The 29 Best Women’s Sweatpants for Working Out, Lounging, and More

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Women’s sweatpants have certainly come a long way. From once being declared “a sign of defeat” by Karl Lagerfeld to becoming the heroes of our work-from-home wardrobes, the cozy staple has transformed well beyond its colorful tracksuit days of the early aughts when every It girl from Paris Hilton to Aaliyah to Jennifer Lopez rocked an ultra low-rise cut of the style. Whether you prefer joggers or sweats, today’s iteration of the sweatpant takes on sleeker, more modern silhouettes that can be styled with a white T-shirt, bodysuit, hoodie or sports bra from the gym to the couch in a range of coveted off-duty looks inspired by those of top models like Bella Hadid.

The best sweatpants for women today offer a range of ultra-soft fabric blends from classic cotton to eco-friendly Tencel to luxe cashmere. There are lightweight joggers breathable enough for intense workouts and thick, cozy sweatpants that are perfect for completing a ’90s-esque Princess Diana look. With so many options on the market, however, it can be a challenge to find your perfect pair.

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Nike Sportswear Essential Fleece Sweatpants

Best Women’s Fleece Sweatpants

  • Sizes: XS-3XL

  • Colorways: Sangria, Washed Tea, Atmosphere, Black, Dark Grey, Rose Whisper, Pink Oxford, Birch Heather

  • Fabric: Organic cotton and recycled polyester

Nike’s Sportswear Essential fleece sweatpants are for everyday comfort. They feature a soft, lightweight blend of 80% organic cotton and 20% recycled polyester. While fleece sweatpants tend to be thicker and less workout-friendly, this lightweight blend is still suitable for exercise. The cuffed ankle allows for ease in styling and ensures a secure fit, whether working out or just wearing around. Available in ten colors, this is a staple sweatpant that will never go out of style.

What Reviewers Say: I love these Sweatpants…they come in many colors and are very comfortable. I enjoy the tapered ankle; it’s a very modern touch because gone are the days of the baggy sweat pant with the baggy elastic ankle. These sweats are medium thickness – so not too thick and hot, but not thin like a legging. They are not a straight leg fit…they’re more tapered down the leg, so the fit is tighter there, so if you don’t like that or have bigger legs, you’ll want to size up. I’m normally a small in pants…not crazy about the tighter leg, but not a game-changer…didn’t want to size up, for fear of them being too big overall on my petite frame.”

Nike Sportswear Essential Fleece Pants
Nike Sportswear Essential Fleece Pants

Nike Sportswear Essential Fleece Sweatpants

Price: $60

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Adidas Originals Cotton Blend Track Pants

Best Classic Track Pants

  • Sizes: 00-10

  • Colorways: White, Gray, Black 

  • Fabric: Cotton and recycled polyester blend

You can never go wrong with a pair of classic track pants such as this timeless Adidas style. They feature a smooth blend of cotton and recycled polyester, an elastic waistband, and elastic cuffs at the hem for ease. Whether you’re looking for sweatpants you can travel in, wear around the house, or run errands, this style can do it all. Available in white, gray, and black colors, these minimal sweats are sure to become a staple in your wardrobe. 

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Adidas Originals Cotton Blend Track Pants

Price: $55

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Lululemon Adapted State High-Rise Jogger

Best Workout Sweatpants

  • Sizes: 0-20

  • Colorways: Black, Gray, Black Camo, Navy 

  • Fabric: Recycled nylon and lycra elastane

Lululemon may be best known for its cult-favorite leggings, but don’t sleep on the activewear brand’s range of sweatpants. The Adapted State High-Rise Joggers include recycled nylon and lycra elastane that’s quick-drying (AKA sweat-friendly) and lightweight for low to high-intensity workouts. Reviewers love the flattering fit and versatility of wearing these to exercise and lounge in. 

What Reviewers Say: “The fit of these pants is more flattering than you’d expect. I wear working out, hiking, and xc skiing. They wash very well and are great quality. Pockets are nice and roomy.”

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Lululemon Adapted State High-Rise Joggers

Price: $128

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Champion Powerblend Joggers

Best Affordable Sweatpants

  • Sizes: XS-4X

  • Colorways: Black, Granite Grey, Oxford Grey, White, Dark Berry Purple, Pink Beige, Athletic Navy

  • Fabric: Polyester and cotton blend

If you’re looking for a lightweight jogger for the gym, look no further than Champion’s bestselling Powerblend style. Its durable blend of 60% polyester and 40% cotton is breathable, reasonably moisture-wicking, and designed to reduce shrinking and pilling over time. With a tapered leg, elastic waistband, and ribbed cuffs, these are also one of the best sweatpants for women as they’re fitted enough to ensure comfort and style while running errands or simply lounging around. Consider them the ultimate athleisure hybrid.

What Reviewers Say: “When I saw the price on these, I assumed that when I got them, I would be getting a cheaply made product that I might not like. That simply was not the case. I was pleasantly surprised at the high quality of these sweatpants for less than $15! Super comfortable, super soft, and very good quality material.

Champion Powerblend Joggers
Champion Powerblend Joggers

Champion Powerblend Joggers

Price: $50 $17

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Adidas Fleece Joggers

Best Baggy Sweatpants

  • Sizes: XS-XL

  • Colorways: Black

  • Fabric: Cotton and recycled polyester fleece

For a thicker pair of sweats, opt for Adidas’ classic joggers. Made of cotton and recycled polyester fleece, this lounge-ready pair offers a little extra warmth for when temperatures drop. Meanwhile, the tapered leg and slim fit give these a sleek touch.

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Adidas Essentials Fleece Joggers

Price: $55

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Skims Teddy Track Sweatpants

Best Cozy Sweatpants

  • Sizes: XXS-4X

  • Colorways: Bone, Tigers Eye, Desert, Amethyst, Espresso

  • Fabric: Polyester

You’ve likely seen Kim Kardashian and many influencers wearing the Skims Cozy collection of sweatpants and loungewear on Instagram. Taking the coziness of that sold-out collection, the brand debuted The Teddy Collection, which is just as soft and made of a teddy-inspired fleece—but designed to be worn out of the house too. Available in five neutral colorways, these make the best winter sweatpants thanks to the ultra-warm and soft fleece fabric. The sweats feature an elasticized waistband, zippered pockets, and a high-rise waist for a flattering and comfortable fit. For a looser, more comfortable fit in Skims pants, you may want to go a size up.

What Reviewers Say: “The Teddy Collection is like the cozy collection, but made for outdoors (it has zippers and more sturdy waistbands and wristbands). EXCEPT it’s even softer! It’s like a teddy bear spun with silk. I prefer the track pant to the jogger here because the track pant can be worn lower around the hips (rather than up high at the waist). I instantly bought two sets of the Teddy Collection and am deciding on a third color. Perfect for mixing and matching with the colors in the Outdoor Basics Collection.” 

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Skims Teddy Track Pant

Price: $88

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Lunya Washable Silk Jogger Pants

Best High-End Women’s Sweatpants

  • Sizes: XS-XL

  • Colorways: Tan, White, Black, and Deep blue 

  • Fabric: 100% Mulberry washable silk

If you’re more into sweatpants that you can lounge and look cute in, look no further than Lunya’s Washable Silk Joggers. These are the ultimate fashion-forward pair which consist of 100% Mulberry washable silk (yes, luxurious silk you can throw into the washing machine). These luxe sweatpants are effortlessly comfy and chic with an elastic waistband and loose-fitting legs. They’re available in four neutral colors, but the tan silk pair is an exceptionally elevated take on the sweatpant for something more unique.

What Reviewers Say: “These are hands down the best lounge pants I own. I have eight pairs of Lunya pajamas, and these are, no contest, the best I own. I’ll buy every color. I’m 5’8 and always wear a medium in washable silk, and these fit me perfectly in a medium.”

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Cotton Citizen Brooklyn Sweatpants

Best Cotton Sweatpants

  • Sizes: XS-M

  • Colorways: Vintage black color

  • Fabric: 100% Cotton

These Cotton Citizen sweats are made from a heavyweight 3-end french terry, therefore ideal for the winter. The classic joggers feature a relaxed fit with an elastic mid-rise waistband and elasticized ankle cuffs. Since the cotton is a heavyweight fabric, these are more suited for lounging or casual wear than working out—unless you’re outside during the winter. The brand also makes a matching cropped tee for a truly effortless look. 

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Cotton Citizen Brookly Sweatpants

Price: $225

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Max Mara Cervo Wool & Cashmere Sweatpants

Best Designer Sweatpants

  • Sizes: XS-XL

  • Colorways: Ecru, Gray, and Black 

  • Fabric: Soft wool and cashmere blend

Let’s be real: lounging around is the ultimate luxury, so why not do so in a pair of luxurious designer sweatpants? This style from Max Mara has an ultra-soft blend of soft wool and cashmere, giving you that rich mom look and feel. The ecru color is super chic for travel if you want an elevated pair of sweatpants to wear on a long plane ride—and there’s a matching sweatshirt to go with it. The drawstring waistband and ankle cuffs make them easy to style with a range of travel-friendly pieces for a comfortable life on the go.

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Max Mara Cervo Wool and Cashmere Sweatpants

Price: $550

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Allbirds R&R Sweatpant

Best Sustainable Sweatpants

  • Sizes: XS-XXXL

  • Colorways: Black and white, plus a seasonal range of seven colors

  • Fabric: Eco-friendly blend of organic Peruvian Pima cotton, hemp, and TENCEL™ Lyocell

If you prefer a sustainable sweatpant option, Allbirds R&R Sweatpants are a must-try. Carbon neutral and made of a soft blend of organic Peruvian Pima cotton, hemp, and Tencel Lyocell, these sweats are the perfect balance of structured and delicate. The modern, slim-fit features a tapered leg that’s easy to style and wear casually. Reviewers love the flattering fit and cozy feel. 

What Reviewers Say: “These are the perfect combination of cozy & comfortable plus a sleek (not bulky) flattering fit.”

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AllBirds R&R Sweatpants

Price: $98

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Alo Yoga Accolade Straight Leg Sweatpants

Best Women’s Straight-Leg Sweatpants

  • Sizes: XXS-2XL

  • Colorways: Classic black, Atheltic Heather Grey, Dark Cactus, Espresso, Hot Cocoa, Green Emerald, Raisin, Bluestone, Oatmeal Heather, Limestone

  • Fabric: Diagonal French terry

Alo Yoga’s Accolade style checks all the boxes for those who love straight-leg sweatpants. Made of a soft brushed French terry fabric, these are some of the best women’s sweatpants to sport as stylish loungewear or while heading to and from the gym. Even celebrities such as Kendall Jenner and Hailey Bieber love them. The bestselling style is available in a wide range of colors and even a cropped version if you prefer that silhouette.

What Reviewers Say: “The best pair of sweatpants I own. I will more than likely never buy a pair of sweats from another place again. They are so soft, and the quality is to DIE for. Perfect length too! Obsessed.”

Alo Yoga Accolade Straight Leg Sweatpants
Alo Yoga Accolade Straight Leg Sweatpants

Alo Yoga Accolade Straight-Leg Sweatpants

Price: $108

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Eberjey Cotton Slouchy Women’s Pajama Jogger Pants

Best Sweatpants for Sleep

  • Sizes: XS-XL

  • Colorways: Heather Gray, Dark Navy, Black, Charcoal, Ocean Bay

  • Fabric: Cotton and polyester

If you’ve ever owned a pair of Eberjey pajamas, you know the brand has mastered the art of the softest, most comfortable cotton fabric. The supple cotton and polyester blend is the real selling point of these pants — with reviewers raving about the high-quality material that’s resistant to pilling or deteriorating. They’re available in various colors, from gray to navy to black, so you can find one or two to suit your mood. It’s important to note that Eberjey’s super-soft fabric offers a loose fit, so if you run in-between sizes, go with the smaller size. 

What Reviewers Say: “Both pieces are stylish, loosely fitted, and have held up to many washed over the last year. The fabric is high quality and has resisted pilling. I would live in these if I could!”

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Eberjey Heather Cotton Slouchy Women’s Pajama Joggers

Price: $69

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Lululemon Align High-Rise Joggers

Beat Quality Sweatpants

  • Size: 0-20

  • Colorways: Dark olive, Smoked Spruce, True Navy, Graphite Grey, Deep Multi

  • Fabric: Nylon and lycra

Designed for yoga and low-impact workouts, Lululemon’s Align joggers are made of a buttery soft Nulu fabric that’s lightweight, sweat-wicking and breathable. The high-rise, ankle-cropped style offers a more fitted silhouette that’s comfortable. A cult-favorite, these are available in a range of colors so you can stock up your gym wardrobe.

Lululemon Align High-Rise Joggers
Lululemon Align High-Rise Joggers

Lululemon Align High-Rise Joggers

Price: $98

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Hanes Eco-Smart Cinched Cuff Sweatpants

Best No-Frills Basic Sweatpants

  • Sizes: S-XXL

  • Colorways: Black, Navy, Pink, Gray, and Blue 

  • Fabric: Cotton and polyester blend

This classic fleece option from Hanes is hard to beat when it comes to affordable sweatpants for women. A durable blend of cotton and polyester is ideal for keeping you warm in the winter. Offering cinched ankle cuffs and an elastic waistband, this fitted style is versatile for styling at home or on the go.

What Reviewers Say: “These are heavy and extremely well made. Really REALLY big so order one size smaller.”

Hanes Eco-Smart Cinched Cuff Sweatpants
Hanes Eco-Smart Cinched Cuff Sweatpants

Hanes Eco-Smart Cinched Cuff Sweatpants

Price: $10-$16

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Free People Take a Hike Harem Pants

Best Baggy Sweatpants

  • Sizes: XS-L

  • Colorways: Brown and black 

  • Fabric: Nylon and spandex

Free People is a favorite for its yoga and dance-friendly sweatpants, and this style is no exception. A top-rated pick amongst shoppers, the Take a Hike Harem Pants are beloved for their baggy, oversized fit that’s super comfortable for a range of activities — dancing, practicing yoga, or taking a hike. The nylon and spandex blend is cozy with just the right amount of stretch. And thanks to the baggy fit, these can be worn high or mid-rise, depending on your preference.

What Reviewers Say: “Love these pants. They’re the perfect combination of fitted and baggy, so many pockets, and you can adjust to be high or regular rise! The perfect joggers. PLEASE MAKE MORE COLORS! I’m going to live in them. I’m a size 12, and the large fits perfectly.”

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Free People Take a Hike Harem Pants

Price: $128

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Amazon Essentials Relaxed Fit Fleece Sweatpants

Best Amazon Women’s Sweatpants

  • Sizes: XS-6X 

  • Colorways: Black, Light Grey Heather, Navy Heather, Charcoal Heather, Beige, Blue, Brown, Chocolate, Grey Heather, Oatmeal Heather, Olive, Red

  • Material: Cotton and polyester blend

Amazon Essentials’ basic fleece sweatpants are ideal for those who aren’t fans of elastic ankle cuffs. They’re made with a blend of 60% cotton and 40% polyester for ’round clock coziness. The affordable style comes in at under $10 and is available in a wide range of colors so that you can stock up on several. Reviewers love the soft fabric and relaxed fit that’s comfortable for wearing around the house. 

What Reviewers Say: “I decided to give these a try after seeing a lot of positive reviews, and I’m happy that I did. These sweatpants are good quality, and the fit is perfect. It’s like they were made for me.”

Amazon Essentials Relaxed Fit Fleece Sweatpants
Amazon Essentials Relaxed Fit Fleece Sweatpants

Amazon Essentials Relaxed Fit Fleece Sweatpants

Price: $13-$19

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Pangaia 365 Track Pants

Best Women’s Sweatpants Set

  • Sizes: XXS-XXL

  • Colorways: Sakura Pink, Orchid Purple, Baby Blue, Peach Perfect, Pistachio

  • Material: 100% organic cotton

Yes, you’ve likely seen these sweatpants on Instagram—but for a good reason. The subtle branding and design paired with the range of bright, bold colors make this sweatpant and sweatshirt set instantly recognizable. Plus, they feature a super soft organic cotton that’s a medium-weight fabric, meaning they’re ideal for year-round wear. As a bonus to the eco-friendly organic cotton, all trims, labels, and threads on these sweats are either recycled or responsibly sourced. 

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Pangaia 365 Track Pants

Price: $135

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Girlfriend Collective ReSet Joggers

Best Plus-Size Sweatpants

  • Sizes: XXS-6XL

  • Colorways: Black, Moon, Midnight, Plum, Moss, Oat, Frost, Huckleberry, Sepia

  • Fabric: 91% recycled plastic bottles (RPET) and 9% spandex

A sustainable favorite amongst the Instagram set, Girlfriend Collective’s ReSet joggers include 91% recycled polyester sourced from certified recycled post-consumer plastic bottles. The lightweight jersey fabric is breathable, moisture-wicking, and quick-drying, making these soft jogger pants suitable for even your most intense workouts.

What Reviewers Say: “These are my favorite joggers! It has a high-quality fabric that’s not too thick but not too thin. The high-waisted waistband doesn’t roll or slip down.”

Girlfriend Collective ReSet Joggers
Girlfriend Collective ReSet Joggers

Girlfriend Collective ReSet Joggers

Price: $78

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Daily Ritual Terry Cotton and Modal Joggers

Best Petite Sweatpants

  • Sizes: XS-XXL

  • Colorways: Abstract Print, Black, Blue, Blue Marble, Brick, Camel, Charcoal Heather, Charcoal Heather Spacedye, Deep Brown, Dusty Lilac, Golden Yellow, Heather Space Dye, Light Olive, Light Peach, Lilac, Navy, Sage Green, Sand, Smokey Grey, Surplus, Tan

  • Fabric: Cotton, modal, and elastane blend

This tapered jogger from Daily Ritual ensures a sleek look. They include a super-soft blend of terry cotton and modal and feature a ribbed ankle cuff. The best part? They come in almost 20 different colors and patterns.

What Reviewers Say: “I ordered these to wear during my surgical post-op time, and I was not disappointed. They’re loose to deliver comfort yet warm enough for the winter. I bought another pair and will consider purchasing more.”

Daily Ritual Terry Cotton and Modal Jogger
Daily Ritual Terry Cotton and Modal Jogger

Daily Ritual Terry Cotton and Modal Joggers

Price: $32

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Naadam Cashmere Joggers

Best Cashmere Sweatpants

  • Sizes: XXS-3X

  • Colorways: Granite, Black, Oatmeal, Camel, Cement, Dusty Lavender, Peacock Blue, Smoke, Dark Green, Merlot, Rust

  • Fabric: 100% Mongolian Cashmere

Nothing says relaxed luxury quite like a pair of cashmere joggers. Upgrade your loungewear with Naadam’s super-soft pants made of 100% Mongolian cashmere. They feature a ribbed ankle cuff and high-waist silhouette and take comfort to luxe new heights.

What Reviewers Say: “I’ve tried out a firebrand of cashmere leggings/joggers; these are the best. Knees don’t bag (and my knees are really pointy), fabric is super soft and the most substantial of any other brands I’ve purchased.”

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Naadam Cashmere Joggers

Price: $175

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Vuori Boyfriend Joggers

Best Cozy Sweatpants

  • Sizes: XXS-XXL

  • Colorways: Gray, Black, Terracotta, and Flax 

  • Fabric: Recycled polyester and elastane

Offering a relaxed fit and the brand’s oh-so-soft jersey DreamKnit blend, Vuori calls its Boyfriend joggers “the most comfortable pants you’ll ever own.” The baggy silhouette is polished with an elastic waistband and ankle cuffs. At the same time, the lightweight fabric blend mixed with four-way stretch and moisture-wicking qualities makes the style suitable for lounging or exercise.

What Reviewers Say: “I have strong thighs and booty, and finding an actual jogger loose and not form-fitting gets hard. But the Boyfriend Performance Jogger was PERFECT! I’m a size 12/14 and feel comfortable and stylish in these. Will be buying more!”

Vuori Boyfriend Joggers
Vuori Boyfriend Joggers

Vuori Boyfriend Joggers

Price: $84

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Donni Cotton-Blend Sweatpants

Best Trendy Sweatpants

  • Sizes: XS-XL

  • Colorways: Penny

  • Fabric: Cotton and polyester blend

Complete with a unique paperbag waistband, Donni’s cotton-blend pants offer a trendy take on the best classic sweatpants for women. Though this stylish pair may be ideal for lounging or running errands, its cotton blend is lightweight enough to keep you cool during low-impact workouts. With an elastic drawstring detail and ankle cuffs, the look is fitted yet comfy.

Donni Cotton-Blend Sweatpants
Donni Cotton-Blend Sweatpants

Donni Cotton-Blend Sweatpants

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The Pilates Class Chill Sweatpants

Best Cotton Sweatpants

  • Sizes: XS-L

  • Colorways: White

  • Fabric: 100% California cotton

The Pilates Class debuted a pair of everyday sweats that are truly versatile for low-impact workouts and lounging. These high-waisted sweatpants are made of 100% California cotton and feature an elastic waistband, pockets, and cinched ankle cuffs for a fitted silhouette. Plus, the white matching sweatpants and pullover set will stand out nicely from your existing collection of gray and black pieces.

The Pilates Class Chill Sweats
The Pilates Class Chill Sweats

The Pilates Class Chill Sweats

Price: $150

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Citizens of Humanity Wide-Leg Sweatpants

Best Wide-Leg Sweatpants

  • Sizes: XS-XL

  • Colorways: Black

  • Fabric: 100% Cotton

These are for you if you want comfy sweats that disguise themselves as chic wide-leg trousers. This Citizens of Humanity pair includes a super soft 100% cotton for ultra-comfy wear that still looks elevated. Dress these up for in-person meetings or wear them while taking Zoom calls from the couch at home.

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Citizens of Humanity Wide-Leg Sweatpants

Price: $165

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Everlane The Wide Leg Dream Pant

Best Trouser-Like Sweatpants

  • Sizes: XS-XL

  • Colorways: Black

  • Fabric: Cotton and modal

Seriously comfy sweats that disguise themselves as chic wide-leg trousers? Sign us up. This pair is made with cotton and a buttery modal. Dress these up for in-person meetings or wear them while taking Zoom calls from the couch at home.

Lou &amp; Grey Signature Softblend Wide Leg Pants
Lou & Grey Signature Softblend Wide Leg Pants

Everlane Dream Pant

Price: $88

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Richer Poorer Recycled Fleece Classic Sweatpants

Best Winter Sweatpants

  • Sizes: XS-XL

  • Colorways: Vintage Overdyed Blue, Black, Heather Grey, Red, Plum Smoke, Blue Nights, Cub, Sage, Sandstorm, Olive Army

  • Fabric: Cotton and recycled polyester

Richer Poorer’s classic fleece sweatpants consist of a blend of recycled materials. Not only do these provide just the right amount of warmth for facing cold weather, but, according to the brand, each pair also saves approximately 40 plastic bottles from entering landfills. Moreover, the label offers matching sweatshirts, so you can make it a complete set.

What Reviewers Say: “These sweats are beautiful. I ordered my normal sizes in top and bottom (med bottom, large top), and they didn’t fit quite right. The pants were a little too snug in the inseam and the sweatshirt hit me right at or a little above the waist. So I may size up in both, but I’m afraid that’s too big…I might need just a different item from them. Amazing quality and solid company mission, I will make something work!”

Richer Poorer Recycled Fleece Classic Sweatpants
Richer Poorer Recycled Fleece Classic Sweatpants

Richer Poorer Recycled Fleece Classic Sweatpants

Price: $76

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Summersalt French Terry Joggers

Best Women’s Sweatpants with Pockets

  • Sizes: S-2X

  • Colorways: Gray, Rose, Navy, White, and three different prints

  • Fabric: Eco-friendly blend of TENCEL™ Lyocell, cotton, TENCEL™ Modal, and Spandex

Summersalt’s french terry joggers are the perfect mid-weight style to wear year-round. In addition to featuring a small amount of cotton, these are predominately crafted with breathable, soft Tencel fabric, meaning they can work for everything from lounging to hitting the gym. Plus, they’re available in various colors and patterns, so you can stock up and never get bored.

What Reviewers Say: “I love these joggers! I got them in 3 colors! Black, white sand, and wolf! I also purchased two coordinating tops from the french terry line. I can’t express enough how fabulous and comfortable these joggers are! Great for lounging around the house, running errands, and travel! They also retain their shape after many wears before washing.”

Summersalt French Terry Jogger
Summersalt French Terry Jogger

Summersalt French Terry Joggers

Price: $80

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Nike Sportswear Essential Collection Washed Fleece Sweatpants

Best Vintage-Inspired Sweatpants

  • Sizes: XS-3X

  • Colorways: Black washed

  • Fabric: Cotton and polyester blend

This high-waisted pair of women’s sweatpants from Nike offers effortless street style appeal. Featuring an elastic waistband and cuffs, the silhouette is just baggy enough to remain comfy while showing off your favorite sneakers. The cotton-blend fleece material is warm enough for winter, soft enough for everyday coziness, and versatile enough to remain a classic in your wardrobe for years to come.

Nike Sportswear Essential Collection&nbsp;Washed Fleece Pants
Nike Sportswear Essential Collection Washed Fleece Pants

Nike Sportswear Essential Collection Washed Fleece Pants

Price: $70

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Bumpsuit The Cloud Slim Pant

Best Maternity Sweatpants

  • Sizes: XS-XL

  • Colorways: Ivory, Oat, and Latte 

  • Fabric: Polyester and spandex

For expecting moms, Bumpsuit’s Cloud Collection is a bestseller. Made of the brand’s signature buttery soft Bumpsuit fabric, these lounge sweatpants are incredibly comfortable while looking sleek and elevated. Opt for the matching Cloud Tee and Cloud Robe to take your loungewear look up a notch. Plus, unlike many maternity pants, this style doesn’t feature a built-in bump panel–so you can wear them post-pregnancy too. 

What Reviewers Say: “​​I am so grateful I found this brand while pregnant. I’ll also continue to wear this after pregnancy. High quality, comfortable and gorgeous style. I couldn’t recommend enough!”

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Bumpsuit The Cloud Slim Pant

Price: $145

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Sweatpants vs. Joggers

The first step in your shopping journey is to decide whether you want a pair of joggers or sweatpants. Comfortable joggers are often made from thinner, more lightweight materials and blends, whereas sweatpants are typically crafted from thicker, heavier fabrics better suited for warmth. Though they can be worn interchangeably depending on your personal preference, joggers (as their name implies) are often worn for workouts or physical activities, while sweatpants are more ideal for lounging, running errands, or to sport in cold weather.

The Best Women’s Sweatpants Fabrics to Look for

  • Cotton – Soft, breathable, and durable. Keep in mind that this material absorbs rather than wicks away sweat, so it’s not best to wear for intense workouts.

  • Fleece –  A thick, heavy fabric often made of cotton and/or polyester; offers added warmth and insulation and is water repellent.

  • Tencel – Eco-friendly fabric sourced from wood pulp; breathable, durable, biodegradable, and contains tony fibrils that make it moisture-wicking; commonly blended with fabrics including cotton, spandex, nylon, and other recycled materials.

  • Polyester – Durable, lightweight, breathable, fast-drying, and moisture-wicking. Often blended with other materials, so keep an eye out for styles with a high percentage of polyester for the best pairs to exercise in.

  • French Terry Fabric – Ultra-soft and plush knit fabric that’s typically made of 100% cotton or cotton blends; often used in loungewear as opposed to activewear.

As sweatpants and joggers continue to act as the backbone of work-from-home wardrobes, a new crop of styles are taking a more fashion-forward approach. “Even though the world is ready to step out again, nobody is looking to abandon comfort (or an elastic waistband) quite yet, keeping the soft pant or jogger a key silhouette for the foreseeable future,” Nordstrom fashion editor Kate Bellman tells WWD. “While the traditional knit or terry joggers and sweatpants have become the norm, designers are still innovating to take this closet staple forward. For spring ’22, sport codes are merging utility and practicality with futuristic minimalism. Jogger silhouettes modernize with a sporty tech take in nylon and sheer materials. Cargo styles breed functionality with new pocket and zipper placements. Leather and faux leather are an essential update for this casual bottom to get dressed up.”

Women’s Sweatpants Outfit Ideas: What to Wear With Sweatpants

From workouts to running errands and lounging, the sweatpants of today can be dressed up or down when styled with the right wardrobe essentials and proportions. 

  • For High-Intensity Workouts: Balance out a workout-friendly pair of sweatpants with a sports bra or compression tank, tube socks, and running sneakers. For chillier temperatures, tie a loose sweater or cardigan around your waist or across your shoulders to get that tennis-inspired look. 

  • For Yoga and Walking: For lower-impact exercises, style a classic white T-shirt or breezy sweatshirt with soft, flowy sweatpants that allow for ease. For more movement, pair the sweats with a loose, airy scoop-neck tank. Top it off with a walking-friendly pair of sneakers like New Balance or Nike

  • For Lounging: Keep ultra-comfy with a matching sweatshirt and sweatpants set that’s effortlessly put together and lounge-friendly. Amp up the cozy factor with thick tube socks or soft slippers, or add a pair of sneakers to wear the look outside your home. 

  • For Running Errands: Channel your inner model off-duty in a pair of sweatpants styled with a tank top or bodysuit with an asymmetric or unique neckline. Add an oversized denim or leather motorcycle jacket, and accessorize with a baseball cap or bucket hat.

  • For Dressing Up: To dress up a pair of sweats like trousers, opt for wide-leg sweatpants that you can style with a simple tank or t-shirt and layer a boxy blazer or jacket on top. Finish the outfit with a pair of sneakers, loafers, or flats, depending on the occasion.

Best Sweatpants Brands: Where to Buy Women’s Sweatpants

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect pair of sweatpants, you’ve got plenty of options—from the athletic to the fashion forward. For the best workout sweatpants, brands like Adidas and Lululemon are tried-and-true favorites for their range of joggers, track pants, and sweats in quick-drying, breathable fabrics you can wear while exercising. If you want more lounge-friendly sweatpants, brands like Skims, Eberjey, and Lunya have become the new go-to’s for super soft, cozy, and cute sweatpants in more fashion-forward fabrics like washable silk and teddy-inspired fleece. Of course, you can’t go wrong with brands like Champion and Nike for an affordable, no-frills pair that you can wear around the house and in public. However, if you’re unsure what you want, retailers like Nordstrom, Amazon, and Carbon38 offer a range of styles that are sure to suit you.

Meet the Expert

Kate Bellman is Head of Editorial & Content at Nordstrom. She has over a decade of experience working within the fashion sector and extensive experience merchandising, creative marketing, e-commerce, and trend forecasting.

Meet the Author

Lauren Alexis Fisher is a fashion writer and editor in New York with nearly a decade of experience in the fashion industry. She was previously the digital market editor at Harper’s Bazaar, where she researched and wrote fashion and trend piece stories on everything from accessories to the best jeans for your body type. Along with her own never-ending quest to find the perfect jeans, she currently contributes to publications including Cosmopolitan, and Bustle, where she highlights all the best fashion buys online.

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