The 14 Best Sweatpants to Lounge and Live in, According to Experts

If you need me, I'll be on the couch.

stylish woman wearing trendy gray sweatpants and green heels
(Image credit: Getty)

Sweatpants are a cozy staple in every woman's wardrobe. Slipping on a pair is no longer thought of as "sacrificing style for comfort," especially since high-powered celebrities like Hailey Bieber and Rihanna wear sweats on the regular as part of their activewear and off-duty ensembles. Athleisure has hit the mainstream in full force, whether you're wearing your best loungewear set for binge-watching Netflix at home or slipping on a matching sweat set for brunch.

Today, the humble sweatpant comes in endless prints, colors, fabrics (I'll take cashmere, please), and even different leg lengths. You can style sweatpants multiple ways—by pairing them with a denim jacket for spring, for example, or with a crop top while you attempt those TikTok dance challenges. And shoe-wise, they go with everything—wear them with slippers, sandals, sneakers, and more. Ahead, the best sweatpants for women in 2023, whether you're craving a classic gray style or a trendy striped pair.

What to Look For in the Best Sweatpants

  • Comfort

Ramon Martin, Universal Standard's Chief Design Officer, says when shopping for sweatpants, it's simple, really. First and foremost, you want to "think about comfort." After all, the pants are designed to be an easy-to-wear style, either for lounging or exercise, so comfort should be your top priority. 

  • Versatility

"I love super comfortable sweatpants that you can wear all day, but they must also be versatile in terms of style, so you don't need to think about changing before you leave the house—you can just layer up and head out," he says. "If a sweatpant is well cut, with a great fit, and made with premium fabric, you can be comfortable wearing them at home and look sharp when you are out and about."

  • Look

And last—but certainly not least!—is that the look of your sweats matters, too. If you prefer more of a sleeker, form-fitting design, opt for free-flowing bottoms that closely resemble traditional trousers and are made of lightweight and breathable materials. Or, if you find yourself gravitating towards an oversized look, try a pair of bulkier sweatpants and do your best to channel a '90s-era Aaliyah. 

The Best Sweatpants for Women

We selected the below items as the best sweatpants based off their quality, size-inclusivity, sustainability, and customer reviews.

Meet the Expert

Universal Standard's Chief Design Officer Ramon Martin
Ramon Martin

Sydney native Ramon Martin is the Chief Design Officer at Universal Standard, where he leads the Product Team specializing in fit, quality, and style for the world's most inclusive size range. Previous to his position at Universal Standard, Martin designed for globally-renowned fashion companies including luxury Italian womenswear brand Alberta Ferretti, French haute couture designer Jean Paul Gaultier, Derek Lam, and the socially responsible luxury brand Maiyet, as Design Director. He applies his breadth of luxury experience at Universal Standard, using a high-touch approach to design elevated essentials for all sizes 00-40.

Emma Childs
Fashion Features Editor

Emma Childs is the Fashion Features Editor at Marie Claire, who writes trend reports, long-form reported features, and style guides. She previously wrote for TZR, Editorialist, Elite Daily, and Mission Magazine and studied Fashion Studies and New Media at Fordham University. When she's not writing fashion deep-dives, you'll find her stalking eBay for designer vintage and perusing HBO Max (in her heart, it'll always be *HBO* MX).