September 25, 2022

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Sweatpants are the epitome of casual, but you don’t have to just wear them at home. The best sweatpants are comfortable enough for a day inside but stand ready to step out if need be. They come in all kinds of materials from all-cotton fleece-back jersey to super comfy tri-blend concoctions or high-end cashmere and velour versions.

How to Pick the Right Pair

Your sweatpants should never be too tight. Sure, the Internet might sexualize form-fitting gray sweatpants, but they aren’t appropriate when they pull too tightly around your thighs or don’t pool correctly at your ankles because you can’t get them over your calves. On the contrary, though your sweatpants shouldn’t be too big either. A pair that puffs out like they were stuffed with pillows is best saved where yours are: in bed or on the couch.

I know, it’s a bit of a balancing act to find the right pair — the one you can wear to the gym and grocery store but also maybe the bar or office. Sweatpants are definitely more appropriate in more places nowadays, but that still doesn’t mean any old pair will do. Find ones that reference vintage silhouettes or come in interesting colors or textures. These pairs will naturally separate themselves from the super-thin Hanes ones you’ve been holding onto.

Other things to consider? Whether they have zippered pockets to keep your EDC close; whether or not the waistband has an internal or external drawstring; if the ankles are tightly cinched or freer and flowing; and if the sweatpants themselves have pockets at all. There is an endless supply of options out there, so choose the combination that works best for your preferences.

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The 18 Best Sweatpants for Men

Whether you’re headed out with slim pair and rare sneakers or are staying in laissez-faire style, loose and lounge-y with your favorite slippers, these are some of our favorite sweatpants.


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Best Overall Sweatpants

Richer Poorer Recycled Fleece Tapered Sweatpant

 

Best Upgrade Sweatpants

Outerknown Sur Sweatpants

 

Best Affordable Sweatpants

Italic Midweight Sweatpants

 

Flint and Tinder French Terry Sweatpants

 

J.Crew Heritage Fleece Sweatpant

 

Nike Sportswear Club Fleece Joggers

 

Todd Snyder x Champion Midweight Slim Jogger Sweatpant

 

Reigning Champ Midweight Terry Slim Sweatpant

 

Abercrombie & Fitch Essential Fleece Sweatpants

 

An Upgrade

Les Tien Heavyweight Classic Sweatpant

 

Gap Vintage Soft Sweatpants

 

David Gandy Wellwear Ultimate Loopback Jogger

 

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