With the weather cooling down and the days getting shorter, it’s time to start feeling okay about lounging around the house on the weekend. It’s football season and time to get reacquainted with that comfortable couch of yours because weekend beach retreats and outdoor excursions become a little less alluring when a jacket is needed to step out the door. The art of the lounge is nothing new either. Men have been doing this for centuries, dating back to the agricultural days of our country’s past in which the end of the fall harvest signified a time for relaxation in order to evaluate the previous growing season and plan for next year.
More recently – in the 1920s to be specific – we were first introduced to modern-day sweatpants. At first, they were used exclusively by athletes who needed a more flexible fabric while running or training on those chillier mornings. Soon enough, however, they fell into the fall and winter lounging tradition, pairing perfectly with an afternoon football game and a surround sound stereo system. It’s these two spectrums of use for sweatpants that got us motivated to do some digging, unearthing some of the best sweatpants for men that work well both for lounging around the house or heading out for some much-needed air. There’s plenty to choose from out there but, fortunately for you, we managed to narrow it down to the 12 best. Because you have more important R&R in which to invest yourself instead of scouring around for lounge wear.
H&M Cargo Joggers
Constructed with 85 percent cotton and 15 percent polyester, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more comfortable pair of joggers around for this price. Their fabric composition is similar to that of a sweatshirt and the elasticized drawstring waistband ensures a snug fit across the board. And since they’re cargo joggers, they feature a series of side pockets, a back pocket with flaps, and leg pockets that’ll keep an array of small carry items safe and sound.
Levi’s Sweatpant Joggers
With a relaxed fit through the hip and thigh, these 90 percent cotton and 10 percent polyester sweatpants offer an incredibly soft and comfortable feel thanks to a thick French terry. They feature an elastic waistband with a drawcord for an adjustable fit, jersey-lined pockets, and a banded ankle because no one wants to walk around in baggy sweatpants in the morning. With such comfort, they’ll certainly be part of your go-to lounge uniform.
Prana Maverik Fleece Pant
As a casual lounge pant, these relaxed fit 60 percent organic cotton and 40 percent polyester sweats come equipped with two zippered hand pockets and an elastic waistband. They fit and wear just like a jogger, but also mesh well with the intention of never leaving the house. Perfect for those upcoming snow days or as a post-thanksgiving lie-down – where the adjustable waistband will come in handy.
Polo Ralph Lauren Tapered Fleece Jersey Sweatpants
Cut in a tapered shape from grey fleece-back cotton-blend jersey, each pair of these Ralph Lauren sweatpants will work fantastically well with almost any casual clothing you may have laying around. Though, if hanging out around the house or apartment is more your style, then these 87 percent cotton, 13 percent polyester sweatpants will work just fine too. They’re machine wash safe, comfortable as can be, and come with ribbed trims, a back patch pocket, and two front slash pockets for additional carry.
Nike Tech Fleece Sweatpants
Nike’s Tech Fleece is well known across their consumer base, and with this pair precisely cut from that fabric, it’s clear Nike planned on creating some sweatpants that are both comfortable to wear and practical in training. They feature a paneled design for a wider range of movement and, with zipped pockets, you won’t have to worry about losing any valuable gear while getting active. They boast a 66 percent cotton and 34 percent polyester make-up and are machine wash safe for your convenience.
Reigning Champ Sweatpant
There’s a reason why Reigning Champ continues to impress with their athletic gear. It’s because, with offerings such as these heather grey sweatpants, it’s hard to say no to such a well-crafted pair. They’re part of the Reigning Champ Core Program, boasting signature fabrics and quality finishings such as flatlock seams, a premium rib waistband, 100 percent cotton make-up, a premium rib crotch gusset and waistband, and each pair is handmade in Canada. And if there’s one thing our neighbors to the north know well, it’s how to keep warm.
Todd Snyder x Champion Classic Sweatpant
It doesn’t get any more iconic than Champion sweatpants. From training for the big race to jumping rope before the boxing match, Champion has been there through the blood, sweat, and straight on through to the reward. Now, they partnered with Todd Snyder to bring you a pair of classics made from 80 percent cotton and 20 percent polyester and feature a fleeced lining for a comfort that suits both the gym or the home front. Nothing like an original.
Sol Angeles Roma Saddle Jogger
Embracing the California style of casual yet refined clothing, Sol Angeles offers these incredibly comfortable Saddle Joggers for both relaxing around the house or conducting a morning surf check. They feature a banded ankle, elasticized waistband and drawstring, and two sizable front pockets that’ll easily fit your smartphone and any additional gear you need to carry.
Under Armour Sportswear Sweatpants
Crafted specifically from loopback jersey and woven with a merino wool and cotton, these pair of Under Armour sweatpants take the brand into the next realm of comfort. They feature front and back zipped pockets, light grey shell panels, and an elasticated drawstring waist so even if you over-do-it with the beer and burgers on football Sunday they’ll still fit like a charm. Well done, Under Armour.
John Elliott Tapered Raw-Edged Loopback Sweatpants
If dressing up the lounge look is more your style, then this pair of John Elliott sweatpants is a perfect fit. They’re made from breathable loopback cotton-jersey and this pair boasts a 100 percent cotton trim, 95 percent cotton composition, and 5 percent polyurethane. They also boast a tapered cut and raw-edged seams for a user-friendly look that pairs well with just about any form of casual street wear. Perfect for the couch or the cafe.
Y-3 Black M CL Track Lounge Pants
For fans of slim fit everything, these Y-3s offer the perfect option for anyone interested in all black lounge pants that will continue to look presentable even once you step out of the house in the morning. They feature a drawstring and elasticized waistband to adjust accordingly, a three pocket style, rib knit cuffs, the Y-3 logo printed on the back pocket, and a zip fly. This pair also boasts tonal stitching and a 54 percent polyester and 46 percent cotton composition.
Thom Browne Striped Loopback Cotton-Jersey Sweatpants
Made in Japan from soft loopback cotton-jersey and displaying the brand’s iconic stripes, you’re certain to find comfort in these sweatpants. Built for the relaxing weekend away from the office, each pair of Thom Browne sweats feature enough comfort thanks to their 86 percent cotton, 13 percent nylon, and 1 percent polyurethane makeup but with enough style to look fresh while out and about on the town. They also feature two front slash pockets, ribbed trims, and a back welt pocket for good measure.