If there’s anything that the last year and change has taught us, it’s that comfort and style now go hand in hand as our schedules and routines shift. Your office is now your home, and vice versa. That’s why the gear you wear at home should be every bit as stylish as the rest of your outdoor ensembles, and there’s an easy place to start: Stylish loungewear.
And here’s why: If we’re hanging out at home in the same shirt and pants we wore to work (even if work was at home that day), we’re sending a subtle signal to our unconscious minds that the daily grind really isn’t over. That may result in a lack of sleep, an inability to relax, and worse, not being fully present with our families. The simple solution? Have a few pieces that you can wear around the house that are comfortable, but maybe not quite the rumpled pajamas that you’d wear to bed (assuming, of course, that you even wear pajamas). Grab a lounge set that you would be okay with wearing if a neighbor showed up, you decided to do a last-minute pizza run, or if have to walk the dog. Here are some of our favorite pieces (from some of the best men’s clothing brands) that are cozy, but still look great.
Mix and match two favorites from sustainable style brand Outerknown, founded by legendary surfer Kelly Slater. The Sur Snap Hoodie and Sweatshorts epitomize eco-friendly comfort and laidback looks, made from a blend of hemp and organic cotton that’s also been garment-dyed for extra softness. These are loungewear staples that’ll look like you’ve had them for years, right out of the box. We think that’s a great thing if you want some style to go along with plenty of comfort.
Pair up two casual yet performance-minded pieces from Vuori to make a new and improved loungewear set that actually doesn’t look all that bad when worn outside the house. We love the versatile color options and soft-as-can-be fabrics, too.
Mix and match with the ever-versatile Everlane Uniform Collection, designed to take you through your day in style and comfort. We appreciate these comfortable, ethically made sweatpants and the matching hoodie, plus six different color combos from which to choose.
Pajama set?! We’ve seen sleek, minimalistic pieces like this sent down European runways for fancy evening clothes. Throw the right jacket over this elegant pairing and nobody will be the wiser. Best of all, its soft jersey knit will keep you cool and comfortable.
Go monochromatic with a cozy recycled fleece hoodie and matching sweatpants in a versatile, neutral color combo from Richer Poorer. These are so comfortable, you won’t want to take them off.
If you’re looking for a stylish, functional, and affordable loungewear set, look no further than this option from Uniqlo. Featuring stretchy joggers and a matching jumper, this lightweight outfit is cozy and breathable. Plus, you can buy more than one set and mix-n-match to your heart’s content.
Crafted from a luxuriously soft blend of Pima cotton, modal, and spandex, this mix-and-match sleep set from Tommy John is fantastic for lounging. What’s especially cool about the fabric blend is that it’s built to be both fade- and shrink-resistant, which helps increase the durability (and longevity) of the set.
Popular bedding brand Brooklinen doesn’t just sell fantastic pillows, mattresses, and sheets — it also happens to specialize in some pretty comfy loungewear, too. With tops made of jersey and bottoms made of luxuriously soft french terry, these sets are designed with serious relaxation in mind. Feel free to buy a few separates and swap them out for different lounge-y looks.
This pajama set from David Archy could be a great fit for folks who prefer an all-cotton feel, i.e. one that’s soft, breathable, lightweight, and cozy (but with a touch of spandex for movement). There are a few different color options to choose from here, but they all make for a handsome set that’ll help keep you from looking too disheveled while scrolling through Netflix.
Bamboo is a fantastic cooling material that works to dissipate heat and actively wick moisture away from the body. So, if you run hot, you may want to snag these cooling bamboo shorts from Cariloha. Silky smooth and oh-so-breathable, these bottoms are sure to chill out your lazy afternoons at home.
In need of lounge pants that are as stylish as they are practical? Well then, you may want to consider this lightweight jogger from UpWest. With a classic cuffed ankle and soft-brushed fabric design, these pants are indulgently comfortable and trendy. Plus, they don’t hang heavy, so they should be pretty breathable, too!
Linen is another great go-to material for warm-weather loungewear. It’s lightweight, airy, and moisture-wicking, so it works to draw heat out and away from the body. Of all the linen sleep sets available online, my personal favorite is this one from Piglet. Stylish and practical, this set is built for serious summer lounge sessions.
Loungewear for men is easier to find than you might think, seeing as a plethora of companies are stocking and selling men’s loungewear of all varieties. One of the most welcome additions to the market for men’s loungewear, if you ask us, is that so many companies who make home goods and bedding are now getting into apparel. Take Brooklinen above, for example.
Stylish bedding now goes hand-in-hand with cool, cozy loungewear. Other companies, like Everlane, have made loungewear a part of new collections, even introducing new colors and fabrics over time. And there’s yet another set of companies, like Richer Poorer, that focuses on the best men’s basics around.
The laidback offerings from brands like Richer Poorer include everything from hoodies to loungewear pants, comfortable sweatpants, and soft T-shirts (some designed to be mixed and matched). This makes them a fine example of a proper pick as far as loungewear for men is concerned. These days, any place that sells any gear for guys or your home is liable to have at least a few loungewear offerings.
If you’re wondering if you can sleep in loungewear, the answer is that, yes, if the loungewear mimics pajamas, you certainly can. We’re more apt to consider wearing a more traditional pajama set (PJ bottoms and a top), or perhaps sweat shorts, sans tee (if you sleep hot), but loungewear is still acceptable for sleeping.
However, if you want to differentiate between the gear you wear to relax on the couch after work, and what you wear to sleep, it’s best to keep your loungewear separate. This is especially true if your loungewear set is a T-shirt and lounge pants of a different color, meaning you can wear them separately for different occasions.
However, a company like Brooklinen seems to have made its loungewear to be worn both around the house and to bed. The choice, ultimately, is up to you, but just as you wouldn’t wear your jeans to sleep, we’d recommend you keep a different set of sleeping clothes handy.
Men’s loungewear can meet several different criteria. However, it’s different than athleisure or athletic gear, to us. Men’s loungewear typically includes a T-shirt or long-sleeve shirt in soft cotton or cotton-blend fabric, versus a technical fabric that you’d find in a workout T-shirt. This top portion can also take the form of a pajama shirt.
Loungewear pants aren’t like tapered sweatpants, either. They often feature a more relaxed, fuller fit (think of how pajama bottoms tend to fit), and are also made of soft, breathable fabric (also in a cotton blend). Here’s where it can get tricky.
Loungewear, in our opinion, includes both matching sets (a matching top and bottoms in the same color and fabric), or else mix-and-match pieces (for example, Tommy John’s Second Skin set in different colors and styles). Loungewear, however, isn’t gear that you’d wear to the gym, or perhaps even out of the house. It’s laidback and made for, well, lounging. Men’s loungewear sets can also include refined pajama sets, but boxers and a T-shirt all on their own doesn’t quite fit.
Any way you want to look at it, the best loungewear for men is going to help you kick back with ease and find comfort in mind this year.
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