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It’s hard feeling attractive in sweatpants. The comfy loungewear staple went from something we’d throw on for Sunday errands to our everyday uniform during the pandemic. And the way things are going now it doesn’t look like we’re switching back to trousers anytime soon. Still, while we work from home we need our everyday wardrobe to help us look and feel good.
Enter: sweatsuits. You see sweatpants and t-shirts alone can feel scrubby but throw on a pair of sweatpants and matching top and you have an intentional, dare we say, chic, monochrome outfit.
“A matching set instantly elevates any loungewear look,” says Caroline Maguire, Fashion Director at Shopbop. “I love that they require minimal styling yet remain effortlessly put together, and don’t require you to sacrifice comfort for style.” Easy, versatile go-tos that feel sophisticated are exactly what we need during the lockdown. And luckily for us, in addition to some of our favorites, there are a new crop of luxe loungewear brands, from Les Tiens to Entireworld, that are offering sets in a variety of gorgeous, vintage-inspired hues.
Another bonus: most of these brands are American-made and use sustainable materials and practices. We round up ten sets to cozy up in this fall.
Pangaia Organic Cotton Cropped Hoodie and Recycled Cotton Track Pant
Forget just comfort, you can feel really good about living in sweatpants thanks to Pangaia. The brand uses 100% GOT certified organic cotton, environmentally friendly dyes, and a recycled water system to construct it’s light, breathable and very cool sportswear. If that isn’t convincing enough, Pangaia also plants one mangrove tree for each product purchased inorder to help produce more Co2.
To Buy: $140, thepangaia.com; $120, thepangaia.com
MATE Vintage Pullover and Classic Jogger in Bone
MATE’s slightly retro and feminine casualwear is even more covetable thanks to the brand’s signature earthy and muted color palette. “We draw a lot of inspiration from nature for our colors as well as our fabrications,” says founder Kayti O'Connell Carr. Since we’re all craving the clam of the outdoors during these stressful times it’s no surprise that business for the clean essentials brand has increased five times since the pandemic.
To Buy: $108, matethelabel.com; $128, matethelabel.com
Nili Lotan Callie Zip Up Hoodie, Tiger SF Sweatpant
Nili Lotan’s signature low rise and slight drop-crotch silhouette gets a fun update with a sporty Tiger logo that we are loving. Pair it with the brand’s Callie hoodie for a chic, laid-back look or go full-on varsity with the matching Tiger crewneck.
To Buy: $295, nililotan.com; $325, nililotan.com
Loulou Studio Linosa Cashmere Hoodie and Maddalena Track Pant
Is there anything more luxe than draping yourself in cashmere come fall? Knitted from soft Mongolian cashmere, this set, in rich camel, can be paired with sneakers for a cool sporty look or dressed up with heels for a socially distance outing.
To Buy: $450, netaporter.com ; $350, netaporter.com
Aviator Nation Tie Dye Crew Sweatshirt and Sweatpants
Tie Dye is having a moment this summer, but will extend into fall. Go bold with your loungewear in a statement-making set like this fun turquoise and pink combo. “The best part?,” says Shopbop’s Maguire. “It’s an outfit in itself, but can also work as separates.”
To buy: $175, shopbop.com; $152, shopbop.com
Entireworld Loop Back Sweatshirt and Sweatpants
When designer Scott Sternberg, of Band of Outsiders fame, launched Entireworld two years ago, he set out to create a brand of simple, stylish wardrobe essentials. So what does the fashion vet think is a must-have today? Well-made sweatsuits in bright, happy colors. But act fast, Entireworld’s looks sell out as soon as they debut online.
Les Tiens Ombré Cotton- Jersey Track Pants and Hoodie
With a celebrity cult following, founder Courtney Ogilvie attributes the obsession to a combination of the fabrication, construction, and well-considered color palette. “The material we’ve developed is very custom,” says Ogilvie of the signature soft cotton jersey. “It’s a luxurious cross weave fabric patented and created on a loom, which provides much more longevity in the material.” Plus, the garments are constructed using traditional atelier sewing techniques so they hang perfectly well.
To Buy: $190, netaporter.com; $295, netaporter.com
Ninety Percent Two Tone Sweatpants and Crew Neck Sweatshirt
There’s nothing ordinary about a colorblock sweatsuit. We love the sophisticated color combination of this two tone look.
To Buy: $330, shopbop.com
Vince Cropped Pant and Bracelet Sleeve Crew
We can always count on Vince for luxurious and elegant essentials. The feminine crew hits the wrist at just the right spot and—be warned—the ultra soft pants feature a roomly leg that you may never want to take off.
To Buy: $145, vince.com; $125, vince.com