Sweatsuits are no longer just for wearing around the house while eating Thai food and re-watching episodes of 30 Rock anymore—although you can def still do that. You can actually wear them outside and not look like a schlub! There are tons of cute ones out there, but I wholeheartedly stand by Lou & Grey's "Signaturesoft Plush Upstate" sweatpants and sweatshirt.
I was gifted a set in black at the end of last year (it's my literal job to try things out!) and have since worn it to the office, the airport, and even recently wore it while skiing (I didn't have the proper ski clothes to layer with, whoops), and it's not only amazingly soft, but it keeps me perfectly warm without making me feel overheated. Just some of the reasons why it's a best seller, FYI.
But what's so great about it?
That softness factor, though: The brand's Signaturesoft fabric is described on its site as "buttery, bouncy, and plush," which feels as heavenly as it sounds. The elastic waist is also comfy, and it has a relaxed, slightly slouchy fit. It does run a bit large, so if you prefer a more fitted look, size down. TLDR?
- The fabric doesn't irritate your skin
- It has a stretchy elastic waist and a relaxed fit
- It has front and back pockets, and comes in tons of colorways!
- Available in sizes XXS-XXL
The monochromatic set also looks dressy for work (if your office isn't strict about dress codes). I wore mine with white sneakers, but you can also wear it with heels or mules to make it just a taddd more elevated. Here's a list of other totally acceptable places/scenarios to sport it:
- On a plane/train/car/any other travel where you want to comfy and chic
- To the farmer's market or on a day where you're running lots of errands
- To brunch (and to any lunch or dinner plans, tbh)
- In bed/on your couch (obvious, but needs to be said!)
- Literally just everyday?
Some iffy things to note:
As many positive things as there are about it, when I layered tops underneath my sweatshirt, I did find that it left some black fuzzies behind. That's more from the inside of the item—it doesn't visibly pill on the outside. It might not be a deal breaker, but it's just something to consider! This also might not be as noticeable with some of the other lighter shades.
Also, I have noticed that the bottoms can bag out after several wears, but I just toss 'em in the wash and they look fine again. (Side note: Considering how luxe the material feels, it almost seems weird that they are, in fact, machine washable? But this makes my life way easier.) It's worth noting that I could have also sized down, too, and maybe then the bagginess wouldn't be as much of an issue? Idk.
But in the grand scheme of things, these aren't big enough problems for me to break up with the most trusty sweatsuit I've ever had.
If you've been on the fence about the sweatsuit craze, consider this a sign to just buy one already. You'll be surprised at just how often you're gonna wear this. Plus, the coverage and thickness is perfect for the transitional weather between winter and spring that's right around the corner. I rest my case.
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