The one thing I really don’t miss about going to work is spending the day in clothing that’s appropriate for the workplace. No pants? No problem. Wearing sweats all day is an incredibly comfortable alternative to going completely bottomless, but with options in my closet lacking style, I recently went on the hunt for the best black sweatpants to make me look and feel like I’ve put in at least a little effort.
A tapered pair of black sweatpants gives you the best of both worlds. They’re comfortable enough to double as pajamas, but also feel make your whole stay-at-home look just a bit more elevated than a pair of baggy gray sweats. I’ve rounded up some of the best black sweatpants, according to out editors, because not all black sweatpants are created equal. Shop our favorites below.
The best black sweatpants you can buy
“The COS sweats are for professional ladies who want to class things up with a linen blend at home,” says beauty and fitness director Ali Finney. “If you ever ask someone with really great basics where they get their staples, it’s always COS because they’re like sweats with a little bit of a design edge.”
2. UNIQLO SWEATPANTS, $20
“Uniqlo sweatpants have been a weekend go-to for me for years,” says executive editor Abbey Stone. “They’re soft, lightweight, and durable—when I say I’ve had them for years, I might mean a decade. And pro tip, Uniqlo also sells them as a set with a long-sleeve tee for under $30.”
3. Sweaty Betty Garudasana Yoga Pants, $115
Associate beauty and fitness editor Zoe Weiner says these are her absolute favorite black sweatpants. “I’ve always been a leggings-over-sweatpants gal, but this pair of sweats is cute enough to convince me otherwise,” she says. “They’re so soft and stretchy that they feel like leggings (I’ve worn them to yoga and Pilates classes), but have a loose-fitting feel that makes them my go-to pick for days when tight pants just aren’t happening.”
Topshop always pulls through with fashionable finds, and these sweats are no exception. The shirring around the waistband harkens back to the typical dad sweatpant, but the tapered leg brings a modern twist.
5. Outdoor Voices The OV Track Pant, $85
Finney says she likes these because they’re true joggers. “On days when the weather won’t make up its mind to decide if it’s spring or winter, they’re a happy medium that aren’t too hot or too cold,” she says. “I like that they taper and the material is breathable and kind of sporty.”
These no-frill joggers are perfect for lounging around. They’re high-waisted and cinch in at the ankle, giving the perfect tapered look. And the white drawstring makes the waist band adjustable while adding a bit of contrast.
“What I love about my Aviator Nation sweats is that they’re incredibly cushy-soft,” says beauty and fitness editor Rachel Lapidos. “I got one size larger than my usual size in bottoms, so the fit is just big enough, with some slouch in the legs and a cinch at the ankle for a flattering but still sweatpants-silhouette style look. Plus, I’m just obsessed with the white lightning bolt accent on the side for some spice.”
8. Alo Propel Sweatpants, $118
Kate Spies, SVP of growth and content, says she loves all of the sweats from Alo because “they have a flattering tapered cut, and usually have some texture or application to make them more interesting.” This pair is complete with minimal piping down the front, and a small zipper at the ankle.
8. Ready to Rulu Pants, $89
Whether you’re jogging around the park or jotting into a grocery store to grab a few things for dinner, these classic black pants are here for you.
What’s more comfortable than sweat pants? No pants! Shop the comfiest undies here. And while your at it, browse these bras that feel like they’re barely there.
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