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12 best women’s loungewear pieces for keeping cosy yet chic at home

There’s no need to let your sartorial standards slip while staying at home

Eva Waite-Taylor
Friday 11 December 2020 17:55 GMT
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Home is where it’s at, so there’s really no perfect time to upgrade your super-soft separates.

While loungewear has always been a popular choice – from 1920s elegance à la Chanel to Seventies silk co-ords – the trend saw a real resurgence following the first lockdown, with Lyst reporting a 106 per cent increase in searches for loungewear and activewear.

Loungewear allows for an elevated, pulled together look, while also ensuring maximum comfort. Think cashmere sets, cosy jumpers and easy-to-wear basics that are so chic they lend themselves well to being worn indoors as well as out.

And just because you’re staying at home, it doesn’t mean your style needs to be sacrificed. In fact, during this prolonged period of uncertainty, we need wardrobe essentials that will spark joy each and every time you wear them. 

As the nights get longer and colder, there’s nothing like a cashmere-blend co-ord, feather-trimmed PJ set or an oversized pair of tracksuit bottoms to get us into the winter spirit. In our search, we prioritised comfort but also paid close attention to the pieces that would put a smile on our faces. Enter the loungewear that will make you feel cosy and comfortable, while also put together.

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Sleeper party pyjama set with feathers


The name says it all: a party set like no other. While our plans for get-togethers have been put on hold, our loungewear needn’t reflect this. This ensemble is anything but dowdy, it feels decadent, chic and sparks so much joy. While a real investment, not only can this set be worn at home, it’s also the perfect outfit for a day-to-night switch-up, when that’s back on the cards. Pair with your favourite pair of heeled mules and you’ve got a great alternative to your LBD – we know what we’ll be wearing on Christmas day. 

  1. £225 from Sleeper
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H&M joggers high waist


We don’t think you can go wrong with this pair of joggers – and in fact, our tester has lived in her pair since she got them, meaning cost per wear is low. The drawstring waist helps to tailor the fit and the high-waisted cut was comfortable, but we’d advise sizing up for a baggier fit. 

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Their Nibs traditional cotton pyjama set


Beautifully crafted by a small team in west London, the ethos of Their Nibs is to design “beautiful prints to brighten up the every day”, and this is exactly what its range of pyjamas do. Made from 100 per cent cotton, they are the ideal accompaniment for early nights in front of your favourite boxset or long lazy mornings spent lounging at the weekend. We’d advise sizing up for a more relaxed and oversized fit, and to iron after washing. Thanks to the brand’s gift wrap service, these make for a lovely surprise you can send directly to a friend. Coming in a full range of patterns, there’s something for everyone.   

  1. £30 from Their Nibs
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Moon + Mellow jellyfish blush long set


Designed with comfort and a flattering silhouette in mind, the shirt is relaxed yet tailored and the trousers are a high-waist, wide leg cut. With signature cuffs, French seams, cotton piping finish and mother of pearl buttons, no detail is spared. Made from 100 per cent cotton, this set is one of the softest we tried and a great alternative to having to wear a two-piece suit to the office. 

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Wyse Lucie rainbow lounger


Wyse is known for creating less-is-more designs with a twist – these loungers are no different and have been worn by the likes of Holly Willoughby. We love the rainbow detailing and the pockets are an added bonus. Made from 100 per cent cashmere, these are an expensive choice, but we think totally worth saving for. 

  1. £220 from Wyse
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Zara wide-leg trousers


Zara’s loungewear game is strong. The stretch-waisted element of these trousers makes these a comfortable addition to your collection. While a relaxed look when worn around the house, this can easily be spruced up for heading outdoors – simply pair with a statement boot and an oversized woollen coat and you’ll be ready for whatever the day throws at you. We loved pairing these with the co-ordinating knitted vest, which has become a wardrobe staple this season.

  1. £29 from Zara
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The verdict: Women’s loungewear 

There are some notable items in this round-up, from Asos and Next to M&S and Their Nibs, but Sleeper’s party set stood out like no other. While we are under no illusion loungewear will solve your current anxieties, this ensemble felt truly decadent and was a total mood booster. You can wear it around the house and feel royalty, but equally, it packs a punch when worn out with a pair of heels. You can’t go wrong with versatility.

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