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As workplaces and schools continue to open, a very real fear is starting to sink in: How on earth are we supposed to stop wearing sweatpants and transition into so-called “real” clothes? My solution: Don’t. After everything sweatpants have given me in the past year—comfort, mental stability, and a sense of safety and security swathed in no-judgement elasticity—why would I turn my back on them now? The era of basic is upon us, and we plan to keep it that way. We haven’t quite figured out the excuse we’ll tell our bosses when we walk into our corporate office in tie-dye joggers, but we’ll leave that problem for future us to figure out. Keep the sweatpants life going with our edit of the 25 best styles to shop now.
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Gabi Wide Legged Pant
If you spend the majority of your day in Ugg’s fluffy slippers, you need these sweatpants in your life.
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Cropped Track Pants
If you’re going to do designer duds, shouldn’t it be Gucci?
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Alo’s sweatpants are a cult favorite. Buy them now before the inevitably sell out (again).
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Cozy As Fleece Cargo Sweatpants
We’re calling it now: Cargo sweats are about to be huge.
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Cozy Knit Pants
Cosplay as a very cozy teddy bear.
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This affordable pair a whopping eleven different colors, but Kelly green is our fave.
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7/8 Training Pants
No, we’re still not over tie dye, especially when they’re done this well by Nike.
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Boyfriend Track Pants
We might have found the most idyllic pair of gray sweatpants ever with Norma Kamali.
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Land of the Šnakes Pants
These sweatpants are not for the faint at heart.
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As ELLE’s associate beauty editor Margaux Anbouba says about these pants, “they are your classic dad-style thick, fleecy sweat-pants material, shaped into a flattering, just butt-hitting enough fit that you won’t be embarrassed leaving the house in them.”
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Les Tien, founded in 2018, thrived in 2020 as one of the best sweatpants on the market.
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CL Track Pants Cream
Opt for a chic, monochrome look with Cold Laundry’s sweat set.
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Jogger Track Pants w/ Pockets
With over 56,000 positive reviews on Amazon, you can’t go wrong with this $15 pair.
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Z.N.E. Wrapped 3-Stripes 7/8 Pants
We assume only Very Cool People wear these sweatpants.
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French Terry Barrel Joggers
A sage-green pair of joggers elevate sweatpants from the couch to the grocery store.
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Get your head and butt in the clouds with these Insta-worthy sweats.
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The Lightweight French Terry Jogger
Everlane’s new line of housewear means you can lounge in sustainable peace.
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Frank Knit Sweatpants
This knit pair is the softer sister of loud tie-dye sweats.
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Heavyweight Recycled Cotton Pants
For the eco-conscious, look no further than Pangaia. Their products are made from responsibly sourced recycled and organic cotton, using less water and power than your typical pair of sweats.
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Cotton Citizen calls these pants a trouser, which means they’re totally ok to wear to the office, right? Right?
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Cashmere Lounge Pant
Have an aversion to sweatpants? Try cashmere.
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These bubble gum pink sweats run on the slimmer side, ideal for those who hate the baggy trend.
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Signaturesoft Plush Upstate Sweatpants
Three ELLE editors swear by these. You can’t get a better recommendation than that.
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Don’t forget to match with indie brand Frederick Edwin Poe’s line of premium sweats.
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Brandy Melville makes peak dad sweats, except they come in very non-dad colors.
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