Now that we're all spending a whole lot more time at home, having comfortable loungewear items on hand is essential. Forget jeans and overshirts, pyjamas, hoodies and sweatshirts are the order of the day. But before you reach for that threadbare tracksuit you still have from your school sporting days, note that you shouldn't have to sacrifice style for comfort. An increasing number of men's loungewear brands today are creating clothing that fuses ease-of-wear with sleek, contemporary aesthetics — everything from luxurious linen pyjamas to cotton shorts that will look just as great at home as at the gym.
Whether you’re working from home or just want to relax in absolute comfort, these are the men’s loungewear brands to know.
L’Estrange is best known for its 24 trouser, which is arguably the only work-from-home trouser worth buying. The brand also does an excellent line in T-shirts though. Made from the world’s softest cotton — Supima — and designed with a back pleat for added ease of movement, they’re tough to beat.
The ultimate comfort, of course, can only be found in pyjamas. Piglet, the masters of linen bedding, sleepwear and homewares, keeps it simple with theirs. Made from 100% natural stonewashed flax, with an elastic waistband, drawstring, and soft collar up top, the simple design ensures they look just as good as they feel.
As well as producing some of the best men's underwear and sleepwear around, Hamilton and Hare is responsible for making some damn good dressing gowns. The British brand's striped cotton jersey robe is the perfect addition to your loungewear wardrobe, ideal for long lazy mornings or even as your working from home uniform.
Neutrale’s line of basics extends through the entire loungewear range, from slub cotton tees, to slip-on sneakers. Its hoodies are a highlight though. Made from garment-dyed, pre-washed organic cotton and made in Portugal, they feature a slightly oversized fit, making them perfect for lounging around the house.
Unrecorded has become renowned for its fuss-free staples, which are sustainably made in Portugal using organic fabrics. Its luxurious sweatpants take loungewear to the next level — crafted from a French terry knit fabric, they're as cosy as they come. You'll never want to take them off, and who says you have to?
If you haven’t yet invested in a pair of slippers, you’re in for a treat. A game-changer for wearing around the house, a quality pair of slippers such as these by Inabo will take your relaxation game to another level. Crafted from either leather or suede, and with an easy slip on style, Inabo’s slippers are made to last.
Artknit Studios may be the best knitwear brand you’ve never heard of. Using only the finest wool, it specialises in simple, surprisingly affordable knitted clothing the likes of polos, jackets and cardigans. For something on the more luxurious end of the spectrum, try a cashmere jumper — there’s nothing more comfortable (or opulent) to wear around the house.
When the weather is warm, drawstring shorts may be the ultimate stay-at-home garments. These shorts from Dutch label WAHTS are made from bonded jersey with a soft spongy feel for ultimate comfort. The best part? They'll look just as great on your outdoor workout as at home. Wear them with your favourite hoodie and a pair of minimalist sneakers for an effortless sporty look.
While not strictly loungewear, if you’ve got to run out of the house while wearing sweatpants, trainers are the only option. They also work well when relaxing in the garden or when thrown on for the daily walk. ETQ’s pared back trainers are some of the most well-made, versatile designs around and can be worn with basically anything.
For more laidback clothing, check out our guide to the best minimalist sneakers.
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