I recently set out to solve one of the athleisure world’s great unsolved mysteries: What, exactly, is the difference between sweatpants and joggers? After scouring Reddit and firing off texts to multiple group chats, I finally uncovered the cold, hard truth. Joggers are sweatpants with panache that often come in thinner materials that allow the wearer to move freely whether they’re hiking, biking, or sprawling out on the couch. The case now closed, I set out to find the best pairs of definitely-not-sweatpants to wear whether you’re down for a jog or not.
Below, you’ll find eight pairs of joggers to help you head into the colder, cozier month with soft pants that you can dress up or dress down.
1. Girlfriend Collective R&R Jogger, $68
Even though these joggers are made of 29 recycled water bottles, they don’t feel like you’re trapped in a plastic Hazmat suit. They’re soft, cozy, and just begging to be worn with a bodysuit. Sizes XXS through 6XL.
Shop now: Girlfriend Collective R&R Jogger, $68
2. Full Court Blue Pique Sweatsuit Set, $238
Why settle for just pants when you could get a set? Although Full Court technically calls this duo a “sweatsuit,” they receive the honorary “joggers” label for their style. (Can we just take a moment to appreciate that low-waist? What a look!). Sizes small, medium, and large.
Shop now: Full Court Blue Pique Sweatsuit Set, $238
3. Aerie Weekend Jogger, $30
Looking for fun colorways? Aerie has it handled. Pick up this tie-dye pair or any of the other bright, zany colors to break through the darkest days of winter. Sizes XXS through XXL.
Shop now: Aerie Weekend Jogger, $30
4. Lululemon Align Jogger 28″, $98
Lululemon’s Align Pant is a cult-favorite in the yoga community—and the jogger of the same material deserves the same reverence. The buttery fabric clings to your skin without feeling tight or hot, making it perfect for everything from yoga to power walking to snuggling up with a good book. Sizes 0 through 14.
Shop now: Lululemon Align Jogger 28″, $98
5. Outdoor Voices All Day Sweatpant, $88
As one reviewer writes: “These pants are IT. They are warm, and soft, and fit just right.” Apart from this mossy hunter green, your color choices include nature-inspired hues of white, blue, and dark gray. Sizes XS through XL.
Shop now: Outdoor Voices All Day Sweatpant, $88
This bright red pair is tailor-made for the tennis court, but you can rock it around town with a cropped sweater, graphic tee, or turtleneck. Sizes XS through XXL.
Shop now: Ascot Manor Women’s A.M ClubTrack Pants, $67
7. Lively the All-Day Jogger, $45
I love these pants for languid, stretchy yoga classes in my at-home yoga studio (and by that, I mean my living room). Sizes XS through L.
Shop now: Lively the All-Day Jogger, $45
8. prAna Sky Canyon Jogger, $89
These joggers disguised as pants come with tons of pockets for stashing your every possession: keys, phone, wallet, or whatever else you may need for an afternoon walk around the block. No one will ever know how cozy you are; it’s our little secret. Sizes 0 through 14.
Shop now: prAna Sky Canyon Jogger, $89
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