize sweatpants if you looking for a clean look," and added that "a taller band at the bottom would help to create a slimming silhouette." We couldn't agree more—a tight band that's taller at the bottom will inherently make the leg of the sweatpants look more streamlined.

Interested in adding the most flattering sweatpants to your closet? Keep scrolling to check out the styles every woman should own.

The zippers give these sweats a cool twist.

Available in sizes XS to L.

The cult label's branding makes this pair extra cool.

Available in sizes XS to L.

Nike knows best.

Available in sizes 2X to 3X.

The seaming down the front gives this pair an elevated appeal.

Available in sizes XS to XL.

When it comes to loungewear, N:Philanthropy's supersoft basics are a favorite.

Available in sizes M to L.

This sunny yellow color just lifted our mood.

Available in sizes XS to L.

Velvet joggers elevate even the most casual outfit.

Available in sizes 0 to 12.

In French terry, these lightweight sweats are a luxurious pick.

Available in sizes XS to L.

This pair also comes in a bright shade of cobalt blue.

Available in sizes 14 to 22.

Your favorite legging brand also does a great pair of sweatpants.

Available in sizes XS to L.

Contrasting drawstring ties lend a cool touch.

Available in sizes 0 to 3.

"Cozy" is in the name, so that's all we need to know.

Available in sizes XS to L.

Opening Image: AKM/GSI

This story was published at an earlier date and has been updated by Anna LaPlaca.

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