Most of us are now spending much more time at home than we may have planned. Perhaps you are now working from home, which is why it’s important to choose the best loungewear to ensure you feel great.

Even if you’re at home, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t pay attention to how you dress. You’ll want to make sure you feel comfortable, but also put together and stylish. Even if it’s just to please yourself.

Loungewear is a great option. And the best loungewear are clothes that are super comfortable inside, yet you’d be just as happy to wear them outside. Below, I show you how to dress comfortably AND stylishly at home and where to find the best women’s loungewear for days spent at home.

The best women’s loungewear for your needs

The best loungewear for your needs depends on what your activities are.

For example you may want to be comfortable at home as well as look professional enough to take a video conference call.

Plus, you may want to pop out to get some fresh air, or walk your dog (if you have one).

I really do find that what I’m wearing has an impact on my mood. Do you agree? So, upgrading those not-going-anywhere-special-today clothes could make a real difference.

What is loungewear and how you can wear it

Best loungewear - Adaline wears a neutral tracksuit | 40plusstyle.com

Tracksuits, sweatshirts, leggings, pajamas, lounge pants, tees – loungewear is really a catch-all term for anything which is comfortable enough to lounge around in.

While in the days of Hollywood sirens, “slipping into something more comfortable” typically meant some sort of seductive slip of silk or satin, now the trend is to change into comfy lounge pants and sweaters when you come home.

Finally, comfort has become fashionable. Even Victoria Beckham, who was once so loath to wear flats that she wore heeled sneakers to play baseball, has recently embraced the loungewear trend and has been wearing cozy knits and sneakers rather than her usual heels and dresses.

Adaline @sdmomstyles above opts for a matching track pants sweat that would be ideal for at home, or for traveling.

Steal her look with this similar sweater (another option here), lounge pants and sneakers.

Prefer pajamas? Check the best pajamas for women over 40.

Luxury loungewear

Although loungewear is all about comfort, baggy tees and washed out leggings just won’t cut it anymore! Loungewear is all about luxury – that feeling that you’re treating yourself well while you’re at home.

As our lives get busier, many of us are spending more time at home. In current circumstances, you may have no choice but to stay home. But, you will still want to feel as if you are taking care of yourself and that you are both comfortable AND stylish.

After all, you never know when you might have to answer the door to a deliver person, pop out to walk the dog, or go to get grocery supplies.

Best loungewear - Club Monaco boiled collar cashmere sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Club Monaco boiled collar cashmere sweater

Cashmere loungewear

If you really do want to inject some luxury into your loungewear wardrobe, I can’t think of a better way to do so that with a luxurious fabric like cashmere.

Best women's loungewear - Nordstrom Signature cashmere cardigan | 40plusstyle.com

Nordstrom Signature cashmere cardigan

Is it lounge clothing or PJs?

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In short, loungewear sits somewhere between pajamas and going out attire.

If you wouldn’t be happy to answer the doorbell, then you’re probably in pajamas. If you’re happy to go to the door, or pop to the shop for milk and bread, then it’s loungewear!

You could take a leaf out of Karen’s @styledbykaren style book above and choose pieces which are stylish for outdoor wear, but comfortable for lounging inside.

Recreate her look with this similar sweater, jogger pants and sneakers.

Prefer to relax in pajamas? Take a look at the best pajamas for women, which is updated with some good pajamas for winter.

Choosing a capsule loungewear wardrobe

While it may seem a bit of a strange concept to put together a loungewear capsule, it will help you to feel more stylish even on your most casual days.

Many brands have really upped their game when it comes to loungewear because of the athleisure trend and because if you are retired or working from home either all, or some, of the time, you won’t want to be dressed in a constrictive way. But that doesn’t mean you don’t want to look polished and put together.

Lounge pants

Best loungewear - Diane wears wide loungepants | 40plusstyle.com

One of the most important parts of your loungewear capsule will be the pants you choose.

You are likely to want a style which you can pull on so you don’t have to fiddle about with restrictive zippers and buttons while relaxing, but which still look very stylish.

Diane above (read her style interview here) shows how you could opt for a wide pair of lounge pants for an on-trend look.

Check out this similar camisole, sweater, wide leg pants and sneakers.

Below is another style in black that you could try.

UGG wide leg lounge pants | 40plusstyle.com

UGG wide leg lounge pants

Or, you could try a pair of slimmer track pants.

Barefoot Dream joggers | 40plusstyle.com

Barefoot Dream joggers

Tommy John jogger pants | 40plusstyle.com

Tommy John jogger pants

Women’s lounge LEGGINGS

Another good option are leggings like this pair from Zella. You could definitely wear these indoors or pop to do a couple of errands in them. They could also make a good pair of yoga pants.

Best loungewear - Zella leggings | 40plusstyle.com

Zella high waist leggings

Don’t forget to take a look at how to wear leggings over 40.

Lounge shorts

If you live in warmer climes, or are heading off on vacation you may prefer a pair of lounge shorts for sleeping and relaxing in rather than full-length pants.

UGG bike lounge shorts | 40plusstyle.com

UGG bike lounge shorts

Lounge TOPS

Best loungewear - Marie-Louise in purple track pants | 40plusstyle.com

Of course, your loungewear closet cannot consist of pants and shorts alone! You will want to add some tops which you can mix and match.

Opt for a variety of styles in short and long sleeves so you have all weather conditions covered.

Choose soft fabric you will be comfortable in. For additional style, you can also opt for a drape, knot or twist detail.

As well as a long-sleeved top for cooler days and nights, you will want a tank top or t-shirt. A plain tee-shirt is always a versatile option as you can wear indoors as a pajama top or outdoors as a tee.

Marie-Louise @mrsmlmode above chooses a racerbank tank. You could always add a sweater or cardigan if you think you will be chilly.

Recreate her outfit with this similar tank top and jogger pants.

Tommy John pajama tee | 40plusstyle.com

Tommy John pajama tee

Natori lace trim camisole | 40plusstyle.com

Natori lace trim camisole

LARACE flare tunic top | 40plusstyle.com

LARACE flare tunic top

Zella funnel neck tie waist sweatshirt | 40plusstyle.com

Zella funnel neck tie waist sweatshirt

Zella funnel neck pullover | 40plusstyle.com

Zella funnel neck pullover

You might also want to add a camisole to your relaxing wardrobe. Check out this article on the best camisoles to buy.

Women’s loungewear sets

Of course, you could always opt for a matching set of loungewear pants and bottoms. That way you can wear them as a set, or you can choose to mix and match.

The COS cashmere set (below) looks and feels luxurious and would be perfect for day-to-day or for plane travel.

COS hoodie and lounge pants | 40plusstyle.com

COS relaxed fit cashmere hoodieCOS straight leg cashmere pants

Or you could opt for a pair of pajamas which could double as daywear.

PJ Salvage jersey pajamas | 40plusstyle.com

PJ Salvage jersey pajamas

Opting for a classic black lounge set means you can wear it indoors or out.

Barefoot Dreams lounge set | 40plusstyle.com

Barefoot Dreams lounge set

Loungewear jumpsuit

Best loungewear - Adaline wears a jersey jumpsuit | 40plusstyle.com

You might also want to consider a loungewear jumpsuit.

While a jumpsuit can be a stylish option for a lunch or an evening out, you will want a less structured jumpsuit for lounging in.

Choose something you can easily get on and off and which doesn’t have restrictive button or hook-and-eye fastenings.

Above is another very stylish and comfortable outfit that could double as loungewear, featuring Adaline @sdmomstyles in a navy jersey style jumpsuit. Wear as she does with sandals for summer, or opt for a cardigan and fluffy slippers for at home.

Get her look with this similar lounge jumpsuit from Amazon and sandals from Tory Burch.

LAINAB wide leg jumpsuit | 40plusstyle.com

LAINAB wide leg jumpsuit

Women’s loungewear tracksuits

If you want pieces that you can definitely wear indoors or outdoors, you could opt for a loungewear tracksuit.

While tracksuits are thought to be just for sports, or can be unflattering, there are some stylish loungewear options available.

You can wear together as a set or opt to wear as separates.

They can be one of the most tricky things to wear while still looking stylish so, personaly, I find the key is to wear tracksuits as separates, rather than wearing a tracksuit top and pants together. Pairing tracksuit pants with a cashmere sweater gives a luxe look.

You can then add outerwear like leather jackets, trench coats and sneakers if you’re heading out. Then again, if you’re staying in, wear the set together for a comfy, cozy look.

Selowin loungewear tracksuit | 40plusstyle.com

Selowin loungewear tracksuit

Lounge dress

While most loungewear tends to be t-shirts and drawstring pants, you may feel more comfortable in a dress. Choose one in a soft fabric which has some strech, such as jersey.

This nightgown (below) from Nordstrom could just as easily double as a day dress. Wear with sneakers or sandals if you need to pop out.

Nordstrom tank nightgown | 40plusstyle.com

Nordstrom tank nightgown

Knitted loungewear for women

Best loungewear - Kylie in a sweater dress | 40plusstyle.com

For chilly evenings, you are likely to want a loungewear cardigan or poncho to throw on over your outfit.

I like to choose a nice, long style that can also double up as a dressing gown in case I’m on vacation where I don’t have one with me, or they don’t provide a nice, fluffy one in the hotel.

Kylie above opts for a sweater dress that is ideal for casual days.

Recreate her outfit with this similar knit dress and sneakers.

The cardigans and ponchos (below) are perfect to add a little warmth to your relaxed outfit.

Barefoot Dreams long cardigan | 40plusstyle.com

Barefoot Dreams long cardigan

Barefoot Dreams circle cardigan | 40plusstyle.com

Barefoot Dreams circle cardigan

Fomolom versatile poncho | 40plusstyle.com

Fomolom versatile poncho

Petite loungewear

Finding loungewear that fits properly if you are petite can be tricky. You’ll find that Lands’ End has a good petite range. Another option is to choose cropped pants which you can wear as regular-length.

Lands' End petite wide leg crop pajama pants | 40plusstyle.com

Lands’ End petite wide leg crop pajama pants

There is more advice in this article on how to dress if you are petite.

Plus size loungewear

Nordstrom is a good go-to if you are looking for plus-size options as you can filter your search by size. Or, you could try the Amazon lounge suit (below) which comes in a huge choice of colors and sizes.

Eurivicy sweatsuit set | 40plusstyle.com

Eurivicy sweatsuit set

Accessories to go with your ladies loungewear set

Lounge clothes that make you feel comfortable and stylish | 40plusstyle.com

Just as with your regular closet, you will want to make sure you have the right accessories to go with your loungewear.

Think about sports bras or comfy bralets to go under your loungewear as you probably won’t want to feel the constriction of underwire. Plus, cozy socks and slippers for your feet.

You may also want to choose a pair of sneakers or slip-on shoes that you can wear out and about in case you want to run some errands. And, of course, you will want a great style book to read while you lounge.

Josephine @chicatanyage above (read her style interview here) opts for a pair of warm slippers while reading Richard Osman’s The Thursday Murder Club: A Novel

Check out this similar turtleneck top, sweater, wide leg pants and lounge slippers.

Accessories to go with loungewear | 40plusstyle.com

Zella longline braYIANNA floral lace bralette – DREAM PAIRS cable knit faux fur slippersSOUL Naturalizer slip-on sneakerCollina Strada rib socksBellonesc cashmere scarfIris Apfel: Accidental IconHomeLights scented candle

Best loungewear brand ideas

Here are some of my own favorite loungewear brands. How about yours? You can let me know in the comments at the bottom of the article.

9 loungewear outfits using the pieces above

The beauty of loungewear is you can mix and match in so many different ways, whether you are staying in all day or you will be heading out to run a few errands or for some exercise.

Just as you would put together a capsule collection in your regular wardrobe, it’s worth investing in key loungewear pieces. When you’re looking for loungewear, choose pieces which are easy to pull on and which allow you to relax while still feeling stylish.

Loungewear capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

Read our ultimate guide to creating a capsule wardrobe that works best for you.

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Is loungewear your ‘third wardrobe’?

Many store buyers now refer to loungewear as your “third wardrobe”.

It’s not for going to bed in, and it’s not for going out in. It’s for those evenings when you want to relax with a glass of wine or a cup of hot chocolate while reading a book or watching a movie.

So, what should you have in your loungewear capsule?

I’d suggest leggings, lounge pants, long sleeve tees and tank tops, a cozy cardigan and socks or slippers. I’d also add some bralettes to your loungewear drawer if you still need support, but feel more comfortable in something other than an underwired bra!

By keeping to a color scheme in the same way as any other capsule in your wardrobe, you can ensure you always look put together, even if you do have to answer the door!

A camisole can be a great asset for your lounge wardrobe. Check some of the best camisoles here.

Womens loungewear fabrics

As well as the colors and styles of your loungewear, you will want to think about fabric.

To be truly comfortable, you need to like the feel of the fabric you choose against your skin as well as make sure you’re not too hot and not too cold.

Look out for pieces in natural fabrics such as cashmere, silk and cotton. Semi-natural fabrics like modal can also be soft, crease resistant and wash well, without such a high price tag.

While it may feel alien to spend more on your indoor look than your outdoor outfits, it can make perfect sense as you are likely to keep your loungewear longer, given that lounge clothing is more comfort-led than trend-led!

Do you change into your womens loungewear clothes as soon as you get home? What is your favorite loungewear trend?

Continue reading:

  1. Pajamas For Women: The Best Types Of Women’s Pajamas For Women Over 40
  2. How To Wear Leggings Over 40 – A Complete Guide
  3. The Best Pants And Skirts To Fit And Hide Your Belly

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