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.

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.

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Jamie @moreturquoise above (read her style interview here)

She is wearing a cashmere blend sweater and lounge pants from Chico’s. Check out these ruanas from Lauren Ralph Lauren and Amazon to complete the look.

How do you look classy in loungewear?

Think about your loungewear as you would any other outfit. Make sure the fit is good, choose styles to suit your body type, and opt for beautiful fabrics like silk and cashmere.

Are lounge sets still in style?

Very much so. We all have busy lifestyles so it’s essential to have loungewear that is comfortable, versatile and stylish so you can wear it at home, travelling or on casual days.

UGG Gable 2-Piece Sweatshirt & Jogger Set | 40plusstyle.com

UGG Gable 2-Piece Sweatshirt & Jogger Set

What is the best material for loungewear?

The most important think about loungewear is that it’s comfortable, so the best materials feel great against your skin, have some stretch and keep your temperature regulated. Look for natural fabrics like cashmere and cotton as well as jersey, bamboo and modal. More on fabric later.

How do I choose loungewear?

Keep everything that we talk about in this article in mind when choosing your loungewear. You want the right mix of fit, fabric and style. Read on to find out more about creating a loungewear capsule.

Can you wear loungewear to the airport?

Loungewear would also be a great option to wear on the plane if you are travelling. Choose a neutral shade so you don’t look like you’re wearing pajamas.

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.

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).

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

Dawn Lucy in hoodie, tee, joggers and lounge slippers | 40plusstyle.com

Dawn Lucy @fashionshouldbefun above (read her style interview here) wears tie-waist pants with her fluffy slipper-style sandals.

Steal her look with this similar tee, hoodie, blazer, joggers, fur slippers, necklace and earrings.

the best loungewear in stores now

Let’s look at some of the best loungewear you can choose now.

Luxury loungewear

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 delivery person, pop out to walk the dog, or go to get grocery supplies.

Plus, investing in your loungewear makes sense given that it doesn’t follow fashion fads so much as other clothing, so it won’t date.

Arket Roll-Neck Cashmere Jumper - Arket Wide Cashmere Trousers | 40plusstyle.com

Arket Roll-Neck Cashmere JumperArket Wide Cashmere Trousers

Cashmere loungewear

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

NakedCashmere Siena Set | 40plusstyle.com

NakedCashmere Siena Set

NakedCashmere Ynes Robe | 40plusstyle.com

NakedCashmere Ynes Robe

warmest loungewear

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.

ANRABESS Lounge Set | 40plusstyle.com


softest loungewear

As well as being warm, you’ll want your loungewear to be soft against your skin. Choose fleece if you want to be cozy. The fleece set (below) comes in a good choice of colors and has fantastic reviewers from wearers who say it is almost too warm. So, if you tend to get cold then it’s perfect.

Yeokou Fleece Set | 40plusstyle.com

Yeokou Fleece Set

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 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

One of the most important parts of your loungewear capsule will be the pants you choose, so let’s start there.

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 looks very stylish.

Look for yoga pants styles, track pants, elasticated pull on, and drawstring styles.

Best loungewear pants | 40plusstyle.com

Stellae Dux Cable-Knit Drawstring SweatpantsSKIMS Cozy Knit PantTreasure & Bond Classic SweatpantsKnitss Taylor Wool Lounge Pants

Beth in sweater, jogger pants and sneakers | 40plusstyle.com

Beth @styleatacertainage above (read her style interview here) matches the stripes in her sweater to her pants.

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

Women’s lounge LEGGINGS

Another good option are leggings like this pair from Zella. You could 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 leggings | 40plusstyle.com

UGG Paloma High Waist Lounge LeggingsSplits59 Raquel High-Waist Supplex Side Slit Flare LeggingsRib Cozy Organic Cotton Blend LeggingsAlo Airbrush Enso High Waist Stirrup Leggings

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

Lounge shorts

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. We love the neutral shades of the lounge shorts set (below).

SUNBS 3-Pack Lounge Shorts | 40plusstyle.com

SUNBS 3-Pack Lounge Shorts

Lounge TOPS

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. Add a hoodie for layering.

Best loungewear tops | 40plusstyle.com

Barefoot Dreams High-Low Hem V-Neck Pajama Pullover SweaterSKIMS Cotton Jersey T-Shirt Caslon Twist Hem V-Neck T-ShirtZella Cozy Rib Half Zip Hoodie

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 is Mongolian cashmere. It looks and feels luxurious and would be perfect for day-to-day or plane travel.

Quince Mongolian Cashmere Full-Zip Hoodie - Quince Mongolian Cashmere Straight Leg Pant | 40plusstyle.com

Quince Mongolian Cashmere Full-Zip HoodieQuince Mongolian Cashmere Straight Leg Pant

The LAKE pants set (below) is another great choice as it’s made from modal with a touch of spandex so it’s super soft but it keeps its shape. It comes in a choice of colors and has fantastic five-star reviews.

LAKE Relax Pants Set | 40plusstyle.com

LAKE Relax Pants Set

Or you could opt for a lounge set which looks as if it could be worn during the day or in the evening. Just wear slippers or sneakers for casual days, or you could add a pair of heels and a clutch to the pleated 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.

ECHOINE Lounge Set | 40plusstyle.com

ECHOINE Lounge Set

Another matchy-matchy option for you, this time with a sweater top. This knit set (below) looks as if it could be worn for days at home, or casual days outdoors. There’s a huge choice of colors, and reviewers say it is warm, and comfortable, and goes perfectly with white sneakers.

Viottiset Knitted Lounge Set | 40plusstyle.com

Viottiset Knitted Lounge Set

If you 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.

 Ekouaer 3 Piece Lounge Set | 40plusstyle.com

Ekouaer 3-Piece Lounge Set

Best loungewear for warm weather - Adaline wears a shorts lounge set | 40plusstyle.com

Adaline @sdmomstyles above opts for a shorts set that would be ideal on warmer days.

Recreate her outfit with this similar 2-pc lounge set, sneakers and necklace.

Loungewear jumpsuit

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 and which has stretch fabric.

Best loungewear jumpsuits | 40plusstyle.com

Zella Gwen Sleeveless Knit RomperLoveappella Short Sleeve Wrap Top JumpsuitZella Après Ski JumpsuitBeyond Yoga Ski Weekend Half Zip Jumpsuit

Knitted loungewear for women

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

We like to choose a nice, long style that can also double up as a dressing gown in case we’re on vacation where we don’t have one with us, 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.

Best knitwear for lounging | 40plusstyle.com

Reformation Bri Cashmere Duster CardiganBarefoot Dreams CozyChic Lite® Circle CardiganBarefoot Dreams CozyChic Wearable ThrowPULI Wrap Poncho

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 stretch, such as jersey. If you want extra warmth, you could always add a pair of leggings underneath.

Best loungewear dresses | 40plusstyle.com

Nordstrom V-Neck Long Sleeve Wool & Cashmere Sweater DressSKIMS Soft Lounge Sleeveless DressTreasure & Bond Rib Henley Midi DressMasai Copenhagen Nabia Print Shift Dress

Women’s loungewear tracksuits

If you want pieces that you can 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 them together as a set or opt to wear them as separates.

They can be one of the most tricky things to wear while still looking stylish so, personally, 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.

RUBZOOF Sweatsuit | 40plusstyle.com

RUBZOOF Sweatsuit

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.

We also love the Loveappella jumpsuit (below) which comes in a petite fit.

Loveappella Short Sleeve Wrap Top Jumpsuit | 40plusstyle.com

Loveappella Short Sleeve Wrap Top Jumpsuit

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 set (below) which comes in a huge choice of colors and sizes.

Woman Within Plus Size Fleece Sweatshirt Set | 40plusstyle.com

Woman Within Plus Size Fleece Sweatshirt Set

We love the three-piece set from Open Edit (below).

Open Edit 3-Piece Cozy Cardi Pajamas | 40plusstyle.com

Open Edit 3-Piece Cozy Cardi Pajamas

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 bralettes 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.

Shoes and accessories to go with loungewear | 40plusstyle.com

The White Company Faux Fur Cross Slider SlippersUGG Scuffette Ii SlipperAthletic Propulsion Labs (APL)Techloom Bliss SneakersZella Seamless Longline Sports BraThe White Company Cashmere Bed Socksmaamgic Cashmere Large ScarfNEST New York Pumpkin Chai CandleIt Ends with Us: Special Collector’s Edition: A Novel (It Ends with Us)

Best loungewear - Susan layers her knits | 40plusstyle.com

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 (another option here).

Where is the best place to buy loungewear?

Here are some of our favorite loungewear brands. How about yours? You can let us 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

shop the best loungewear outfits below:

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

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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