If you’ve noticed Kim Kardashians’ monochromatic matching sweatsuits and seriously wondered if you could pull off a comfy leisurewear look that doesn’t veer into “frumpy mom” territory, we are here to tell you that matching sweatsuits are a surprisingly accessible way to bring street style to #momlife – even if your life is a touch more minivan than Calabasas monastery.
The matching leisure suits of today are nothing like the butt-crack revealing, hot pink velour sets of the early aughts: instead, sweatsuits are all about fit and colour. Pair a shrunken hoodie with shorts or a waist-skimming kiss-print sweater with cuffed pants for an Insta-outfit (read: an outfit that instantly comes together, and is cute enough for Instagram).
These type of no-fuss, but still fashionable, pairings make the morning rush or an afternoon of back-to-back activities a little less stressful. No dry cleaning, no worrying about pairing a belt with shoes, no endless “does this top go with this shirt?” doubt here. It’s grab-and-go dressing favoured by models and famous mamas, and it’s totally addictive.
There’s also something very confident about this kind of uniform. It’s not quite athleisure (you can’t hit the gym in it) but more casual than trousers or jeans. It’s modern but not trend-chasing. Once you look so put together (and damn cozy) with such minimal effort, you’ll never go back to closet stressing again. (Unless you happen to score an invite to the Met Gala.)
This Generation Love outfit is an elevated take on tie-dye. The line has French influences, which shine through in the fashion-forward twists, like the puff-sleeve shoulders, but also the practicality of a cotton-poly blend. Together, the effect is feminine and fancy. For those who crave a little dreaminess in their wardrobe, this sweat suit is the perfect compromise between practical and pretty.
Sweatshirt and matching pants sold separately.
This utilitarian grey suit has a twist: the hooded jacket comes with high-waisted sports shorts, making it fit for the soccer field in the spring and cute enough for a Starbucks run.
This look is youthful (it could pass for a varsity basketball uniform) while also playing on summer’s oversize shorts trend. If Adam Selman’s name sounds familiar it’s because he’s had a few fashion lives. He revived the eyewear brand Le Specs, he had an eponymous ready-to-wear line worn by celebs like Rihanna and now, he’s turned his attention to his leisurewear line, where he’s working on sustainability and size inclusivity.
Z Supply are the matching set masters and make loungewear a little more fun. A perfect example is this puckered-up set, which is an instant mood booster. With two options for bottoms (shorts or pants), it puts some playfulness into the winter-to-spring “what the heck should I wear today” struggle.
It would mix-and-match well into any wardrobe, doesn’t require any special care and styling is a breeze because the print is so eye-catching, no one will be looking at your shoes. Just be prepared to field a lot of “where did you get that?” questions. (Tell them Spotted hooked you up.)
For those nostalgic for the velour suits made popular by Paris Hilton, this grey version has an updated silhouette (cuffed hem, instead of a bootcut) and the grey is a little less ostentatious than pink.
This suit is meant to be curve-hugging and cozy; the pants are pull-on (with pockets!) and the hoodie has a kangaroo pouch (two large front pockets, perfect for phone and kid crap). Reviewers note this style has a lot of stretch, so consider that when choosing a size. Perhaps the most telling customer feedback is that many reviews noted they would be purchasing the suit in additional colors. Maybe nostalgic bubble gum pink?
The ombre effect of this dip-dye technique is as fancy as a sweat suit gets (the official color is Rich Merlot) and has “Kardashians lounging on a jet” energy. Find the matching sweatshirt here.
The fabric blend includes spandex, which gives it a bit of stretch (without bagging out). It has a 5-star customer rating for quality, the most common adjective being “comfy,” and the pants get high praise for being soft, but not sloppy. If the top/pants combo is what you are after, purchase together as the LIVI line is popular and goes fast.
And while it is smashing as a set, it can also work as two separate pieces; pair the t-shirt with denim or the sweatpants with tank top. At fashion weeks across the globes, influencers have been wearing tie-dye shirts under blazers and heavy coats. Because the pattern is so unique, it does all of the heavy lifting in an outfit, immediately making it the focal point for a lewk.
For an intro to coordinated outfits, this basic Amazon favorite comes with a long sleeve shirt and joggers (that vary wildly in price, depending on size/color options). It’s an easy-peasy outfit that will travel well and never go out of style.
There is one tiny caveat: these are *technically* listed as pjs but tons of reviewers note that the sets are loungewear that can be worn every day (and ideal for weekends or work-from-home moms). One commenter doesn’t want to take them off (“I want to wear these every day all the time. That wouldn’t be inappropriate, would it?”) while another notes that the they get a lot of wear after many washes.
Throw on a utility vest and high tops and this look can go almost anywhere.
The hardest part of shopping for a Lou & Grey sweat suit is making a decision – they are all so dang charming (and come in a variety of mix and match items like skirts, tie-up sweatshirts, half zip sweaters and shorts). This pastel, floral-print version is exactly what every closet needs to spring forward in style. Find the matching pants here.
Lou & Grey takes comfort so seriously that they’ve developed a “feel guide” – this sweat suit falls under the cozy category and is made from 100 percent cotton and machine washable. Another thing to be feel very good about is Lou & Grey’s work towards an ethical supply chain, working with the HERproject organization to fund peer educator classes at the factor (important topics covered include HIV/AIDS prevention and menstruation hygiene).
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