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Elevated Sweats and Loungewear You Can Actually Wear Out

Elevated sweats and loungewear
Design: theSkimm | Photos: Anthropologie, Farfetch, Quince, Buck Mason, Alo Yoga
September 6, 2023

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Comfort might be the key to success (just don’t quote us on it). But when you’ve got places to be — the office, parent-teacher conferences, grocery runs — dressing for the occasion and your comfort gets a little harder. That’s why we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite elevated sweats and sets you can wear out and look good in. Comfy, meet classy. 

Psst…for more recs to wear to work, when going out, and while at home, check out Fashion You’ll Actually Wear Week, our destination for affordable, stylish, and practical clothes.

Abercrombie & Fitch

Sweats and a half-zip from a nostalgic brand…

Abercrombie is back and (we’re happy to say) way better. Revisit your favorite childhood brand with this lounge set. It’s made from a hefty cotton blend and comes in eight warm tones — perfect for the fall. We love the half-zip that hits just above the hip, but if you like more of a hoodie vibe, this one might become your new favorite. ($70, Abercrombie & Fitch)

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Washable silk

A washable silk set you can get away with wearing to the office…

Get ready to be the envy of all your coworkers. Wear this button-down short-sleeve top with a pair of jeans, or pair it with the matching wide-leg pants with a slit for more comfort. Choose from seven color options or mix and match with the washable silk tank for more variety. ($59.90, Quince)  

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Lounge Pants
Free People

Lounge pants you can exercise or run errands in…

The comfort of leggings and the fit of sweats with an elevated design? Sign us up. These come in eight colors and have a loose silhouette. We love that they’re made with organic cotton that’s breathable and lightweight, and have adjustable straps at the ankles so you can play around with the fit. ($70, Free People)

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Hoodie and sweats
Buck Mason

A hoodie and sweats set you’ll want in every color…

We haven’t been able to take this hoodie and sweats set off since we brought it home. Both pieces are made from a French terry that’s lightweight and breathable and has a slim-cut silhouette that elevates it a couple notches. Wear it around the house, on your next coffee run, or for casual lunches. Hello, versatility. ($98, Buck Mason)

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Alo Yoga

A soft-to-the-touch cashmere cardi…

You might not think of Alo when you think of a nice cashmere, but we’re here to put your doubts to rest. Not only does this one fit like a glove, but it feels so soft, you might never want to take it off. We love the puffed sleeves, fitted cuffs, and the button-down front that leads to a cinched waist. Snag the matching bottoms and make it a set. ($328, Alo Yoga

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Wide leg pants

Wide-leg pants you can dress up for date night…

The wide-leg silhouette is here to stay, and we’re here for it. They’ve got a relaxed fit you can wear to work out in (thank you, nylon) or even wear to dinner with the right accessories. The drawstring makes the waist easy to adjust. Pair them with a cable-knit sweater and boots for fall. ($98, Anthropologie)

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Lounge pants

Flowy pants you can seriously dress up…

These menswear-inspired pants look like slacks but feel like your favorite satin robe. They’ve got an elastic waistband and pleated fronts that elevate them to cocktail-attire level. Wear them around the house with your favorite cozy socks and slippers, or pair them with heels and a blazer to impress. ($280, Leset)

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Maxi dress
Free People

A lightweight maxi dress you can spend the day in…

Whether you’re planning a picnic or watering your plants around the house, this flowy maxi will have your back. It comes in five colors and three different sizes — standard, petite, and plus. Psst…if you’re stepping out for the day, the brand recs wearing another layer underneath since it’s a little sheer. We like this silk slip skirt you can wear on its own, too. ($98, Anthropologie)

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A crewneck from a cult-favorite brand…

Never underestimate the power of a good crewneck. This one from Sporty & Rich is made from 100% cotton and has a simple design you can pair with almost anything — your go-to jeans, a cute skirt, or a layering top on your night out. Or throw it on with your pajama bottoms, snuggle up on the couch, and call it a day. ($150, Farfetch)

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Ribbed pants
Simon Miller

Wide-ribbed pants that’ll become your WFH favorites…

Comfort is the name of the game with these pants. The wide-ribbed knit has a natural weight that lets them hang perfectly without feeling uncomfortable. The brand recommends staying true to size but mentions that you can go up or down one size to customize your fit. Pair them with a matching ribbed tunic for that vacation feel, even if you're definitely not leaving the house. ($230, Simon Miller)

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