I can't say that the pandemic added anything to my life, but it has led to a greatly augmented loungewear section of my closet and an enhanced appreciation for matching sets of cozy clothes. While my old house clothes consisted mostly of hand-me-down sweatpants and those free t-shirts I got at college events, I now understand the importance of feeling both comfortable and put-together while sitting on my couch, and I can't ever see myself going back. Now, armed with my matching loungewear sets from my favorite loungewear brands, I don't have to explain my disheveled outfit to the takeout delivery driver or change before I run to the corner store for snacks—there's simply no need! I already look stylish! No one needs to know that I haven't changed in 24 hours!
So, without further ado, behold the best loungewear sets from across the internet, so that you can look and feel your best all the time.
What To Look For in a Loungewear Set
Holly Shapiro (opens in new tab), Creative Director of apparel brand Splendid (opens in new tab), says, "Shape is critical for looking put together and cozy. Bad-fitting lounge is the worst!" So, when shopping for your next set, ask yourself about your ideal fit: Do you want the set to be baggy, or do you prefer a form-fitting option? Will you be wearing it out, or opting to stay in?
"Secondly," she adds, "choosing the right fabrics for softness and recovery is so important." Always check the fabric makeup before you buy so you know whether the item will be stretchy, soft, fleecy, or whether it'll shrink in the wash.
Styling Your Loungewear
Looking to flaunt your loungewear when you're out and about, but not sure how to dress it up? Wearing a matching set is always a great, comfy-cute look, but for a quick upgrade, Shapiro recommends, "Throw a chambre shirt, denim jacket, or blazer over any lounge for an instant on-the-go look!"
Daniel Patrick, stylist and founder of his eponymous clothing brand also recommends "layering and mixing and matching colors and textures." To dress up a loungewear look, he also recommends using elevated footwear (like heels or a pair of designer sneakers) and outerwear (like a stylish winter coat) to "make a fit less loungy and dresses it up more."
Splendid Conley Waffle Set
"I’m currently in love with our Conley Set," says Shapiro. "The brushed waffle is super cozy and the sweater details make it feel like you are ready to run out the door. It is so comfortable and complete!"
AllFenix Chloe Loungewear Set
Australian brand AllFenix is known for their functional, high-performance activewear pieces, but they also carry loungewear. My favorites are the richly colored matching sets, which come in chic colorways like oatmeal, charcoal, mauve, and white marle.
"I think our loop terry sets are some of the most comfortable sweat sets in the game," says Patrick. "I love the fit of them and the range of colors we offer, too." Indeed, the set comes in ten different colors, and you can select the ultra-soft shorts below or opt for the matching sweatpants instead.
Lonely Ghost "I Love You Say It Back" Set
Lonely Ghost is one of Gen Z's favorite new brands, and their products are both adorable and incomparably comfortable. They have multiple collections that display phrases like, "This Song Reminds Me Of You," "Text Me When You Get Home," and, of course, "I Love You Say It Back." You can snag this style as a hoodie, short-sleeved shirt, or crewneck.
Quince Mongolian Cashmere Set
"At the top of my 2023 resolutions was indulging in more little luxuries," says Style Editor Emma Childs. "And just a few weeks into the new year, I'm meeting this goal in strides. I'm treating myself to bougie candles! I'm starting my mornings with decadent lattes! And, my favorite of all, I'm lounging around in this to-die-for cashmere set from Quince. The pants are straight and free-flowing (I'm staunchly anti-joggers: my ankles deserve to be unencumbered!), which adds to their effortless feel. And the zip-up hoodie feels luxe enough that I can wear it out of the house guilt-free."
Lezé The Label Recycled Fishing Nets Set
Lezé The Label has won us over with their sustainable sets, which are made from recycled waste. This particular set is made from recycled fishing nets, and the resulting fabric is incredibly soft with a uniquely smooth finish. Plus, the set is so pretty that you can wear it out even after you've lounged around in it all day.
"I have an embarrassingly large quantity of loungewear—it's taking over my entire apartment," says Beauty Editor Samantha Holender. "But even with so many options to choose from, I always gravitate towards this Monrow set. It's quite literally the most comfortable thing I own, makes me look together enough to go run errands around the city, and consistently gets me compliments. I recently added the coffee shade to my collection and am obsessed with it."
Alo Yoga Muse Set
Celebrity-favorite Alo Yoga carries this soft, loose-fitting set in three colors: black, heather gray, and gravel heather. Its soft, loose-fitting fabric makes it ideal for days spent cuddled up at home, while its flattering cropped fit is perfect for wearing out and about.
Nike's Forward Set
We all know that the fashion unfortunately plays a huge role in pollution and climate change, and it's hard to relax in your loungewear when you're worried about its carbon footprint. That's where Nike's Forward collection comes in: Every article of clothing within the line is made from at least 50 percent recycled polyester fibers. Plus, this latest edition of the Nike Forward collection reduces the carbon footprint of its production methods by amending its materials, energy use, and fabric density. Plus, this particular set is warm, soft, and comfortable, so you don't need to worry about sacrificing comfort for sustainability.
Gymshark Pause Set
Work hard, play hard, right? Gymshark is everyone's fan-favorite for high-performance workout clothing, having mastered gym day essentials like sports bras, leggings, tops, and more. But as every gym rat knows, rest days are just as important as workout days, which is why Gymshark has come out with its Pause collection. These premium knitwear pieces are soft, loose-fitting, and comfortable, so you can take just as much care of your body on days off as you do during your toughest workouts.
Botanica Workshop Organic Cotton Set
AAPI-owned fashion brand Botanica Workshop is committed to creating organic, sustainable loungewear and intimates, and they're beloved by celebrities like Karen O, Julie Delpy, and Natalie Portman. Of course, the brand carries sweatpants, hoodies, leggings, and sweatshirts, but if, like me, you run hot and therefore prefer wearing shorts and tank tops in the house, check out this soft, chic set made from 100 percent organic cotton.
Ksubi 3x4 Set
You may be familiar with Ksubi's popular denim jeans and jackets, but did you know that the brand also makes equally as fashionable loungewear? You can shop their hoodies, shorts, joggers, and crewnecks in a variety of colors, and in styles both graphic and plain. I'm partial to crewneck and joggers, personally, but you can also grab this pink set's matching hoodie (opens in new tab) and/or shorts (opens in new tab).
Cuyana Cropped Tank & Joggers
BIPOC-owned, woman-owned brand Cuyana boasts the tagline "fewer, better," swearing by their pledge to sustainably produce high-quality products in small batches. I love their clothes for their luxurious feel, durability, and sophisticated style—attributes that apply to both their everyday wear and their loungewear. The brand carries a number of options so you can mix-and-match styles when shopping for your lounge set, but I'm partial to this ultra-soft crewneck (as usual) and the loose drawstring pants that match it. Plus, the pants' silk fabric and wide leg silhouette bring a dramatic, elegant flair to one's otherwise bland stay-at-home wardrobe.
Eberjey Gisele Stretch-Modal Pajama Set
"While I firmly believe that coordinating loungewear makes the quality of one’s lounging decidedly better, I was also someone who secretly switched into a baggy t-shirt come bedtime," says Social Media Editor Lucia Tonelli. "Once I got a pair of Eberjeys, that all changed. The brand is the gold standard of cozy-chic clothing, but, IMO, their Gisele set reigns supreme. It’s soft as butter, breezy as can be, shockingly stretchy (like, pull-your-entire-body-into-the-top stretchy), and keeps its quality through years of (near constant) wear. My goal is to one day own a pair in every color."
L'Couture All-Around Lounge Set
L'Couture is a bran centered around women's empowerment, run by an all-female team based in Dubai. They have a number of unique pieces that make loungewear look chic—I'm an especially big fan of this rose-colored backless top and the pants that match it. Wear it out for a sexy spin on sweats, or don it during a day inside for a comfortable, airy feel.
Jolie Noire Scribble Art Sweatsuit
Jolie Noire is one of my favorite brands. Founded by sisters Keyondra and Kim Lockett, this Black-owned fashion label's mission is to provide comfortable, high-quality clothing that drives home the essential message that Black is beautiful. Their designs are unique and inclusive, ranging from florals to plaid to simple, classic color schemes, but my favorite style is this sleek set, which features minimalist line drawings on cream-colored fabric.
The Giving Movement
The Giving Movement is a United Arab Emirates-based brand with a focus on promoting sustainability, inclusivity, and ethical production within the fashion industry. Since the brand's inception, it's raised around one million dollars for charitable organizations like Dubai Cares, which supports children's rights, and Harmony House, which helps homeless people transition to permanent housing. Plus, their clothes are sustainably made with incomparably soft materials.
SIMONMILLER Rib Set
Los Angeles- based brand SIMONMILLER takes its inspiration from modernism and prioritizes making inclusive, wearable clothing of a high enough caliber to last for years to come. I love their fun, loud spin on loungewear, and am particularly fond of this cropped, bright fuschia ribbed set. After all, who says dopamine dressing is limited to going out?
JZD Tierra Sweatsuit
LGBT- and Latina-owned clothing brand JZD took off after making their popular "Latina Power" tee shirt in 2014, and they've been expanding their inventory of inclusive, empowering designs ever since. Shop their graphic tees and sweatshirts to make a statement, or check out their simpler, more monochromatic looks, like this burnt orange option.
Meet the Experts
Founder and designer, Daniel Patrick moved to the US in 2011 and launched his first line with his wife Jenny in 2012. At a young age, Daniel was fascinated by clothes as early as the age of four and he only became more intrigued by age. From following his father’s footsteps and playing rugby he eventually made the switch to pursue fashion. Daniel pulls inspiration from his favorite cities, LA and NY, his love of hip hop music, while also combining his athletic background with a minimal and militant appeal.
Holly Shapiro is a 20-year veteran in design and has been Splendid's Creative Director for over three years. In addition to creating seasonal and evergreen collections, Shapiro has also spearheaded designs for Splendid's collaborations with Grey Malin, Morgan Harper Nichols, Cella Jane, and, most recently, Mary Lawless Lee. She holds degrees in Textile and Apparel Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Fashion Institute of Technology. Prior to Splendid, she served as Creative Director of private brands for the Gilt Groupe and held design positions at Calypso St. Barth, Haute Hippie, Roller Rabbit, Martin + Osa, Liz Claiborne, Laundry by Shelli Segal, and Dana Buchman.
Gabrielle Ulubay is an E-Commerce Writer at Marie Claire and writes about all things beauty, sexual wellness, and fashion. She's also written about sex, gender, and politics for publications like The New York Times, Bustle, and HuffPost Personal since 2018. She has worked extensively in the e-commerce and sales spaces since 2020, including two years at Drizly, where she developed an expertise in finding the best, highest quality goods and experiences money can buy. As a film school graduate, she loves all things media and can be found making art when she's not busy writing.
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