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12 pairs of trousers that aren’t joggers, but are as comfy as joggers

“I think this is the most useful thread on Mumsnet in a long time! I'm getting fed up of jeans and now want all of these trousers!” TryingNotCrying24

By Rebecca Roberts | Last updated Apr 10, 2024

12 pairs of trousers that aren’t joggers, but are as comfy as joggers

The Mumsnet hive mind came to the rescue of Reluctantadult recently who had a specific request on our style and beauty board. Seeking comfort without sacrificing style, Reluctantadult sparked a thread that has quickly become a treasure trove of recommendations for those seeking the perfect pair of trousers, that are as comfy as joggers, but are not, in fact, joggers. 

Of course, in a world that is seemingly dominated by joggers these days, these suggestions in our roundup below offer great alternatives - 12 pairs of trousers that are just as comfy, stretchy, but still add a touch of sophistication to your wardrobe. Whether you're lounging at home, running errands, or attending a casual outing, these trousers promise to keep you feeling comfortable and looking effortlessly chic. So, say goodbye to the age-old dilemma of choosing between comfort and style—these picks offer the best of both worlds.

1. Starting with these ones. We love the fact that these GO WALK Wear OG Pants by Skechers have chafe-free seams and both exterior side and back pockets. 

Skechers GO WALK OG Pant Regular Length, £60 | Buy now from M&S

Tried and tested: “I've got these. I won't make any claims for stylishness, but I think they are smarter/less sloppy than joggers. Very comfortable and keep their shape.” Calculuses

2. These long, flowing smart trousers by Stradivarius come with a wide-leg design, side pockets and an adjustable waistband with drawstrings for ultimate comfort. We love the stone colour, personally. 

Stradivarius Long Flowing Smart Trousers, £23 | Buy now from Stradivarius

Tried and tested: “I wear these every day. Love them… So comfy and wash up lovely.” happyhippo24

3. Sweaty Betty promises that their Explorer Trousers will quickly become your throw on trousers for all year round come rain or shine. 

Sweaty Betty Explorer Trousers, £89 | Buy now from Sweaty Betty

Tried and tested: “I wear a lot of Sweaty Betty at home including the trousers eg.” MarchHatty

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4. Who said yoga pants were just for those who actually do yoga? These supersoft joggers by M&S don’t really look like joggers, have four-way stretch, a flexible feel, a flattering high waist and a smart straight leg so they talk all our boxes. 

M&S Goodmove Straight Leg Yoga Joggers, £30 | Buy now from M&S

Tried and tested: Marks and Spencer's yoga pants. They look surprisingly smart and are totally comfortable.” Lucienandjean

5. Another winner from M&S in our roundup. These pure cotton, straight leg ankle grazer trousers are super comfy and not restrictive in the slightest. 

M&S Pure Cotton Straight Leg Ankle Grazer Trousers, £20 | Buy now from M&S

Tried and tested: “I really like these trousers from M&S so comfortable and not restrictive. Slightly more put together than joggers or leggings, but casual for mid week running after the kids.” MotherOfDragon20

6. Ah, we can always rely on John Lewis to make pieces our MNers adore, and these jersey wide leg trousers are no exception. Perfect for WFH, school runs, or weekend trips.

John Lewis Jersey Wide Leg Trousers, £35 | Buy now from John Lewis

Tried and tested: “These from JL are so comfy.” Offredismysister

7. These contemporary, wide-leg double side stripe jersey trousers by The White Company have an all-over stretch and a thick elasticated waistband to nip you in at the waist. Flattering and comfy? Yes please. 

The White Company Double Side Stripe Jersey Trousers, £85 | Buy now from The White Company

Tried and tested:  “I'm pretty much living in these at the moment...” LyndaSnellsSniff

8. While these Lisa Cord Joggers by Hush are indeed, joggers, they don’t actually look like joggers and are perfect to wear in and out of the house. Pair with a staple tee or oversized shirt for extra comfort. 

Hush Lisa Cord Joggers, £79 | Buy now from Hush

Tried and tested: “I got these after a pp recommended them on a similar thread - they are so comfortable I love them.” Ellaone 

9. Our third and final entry from M&S - we can always rely on the mothership for comfort and style - are these cotton blend, slim fit ankle grazer joggers that come in six different colours.

M&S Cotton Blend Slim Fit Ankle Grazer Joggers, £33 | Buy now from M&S

Tried and tested: “I got a pair of these very stretchy pants in M&S elastic waist at the back and a zip front.” MrsCarson

10. Comfy and affordable, these grey pinstripe ponte joggers by Matalan are great for work and running errands without looking like you’ve literally just thrown some joggers on…

Matalan Grey Pinstripe Ponte Joggers, £18 | Buy now from Matalan

Tried and tested: “I bought these last week - super comfy and a bargain at £19. I wear them with an extra roll up at the cuff.” soupdragon321

11. Another vote for a high street brand here… These black yoga pants by George at ASDA are a bargain at just fourteen quid. Plus, they’re full length, two-way stretch, soft to touch and have an elastic waistband. 

ASDA George Black Yoga Pants, £14 | Buy now from George at ASDA

Tried and tested: “Asda George Yoga pants are boot cut really firming and lifting - and the comfiest bottoms I've worn for ages.” FloweryFlump

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12. Last, but certainly not least, our second entry from Hush - these Alexa harem trousers come in three different shades, two lengths, and IOO, just look super cool. 

Hush Alexa Harem Trousers, £55 | Buy now from Hush

Tried and tested: “I have these in various colours. Super comfy, but also not too casual.” Allthefoodandwine

About the author

Rebecca Roberts is a writer, editor, and content marketing expert hailing from Leeds. Here at Mumsnet, she commissions, writes, and edits to bring parents content designed to make life easier. After birthing and breastfeeding two babies in two years, Rebecca knows first-hand how hard it can be to prioritise yourself when you become a mother. So, she’s on a quest to find the best beauty and fashion products that are both practical and affordable, with the help of Mumsnet user recommendations. 

Beyond her role as an editor here at Mumsnet, Rebecca can be found balancing life as a working mum of two toddlers and when she’s not at her desk, you’ll likely find her at a local playgroup, in a nearby coffee shop, or walking the dog up and down country lanes.

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