The tie-dye sweatsuit? Yeah, it had a good run. Last year, there was nothing I wanted more—and I’ve amassed quite the collection to prove it. That said, I can’t help but look at 2021’s loungewear trends and find myself wanting to buy even more sweats and hoodies. Anyone else?
In 2020, cute loungewear was more important than ever before. I mean, we were spending more time indoors than ever before. In 2021, though, it’s all about how we can make those same loungewear pieces work for the lives we live outside of the house. Fortunately, there are a few key trends on the rise we can all shop to upgrade our stash of sweats.
What’s cool, you ask? Legions of teens have declared that yoga pants are called “flared leggings” now on TikTok, if you can believe it. As for fabrics, everyone is obsessing over lightweight ribbed knits. Soft, sporty shorts sets are basically the new tracksuits and teeny bralettes have replaced hoodies when paired with coordinating oversized sweatpants.
Below, I’ve rounded up all the top loungewear trends to start shopping, so read on for the cutest sweats, bralettes and more. Don’t listen to the haters—you can totally keep wearing loungewear 24/7. In fact, I may never wear jeans ever again.
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Fitted leggings have ruled for the past six or seven years, but Gen Z (cough, Emma Chamberlain, cough) has declared that flared pants are back in style. What once were yoga pants are now reimagined as “flared leggings,” so it’s time to add this name change to the growing list of things that millennials and Gen Z-ers will be fighting about.
High Waisted Palazzo Wide-Leg Pants
If you love this trend and you don’t want to wait another second to wear it, buying a pair of flares on Amazon is probably your best bet. This option from Satina will satisfy your sartorial craving in no time.
Airbrush High-Waist Flutter Leggings
If you don’t want to pull out your old pair of yoga pants just yet, ease your way back into the trend with the Flutter Leggings from Alo, which feature a slit at the hem to show off your footwear.
If you’re tired of wearing a chunky sweatsuit all the dang time, why not try a more slim-fitting ribbed knit instead? It’s the perfect not-too-thin, not-too-thick material for layering up in the colder months so you still look good without freezing your bum off.
Stretch Rib Straight Neck Cami
SKIMS has a great array of stretchy ribbed options, like this cami you could wear around the house or out with some leather pants, should you decide to leave the loungewear life behind. Or, just nab the matching undies!
Ribbed Allissar Tank + Core Ribbed Jogger
If light colors are more your vibe, then this pink set from LNA deserves a spot at the top of your loungewear list. I would personally also style this ribbed tank with a pair of high-waisted jeans. The matching joggers will do the trick, though!
I love wearing sweatpants as much as the next girl, but it’s time to put your legs on display! I know it’s cold out, but consider these an around-the-house option instead of your pilling college sweats. They’re especially good if you go from hot to cold at a moment’s notice and want to feel cozy, but not clammy.
Read Me V2 Sweatshorts
Boys Lie always makes the trendiest loungewear, and these little black sweatshorts should replace your boring black leggings immediately.
All Yours High-Rise Short 7″
Bermuda shorts ruled this summer, so it’s no surprise a longer sweatshort is chic for fall. This version by lululemon is a running-errands and gym sesh essential, available in five colors.
Don’t think sweatpants only go with sweatshirts! Matching moments are in, especially when you pair an itty-bitty bra with billowy sweats. Teeny tops + big pants are a classic cool-girl look, not to mention one that’s hella comfy.
Essential Scoop Bra + Good Waist Joggers
I blame the entire Kardashian family for making this trend a thing—so obviously Good American is selling a version. This light gray sports bra and the matching joggers have a borrowed-from-the-boys vibe, don’t you think?
Quilted Crop Tank & Sweatpants
Want a more affordable option? This quilted set from Shein will cost you just $22 and comes in three colorways.
A version of this article previously appeared in December 2020.