It’s something of a joy when you can build a wardrobe filled with your favorite menswear brands, packed with pieces you love to wear all the time. That sentiment can apply across the board, even with a casual pick like lounge pants. Sure, lounge pants might not be the first staple piece to add to your style rotation, but these days, they’re all the more important.
In my experience, I’ve found that once you decide to “level up” a category that was once an afterthought – like lounge pants – you’ll never go back, so to speak. The difference between super-soft, well-made lounge pants and a bargain bin pair is, at least in my personal experience, a game-changer in these increasingly casual times.
Working from home? Throw on comfortable lounge pants, as I do for days in Brooklyn and trips to my favorite coffee shop. Hitting the road? Find a pair of lounge pants with interesting texture and a cool design (I’ve got a few favorites).
Looking to find a pair of cozy lounge pants you can even wear to run errands? Yes, these days, you can certainly do just that, and in my experience, there are plenty of cool pairs of lounge pants you can readily wear outside the house (I prefer pairs from brands like Taylor Stitch, which upgrade the details in terms of texture, fabric and style points, but more on that in a second).
Those old-school gym class sweats you wore back in the day are actually more stylish than ever when placed in the hands of Todd Snyder.
The Midwest designer has partnered with Champion for years on upgrading your sweatshirts and sweat pants, and the cool, streamlined cargo design shows off the new age of lounge pants quite handily.
They blend both tailored joggers and military cargo pants for the right blend of comfort and yes, utility, and the fleece fabric should prove plenty soft and warm. You can certainly wear these out of the house on the weekend.
Taylor Stitch checks the right boxes with an indigo-dyed pair of waffle-weave fabric lounge pants, the kind you can readily wear at home on lazy weekend days but that won’t let you down when you step outside the house, either.
In my experience wearing Taylor Stitch, the fabric on these lounge pants is supple and soft yet just the right amount of thickness, with a waistband and ankle cuffs that won’t bunch or ride up.
While the best lounge pants are laidback by nature, there are some pairs of men’s lounge pants that can be put to good use during your warm-up – or your actual workout or cooldown session.
Vuori kept all of that in mind (along with supreme comfort for relaxed lounging) when designing the Sunday Performance Joggers.
The key is the moisture-wicking technical knit fabric, plus useful features like a zip pocket for valuables. The tapered fit and ankle ribbing keeps them secure and streamlined no matter your pursuit of choice. Bonus points for the cool range of stylish colors.
I personally love the soft, stretchy fabric of the Sunday Performance Joggers, yet I’ve also found it’s pleasingly durable, rather than flimsy. The ankle cuffs and waistband bounce back and retain their shape, while useful details like a side zip pocket are effective at holding my keys and a slim card case.
The fact that you can build a workout or post-gym #OOTD made entirely of Vuori’s performance menswear is a major bonus in my book.
If it’s got anything to do with the bottom half of your #OOTD, it’s a safe bet to say that Bonobos has you covered in terms of style, utility and quality.
While the company is best-known for its refined chinos and elegant dress pants, every guy needs a pair of lounge pants for off-duty occasions.
Bonobos ups the ante a few notches with its own SuperSoft fleece fabric that’s like a hug for your lower half. A thick ribbed waistband won’t bunch up or fold over, and the tapered design is on-trend and easy to wear.
Outerknown continues to flip the menswear industry on its head with an intense focus on sustainability and style in equal parts.
The Hightide Sweatpants are aptly named, since they’re cut from Terry cloth (like your post-surf session beach towel). They’re at home around the bonfire or kicked back on your couch while wearing an Outerknown tee.
If you can believe it, the brand that makes some of the most reliable jeans on the market also is now getting into the sweats game with these ultra-soft, durable and premium sweatpants.
I personally swear by Mott and Bow jeans, which offer plenty of value and variety, from classic dark blue denim to pleasingly faded, garment-dyed options. So if you didn’t think a denim brand could make an outstanding line of basics, think again.
The colors are classic, the fabric is super soft, and the interior is warm and cozy for brisk Brooklyn days in my neck of the woods.
They’re a great value for the quality (they’re some of the best lounge pants out there, after all), boasting comfortable French Terry fabric, a clean, streamlined fit and an overall appeal that makes ‘em what Mott and Bow calls “the grown up sweatpants.” I tend to think you’ll agree.
Old-school athletic heritage is woven into the DNA of every Reigning Champ product, literally. The Canadian sportswear brand models its pieces off throwback athletic styles, all the while upgrading them with dependable fabric and sturdy knitting methods.
The fabric in this case is warm, reliable midweight French Terry cotton, while they’ve finished this pair with flatlock seams for comfort and a streamlined look.
In my experience wearing Reigning Champ, the brand delivers a difference you can feel – these sweatpants feel comfortable and drape nicely thanks to the classic fit.
Perhaps you’re more used to wearing tough-as-nails Patagonia gear out and about into the field, but the Mahnya Fleece Pants are a pair of cozy-as-can-be pants to slide into once the curtain has fallen on the day’s adventures.
Organic cotton and recycled polyester deliver a shot of sustainability, while cozy fleece should prove exceptionally warm on brisk fall and winter days.
The back flap logo pocket offers secure storage when you need to make a weekend coffee run, and the tapered leg provides a clean, crisp finish. These are anything but your average pair of sweats, and Patagonia wouldn’t have it any other way.
Nice Laundry bills its lounge pants as the “most comfortable” on the market, and although they’ve got some stiff competition, the company might not be that far off the mark.
If the rest of its loungewear is any indication, the brand’s fabric should prove soft, supple and stretchy. They’ve stepped up their game with these lounge pants by using a proprietary micromodal liner for anti-odor performance, and the tailored fit should prove flattering.
Suffice to say, if you’re a fan of Nice Laundry’s famed lounge shorts, these lounge pants could become a new go-to in the chillier months.
Rhone performance gear sits near the top of this writer’s list in terms of standout quality, stretch and dependability. And while the brand normally uses lightweight tech fabrics in tees, hoodies, sweatpants and jackets, Rhone has set its sights on the iconic grey cotton sweatpant here with the aptly named Heritage Sweatpants.
From the thick ribbed waist to the secure ribbed ankle cuffs, the timeless details are on-point. They’ve also added downright helpful features like zip pockets for storage on the go, while cotton-blend fabric offers warmth. Side panels inject these sweatpants with even more mobility and performance qualities.
If ever there were a brand you could trust to take a casual staple and upgrade it in a big way, it’s Relwen.
The Ohio-based brand knows how to build gear for tough conditions, as evidenced by the fact that these lounge pants are actually built from a lightweight, stretchy, water-resistant nylon and spandex blend for durability.
They feature a handy trio of pockets and a sturdy yet comfortable elastic waistband for the proper fit. Importantly, they’re also finished with rear ankle ribbing to keep the cuffs from riding up. If you want lounge pants that are at home on the trail or, well, lounging, go with Relwen.