Being in quarantine can really mess with your sense of style. On the one hand, you want to keep things as normal as can be and continue on with your daily routines — like getting dressed. On the other hand, with nowhere to be, it’s oh-so-tempting to stay in your sweatpants all day long. Enter: the best loungewear pieces for women.
What is loungewear?
Simply put, loungewear is casual, comfortable clothing that you can put on to kick back and relax. It’s not tight or restrictive, allowing you to move about with ease, and it doesn’t require much effort to slip into.
So how is this different from pajamas, you ask? As sleepwear and loungewear expert Jeni Doherty explained to Bare It All, “loungewear is typically more sophisticated [than sleepwear. It’s] tailored-looking clothes for your at-home shift. … Wear it for running errands, having guests over, or being a well-dressed houseguest yourself.”
Essentially, it’s cozy clothing that you can feel good in without looking lazy or unkempt — think pretty, draped tops and breathable, lightweight bottoms you won’t have to fight to put on. “[Loungewear] is made from modal or cotton blends; sometimes fleece, too,” Doherty said.
Unlike your pj’s, this clothing genre is also perfectly acceptable for stepping out in. “Loungewear used to be taboo, but now you don’t have to think twice about leaving the house in it,” Doherty said.
She also offered some words of wisdom for choosing between the two. “When deciding between sleepwear or loungewear, do ‘the doorbell test,'” she advised. “‘If I was hanging around at home and the doorbell rang, would I feel comfortable opening the door in what I was wearing?'”
The Best Loungewear for Women
From oversized hoodies with a bit of added flair ($69.99, Talbots) you can throw on over jeans and dressy leggings, we’ve found plenty of über-comfortable finds that you’ll still feel plenty confident in. Keep reading for FIRST for Women’s picks for the best loungewear for women over 50.
This story originally appeared on our sister site, Woman’s World.
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The Kooples Sweet Lace-Insert Hoodie
Where to buy: $68.40 (Originally $91.20), Bloomingdale's
With all of the tried-and-true comfort of a beloved hoodie but none of the usual frumpiness, this The Kooples sweater will help take your loungewear game next level courtesy of its chic lace inserts and raw edge sleeve bands. It comes in three different colors to suit your style and pulls overhead for a quick, go-to ensemble.
Soft Surroundings Have to Have Printed Leggings
Where to buy: From $39.95, Soft Surroundings
On off days, leggings are just what the doctor ordered, since they're dressy enough to wear out and about but forgiving enough to let you move about freely. Ditch your classic black pair for these bold, printed finds, which come in nearly 20 different colors and prints and feature a wide, elastic waistband.
Splendid Flight Cardi
Where to buy: $98, Splendid
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On chillier days, this attractive Flight cardi from Splendid, which features an extra-long hem to cover your trunk and a fashionable draped silhouette, will be the sweater you reach for time and time again both at home and on-the-go. It's also equipped with a handy hood.
NakedCashmere The Overalls
Where to buy: $225, NakedCashmere
Nothing is so simultaneously comforting and luxe as cashmere, and these 100 percent cashmere overalls are picture proof. This finely-spun silk piece features adjustable straps that tie at the shoulder and a relaxed, ankle-length pant. It also happens to look great whether you’re stuck inside or hitting the neighborhood for your afternoon stroll.
Gap Pointelle Sweater Dress
Where to buy: $44.95 (Originally $89.95), Gap
An oversized sweater is just what the doctor ordered on a chilly spring day, and this dress variation from the Gap is no exception. Sink into its soft, alpaca hair and wool blend and kick back to binge watch your favorite shows. When you’re finished, simply throw it into the wash, no special care required! Choose from oatmeal beige or glen olive.
Zella Twist It Tee
Where to buy: $29.40 (Originally $49), Nordstrom
A simple twist front detail is all it takes to take an ordinary long-sleeve tee from drab to fab. With a draped, relaxed front and a washable modal fabric, this unique top will have you feeling confident enough to take on anything from yoga to errand-running.
Jockey Soft Serenity Jogger
Where to buy: $38, Jockey
Beloved by even fashion bloggers, these super soft jogger pants from Jockey offer up an incredibly flattering, streamlined silhouette that will fool an onlooker into believing you’re donning a regular pair of pants. They’re machine washable and come in four different shades.
Lunya Tee Cool Every Body Tee
Where to buy: $88, Lunya
We know what you’re thinking: $88 for a t-shirt?! Before you write this one off, however, hear us out. Not only is this oversized style a perfectly suitable daytime look when paired with sleek denim, it doubles as a sleep shirt, thanks to its special pima cotton fibers, which are enhanced with a touch of silver that's meant to keep you cool and dry, hot flashes be darned.
Wrote one reviewer who suffered from night sweats, “I’m in my 12th year of hot flashes, which means waking up at night to throw the covers off. I wore the Cool Every Body tee and it kept me cool enough to sleep through the night. What a relief! It’s roomy and comfortable as well.”
Added another: “Comfy, cool, and flattering. I want to wear it all day.”
Ban.Do Leisure Dress
Where to buy: $56, Nordstrom
Added details, like a curved hem, notched lapel, and chest pocket give this leisure dress from Ban.do, which pairs all the effortless style of a spring dress with the unrivaled comfort of a pajama gown, a distinct edge over your sleepwear. It also features a retro, 60s print courtesy of artist Helen Dealtry and an oversized, breezy fit that will keep this poplin frock on heavy rotation in your closet all season long.
LOFT Stripe Pajama Set
Where to buy: $64.50, LOFT
OK, OK, technically, these are pajamas, but they’re cute enough that no one would blink an eye if you wore them to the door to grab a quick delivery. With a breezy blue striped print and a breathable polyester fabric, this two-piece set makes for a seriously laid-back statement. There’s an elastic waist for movability and front patch pockets for necessities. Ready, set, relax!
Christopher and Banks Relaxed Restyled Snap Pullover
Christopher and Banks Relaxed Restyled Snap Pullover
Where to buy: $19.99 (Originally $49.99), Christopher and Banks
This charming little top is the epitome of casual chic. Machine washable, this pick can be dressed up or down with denim or a pair of dressy leggings and features darling button detailing at the sides. Better still, reviewers say it’s oh-so-comfy.
Raved one shopper: “This is a very comfy, cozy tunic. I wore it over leggings and didn't want to ever take it off. I'm so glad I made this purchase.”
Patagonia Fleetwith Romper
Where to buy: $82.99 (Originally $119), Backcountry
A jumpsuit makes for an simple way to look polished without putting much effort in. This Patagonia Fleetwith romper is made from a stretchy, lightweight fabric that will not only keep you cool, it will keep you from looking rumpled courtesy of its wrinkle-resistant material. It is also water resistant.
Blair Embroidered Fleece Set
Where to buy: From $34.99 (Originally from $39.99), Blair
Choose from one of three colors in this easy fleece tracksuit. It comes complete with a butterfly-embroidered sweatshirt and a pair of sweatpants that have an elasticized waist and legs, making it just right for those afternoon walks that are keeping you sane and breaking up your day.