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18 best women’s loungewear pieces for staying cosy and chic

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

Daisy Lester
Monday 11 March 2024 09:56 GMT
Shop the best off-duty pieces from M&S, The White Company and more
Shop the best off-duty pieces from M&S, The White Company and more (iStock/The Independent)
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From knitted co-ords to wear while WFH to silky feathered sets that double up as evening attire, the best women’s loungewear can prop up our wardrobes year-round.

Becoming a trend in its own right during lockdown, the style set’s love affair with loungewear has continued, with everyone from editors to supermodels plumping for laidback looks as fashion statements (see Bella Hadid’s boxer shorts and platform Uggs or Hailey Bieber and Kendall Jenner’s signature low-rise track pants).

Bridging the gap between sartorial and sportswear, brands such as Skims, Adanola and Wales Bonner are sought-after for their takes on athleisure – think second-skin tops, oversized jumpers and retro-inspired football shirts. Or, if you’re prioritising pure comfort and practicality, labels such as Pangaia, Life of Ease and Lululemon make matching sets to take you from the sofa to the pub.

The lazy girl’s evening uniform, Sleeper and its feather-adorned pyjama sets need little introduction – and similar silky styles have since cropped up across the high street, from H&M to Cos.

Whatever your style or budget, we’ve sought out the best loungewear to wear while working from home, co-ords for off-duty weekend dressing and more formal styles that take the hassle out of evening wear – simply add heels and you’re party-ready.

How we tested the best women’s loungewear

A selection of the loungewear pieces we put to the test (Daisy Lester)

To make it into this edit, we considered comfort (of course), value for money, quality and wearability. From outfits that can pass as outerwear to sets to laze about in, these are the best loungewear pieces for 2024.

The best women’s loungewear pieces for 2024 are:

  • Best loungewear overall – Adanola distressed varsity sweatpants: £52.99, Adanola.com
  • Best budget loungewear – New Look grey jersey wide-leg joggers: £19.99, Newlook.com
  • Best luxury loungewear – Sleeper feather detail pyjama set: £240, Farfetch.com
  • Best tracksuit-style loungewear – Pangaia 365 heavyweight hoodie and track pants: £260, Pangaia.com
  • Best velour loungewear – AllSaints Tyler wide-leg velvet trousers: £139, Asos.com

Adanola distressed varsity sweatpants

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  • Best: Women’s loungewear overall
  • Size range: XS-XXL
  • Colourways: Washed stone
  • Why we love it
    • Comfortable
    • Versatile

Synonymous with off-duty dressing, Adanola makes clothes to lounge in or workout in, while its essentials range is brimming with everyday layering staples (see its ultimate long-sleeve top featured later in this round-up). Already selling out multiple times since their launch, the brand’s varsity sweatpants have a cool, vintage feel, thanks to the distressed applique logo.

Made from super-soft organic cotton, the pants are complete with a flexible drawstring waistband and a smarter wide-leg silhouette. Plus, they’re pleasingly full-length, making them a good option for taller women. The washed stone finish is easily dressed up with trainers and a blazer, or style with the matching varsity hoodie (£64.99, Adanola) for the full elevated lounging look.

  1. £52 from Adanola.com
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New Look grey jersey wide-leg joggers

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  • Best: Budget loungewear
  • Size range: UK 6-16
  • Colourways: Black, grey, off white, camel, light green, khaki, navy
  • Why we love it
    • Flattering
    • Contemporary wide leg
    • Affordable
  • Take note
    • Slightly thin
    • Come up slightly short

Setting you back less than £20, New Look’s bargain joggers feel more premium than their price tag suggests. Available in eight colours, the trousers are cut into a contemporary wide-leg silhouette with an elasticated high waist. Complete with side pockets, the trousers are supremely soft and lightweight, though come up slightly short (something to bear in mind if you’re taller).

Whether paired with a trench coat and chunky knit at the weekend or a loose T-shirt for lounging, the understated grey-hued joggers are an easy and affordable addition to your loungewear wardrobe.

  1. £19 from Newlook.com
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Life of Ease loe sweatpant, evergreen

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  • Best: Lounging tracksuit
  • Size range: XS-XXL
  • Colourways: Evergreen, charcoal, parakeet, chestnut, grey, cobalt, palm, midnight, cloud, pink, olive, chilli, butter
  • Why we love it
    • Comfortable
    • Soft
    • Heavyweight
  • Take note
    • Comes up slightly small

Founded in 2020 during lockdown, Life of Ease specialises in vibrantly coloured and environmentally conscious tracksuits. The perfect balance of sporty and stylish, its unisex sweatpants and matching sweatshirts are crafted from GOTS-certified organic cotton, and are super comfortable. The track bottoms are cuffed at the hem and feature a flattering mid-rise waist, with the brand’s logo adding detail.

The matching jumper (£95, Lifeofeaselondon.com) similarly boasts the logo, but we found this came up quite small compared with the joggers, so would suggest going up a size. Likewise, we’d recommend sizing up in the pants for the ideal laidback and loose fit.

Available in a huge range of colours (albeit with slightly different logo options), the relaxed set nails off-duty dressing.

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Sleeper party pyjama set

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  • Best: Luxury loungewear set
  • Size range: XS-XL
  • Colourways: Black, pink, white, green, blue
  • Why we love it
    • Soft and comfortable fabric
    • Fluid silhouette
    • Can be worn out and about
  • Take note
    • Expensive

Luxury loungewear label Sleeper rose to cult status during the pandemic, thanks to those feather-trim party pyjama sets (seemingly every influencer and their mum had a pair). Making loungewear feel like a decadent affair, the silky co-ords ensure you feel like your best self when lazing about at home.

Cut into a traditional sleepwear silhouette, the brand’s signature sets are characterised by a laidback, fluid silhouette, with the viscose crepe pleasingly soft and comfortable to wear. The pièce de résistance? Detachable feathers detail the cuffs and ankles for an old-glamour look.

Whether worn separately out and about, or together for a flamboyant evening look, the investment set comes in an array of colours, from classic black and bridal white (£275, Harveynichols.com) to vibrant blue (£204, Coggles.com).

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Pangaia heavyweight hoodie and track pants

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  • Best: Tracksuit-style loungewear
  • Size range: XXS-XXL
  • Colourways: Sand, black, off white, stone, grey, navy, foliage green, cobalt, jade green, celestial blue, purple
  • Why we love it
    • Super soft
    • Heavyweight
    • Range of colour options
  • Take note
    • Lack of length options

Sustainable loungewear brand Pangaia is a go-to for investment pieces that stand the test of time. From its cult matching tracksuits to comfortable and practical outerwear or cosy knitwear, the designs feel like a real treat to wear.

If you love tracksuits for weekend wear or WFH attire, you’ll likely get your cost-per-wear with Pangaia’s heavyweight hoodie and matching midweight track pants (£120, Pangaia.com).

Both pieces are made from cotton, treated with peppermint oil for its anti-odour properties and feature brushed fabric on the inside, for an extra-soft feel. They’re super comfortable for all-day-wear and available in a wide range of sizes. Our only gripe is the lack of length options, as the joggers came up slightly short on our 6ft tester.

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M&S pure cashmere wide-leg trousers

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  • Best: Cashmere loungewear trousers
  • Size range: XS-XL
  • Colourways: Camel, black
  • Why we love it
    • Relatively affordable for cashmere
    • Flattering and comfortable fit
  • Take note
    • Shame they don’t come in M&S’s usual petite, regular and tall lengths

If you’re after affordable cashmere, head to M&S. The stalwart has seriously upped its fashion offering recently, and its loungewear line is stellar. Case in point: this pair of cashmere trousers. A chic take on off-duty wear, we love the on-trend wide-leg and slouchy silhouette, while the high waist is both flattering and comfortable (you can never go wrong with an elasticated waist).

Available in a cappuccino hue or minimalist black, the trousers are detailed with a ribbed hem and waist band. Elevating your WFH wardrobe and more than sleek enough to wear outside the house, rest assured you’ll get your value for money. Although we would have liked to see them come in M&S’s usual petite, regular and tall lengths, these cashmere trousers are hard to fault.

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Free People cloud nine boxers, navy combo

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  • Best: Loungewear shorts
  • Size range: XS-XL
  • Colourways: Navy, tangerine, red, baby pink, moss, ivory
  • Why we love it
    • Relaxed
    • Flattering
    • Very comfortable

Channel Scandi cool-girl style, with this pair of striped shorts from Free People. Designed in a men’s boxer short silhouette, the bottoms come in five colours – from pyjama navy stripe to pastel green. Airy and relaxed, the shorts are characterised by a seersucker fabric finish and curved hem, for an extra flattering fit.

They’re pleasingly lightweight, with a comfortable elasticated waistband, and we love the high-waisted silhouette. The colourways available leave endless styling options – especially if you’re leaning into the striped shorts trend on your next holiday.

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The White Company boucle knit wide-leg trousers

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  • Best: Boucle knit loungewear
  • Size range: XS-XL
  • Colourways: Navy
  • Why we love it
    • Chic
    • Comfortable
    • Sporty spin

Loungewear from The White Company is a luxurious affair. A chic alternative to a tracksuit, this co-ord consists of cosy textured wide-leg trousers and a matching knit sweatshirt (£89, Thewhitecompany.com). Both pieces are made from an organic cotton blend, with the trousers featuring an elasticated waistband for extra comfort.

Finished in navy with a contrast porcelain side stripe, the pants boast a sporty feel. As for the jumper, the textured style is cut into a cocooning longline fit with a stepped hem and side splits. Comfortable and elegant, it’s a loungewear set that has you covered for everything from long-haul flights to working from home.

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Tala dayflex wrap high-waisted flared yoga pant, shadow black

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  • Best: Tall loungewear leggings
  • Size range: XS-4XL, 30in, 33in, 35in
  • Colourways: Black, milk, dark olive, grey marl, latte
  • Why we love it
    • Long length
    • Flattering
    • Soft and comfortable
  • Take note
    • Some may prefer a lower waist

Tala is a sportswear brand that deserves its hype. Its well-fitting pieces come in a range of sizes, styles and colourways, so there really is something for everyone.

Our 6ft tester loved the flared yoga pants, which are available in three lengths (30in, 33in and 35in), as well as in sizes from 2XS to 4XL. Supremely comfortable, true to size and buttery soft, they’re super flattering, thanks to the lightweight fabric creating a seamless silhouette. Complete with wrap contouring around the waist, an embroidered logo and a secret pocket on the inside, you’ll never want to take them off.

Team with the equally comfortable second-skin short-sleeve T-shirt (£32, Wearetala.com) for the full loungewear look. We also love the brand’s wide-leg club joggers (£49, Wearetala.com), which are great for those who prefer a looser fit.

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AllSaints Tyler wide-leg velvet trousers

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  • Best: Velour loungewear set
  • Size range: UK 2-16
  • Colourways: Black
  • Why we love it
    • Versatile
    • Comfortable
    • High quality
  • Take note
    • Pricey

Made from a velvet fabric, AllSaints’s Tyler trousers are a luxe take on loungewear. The high-waisted fit is super flattering, while the elasticated draw cord helps with a snug fit. Complete with two practical pockets, the trousers boast a sweeping full-length and on-trend wide-leg silhouette.

For the full elevated-velour look, style with the matching Oana velvet shirt (£115, Houseoffraser.co.uk). Crafted from the same fabric, the piece is shaped into an easy, relaxed silhouette. Easily dressed up with heels, worn separately or with Uggs at the weekend, both the shirt and the trousers are versatile loungewear investments.

  1. £139 from Asos.com
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M&S linen rich wide-leg trousers

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  • Best: Linen loungewear
  • Size range: UK 6-24, petite, regular, tall
  • Colourways: Black, stripe, white, tan, bright blue, navy, ivory mix
  • Why we love it
    • Comfortable
    • Suitable for wearing year-round
    • Good size and length options

M&S’s crowd-pleasing clothing comes in a range of sizes and lengths, including this pair of linen trousers that are perfect for lounging. Cut into an easily styled wide-leg shape, the high waist is universally flattering, while the adjustable drawstring fastening helps with finding the perfect fit.

Complete with handy side pockets and patch pockets at the back, the simple style is available in minimalist black, white, navy and tan or a more statement-making bright blue, ivory mix and stripe.

Ideal for the spring and summer months, thanks to the lightweight linen fabrication, they’re just as wearable under a trench coat and jumper during winter.

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Rise & Fall women’s cashmere set

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  • Best: Cashmere loungewear set
  • Size range: XS-XL
  • Colourways: Grey, black, chocolate, navy
  • Why we love it
    • Comfortable
    • High quality
    • Versatile
  • Take note
    • Expensive

Rise & Fall’s considered collection of bedding, homeware and loungewear is the result of sustainable supply chains and ethical working practices. The luxury brand’s aim is to create modern everyday classics, including this beautifully made cashmere set.

The half-zip sweater is a wardrobe staple that’s hugely versatile. Whether paired with jeans for the office or the matching cashmere joggers (£195, Riseandfall.co), the heavyweight piece is cut into a loose fit that’s ideal for layering, while the side split detail and raglan sleeves create a flattering silhouette.

Available in the same classic colourways, the wide-leg trousers are an elevated take on joggers. The high waist and wide leg is contemporary and chic while the softness is unrivalled. There’s no denying the co-ord is pricey, but the hard-working pieces are far more than just loungewear.

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Lounge cosy ribbed leggings

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  • Best: Loungewear leggings
  • Size range: XS-3XL
  • Colourways: Espresso, black, dune
  • Why we love it
    • Soft
    • Flattering

Lounge’s leggings live up to their cosy namesake. Available in sizes up to 3XL, and in regular or petite lengths, they’re an all-day lounging alternative to sports leggings.

Coming in an espresso hue, black or dune, the leggings are crafted from a thick, ribbed fabric that contours your silhouette and stretches as you move. Super flattering, thanks to the sculpting material, the high-cut fit is complete with a wide elasticated waistband.

  1. £55 from Lounge.com
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Asos design straight-leg jogger

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  • Best: Grey joggers
  • Sizes available: UK 4-18
  • Colourways: Grey, pink, washed tan, sage green, black
  • Why we love it
    • Affordable
    • Comfortable

A stellar affordable option from Asos, these joggers are finished in a grey marl hue that’s easily dressed up or down. Super soft and cosy, the trousers boast a flattering straight-leg silhouette with a comfortable elasticated waist, side pockets and insulating fleece lining.

You can’t go wrong with Asos Design’s well-crafted yet pocket-friendly styles, and the joggers are a case in point. Best for those 5ft 5in and above, the style comes up quite long but can be folded over for a shorter yet still stylish look. Complete with the set with the matching off-duty zip-up sweater (£30, Asos.com).

  1. £22 from Asos.com
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Lululemon define jacket

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  • Best: Fitted loungwear jacket
  • Size range: UK 4-24
  • Colourways: Black, off white, white
  • Why we love it
    • Flattering fit
    • Thumbholes for cosiness
  • Take note
    • Not as comfortable as a sweatshirt

When it comes to athleisure that takes you from the gym to the sofa in style, Lululemon is a popular port of call. The define jacket is one of the label’s best sellers, and we’re not struggling to see why.

While it may not be as comfortable as a casual sweatshirt, this is a zip-up offering with a body-hugging fit and flattering, subtle stitched detailing. It looks smart, but it’s comfortable and practical with fairly small zipped pockets, folded cuffs for a slightly thicker feel, and handy thumbholes for cosiness.

Pair it with the label’s ultra groove super-high-rise flared nulu pant (£108, Lululemon.co.uk), and you’re all set.

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Adanola ultimate long-sleeve longline top, black

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  • Best: Lounging top
  • Sizes available: XXS-XXXL
  • Colourways: Black, midnight blue, olive, coffee bean
  • Why we love it
    • Flattering
    • Comfortable
    • Stetchy

You can’t beat Adanola’s ultimate long-sleeve tops. Super flattering, stretchy and comfortable, they have you covered for both all-day lounging with your favourite pair of joggers and everyday dressing with jeans and a blazer. Supportive and lightweight, the design is sculpting and smoothing while thumb holes help lock in warmth.

Lending it to tucking into bottoms, the top boasts a longline silhouette and ultra soft fabrication. An investment for both your day-to-day wardrobe and lounging arsenal, it’s a stellar choice for the colder months.

  1. £36 from Adanola.com
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Lululemon groove super-high-rise flared pant nulu

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  • Best: Flared leggings
  • Sizes available: UK 4-24
  • Colourways: Grey, pastel green, sky blue, dark olive green, black, red, brown
  • Why we love it
    • Super comfortable material
    • Versatile flared style
  • Take note
    • Expensive

These Lululemon leggings are made with yoga and other active pursuits in mind, but their flared shape and ultra stretchiness make for a perfect loungewear combination, too. Whether you’re leaning into downward dog or making a lunge for the sofa, they feel breathable, and impossibly smooth to the touch, owing to Lululemon’s four-way stretch nulu fabric. While they come with an undeniably lofty price, the quality is great. With a super-high waistband and various colourways (we opted for navy blue), they also lend themselves to being dressed up, if you do decide to sport them outdoors.

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River Island black side-piped joggers

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  • Best: Everyday joggers
  • Sizes available: XS-L
  • Colourways: Black
  • Why we love it
    • Versatile for everyday dressing
    • Comfortable
    • Flattering fit

The ultimate pair of everyday joggers, River Island’s black trousers are cut into a contemporary wide-leg silhouette that’s a flattering and more formal alternative to drawstring hem styles. Adding a sporty touch, there’s a thin stripe down each side, while the elasticated waist is adjustable and super comfortable.

Made from soft polyester, these joggers are lightweight but cosy, making them a great option for spring temperatures. An ideal style for off-duty dressing or relaxed days in the office, elevate the sports trouser with a blazer or smart jacket.

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The verdict: Women’s loungewear 

Adanola never disappoints. Whether it’s the versatile and cosy varsity sweatpants or the everyday longline, long-sleeve top, it’s a go-to destination for loungewear. A high-quality set that has you covered for everything from dog walking to long-haul flights, Life of Ease’s evergreen sweatshirt and matching joggers are an equally worthy investment for your loungewear wardrobe. If you’re looking for pure luxury, Sleeper’s feather-adorned co-ord is just as nice for lounging as it is for party attire, while Rise & Fall’s cashmere set is equally versatile.

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