The 16 Best Sweatpants for Women, Because Comfy Is *Still* Our Uniform
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Ah, sweatpants: the reigning queen of loungewear, a total street-style staple and the shining star of our WFH uniforms. The best sweatpants for women can be worn 24/7, from slumber to shopping and for everything in between. They also go with almost all of the other key players in your capsule closet. Chunky sneakers and an oversized tee? Puffer coat and boots? Bodysuit and heels? Yes, yes and yes.
So it’s safe to say our sweatpants collection is…expansive, with everything from an Oprah-approved wide-leg style to bright pink pants in the mix. And thankfully, with fan-favorite activewear brands (think: lululemon, Alo Yoga, Zella and Vuori) offering a myriad of styles and materials to choose from, we’ve had no shortage of options to add to our rotation.
Since it is our firm belief that you can never have too many pairs, we dug up 16 of the best sweatpants for women that are every bit as comfy as they are stylish.
The Top 5 Best Sweatpants for Women in 2023 at a Glance
ICYMI: These machine-washable wide-leg sweats made it onto Oprah's "favorite things" list in 2022 because they feel as smooth and light as butter (shoutout to the modal, polyester and elastane fabric). Buyers can't stop talking about how versatile they are. "These pants are amazing! The fit is right on," one reviewer on Spanx raves. "It was a pleasure to wear them alone or with the matching half-zip top. The fabric is wonderfully soft and drapes very well. [They also] made me look taller and thinner."
Best High-Waisted Sweatspants
The kind of sweatpants you've been dreaming of, these joggers are made from a soft, breathable, cotton blend fabric and feature a high-rise waist and relaxed, roomy legs for even less restriction. (You know, for when you decide to throw an impromptu dance party for one.)
Best Every Day Sweatpants
You'll wear these soft cotton and polyester fleece sweats on repeat for several reasons. For one, they have extra legroom, so you'll swoon over their relaxed fit. On top of that, they have a taller ribbed waistline that fits snugly and stays in place, per reviewers that also say they would wear them every day if they could. We're not judging if that ends up happening.
Best Straight Leg Sweatpants
Made from a super soft-brushed French terry material that's seriously cozy to snuggle up in, you're never going to want to take these bad boys off. The straight-leg silhouette offers more than enough wiggle room so you can lounge in peak comfort, and they come in several neutral hues allowing you to mix and match them with your other fave basics.
Best Eco-Friendly Sweatpants
Yes, the pretty array of colors makes these classic sweats easy on the eyes, but most importantly they're constructed from a recycled fleece that saves approximately 40 plastic bottles from landfills. Lounging in style and reducing our plastic waste? Sounds like a win to us.
Best Size Range
Crafted with a heavyweight fabric that is fantastic at keeping frostbite at bay during those early morning jogs, we'll be wearing these toasty joggers on long road trips, to brisk hikes and everything else in between.
Best Zip-Off Sweatpants
Ideal for those mornings that start off brisk and cool, but slowly climb to warmer temps as the day progresses, these zip-off pants from Outdoor Voices are versatile (featuring a zip-off section that allows you to transform them from pants to capris and shorts), colorful and comfortable as heck, according to buyers. "I love these for backpacking and climbing. They are so cute, breathable and durable," one reviewer on Outdoor Voices explains. "The shorts by themselves are so nice too. I love being able to quickly switch to shorts or capris if I get too warm or need to cross a stream."
Best Sherpa Sweatpants
- Size range: 2X/3X to 4X/5X
These are basically like wearing a pillowy cloud on your legs thanks to the ultra-snuggly sherpa they're made with—perfect for Zoom meetings, lazy Sunday Netflix binges and quick runs to the bodega to stock up on snacks. And if you really want to max out the cozy factor, snag any of Skims' matching pieces (they have everything from crop tops to pullovers) for a head-to-toe teddy bear look and feel.
Best Boyfriend Sweatpants
Super soft reverse weave cotton and reverse weave fabric make these perfect for walking the dog and sitting on the couch. And if your partner is begging you to stop stealing his sweats, these offer a slouchy boyfriend fit throughout the leg that'll (almost) feel just like his.
Best Performance Sweatpants
This pair of sweats made of recycled polyester and elastane are perf for staying comfy all day while you WFH—but their slimmer fit is also ideal for your pre-or post-work gym sesh or daily walks around the block. But don't just take our word for it. One reviewer shares, "[They're] super comfy, almost feels like silk, and perfect for elevating your loungewear, but I personally love [wearing them] out [the house]."
Best Sweatpants with Pockets
The deep front pockets offer plenty of room to hold your keys, phone, extra cash or to keep your hands nice and warm during those chilly morning walks. Plus, these minimalist sweats will go with practically everything in your closet, and they're machine washable, thanks to their Tencel lyocell, polyester and spandex blend.
Best Cargo Sweatpants
If you have dinner plans but really don't want to take your loungewear off, these make the perfect transitional piece. Their subtle satin twill fabric sheen gives them a more sophisticated vibe that pairs well with anything, and the elastic waist which offers a slim fit takes them to the next level.
Best Satin Sweatpants
The textured satin legs and the extra wide waistband make these cute and cozy for running errands or grabbing coffee with your friends.
Best Sustainably Sourced Sweatpants
Not only are these sweats environmentally-friendly, but they're also made from a mix of organic cotton and recycled materials (a fact you can read on the upper right thigh of each gender-neutral pair). Plus, they're more heavyweight than some of the other picks on this list, so you can enjoy wearing them through the winter.
Best Cropped Flared Sweatpants
The rayon, polyester and spandex material feels like a sweater and lets your ankles breathe. Oh, and did we mention the drawstring has pearl details and is still machine-washable? What more could you ask for?
Best Celeb-Loved Sweatpants
Look, even Selena Gomez is a fan of these super-soft sweats, and we can see why. Buyers say they're soft as a baby's bum with a straight-leg fit that provides *just* the right amount of wiggle room and comes in a rainbow of colors. That's one way to make your Netflix binge feel a little cooler, right?
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