Do you want to be stylish yet comfortable while relaxing at home? Or do you need an outfit that’s neat and practical to visit an airport lounge but also super comfy to sleep in during a long-haul international flight? Meet the loungewear style for modern men.
We all have those moments where we need stylish yet relaxed clothes. With an increase in casual and athletic clothing options for men, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the choices for men’s loungewear.
In this instalment of our series on dress codes for the modern man, we bring you a guide to men’s loungewear. And no, we are not talking about the pyjamas you would never dare to leave the house wearing.
We give you the definitive guide on everything you need to know about loungewear.
When to wear it? Check.
What is considered loungewear? Check.
Common questions about men’s loungewear? Double-check.
By the time we’re through, you will be fully informed on all there is to know about loungewear attire for men in 2020.
Feel free to skip ahead to the section that you’re most interested in right now:
- Defining loungewear for men
- The perfect loungewear look for the modern gentleman
- Loungewear rules to guarantee success
- 5 loungewear brands men need to know in 2020
- Frequently asked questions
Some clarifications first: what is modern loungewear for men?
Here’s the deal. There’s a lot of confusion around loungewear. We get it. It’s confusing trying to figure out what’s sartorially acceptable to wear in public and what you should probably leave at home.
A brief history of loungewear
With the rise of active and leisurewear brands such as Lululemon and Outdoor Voices, as well as high fashion clothing from Adidas and Nike, a new style era has arrived. Yoga pants started showing up not just for women, but also for men and have become common outside of the yoga studio.
This shift in casual standards outside of the house changed how we dress for all kinds of occasions. Thus, the athleisure niche was born as a category of fashion that is both stylish and functional for the modern gentleman. This category includes modern loungewear as well as athletic wear. For now, we are focusing on the loungewear portion of the athleisure niche.
It is now common to see fashion loungewear in the street, on planes, and at the grocery store. The rules for what to wear while out and about have changed. Fashion companies have adapted by creating collections that are very comfortable to wear but also look smart. Think joggers with a slim fit and a smart-looking fitted jacket made in stretchable cotton.
As your lifestyle becomes more fluid, fashion loungewear is evolving to fit your needs. Loungewear is designed to work with the modern man’s life.
So, how do you know what loungewear to wear in public?
Now that we have established a brief history of loungewear and athleisure, let’s discuss what is considered loungewear. We will begin by discussing what it is not. Loungewear is not pyjamas. It also isn’t jeans, which are a bit more formal than loungewear and less comfortable.
Instead, loungewear for men is a casual attire that is highly comfortable and is also appropriate for leaving the house. Think dressy sweatpants, premium T-shirts, sweaters, and designer sneakers.
The perfect loungewear look for the modern gentleman
Knowing how to put together a loungewear look that is stylish can feel daunting. That’s why we compiled this guide to the best loungewear clothes for men and how to wear them.
Simple T-shirts made from premium fabrics
Every modern loungewear wardrobe starts with a simple t-shirt. The key to a great loungewear look is simplicity and high-quality fabric. Prefer muted tones with a few key details and pops of colour.
Start your look off with a simple short or long-sleeve tee crafted from comfortable quality fabrics. We particularly love this smartly designed T-Shirt by upcoming menswear brand Western Rise. It’s made from performance cotton that is ultra-soft, stretches in every direction, wicks moisture, and resists odours. Available in various colours.
X Cotton Everyday Tee
Here are a few loungewear T-shirts alternative for different budgets and styles:
AIMÉ LEON DORE
Sweatpants that flatter
Selecting the right loungewear pants is essential to strike the perfect balance between style and comfort. Look for premium materials, such as cashmere, wool, or silk. And aim for joggers with a tapered leg that flatter your form rather than disguise it.
Polo Ralph Lauren offers this excellent premium loose fit track pants. They come in navy blue and light grey.
POLO RALPH LAUREN
Loose Fit Track Pants
And here are four other alternatives that strike the perfect balance between comfort and tailored fit:
High fashion hoodies
When you need a lighter top layer for your loungewear look, the natural choice is a hoodie. With so many hoodies available, which do you choose? Remember, you want your loungewear look to stay simple. Look for a plain hoodie with features that are functional.
This hoodie from Western Rise is made from high-quality merino wool and helps regulate temperature. With a simple look and far-from-simple features, it’s the perfect hoodie for your casual ensemble.
Strong core Merino Hoodie Sweater
Looking for something else? Check this bestselling budget option from Amazon Essentials. Choose a solid colour or select one of the pattern options to stand out from the crowd. We also love these other premium hoodie alternatives:
POLO RALPH LAUREN
Simple sweatshirts with standout details
For days when you want to leave the hoodie at home, try a simple crewneck sweatshirt to keep you warm. A sweatshirt with a logo or small details will keep your outfit looking effortless while remaining sharp.
This simple and affordable sweatshirt by J.Crew is all about the fabric. It’s super soft and comfortable on the skin yet looks and feels very premium. J.Crew’s special cotton thermal sweatshirt has a honeycomb texture that helps retain warmth while keeping it breathable.
Another option for a quality top is this wool-blend cardigan by Robert Graham. It’s the perfect piece of layering for your loungewear look. Super soft, lightweight and available in three solid colours. Check also these other alternatives:
Comfortable yet chic sneakers
We have an entire post dedicated to tracking the best designer sneakers on the market today. To match your loungewear look, we recommend something simple and minimalistic yet crafted with quality premium materials.
There are two brands that we absolutely at the moment that do just that: Oliver Cabell and Koio. Here’s our pick from both:
Oliver Cabell is making a name for itself, delivering consistently high-quality premium sneakers with simple minimalist design. This sublime pair of White Low 1 is discrete and minimalist yet very stylish. The brand handcrafts all their shoes using ethical factories and materials. You can easily dress them up with your most stylish loungewear outfit.
The retro-athletic inspired Koio Tempo Bianco has an air of classic tennis shoes with a modern twist. The shoes are handcrafted in Italy with premium materials. There is something about the colour matching and edgy yet straightforward design that gives them a great personality. They’ll elevate your entire loungewear look.
Sports caps for modern chaps
No look is complete without the right accessories. A great accessory choice for a modern loungewear look is a sports cap. With a hat on you don’t need to worry about your hairstyle when stepping out.
We like this simple yet smart cap from Alpha Industries in pure black.
For a slightly more dressed up yet relaxed feel, check this baseball hat by Brunello Cucinelli. And if you need something functional and easy to maintain while travelling, Western Rise has one of the best options on the market.
The right bag for airport lounges and city wandering
Finally, if the goal of your look is functionality and style, you need a loungewear bag that can carry your essentials for a weekend getaway. A modern travel bag should accent your outfit while being highly functional and practical.
Start by checking bestselling premium travel ware brand Away for some of the smartest luggage on the market today. Everything that the brand design is perfect for the modern traveller, but we particularly like this medium size carry-on Aluminum Edition. It’s just the right size and format for a week-long trip.
Aluminum Edition Carry-on Luggage
If you prefer a soft material backpack, check Away’s aptly named The Backpack. It’s smartly designed to organise all your travel essentials and safely secure your laptop, tablet, mobile phone, wallet, and passport. We love it! Check as well this Amazon bestseller from Under Armor for a great everyday backpack under $50.
POLO RALPH LAUREN
Loungewear rules to guarantee success
With every type of wardrobe comes a certain set of rules for looking your best. Obviously, your personal style comes from some of the personal choices in your look. But, following these three essential rules will help master your men’s loungewear look.
1. Stick to the basics
Mastering simplicity is key to the modern loungewear look. A perfectly styled loungewear outfit is not about flashiness or crazy patterns. It’s about combining a few simple yet well-structured pieces and highlighting a couple of special details.
2. Stay away from too many bright colours
Speaking of keeping it simple, stay away from neon and bright colours in your athleisure looks. Stick to a modern, clean, and elegant look. That means muted tones and neutral colours.
If you want to incorporate some colour into your outfit, try picking one colourful piece or detail. Keep everything else neutral and simple.
3. Go for a tailored look
The modern loungewear look is tailored. You want clothes that highlight your physique and craft a look that is flattering even when you’re comfortable and relaxing.
Choose pieces that fit you well. Don’t go for oversized t-shirts or baggy shorts. A well-styled guy should be able to look good even when he’s travelling or chilling at home.
5 loungewear brands men need to know in 2020
Choosing the right loungewear look is about curating and crafting a great ensemble from multiple pieces. Crafting a look like this means looking for pieces in all different places.
However, there are a few luxury athleisure and loungewear brands for men that have proven to offer quality pieces with a smart style.
Here are our top five loungewear brands for men:
1. Western Rise
Western Rise wants to offer the modern man a simpler alternative. They have created high-quality leisure clothing that is designed to help you live a fuller life. Their pieces are designed to transition between multiple activities so you don’t have to worry about multiple outfits.
2. Oliver Cabell
This modern sneakers brand focuses on designing and producing high-quality shoes sold at a fair price. Their design is beautiful and minimalist. The materials are premium and durable. And the price is just right.
3. Alpha Industries
We discovered Alpha Industries while searching for the best men’s bomber jacket on the market. We felt in love with them after discovering the range of high-quality items they sell. From comfortable pants to durable T-Shirts and simple hats, they have everything you need to complete your loungewear look at an affordable price.
If loungewear to you is all about wearing something elegant yet functional when travelling, you have to check premium luggage brand Away. Their luggage and backpack are smartly designed for the modern traveller. They are also elegant and come in a range of colours and materials to match your favourite travel outfit.
5. Ermenegildo Zegna
Italian fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna is one of the first luxury brands that truly embraced the loungewear attire. Their collection offers premium fabric and high-end design. In true loungewear spirit, their clothes are also versatile and functional. This is a luxury brand you won’t be afraid to wear when travelling.
Loungewear style: Our readers’ most frequently asked questions
Loungewear and athletic wear live in the same realm of clothing, but they are not the same thing. Loungewear is more casual than athletic wear. It is not meant to be worn to the gym, although it often features functional details. Athletic wear is more technical and can be worn for heavy exercise and adventure activities.
Jeans are generally not considered loungewear. There are some athletic wear brands that are designing slacks that are a fusion between regular slacks and athletic pants, but traditionally, jeans are not considered loungewear. Traditional loungewear pants options are sweatpants, joggers, or track pants.
No, loungewear is not the same thing as pyjamas. While pyjamas are sometimes categorised as loungewear, loungewear can be worn in public, while pyjamas should not be.
You should probably not wear loungewear to work. Although it really depends on your workplace. Many modern workplaces are quite casual, but there are certain work environments that remain more formal.
If your workplace has a dress code, look to that for guidance. Otherwise, pay attention to what others are wearing, if it seems like loungewear is socially acceptable in your office, go for it!
You can wear loungewear at home, when travelling, or in an informal setting. Loungewear has become more widely accepted as a common way of dressing. Loungewear can definitely be worn while running errands, travelling, working from home or heading out for a casual day.
Keep away from loungewear at more formal events such as weddings, most parties, or formal work environments.