If you’re spending time at home, maybe because it’s chilly outside, or you have some time to relax. Or, perhaps you are now working from home, it’s important to choose the right loungewear to look and 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 super comfortable clothes, 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
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.
Jamie @moreturquoise above (read her style interview here) opts for comfy lounge pants and a padded wrap.
Check out this puffer robe from Soma (another option here) that you can wear with this similar pair of lounge pants.
Prefer pajamas? Check the best pajamas for women over 40.
Although loungewear is all about comfort, baggy tees and washed-out leggings just won’t cut it anymore! Loungewear is also 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 during our downtime. 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.
You could easily wear the black cashmere set (below) at home or for running errands. This would also be a great option to wear on the plane if you are travelling.
Arket Cashmere Jumper – Arket Cashmere Knitted Trousers
If you really do want to inject some luxury into your loungewear wardrobe, I can’t think of a better way to do so than with a luxurious fabric like cashmere. For an easy, stylish outfit that you don’t need to think about, you could try the Nordstrom cashmere jumpsuit (below).
Nordstrom Tie Waist Cashmere Jumpsuit
The White Company Ultimate Cashmere Blanket Scarf
If it’s chilly outside, you’ll want to ensure your loungewear keeps you nice and cozy. The lounge set (below) is made from soft, thermal material, and comes in a good choice of colors. One reviewer said she loved it so much that she bought another set in a different color.
As well as being warm, you’ll want your loungewear to be soft against your skin. The Open Edit set (below) comes with a cardigan, pants and a vest.
Open Edit 3-Piece So Soft Rib Lounge Set
Is it lounge clothing or PJs?
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!
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.
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.
Look for yoga pants styles, track pants, elasticated pull on, and drawstring styles.
Zella Live In High Waist Pocket Flare Pants – Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Lite® High Waist Lounge Pants – Sweaty Betty Split Hem Flare Pants – Zella Live In Pocket Joggers
Dawn Lucy @fashionshouldbefun above (read her style interview here) wears tie-waist pants with her fluffy slipper-style sandals.
She is wearing a hoodie and joggers from Soma, blazer from Everlane and fluffy sandals form Jambu & Co. Here is a similar tee to complete the look.
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.
Zella Live In High Waist Leggings – Zella Studio Luxe High Waist Pocket Leggings – Eileen Fisher Jersey Ankle Leggings – Smartwool Classic Merino Wool Thermal Leggings
Don’t forget to take a look at how to wear leggings over 40.
If you live in warmer climates or are heading off on vacation you may prefer a pair of lounge shorts for sleeping and relaxing in rather than full-length pants.
Barefoot Dreams Hoodie & Shorts Lounge Set
The Drop Eva Silky Pull-On Short – Lunya Organic Pima Cotton Pajama Shorts – BP. Thermal Knit Pajama Shorts – Amazon Essentials Shorts
Adaline @sdmomstyles above chooses a shorts set in linen that would be ideal for warmer climates.
Recreate her outfit with this similar top, pull-on shorts and sandals.
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 T-shirt is always a versatile option as you can wear it indoors as a pajama top or outdoors as a tee.
Uniqlo U Crew Neck Short-Sleeve T-Shirt – Zella Twist Front Tank – Lunya Long Sleeve Organic Pima Cotton T-Shirt – Uniqlo HEATTECH Fleece Crew Neck Long-Sleeve T-Shirt
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 set below looks and feels luxurious and would be perfect for day-to-day or for plane travel.
Or you could opt for a lounge set which looks as if it could be worn during the day or for evening. Just wear slippers or sneakers for casual days, or you could add a pair of heels and clutch to the set (below). It comes in neutrals or bright shades. One reviewer said she wore it for a late evening flight and got lots of compliments.
Another matchy-matchy option for you, this time with a sweater top. This knit set (below) definitely looks as if it could be worn for days at home, or for casual days outdoors. There’s a huge choice of colors, and reviewers say it is warm, and comfortable, and goes perfectly with white sneakers.
If you really want to make sure everything matches, you could choose a set that also includes a camisole or tank top. Reviewers say they love changing into the three-piece set (below) after a day at work.
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 a restrictive button or hook-and-eye fastenings.
Artfish Lounge Jumpsuit – Zella Gwen Sleeveless Knit Romper – Zella Restore Long Sleeve Romper – Daily Ritual Supersoft Terry Wrap Jumpsuit
Knitted loungewear for women
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.
The cardigans and ponchos (below) are perfect to add a little warmth to your relaxed outfit.
Nordstrom Button-Up Cashmere Cardigan – Zella Corded Faux Fur Jacket – Barefoot Dreams Open Front Wrap – Barefoot Dreams CozyChic Ultra Lite™ Long Robe
Beth @styleatacertainage above (read her style interview here) chooses a soft gray color palette for her loungewear.
She is wearing a sweater (another option here), cardigan (another option here) and joggers from Talbots, and a pair of Minnetonka slippers.
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 stretch, such as jersey. If you want extra warmth, you could always add a pair of leggings underneath.
Max Mara Leisure Stretch Cotton Jersey Midi Dress – Eileen Fisher Jewel Neck Long Sleeve Jersey Shift Dress – Fear of God Essentials Cotton Logo T-Shirt Dress – Zella Cara Long Sleeve Fleece Hoodie Dress
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.
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 Lounge Pajama Set
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.
Accessories to go with your ladies loungewear set
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.
PULI Large Cross Front Poncho – YSense Wear Plaid Blanket Scarf – UGG Fluff Yeah Faux Fur Slingback Sandal – Dr. Scholl’s Shoes Madison Sneaker – Stems Cotton & Cashmere Blend Crew Socks – Zella Seamless Strappy Sports Bra – Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens – Maison Margiela Replica By the Fireplace Scented Candle
Susan @susan_unefemme above (read her style interview here) stays cozy while enjoying her coffee by layering her knitwear and wearing fluffy slippers.
Get her look with this similar cashmere sweater, pants (another option here), slippers and scarf.
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.
shop some of the items above here:
Read our ultimate guide to creating a capsule wardrobe that works best for you.
More loungewear inspiration
The loungewear (below) is past season but should still inspire you if you’re creating cozy at-home outfits.
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 fa1vorite loungewear trend?
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I get a bit twitchy about loungewear. Never understood the need to change work clothes to comfy ones when used to go into the office all the time. Having said that I always wear comfy clothes but in interesting texture/colours, even my smarter clothes are soft not structured. I’m wearing the clothes not the other way round. Plus as you get older it’s important to be comfortable (without sacrificing style) otherwise you don’t feel right and that show in many ways. Personally I like soft fabrics, jersey, wool mix, velour and am a great fan of coloured cords.
Sylvia, this is very well put: loungewear sits between PJ’s and clothes for going out, and if you are not comfortable answering the door in what you’re wearing, then they’re PJ’s!
Thank you for this very useful article.
Good to read you found it useful Patricia!
Now working remotely, I have enjoyed working in lounge wear and can already see how it will influence my wardrobe once I return to the office. I’m getting the most use out of charcoal gray joggers, wide leg leopard print lounge pants, and cozy fleece-lined stretch jeggings – like ‘pajama jeans’. Slip-on knit sneakers are perfectly versatile, practical, and keep me out of bedroom slippers.
But the top is the most important, as I’m doing daily video meetings and still want to look and feel professional. When you’re only viewed from the the chest upward, you have to adjust your proportions and accessories accordingly. Cashmere turtleneck sweaters and cowl-neck tops look good on camera, especially in deeper jewel tones. If my top is black or charcoal, I add a little pop of color, usually by way of simple turquoise jewelry, or wearing colored eyeglass frames. If my top is colored, I stick with simple hoop earrings and go with metal or tortoise frames.
So true Karalane!
I love this article as I am living in the very relaxed San Diego, working as a Personal stylist and coming from Milan Italy, I get asked the question often. What is Loungewear v sloppy dressing? I will certainly keep this article to help my clients with this dilemma, so many thanks.
It is so important to look good, feel good all of the time. Life is short, feel good. I think Victoria Beckham is starting to feel her age and the wear and tear of her feet.
Thank you for your continued efforts.
Thanks so much for your kind feedback Catherine!
Thanks for your collection. Wish they had petite sizes consistently.
If you spend most of your time at home like me it only make sense to invest the most in those items. I also think Pure Jill by J.Jill is a very good option .
What is the brand of the knit cuffed pants that the model is wearing in the picture? Love them!
Not sure. You may want to check her instagram account at https://www.instagram.com/p/BxZUzLMAtaU/ to check.
Lularoe is my current go-to for loungewear. It’s cute, comfy and can be worn for errands.
Looks very comfy.
It does Greetje – I’ve definitely inspired myself to invest in some new loungewear!
Good article. Since I travel alot I started wearing alot of loungewear. It’s more or less what is considered pajamas with a cami(or tank) top and I pair it with a short sleeve outer blouse. I do alot of driving and could never wear jeans or tight fitting pants. Sometimes I wear exercise type pants but not too often. I also discovered places like Target sell sleepwear pants that come in solid black and navy(black, blue, gray prints also). This is what I prefer. More black and dark colors and nothing baggy, must be breathable and nonrestrictive.. And no one would ever know it is sleepwear. The women that work in these places don’t even know their stores sell this stuff
Thanks for the tips Rachel!