Sweatpants have an interesting place within the men’s fashion space. Most likely worn on lazy days and for lounging around the house, some guys choose to wear tailored, more slim-fitting variants out and about as a stylish alternative to the likes of the jeans and chinos.
It’s important you distinguish between the two: pairs hailing from sportswear brands that sport large branding are pairs we wouldn’t recommend wearing to run your daily errands, for example. They bring to mind specific connotations of a certain youth culture.
Fortunately, you can easily distance yourself from the hooligan look, as plenty of clothing brands produce their own versions of comfortable men’s sweatpants that can easily transition from slouching to the sidewalk and can look great paired with t-shirts and sneakers.
When searching for sweatpants, you may come across the terms sweatpants and joggers, but while there may be several similarities between the two, there are clear differences to distinguish them from each other. The main difference relates to the weight of the material, with sweatpants being made from a heavier fabric than joggers, making them perfect for cold days and to provide high levels of comfort.
You can still wear them to the gym and around town, however, and if anything, their ability to make you sweat more can bring with it various health benefits.
Joggers meanwhile will be made from a more lightweight fabric that is more breathable, and are designed to provide full-leg coverage when jogging.
We’ve rounded up some of the best men’s sweatpants currently available, that is perfectly suited to the colder seasons, as well as providing late-night comfort as the seasons begin to heat up.
Men’s Sweatpant FAQ
Can you wear sweatpants in public?
Absolutely. While some onlookers may automatically assume you're lazy because you seem to prioritise comfort above all else, sweatpants can actually make a stylish fashion statement if paired with a good top and sneakers.
What should I wear with sweatpants?
If you're not wearing them to the gym, what you pair sweatpants with will depend on their colour and style. Sweatpants in plain, neutral colours can easily be paired with plain t-shirts, such as navy sweatpants with a white t-shirt, and sneakers.
We'd always recommend minimalist sneakers, but sweatpants, by their very nature, can be paired with more lifestyle-orientated sneakers such as those from Nike and Adidas.
What is the difference between sweatpants and joggers?
While the two terms are often interchanged for one another, sweatpants and joggers are technically two different products, and it all comes down to the weight of the material. Joggers will use a more lightweight material that will also be more breathable, this is because they are designed for what their name suggests: jogging.
Sweatpants meanwhile are thicker and ultimately, warmer, and so you're more likely to sweat in them. They're best suited to colder conditions for this reason, and are a go-to piece of comfort clothing for people when they're spending the day at home.
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It's not surprising then, to learn that the majority of Rhone's sweatpants fall into the athletic/jogger category. The Guru Pant is a great all-rounder, however, serving up comfort in spades along with an everyday fit that means you can wear them literally anywhere. At home, around town or to the gym, they're about as versatile as they come.
The Sur sweatpants are designed with both comfort and travel in mind, rocking a tapered leg and an elasticated waistband that means you can nail the perfect fit with ease. The addition of a zipped back pocket makes them perfect for everyday wear, too, and the use of French terry fabric makes them breathable and warm.
These French terry sweatpants are part of the company's Uniform collection, which means they come with a one year guarantee, meaning if they suffer any manufacturer-related defects, you can have them replaced for free. Not that you should experience anything of the sort, since they're made from 100% cotton and benefit from triple-needle stitching. This means they'll happily withstand even the toughest of daily tasks, such as an intense gym session, while still looking great around town.
The Bemish sweatpants are actually marketed as a jogger, but their pure cotton fabric and slim-fit design makes them comfortable enough for lounging around at home, yet stylish enough to be worn on the high street, You're able to pair them with a matching hoodie too for a complete tracksuit look, but without looking like you're about to spark up a turf war.
While Buck Mason's lounge pant aren't sweatpants per se, they are perfectly suited to lounging around at home. Made from a super soft Pima cotton (the same used for its t-shirts), Buck Mason's lounge pants are lightweight and cut with plenty of room to allow for full movement. You even get an adjustable drawcord and a couple of pockets to keep your phone on you at all times.
The British business is one of the fastest-growing in recent memory, thanks to an extensive product collection, low pricing and high quality. While they may all be classed as joggers, this pair of Grade Joggers blend the boundaries with sweatpants. Made from a soft fleece fabric and featuring elasticated ankle cuffs and waistband, they're the perfect pair to put on the morning and to not take off for the entire day.
The company's Classic Sweatpant is made from this proprietary cotton fleece material that simply exudes comfort. Their slim-fit design brings that comfort closer to the skin and pockets all around make them perfect for daily wear.
The Y/Osemite Heavy Jersey sweatpants are one of several pairs available from the American designer, and as their name implies, are made from a heavyweight fabric that makes them well-suited to colder months, as well as providing incredible softness. They can be paired effortlessly with a t-shirt and sneakers for an off-duty look, or slipped on on a weekend morning for at-home comfort unlike anything you've felt before.
The brand's Brushed Sweatpants are made from a cotton blend fabric and cut to a straight fit. This may make them seem slightly less appropriate for wearing outside the house, but teamed with a pair of sneakers and a t-shirt or sweater, they still look the business.
Orlebar Brown also has an extensive selection of loungewear, which naturally, includes sweatpants. This pair of Freeman sweatpants continue to demonstrate the tailored detailing and fit the company has become known for, by way of an adjustable waistband combined with a working fly (a feature not seen on many other pairs). They're made from a compact cotton fabric, knitted in Portugal, that provides durability and comfort, while zipped pocket on the back and sides only add to their ability to be worn as a suitable alternative to jeans and chinos.
The company's marled brushed fleece sweatpants are one of J. Crew's more popular pieces, and are made from a super soft cotton/polyester blend and offer a supportive, slimline fit. A contrasting waistband and ankle cuffs provide subtle stylish accents, and they can also be had in a wide choice of sizes, meaning everyone can benefit from their comfort.
Todd Snyder frequently collaborates with Champion for all his sweaters, hoodies and sweatpants, taking their knowledge of comfortable, breathable sweat fabrics and giving them a more stylish look. Todd's lightweight slim jogger is available in a multitude of colours and exhibit a lived-in look and feel that makes them supremely comfortable from day one.
These navy blue joggers are accented with a white trim and, thanks to a looser fit, will feel at home both at the gym or on runs, as well as wearing as an everyday pair of pants. Dying to be worn with a pair of white sneakers and a white t-shirt or hoody, they're a wardrobe must-have.
Abercrombie & Fitch
Standout pieces in A&F's repertoire include its jeans, underwear and super-thick hoodies, as well as sweatpants. With both sweatpants and joggers on the books, there's plenty of choice on offer. These fleece joggers are made from the company's softAF fabric, a cotton/poly blend, and serve up a simple aesthetic that gives you everything you need and and nothing you don't.
One such pair are these Commute Trackpants from 2XU. The Australian/New Zealand sportswear brand is best-known for its compression wear, but naturally, being a sports brand, has a range of other clothing suitable for gym-use. Made from a double-knit fleece for extra warmth and comfort, they'll happily accompany you from the gym to the home with ease.
Nike's brushed-back fleece has always been known for its comfort and super soft feel, and the addition of ribbed cuffs give them a more streamlined look and of course, place more emphasis on the Nike sneakers you'll likely be wearing with them.
Made from a blend of cotton and polyester doubleknit, coupled with a fit that is neither too snug nor too loose. Versatile with regards to where you can wear them – they're a pair that are widely accepted on the high-street and in the gym – Adidas' sweatpants are an everyday must-have.
Take this pair of sweatpants, part of New Balance's Varsity Pack. Sporting a college-inspired graphic and an active fit that encourage full movement, while brushed-back fleece provides ample warmth and comfort,
Although technically called Track Pants, the T7 have been around for years, and their retro styling still holds true. Puma's signature stripes adorn the sides, while elasticated cuffs accentuate the slim fit, while also helping to show off your sneakers.