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The best loungewear for women
Pair comfort and style by adding some chic loungewear to your wardrobe. Read on for our pick of the best sets and separates.
By Mumsnet HQ | Last updated May 5, 2022
Whether you’re working from home, working out in the lounge or looking for a gift that will genuinely bring joy to a woman in your life. From head-to-toe co-ord sets to stylish separates, loungewear is more popular than ever. But which pieces are worth adding to your wardrobe, which materials are the cosiest and stretchiest, and how can you balance comfort and style?
We’ve taken the hard work out of your search, rounding up a selection of the best loungewear available to buy in the UK right now, including tried-and-tested recommendations from the Mumsnet forums.
So sit back, relax and stock up on some laid-back loungewear.
Here’s the best loungewear for women.
1. Best overall loungewear: ASOS Chelsea Peers Eco Jersey Co-ord Sage Green Loungewear
‘ASOS stuff is comfy and great value’
This relaxed and subtly coloured combo can be bought separately to mix and match with other pieces, or worn together as a set. The oversized sweatshirt has a high neck and dropped shoulders and the joggers have an elasticated waist and a tapered fit leg. As well as being comfy and stylish, this set has strong eco credentials. It’s made from recycled polyester created from plastic bottles and textile waste that’s processed into plastic chips and melted into new fibres, saving water, energy and reducing greenhouse-gas emissions in the process. It’s worth mentioning that both items come up large so it could be worth opting for a smaller size depending on your favoured fit.
Price: Jersey £28 and joggers £30
2. Best affordable loungewear: Light & Shade Supersoft Women's Snit Twosie Loungewear
For less than £20 for a complete loungewear set, this light grey combo is a bargain buy. The cowl neck top and relaxed bottoms both have drawstrings and are made from a snit fabric blend (polyester and elastane) which feels super soft. If you like a casual-but-sporty look but you want something a little smarter than a hoodie, this is a great option. Users rate how comfy and soft the material is to wear and both items are machine washable.
3. Best cotton loungewear: Uniqlo Women’s Cotton Relaxed Fit Ankle Length Trousers
Uniqlo's relaxed ankle length trousers are made from 100% cotton and come in four different colours: off white, black, brown and olive. They have a laidback tapered cut and the drawstring is the same fabric as the trousers which gives them a smarter feel compared to traditional joggers. There's a variety of sizes on offer from XXS to XXL.
4. Best loungewear for summer: Sykooria Women’s Harem Pants
‘I swear by Amazon's harem pants’
With nine different colours to choose from, these lightweight harem pants could be a great option for warm weather lounging due to their breathable fabric (a modal cotton and spandex mix). They have a high and wide tummy control waistband but are loose fitting in the leg, making them super comfy. As well as being great for wearing around the home, they’re also suitable to wear for yoga sessions and for gentle exercise. They come in a wide range of sizes and are machine washable.
5. Best loungewear co-ord: Sweaty Betty Essentials Sweatshirt and Matching Tracksuit Bottoms
Synonymous with stylish sportswear, Sweaty Betty knows a thing or two about designing comfortable pieces that can be worn on the sofa, in the studio and out in the street. This sweatshirt and tracksuit bottoms combo can be bought separately and comes in five different colours: antique pink, black, navy blue, mid grey marl and fern green (the tracksuit bottoms also come in renaissance red). The top is made from a breathable mid-weight French terry loopback fabric and is a relaxed fit that falls to the top of your hip. The bottoms have a high waist with a drawcord and pockets. It’s recommended to go a size down for a slimmer fit. Both are 100% cotton and can be machine washed at 30 degrees.
Price: Sweatshirt £60 and tracksuit bottoms £70
6. Best sporty loungewear: Puma Active Yogini Woven Tracksuit
Part of Puma's yoga range, this lightweight tracksuit is designed for sun salutations but is also perfect for stretching out your legs on the sofa. And it's a good option if you prefer your loungewear to be form fitting rather than slouchy. Its cowl neck design is smarter than a hoodie and the stretchy fabric and elasticated waist keep things comfortable. The all-black design is also very flattering.
7. Most stylish loungewear: & Other Stories Oversized Boxy Robe Cardigan
If you want style and comfort, this & Other Stories oversized boxy knit cardigan is a great option. Smarter than your average cardigan and in a wear-it-with-anything nude shade, it offers a robe-inspired silhouette and a self-tie belt with two large, oversized pockets. And if you want to go the whole hog, there are some matching relaxed knitted trousers to consider too. The cardigan is machine washable at 30 degrees.
8. Best loungewear for comfort: CityComfort Women’s Comfy Fleece Loungewear Set
‘My new Amazon loungewear is fricking awesome!’
If comfort is key, this fleece loungewear set is like wearing a big fluffy blanket. It comes in eight different colours including dark charcoal, blue and pink and the material is lightweight, cosy and warm. It bridges that gap between comfy PJs and daytime loungewear and is available in a range of sizes. Made from polyester, the set washes well and dries quickly.
9. Best loungewear set: The White Company Fleeceback Turn-Up Cuff Joggers and Side Split Crew-Neck Sweater
If matchy-matchy is your thing, this relaxed-fit loungewear set from The White Company could be great for you. Both the tapered joggers and the crew neck sweatshirt have a super-soft fleecy inner lining and turn-back cuffs which give them a sporty feel. Available in ivory and dark charcoal marl, the items can be purchased separately or as a set and each piece is machine washable. Made from organic cotton grown without the use of chemical fertilisers, this eco-responsible fabric has strong sustainability credentials.
Price: Joggers £69 and sweatshirt £65
10. Best loungewear you can wear out: M&S Jersey Tapered Ankle Grazer Trousers
‘I wear these trousers at home (and occasionally out if I can't face diggy waist bands).’
If you want something a little smarter than traditional joggers, these understated high-waisted peg trousers could be a perfect addition to your wardrobe. The tapered trousers have a comfortable elasticated waist and have been created with StayNew technology designed to keep the fabric fresh wash after wash. Made with added stretch for at-home comfort, they can easily be styled to look like a chic pair of trousers to wear out and about. They come in navy and black in a range of sizes and lengths including short/petite, regular and long. They’re machine washable on a delicate setting at 40 degrees.
What is loungewear?
The term loungewear describes a range of casual clothing suitable for relaxing and lounging around in at home. Loungewear is typically made from lightweight, stretchy fabrics to provide maximum comfort and sits somewhere between pyjamas and more formal daywear. Since the pandemic, loungewear has grown in popularity and is taking up a much bigger section of peoples wardrobes than ever before.
What material is best for loungewear?
Choose fabrics that are cool and breathable like cotton or polyester. Both allow air to flow through easily, keeping temperatures down. Also look for fabrics that wick moisture away from the skin. A moisture-wicking fabric like polyester, nylon or wool, literally pulls moisture away from your body to the exterior of the garment, where it can evaporate more quickly. Items made with fabrics like spandex are stretchy and keep their shape.
Can I work from home in loungewear?
Absolutely. When working from home, we have the freedom to wear far more comfortable clothing than in an office environment. It might be worth checking with the boss as certain meetings may require more formal attire, especially when engaging with clients or representing the business on video calls, but one of the perks of working from home is that you can wear more relaxed clothing.
What’s the best loungewear to buy?
Our overall winner is the ASOS Chelsea Peers Eco Jersey Co-ord Loungewear set as it’s great value and you can look stylish and be comfortable at the same time. The soothing sage green colour and the eco credentials also make this a great buy.
How we chose our recommendations
Because we know that there’s nothing like a real recommendation, we first headed to the Mumsnet forums to find out what loungewear was being recommended.
We then did some research across the wider web, looking at what loungewear had won accolades or been featured in ‘best buy’ lists across websites, and what customer reviews said about them. Having collated all that information, we then narrowed our list down to the top 10 loungewear online at the moment.
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