Eight months into the pandemic, I finally caved: I got myself a hoodie-and-sweatpants combo. Mind you, I wasn’t even wearing sweatpants when my middle school gym dress code mandated it, but this was a lilac, tie-dye (obviously) Sailor Moon number with my name all over it. Truth is, another COVID wave is imminent and we all want to be our comfiest as we sit it out. The time for statement sweatsuit sets is here.
And when I say that, I don’t mean your cutest bralette and bike shorts, your “hot” quarantine two-piece. We’re talking straight-up, baggy, occasionally cuffed-at-the-ankle, room-to-breathe sweatsuits. We’re also steering clear of the heather-gray sweatsuits you see in rom-coms. This is your “cool” quarantine two piece, the one that’ll carry you through the cold days of winter and beyond. Below, eight sweatsuit sets that’ll make you feel cuddled up and still stylish.
Not everyone wants to embrace their inner Peg Bundy, but I am a firm believer in dressing like a big cat. While that manifests as a big fluffy leopard cub coat, we’re not really, uh, going anywhere these days. This will do in the meantime.
Shop Now: NSF Demi Sweatpants, $139
Shop Now: NSF Kaia Zip Hoodie, $179
2. New Girl Order
This beautifully bizarre and arty combo has strong 2020 vibes, because, well, everything’s sort of mismatched and surreal, right? That, and the cherubs are legit wearing masks.
Shop Now: NEW girl ORDER Face Mask Cherub Crew Neck Sweatshirt, $34
Shop Now: NEW girl ORDER Digi Floral High-Waisted Pant, $55
3. Aviator Nation
The premise of an all-white sweatsuit screams “Legends Only.” I’m a realist; this will never work for my Chinese take-out loving lifestyle. If you, too, are intimidated, Aviator Nation has plenty of other stylish options with that Bowie-esque bolt.
Shop Now: The Ladies Who Lounge Kit, $350
4. Free People
It feels like tie-dye hasn’t been this trendy since, what? A time when black light posters were also in vogue? So brighten up your life and get yourself some tie-dye (and a black light poster, that ish is amazing).
Shop Now: Kelly Washed Set, $169
5. Girlfriend Collective
For something a little more lightweight and decidedly eco-conscious (these are made from recycled plastic bottles) you can’t go wrong with this rich two-piece for true rest and relaxation.
Shop Now: Moss R&R Hoodie, $68
Shop Now: Moss R&R Jogger, $68
5. Los Angeles Apparel
I feel like on sight, this gives off real “Sexy Man in the Yellow Hat Halloween Costume” vibes. I’m also, in spite of myself, into this weirly retro aesthetic. Los Angeles Apparel puts on sweatsuits you can happily swim in, and they offer a rainbow of hues if the Curious George cosplay isn’t for you.
Shop Now: Flex Fleece Half Zip Cropped Pullover, $64
Shop Now: Flex Fleece High Waisted Sweatpant, $64
6. Tier NYC
Hellooo to this French terry cotton set, dyed the same color of the most gorgeous fields in Provence. It might be a while (a long while) until we can make that voyage in person, but at least you have something chic to daydream in until then.
Shop Now: Lavender Tiér Hoodie, $120
Shop Now: Lavender Tiér Shorts, $80
Obviously I asked our beauty and fitness editor Zoe Weiner about her favorite sweat suits; this is someone WAY more well-versed in athleisure than I (or most people) would be. Her answer? “Everything from Entireworld’s website” (which is, by the way, practically an ASMR experience).
Shop Now: Entireworld Loopback Sweatshirt, $88
Shop Now: Entireworld Loopback Sweatpants, $90
8. Hot Topic
Sue me. I think this is stupid cute.
Shop Now: Sailor Moon Purple Raw Edge Purple Tie-Dye Hoodie, $32
Shop Now: Sailor Moon Purple Tie Dye Sweatpants, $34
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