Loungewear has never really gotten the kind of glory it deserves (speaking as someone who used to change out of dressy work clothes directly into an old, ripped concert t-shirt and mismatched pajama bottoms on the daily). There’s a lot to be said for comfort clothes that are not sloppy or frumpy looking, and with more people than ever working from home now, the game has officially changed. Soft loungewear items like leggings, sweats, hoodies, and more are coming to the fashion forefront because, well, they’re the pieces we’re living in–literally.
Whether you’re operating your office remotely or camping out in your own backyard with the kids–or both, God bless you–you’ve likely considered upgrading your indoor/outdoor wardrobe recently. You’re in luck: There’s a ton of picks that feel comfy, look cute, and keep you cool (ugh, tragic summer heat, anyone?!) because, no, the three aren’t mutually exclusive. The best loungewear clothes can do double duty as your outfit and your, er, in-fit? They may feel like pajamas but they won’t look like you stumbled out of bed and directly onto the street, which is always a good thing, right? Right.
To make the shopping search a bit easier, we’ve narrowed down the best women’s summer loungewear pieces and comfort clothes we are wearing while WFH. From cute women’s sweats and biker shorts to airy dresses and tanks, the choices ahead are some of the most beloved buys on the internet. Meet your new wear-to-video work call, homeschooling, and do everything from home looks. We think you’ll be very happy together.
Best Yoga Top
At this point, there’s no point even looking at the forecast—the days are long and HOT. If you’re anything like us, then by mid-afternoon, you’re ready to shed any unnecessary layers and treat yo’self to a popsicle with the kids. Perhaps, that’s why this yoga racerback tank caught our attention. They come in a pack of two (choose from a slew of vibrant colorways), which is a steal when you factor in cost-per-wear. They’re made from a moisture-wicking fabric to keep you cool even in 90-degree heat. Our favorite part is the sexy open back—these were made to be worn with a sports bra for a little peekaboo action.
Amazon customers can’t stop raving. “I love this tie back style! They’re so versatile – I’ve worn these both to the gym and going out since they look great and are extremely comfortable. Nice, light material, perfect for summer days. I’d wear them as a cover-up to the beach too. I’m definitely ordering more in other colors.” Another customer adds, “Greatest find ever! Fit perfectly, so soft and comfortable, can literally wear with every workout outfit / every pair of leggings. I get compliments every time I wear this and everyone wants to know where to find them.”
Best Flouncy Dress
Lounge around the house… but make it fashion. Just because you’re a busy mom doesn’t mean you should have to sacrifice style. Jam-packed summer agenda? No prob. This easy-breezy flowy frock (available in pink-red or sun-drenched black) will take you from hanging poolside to running errands in a flash. Who has time for actual pants when you can just toss this bad boy over a bikini or tie a sweatshirt around your waist and be done?!? Shares one Anthro shopper, “This dress so is easy and fun to wear! It is perfect for running errands or lazy days at home. The material is what sold me. It’s like wearing a blanket all day long. Yet the material is nice and cool. It does wear very flowy and the length is above the knee. I could of sized down one size, but then the length would have been too short for this 40-something. 🙂 The pink is true to what the picture shows. Very pretty and fun cuff details. I will wear with white sneakers!” If you’re worried about length, we also recommend pairing it with bike shorts!
Best Bike Shorts
Bike shorts are back, baby! You heard it first: Bike shorts will NO longer be receiving a hard pass from us. We never thought we’d live to see the day but we’re finally onboard. If you live in leggings, then Everlane’s “The Perform Bike Short” will likely be in heavy rotation during these upcoming summer months. Hit the ground running by teaming them alongside a trendy sports bra and ugly “dad” trainers for the yoga studio. Just out running errands? Keep things on the DL with a tie-dye t-shirt (as shown above) for—dare we say—an athleisure lewk. May we also add in that they have an extra-high waist, minimal seams, and an inside pocket that will hold keys and essential cards? They’re also made from a sweat-wicking material (58% recycled nylon to be exact) to keep you dry when on the go. What more could you ask for in a biker short? Snag ’em while you can!
Are you tired of having to pull up your leggings every time you bend over? Same, mama, SAME. If you haven’t already been introduced to Girlfriend Collective, an ethically made activewear line, then you’re in for a treat. Made from the same stretchy material as leggings, their plié-worthy unitard is just about as streamlined and comfortable as it gets (pssst: no bra required). You’ll also feel like a ballerina… so yeah, there’s that too. Available in a handful of colorways (midnight, moss, smoke, plum, and black), you *could* potentially invest in one for every day of the week. 😉
This compressive unitard is made from 36 recycled water bottles, and the reviews are pretty stellar. Raves one customer, “I am 5’11 so was worried that the inseam on this might be a little short, but it fits perfectly. Any one tall thinking about this one, highly recc!! It’s super comfy and amazing to workout in or just lounge in. Also looks great with layers. My first unitard purchase and have to say, love how it lets me just get into my workouts vs worrying about pulling up leggings all the time.” Just add a t-shirt or sweatshirt for a minimal effort, high impact #OOTD.
Best Lounge Set That Doubles As Pajamas
We love a good summer loungewear set that’s made for doing just that—lounging around the house when the kiddos aren’t around (a rarity, we know). Tie-dye lovers rejoice! Get ready to lose your sh*t ‘cuz this ruffled short duo comes in a variety of tie-dye patterns and colors. (Don’t want “in” on the tie-dye action? It comes in a cheetah and star print, too.) Doubling as jammies that can be worn on the back porch while sipping your morning coffee, this matchy-matchy duo is so comfy you’ll never want to take it off. The material is incredibly soft, breathable, and non-irritating. Personally, we love the button-down henley top… it screams not-trying-too-hard, ya know?! Says this Amazon customer, “Oh my goodness!! This pajama set is the best thing I have purchased on Amazon. They are the most comfortable pj’s I have EVER owned. They are so soft on the outside, it’s like a cross between suede and fleece, if that’s even a thing, the inside is like silk. I was worried at first that the fabric wouldn’t breathe and I would get hot, but that wasn’t the case at all! They actually keep you cool! Honestly, they are so luxurious and comfortable, I would wear them all day if I could.”
Best Cardigan When You’re Always Cold
If you’re obsessed with cashmere hoodies but not looking to spend a fortune, Goodthreads’ longline cardigan is a cozy, affordable alternative. Hallelujah! Made of an acrylic blend, mid-gauge stretch yarn, this fuzzy topper has all the makings of a go-to piece: side pockets, lightweight comfort, and an easy, laid-back silhouette that looks good with just about anything. This is the layering cardi you can wear year-round (think winter days or summer nights) and the type of classic piece you’ll keep for ages. As one reviewer put it, “This is such a versatile piece. It can be worn with jeans and t shirt, or dressed up with a shirt and dress slacks. It’s knee length, slimline and provides a warm layer without a lot of bulk. Have you always craved a cashmere bathrobe, but can’t handle the $$$? This is a great alternative as it has wool content that isn’t itchy.”
Best Sweatpants With Pockets
Women, if you’ve been looking for cute sweatpants–sweatpants with pockets, mind you–your search may just be over. Baleaf’s cotton joggers are billed as active yoga sweatpants but the only thing we want to do in these is CHILL–and we’re apparently not alone. Customers are feeling this comfy pair in a big way, as evidenced by over 1,500 positive reviews on Amazon. That may be thanks in large part to the elastic waistband, the lightweight fabric, the tapered, flattering fit, and of course, the pockets (two side, one back).”Very cozy fabric!! Fits snugly but also comfy at the same time,” said one reviewer, “My new go to sweat pants!” Oh, and c-section mamas, take note: “I’ve had 2 C-sections, and if I had known about these pants during my recovery, I would have lived in them! The snug-but-not-too-snug fit, high-rise waist, and functional drawstring make these pants ideal for postpartum moms.” Ok, well that’s all we needed to hear. *Adds to cart.*
Best Loungewear Jumpsuit
Made of 91% recycled polyester, Patagonia’s stretchy, breathable romper is a onesie you can feel good in–and feel good about. The super comfy fabric is the same as running shorts, meaning you can wear it around the house, or while running errands, hanging in the backyard, hiking–you name it. Layer it under a jacket or over a lightweight turtleneck in the colder months, or on its own in warm weather. This jumpsuit’s also wrinkle-resistant, which just adds to its live-in-ability. Need more proof? Just check out the reviews, which include testimonials like, “This could be the most versatile piece you can have in a wardrobe! Reviewers don’t lie when they say you can wear it anywhere. I’ve worn it to a concert with sneakers, date night with heels and to the park with Chacos. It looked perfect in every scenario. The fabric is lightweight, cool and doesn’t wrinkle (perfect for travel), the cross back allows easy in/out for bathroom/dressing and conceals a racer back bra (without showing), the tapered legs have an angled hem which elevates the look a bit and makes your legs look longer!” Well, there you have it.
Best Printed Sweatpants
If you’ve been searching for sweatpants with pockets that don’t look super…sweatpants-y, these camo print joggers are a worthwhile pick. They’re made of a substantial-weight fabric and feature a drawstring elastic waist, so they’re comfy without looking like you put no effort in–or left the house in your flimsy pajama bottoms. These joggers come in over 30 color and print options (whew!), though we’re partial to the classic-cool vibe of the camouflage print. Almost 2,000 reviewers on Amazon espouse their positive attributes, including one that raved, “holy wow do I love these sweats. They are thick – there’s no seeing through them – and extremely comfortable,” while another said, “They are super soft and true to size. I like that they have nice pockets and drawstrings. Definitely worth the money!”
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