Whether you’re pulling up a pair before you head out for a run, or you just don’t feel like changing into anything else one day, sweatpants are designed to bring their users comfort every moment of the day. They really know how to do it all. Dressed up or dressed down, a dependable pair of sweatpants can achieve far more than a comfy look. If you’re on the hunt for a new pair of sweatpants, then here are a few options we recommend.
What to Consider in a New Pair of Sweatpants
Look at these factors when making your selection:
- Comfort Level: If you’re buying a pair of sweatpants, regardless of their intended use, you’re going to want that pair to sell you on comfort before anything else. Your ideal sweatpants should be made from soft materials that can stretch and introduce a little bit of warmth on their own. Think popular materials that do it all, like cotton and polyester.
- Design: Intended use does factor in heavily when selecting a specific design style. You can sleep and stroll around your home in just about any design of sweatpants, so long as it suits your preferences. However, you shouldn’t expect any kind of pair to accommodate you while exercising. When on a run, you may prefer lighter, thinner materials that won’t bag and inhibit the full extent of your mobility.
- Styling: We all love a good pair of sweatpants, but the traditional image and stigma of wearing sweats out the door can get a bad rap. This is another way intended use and design factors should influence your purchase. You can buy loungewear that still looks modern and on-trend. Consider slim, jogger-like sweats that are tapered down to the ankle to pair well with casual wear.
Best for Lounging: Hanes Men’s Sweatpants
Designed from a lineup of sweats that feature 5% recycled polyester from plastic bottles, this pair of Hanes Men’s ComfortBlend EcoSmart sweatpants is 50% cotton, 50% polyester, and 100% ready for your next late morning. They feature a drawstring closure and elastic cuffs around each ankle to lock in heat. Of course, warmth isn’t an issue with this pair’s low-pill high-stitch fleece in a 7.8-ounce medium weight that rests easy on the legs. The tag-free label also provides a minor but much-appreciated level of comfort.
Hanes Men's EcoSmart Non-Pocket Sweatpant, Navy, Medium
A super-soft and eco-friendly option ideal for lazy days.
Best Style: Southpole Men’s Active Basic Joggers
More interested in a pair of sweatpants that’ll look good outside the gym or your house? This pair of Southpole Men’s Active Basic Joggers is slimming and tapered in every way a modern pair of joggers should be. If you size your purchase correctly, the elastic closure should rest easy on the waist, and the ribbed ankle cuffs should stop just above your own ankles to not clash with your sneakers. They’re made from 100% polyester and are designed with mobility in mind, so you can walk in style or jog in confidence whenever you’re donning a pair.
Southpole Men's Basic Active Fleece Jogger Pants-Regular and Big & Tall Sizes, BK (A), M
Slim, tapered, and more than ready to handle your next morning workout or errand.
Best for Exercise: BROKIG Men’s Thigh Mesh Gym Pants
If you want a pair of sweatpants specifically designed to be worn during those sweat-it-out sessions, this pair of BROKIG Thigh Mesh Gym Pants has you covered. Your exercise sweatpants should promote two factors before all else: breathability and convenience. You want a pair that’s slim. No, not for style points, but so that you can avoid feeling weighed down by baggy materials. This pair is designed from 65% cotton and 35% polyester, offering the exact one-two punch of comfort and breathability that promotes easy movement during a workout. Additionally, this pair features two double pockets (a large pocket with a smaller zipper pocket inside), as well as ankle zippers and thigh mesh for maximum cooling efficiency when you’re really working up a sweat.
BROKIG Mens Thigh Mesh Gym Jogger Pants, Men's Casual Slim Fit Workout Bodybuilding Sweatpants with Zipper Pocket (Burgundy, Large)
A pair of sweatpants ideal for fitness training but that can easily act as the missing piece in your next casual outfit.
Best for Cold Weather: Flygo Men’s Sherpa-Lined Sweatpants
Every pair of sweatpants is designed for leisurely strolls throughout your home when the cool breeze rolls into town. However, if you’re looking for a pair that really understands how to keep you warm, these Sherpa-Lined Sweatpants from Flygo aren’t ones you’ll want to miss. They’re designed from 75% cotton material and feature a thick Sherpa plush lining extending from the waist down to the ankles. Users can choose between two size stylings: straight leg (for better airflow) or ribbed ankle (to really lock in heat).
Flygo Mens Winter Warm Fleece Lined Sweatpants Straight Leg Active Running Pants (X-Small, Dark Grey)
The epitome of warmth, these sweatpants feature a heavy cotton surface and a fleece-lined interior.