Homebodies Rejoice! A List of the Perfect “Home” Pants

When I worked a 9-to-5, carefully choosing an outfit was a non-negotiable part of my morning routine. But when I made the shift to freelance, the instinct petered out. I started saving my “nice” clothes (a.k.a. items I wouldn’t sleep or paint a house in) for when I left the house, and wore my wardrobe dregs exclusively: cotton leggings with a saggy ass, orange cargo pants from my teenage years replete with pocket-imprint of my long-gone Nokia 5210, a pair of oversized sweatpants I nicknamed my “gastro pants” because I stole them from my parents’ house when I had food poisoning. With no place to be and no one to see during the day, my domestic attire hit a rock bottom.

After a while, though, I noticed a shift in my mood. I was acting as sloppily as I dressed. I would forget to reply to texts and let the dishes pile up. I almost murdered my favorite indoor plant (which typically thrived off neglect). My motivation was M.I.A and something needed to change. I decided to ditch the wardrobe dregs and bring back getting dressed for myself, even if I didn’t plan to see a soul. The ritual grounded my day, I realized, and more than that, made me feel good.

But once I’d said au revoir to my early-2000s cargos, I still yearned for a level of at-home comfort my high-waisted button-fly jeans could not offer. Which led to another epiphany: I needed the perfect home pants. A garment that seamlessly married comfort and style, that I could lounge around all day in, make an emergency dash to the bodega in, and most importantly readily go to the bathroom in (I pee a lot). The ultimate domestic wardrobe companion.

I took my search seriously, combing the internet, visiting my favorite stores, and at one desperate point drawing my dream pair on a cafe napkin vowing to manufacture them myself. When I eventually found them (more on that below), I bought two. And I’ve been consequently so transformed by them that I now want everyone to find the perfect home pants. Below, I asked Team MR about theirs. Scroll if you’re on the hunt, or drop yours in the comments if you’ve already found love.


Live the Process’ Knit High-Rise Sweatpants
Picked by: Leandra, Founder

Why are these your ultimate home pants?
Because they are comfortable as hooternans, I’m free to move about the cabin that is my living room floor and flex my legs open and closed at will, but they’re “designed” enough that if I need to go out to get something, I feel put together enough to just put on a jacket and go.

Why is it important for you to look and feel good behind closed doors at home?
What is the difference between standing behind closed doors at home or open doors in public? When we look good, we feel good — or is it that feeling good makes us look good? Either way, dressing is a unilateral experience that doesn’t really waver based on whether there is an audience on the receiving end of what you’re wearing. Put simply: I really mean it when I say that I dress for me.

Important: Elasticated waist or zipper fly!
Elastic waist! Zippers have no place in an environment that sets you up for a nap. That is a fact I am willing to defend ad infinitum.


Tommy John Women’s Lounge Jogger
Picked by: Harling, Fashion Editor

Why are these your ultimate home pants?
They are SOOOOOO soft and therefore the ideal pants to wear whilst curled up on my couch. I like that they never feel restricting like leggings sometimes do, but the material is thinner than a traditional sweatpant so they pair well with non-athletic attire and I can easily wear them outside to run an errand or grab a cup of coffee without feeling like I’m blatantly in my home clothes.

Why is it important for you to look and feel good behind closed doors at home?
To be honest I don’t feel any pressure to look a certain way when I’m behind closed doors, but I appreciate having a pair of lounge pants that transition seamlessly whenever I want to step outside without getting changed.

Important: Elasticated waist or zipper fly!
Elasticized!!!! If I’m at home and I’m wearing pants, they always have an elastic waist. I don’t mess around when it comes to comfort.

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Outdoor Voices’ RecTrek Pant
Picked by: Haley, Deputy Editor

Why are these your ultimate home pants?
I’ve always loved the idea of tracks pants (especially on other people) but never liked them so much in practice. Then I found these little OV ones and was promptly converted. They’re super comfortable but stiff and structured in a way I find really satisfying/cool. I wear them around my house, to run errands, to work out, pretty much all weekend every weekend. I’m entering the life stage wherein I buy items in multiples whenever they check all the boxes so now have these in 3 colors.

Why is it important for you to look and feel good behind closed doors at home?
I have softer pants than these, no doubt, but I don’t like the way many of them cling or fall — all things that can make me conscious of my body when I’d rather be focused on something else. When I’m wearing something that’s in harmony with my physical comfort and aesthetic taste, I feel literally and figuratively freed up, somehow, to move throughout my day.

Important: Elasticated waist or zipper fly!
Elastic baby, always!


Multiple pairs!
Otherwild x Herstory Sweatpants
Entireworld’s Type C, Version 1 Sweatpants
1980s Vintage Umbro Wind pants
Picked by: Emma, Associate Editor

Why are these your ultimate home pants?
I really don’t have one pair of ultimate home pants, it’s more about the style of pant: ALWAYS some sort of sweats. Right now I’m loving these ones from Otherwild because they say “gay power” on the side. I also really like Entireworld sweats (and love wearing the men’s version because I find them to be longer!), and anyone who knows me knows that I am a huge fan of swishy pants in all varieties. Any of these could be my “ultimate” home pants.

Why is it important for you to look and feel good behind closed doors at home?
I feel best when I look like myself. That’s true for me no matter where I am, whether I’m out in these streets or not — my desire to present a sound image of “myself” isn’t lost when lounging. What I mean is not that I want to look “presentable” according to any particular standards — fuck respectability politics — but I want to present what I think most accurately portrays “me.” Style is one of the ways that I do that.

Important: Elasticated waist or zipper fly!
Elasticized. All. The. Way. What kind of person likes a zipper fly at home?! No, don’t even tell me. I’m nervous. I don’t wanna know the answer! Elasticized waist is the only thing that can ensure maximum lounging is possible. End of story.

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Girlfriend Collective’s Black Compressive Classic-Rise Legging
Picked by: Emily, Visual Manager

Why are these your ultimate home pants?
They’re comfortable enough to lounge around in and pair with a large sweater or sweatshirt — but they’re also acceptable enough to wear out into the world without literally looking like you just rolled out of bed (even if you really did.) They also look great with a cool pair of boots, sneakers or sandals (versatile!).

Why is it important for you to look and feel good behind closed doors at home?
Feeling good and most importantly feeling comfortable is important to me at all times and not just behind closed doors. I choose an elastic waist or my most comfortable jeans as often as I can. Anything to prevent yanking, tugging and the rising up of clothing is my goal so I can focus on my work and not worry about insecurities around what I’m wearing. When my clothes are uncomfortable, I am uncomfortable.

Important: Elasticated waist or zipper fly!
Elasticated waist because I hate feeling any buttons, zippers or buckles digging into my waist if I can help it.


UO Casey Kick Flare Pants in Gingham
Picked by: Elizabeth, Market and Affiliate Strategist

Why are these your ultimate home pants?
These are the ultimate home pants because there are times when you’re on the couch lounging and suddenly your dog barks at you to go outside and suddenly your home pants need to be seen by the public and these are pretty fun. I have them in gingham and leopard.

Why is it important for you to look and feel good behind closed doors at home?
Similar to how some people always prefer to have makeup on, I always like to have an outfit on. I feel good about myself when I know that if someone knocked on my door, I’d be presenting the style that best represents me.

Important: Elasticated waist or zipper fly!
Elastic waist! I don’t even know why this is a question, who sits on the couch with a zipper? Oh my god, it sounds like my personal hell!


Naadam Axis Silk Cashmere Sweatpants Gray
Picked by: Crystal Anderson, Manager of Production

Why are these your ultimate home pants?
Because they make me feel lux as fuck but also comfy as one could possibly feel.

Why is it important for you to look and feel good behind closed doors at home?
It’s not important at all for me to look good, but it is of peak importance to feel good at home. I like the idea of being ‘dressed’ at home because it makes me feel like I’m not wasting the day being raggedy in a ripped tee and stained sweats (but tbh, I for sure have those weekends too!). Like, if I WANT to leave my house, I’m kinda dressed and can do that but I don’t have to and that’s cool too, I’m just hanging in some clothes that are comfy and chill.

Important: Elasticated waist or zipper fly!
Oh, elastic always on all days when I’m at home. Who the hell wants to deal with a zipper and a tight waistband when then don’t have to?!


Sister Studios’ Sondrine Pant
Picked by: Me, a.k.a Lisa (you met me up top!)

Why are these your ultimate home pants?
They are everything a pair of home pants should be: comfortable, breezy, light and with a stretchy waist. I can also take a sneaky nap in them and literally roll out of bed, leave the house and still feel put together/fit for the outside world. These pants are fuss-free, I just pull them on and get on with my day. I love the way they billow when I walk — I feel like I’m making powerful moves — even if I am just vacuuming.

Why is it important for you to look and feel good behind closed doors at home?
For me it’s important to take the time and dress for myself no matter where I am because it makes me feel good on the inside, which hopefully radiates on the outside. Self-care doesn’t have to be huge, it can be as small as finding the right pair of linen pants that make you feel like you’re in Nancy Meyers’ book club.

Important: Elasticated waist or zipper fly!
As the unofficial President of the Elasticated Waist Fan Club I take my duty to remove zippers from loungewear seriously. Also, with an elastic waist, opportunities to snack are infinite, because an elastic waist does not judge. It’s the Miss Congeniality of waistbands.

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Lisa Marie Corso is a writer and screenwriter based in Melbourne, Australia. She’s just discovered the joy of white anchovies and is trying to make up for lost time.

Feature photo via Everett Collection.

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