8 Anti-Sweatpant Loungewear Trends That Will Be Big This Spring

Kristen Nichols
·4 min read

One of the biggest trends of 2020 were sweatpants, there’s no doubt about that. We actually saw sweatpants outfits bubbling up at the beginning of the year, but as we’ve been shifting into our new lifestyles they’ve become a defining fashion staple in many of our wardrobes. At least they have been in mine. While I’ve been making an effort to get dressed up, I’ve also been living in sweatpants when I want to be cozy. I haven’t reached a point of fatigue with them yet, but I’m certainly ready to add some more comfortable fashion trends into my closet.

So, which spring loungewear trends can we expect to see in 2021? Taking a look at the runways, there are plenty of cozy pieces on their way in that you can expect to see on the fashion set in the coming months. From elevated knit sets and house shoes to athletic shorts and oversize button-downs, designers have some fresh ideas of what to wear if you’re looking for something comfortable, but still fashion-forward. Ahead, see 8 spring loungewear trends that are set to be big in 2021.


If you're anything like me and still like the idea of wearing sweats but want to rethink how you're styling them, hoodies are the trend for you. Spotted in the S/S 21 collections from brands including Prada, Heron Preston, and Dries Van Noten, I'm expected to see oversized silhouettes styled over dresses or layered underneath blazers.

Shop the trend:

H&M Cotton-Blend Hoodie ($20)

Violeta Hoodie Cotton Sweatshirt ($60)

Elevated Knit Sets

Sophisticated knit sets are one of the most fashion-forward ways to slip into loungewear for spring, as seen at Proenza Schouler and Nanushka. I especially love the matching ribbed sweaters and pants we saw in those collections.

Shop the trend:

The Line by K Nidia Ribbed-Knit Cardigan ($170)

Shop the matching Daisy Pants ($180)

Zara Ribbed Knit Sweater ($40)

Shop the matching Ribbed Knit Pants ($50)

House Shoes

I've been living in the same pair of slippers I've had for years, but I'm definitely ready for a fun upgrade. With everything from furry logo slides at Balenciaga to knotted leather shoes at Rosetta Getty, there will be plenty of cool designs to add to your closet.

Shop the trend:

Fendi Logo Genuine Shearling Slipper ($850)

Porte & Paire Knotted Leather Slides ($250)

Track Pants

Sports-inspired pieces were a huge trend across the board for spring 2021. One of the standout takes on sporty fashion? The return of track pants. This time around, we're seeing them styled in fresh ways, whether with bike shorts layered underneath or pairing them with a midriff-baring top.

Shop the trend:

Adidas Originals Daniëlle Cathari Adibreak Track Pants ($90)

BY.DYLN Ryder Toggle Track Pants ($100)

Oversize Button-Downs

One of my personal favorites? The oversize button-down tops that swept the runways. Valentino's bubblegum pink top that was styled with micro shorts made a huge impression on the style set, as did the billowy white top at The Row that was paired with a simple tee and baggy trousers.

Shop the trend:

Balenciaga Oversized Embroidered Cotton-Poplin Shirt ($375)

H&M Oversized Cotton Shirt ($25)

Knit Polos

We've seen the knit polo trend circulating for a few seasons now but it isn't slowing down, so you can feel confident about investing in them. The preppy piece is the ultimate top to feel cozy but Zoom-ready.

Shop the trend:

Jacquemus Open-Back Polo Sweater ($169)

Mango Polo Style Sweater ($60)

Baggy Jeans

As a denim lover, I couldn't help but notice the baggy jeans that were everywhere on the runways at brands like Etro, Chanel, and Victoria Beckham. We've seen '90s denim on the rise but this time around they're extra slouchy and relaxed.

Shop the trend:

Agolde 90's Mid Rise Loose Fit Jeans ($198)

Zara Ripped Jeans ($40)

Athletic Shorts

Athletic shorts are another take on sporty fashion that I'm expecting to really pop this spring. The long, loose shorts feel like a cozy take on the Bermuda shorts trend that was everywhere last year.

Shop the trend:

Nike Nike Swoosh Fly Women's Basketball Shorts ($35)

Ettellut Loose Athletic Shorts ($24)

Next, read about my favorite fashion staples after living in NYC, Paris, and L.A.

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