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While jeans can be stylish and flattering, they can also be stiff and restrictive. Between the zippers and buttons, it can sometimes feel like a whole production to put them on and take them off.
If you’re looking for bottoms that are comfortable but a level above sweatpants, look towards these 10 popular pant options from brands like Anthropologie, Lululemon, and Spanx.
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1. These wide-leg pants from Lululemon
The beauty of these pants is that they provide the same structure of jeans with the next-level comfort of sweatpants. They’re made with the Lululemon's Warpstreme fabric, which is a blend of polyester and elastane that dries quickly, retains its shape even after all-day wear, resists wrinkles, and drapes gently over your skin. Available in five colors from dusky lavender to grey sage, each pair features five convenient pockets to omit the need for a purse. The pants come in women's waist sizes 24 to 33.
“I needed something that was light and comfortable for work and would dry quick when I get sweaty—these are it,” one fan raves. “The pockets are a good size, great for my keys and my phone. They wash and dry well. I have no complaints.”
2. These paper bag-waist pants from Amazon
A drawstring closure goes a long way in making you feel like you’re wearing loungewear, even when your pants happen to be runway levels of chic, like these. Choose from 23 color and silhouette options, from a bow-tie cinched ankle to a straight leg with decorative buttons at the zipper, all in a smooth cotton-polyester blend fabric. Most pairs come with a matching belt for added flair. They come in women's sizes small to 3XL.
“Love these pants!" one person writes. "I got so many compliments when I wore them on our cruise last week. I was really surprised by the quality and thickness of the material. I was able to both dress them up for dinner, and down for the after-party with a denim jacket and cute pair of sandals.”
3. These velour joggers from Skims
When it comes to joggers, it’s all in the fabric. Treat your bod to Skims’ soft velour, made from a polyester-and-spandex blend. Available in six metallic-yet-neutral hues like gunmetal, gold, amethyst and copper, they’re high-waisted with a tapered leg that offers an elongating effect. You can style them with a matching cropped hoodie for some serious throwback vibes, or keep it simple with a plain black or white tank. The pants come in women's sizes XXS to 4XL.
“Love the zipper pockets, love the drawstrings and how you can wear these at the waist or hip,” one reviewer writes. “I love, love, love this fabric. It all looks amazing and luxurious and I just feel dope as h*ll. These are my favorite pants by Skims so far. I live in them now. Seriously the most comfortable thing I own and by far the softest Skims fabric.”
4. These faux leather leggings from Spanx
We can’t stop recommending Spanx Faux Leather Leggings for the way they fit like a second skin, while make your lower half look even better than it already does. The shapewear brand claims the stretchy leggings “[give] you a flat gut and great butt,” thanks to the supportive spandex-and-nylon material and wide waistband. They come in women's sizes XS to 3XL in petite, regular and tall lengths.
Reviewed's senior staff writer Rachel Murphy is a big fan: "These live up to the claims. There are certainly plenty of dupes out there, but when it comes to quality, fit and style, these leggings check all the boxes. They're comfortable, fit great and slim me down in all the right spots and are a stylish alternative to regular leggings without looking like cheap, fake leather.”
5. These belted cargo pants from Shein
Coming in a traditional army green—the new neutral, perhaps?—these cotton cargo pants are high-waisted with a matching belt and have four deep pockets. They look great paired with everything from sneakers to stilettos and, when worn with a blazer or blouse, will come in handy for all those occasions you aren’t sure whether jeans are appropriate or not. They come in women's sizes S to XL.
“Love the style,” one reviewer writes. “The color is perfect. It is just what I needed. The fit is good on me, the fabric is easy on the skin and the pants are very comfortable.”
6. These pleated trousers from Free People
These tomboy-esque trousers are chic enough for a dinner date and low-key enough to run errands in. Made of cotton and rayon, they feature a cinched high waist that accentuates your silhouette and an ankle-length inseam that lengthens the legs and looks great rolled up, too. Available in 14 faded hues from cinnamon latte to rebel red, the pants come in women's sizes XS to XL.
“These are my favorite comfort pant,” one 5-star reviewer writes. “I especially like the high-waist baggy body and fitted narrow leg opening. It looks great with sneakers and perfect with heels. Casual to dressy in a second.”
7. These slit leggings from Alo Yoga
Tired of both pants and standard leggings? Alo's Flutter leggings are a refreshing take on athleisure, providing a classy flash of skin while lengthening the leg and allowing you to show off your kicks without having your pants bunch up at the ankle. The brand’s Airbrush fabric—which is a blend of nylon and elastane—is commando-friendly and odor-resistant for any sweat sessions you have planned. Available in black and ivory, the leggings come in women's sizes XXS to L.
One person writes: "I feel so comfortable wearing these and I love how my body looks in them. They make me look like I have legs for days!"
8. These bright pants from Anthropologie
Coming in three bold colors—coral, lime green and lavender—these statement pants are made of a luxurious viscose, linen, cotton and elastane material that’s both breathable in the summer and cozy in the fall. The pants have two front welt pockets and two back drop pockets for all your necessities. They come in women's waist sizes 24 to 32 in petite, standard and tall lengths and in plus sizes 16 to 26.
“I just bought these pants and they are so comfortable and cute!” one fan writes. “They can be dressed up or down for work or dinner with friends. They're made of a super stretchy material and are worth the money! Love.”
9. These all-purpose pants from Everlane
With a tapered and structured trouser silhouette, these pants feel like the coziest sweats you’ll ever own with their wrinkle-resistant fabric made of soft cotton, modal and elastane. Four pockets—two in front and two in back—make them practical for everyday wear, while the elastic waistband will make you look forward to wearing them all day long. They come in five classy colors from dark forest to slate, and in women's sizes XXS to XL.
“These are so much my favorite pant," one reviewer writes. "They are so soft and comfortable, it's unreal. The rise is just right—not too low, not too high. These pants really do rock. They can be dressed up or down so easily. If you're on the fence about them, just go for it! You won't regret it."
10. These sleek joggers from Public Rec
Made with a wide legging-inspired waistband, Public Rec’s All Day joggers offer a tailored look along with exercise-friendly compression. They feature two front pockets and a mesh media pocket and are made from a nylon-and-spandex blend. Four colors, including maroon and dark olive, make them fun to style no matter the season or occasion. They come in women's waist sizes 24 to 38 and inseams 24, 26, 28 and 30.
“The fit is actually perfect,” one customer raves. “They’re more than comfy enough to lounge in and sturdy enough to go right from the couch to your workout of choice. The material is also phenomenal. Having washed them a couple times now, they only get softer! The fabric now feels brushed and buttery soft, while still retaining perfect stretch. Get these pants. Like seriously, get them. It’s worth it.”
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