It’s a fact of life that as we get older, things that we once thought to be simple can become increasingly difficult. Due to bodily impairments and aches and pains that didn’t plague us in our youth, everything from getting in and out of the tub to putting our pants on in the morning can quickly become a headache that, frankly, we don’t always have the energy to deal with. Enter: the best loungewear pieces for women over 50.
What is loungewear?
Simply put, loungewear is casual, comfortable clothing that you put on to relax. It’s not tight or restrictive, allowing you to move about with ease, and it doesn’t require much effort to slip into.
So how is this different from pajamas, you ask? As sleepwear and loungewear expert Jeni Doherty explained to Bare It All, “loungewear is typically more sophisticated [than sleepwear. It’s] tailored-looking clothes for your at-home shift. … Wear it for running errands, having guests over, or being a well-dressed houseguest yourself.”
Essentially, it’s cozy clothing that you can feel good in without feeling like you’re lazy or unkempt — think pretty, draped tops and breathable, lightweight bottoms you won’t fight to put on. “[Loungewear] is made from modal or cotton blends; sometimes fleece, too,” Doherty said.
Unlike your pj’s, it’s also perfectly acceptable for stepping out in. “Loungewear used to be taboo, but now you don’t have to think twice about leaving the house in it,” Doherty said.
She also offered some words of wisdom for choosing between the two types of clothing. “When deciding between sleepwear or loungewear, do ‘the doorbell test,'” she advised. “‘If I was hanging around at home and the doorbell rang, would I feel comfortable opening the door in what I was wearing?'”
The Best Loungewear for Women Over 50
From Oprah-approved pieces that will feel like a warm blanket ($94, Amazon) to oversized hoodies ($34.99, Talbots) you can throw on over jeans and dressy leggings, we’ve found plenty of über-comfortable finds that you’ll still feel plenty confident in. Keep reading for Woman’s World’s picks for the best loungewear for women over 50.
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Talbots Brushed Mélange Hoodie
Where to buy: $34.99 (Originally $79.50), Talbots
Unlike a lot of hoodies that come up just a little bit short in length for comfort, this one hits just below the hip to fully engulf your upper half in a warm and cozy hug. It’s also got a split neckline and a shirttail hem for ease of movement.
“Very comfy. Will be my go to for after work and weekends,” wrote one fan.
Lunya Cool Every Body Tee
Where to buy: $88, Lunya
We know what you’re thinking: $88 for a T-shirt?! Before you write this one off, however, hear us out. Much like the best pajamas for menopause, this tee was specifically-designed with a purpose beyond simply schlubbing around the house. Its special pima cotton fibers are enhanced with a touch of silver that's meant to keep you cool and dry all day —and night! — long, hot flashes be darned.
Wrote one reviewer suffering from night sweats, “I’m in my 12th year of hot flashes, which means waking up at night to throw the covers off. I wore the Cool Every Body tee and it kept me cool enough to sleep through the night. What a relief! It’s roomy and comfortable as well.”
Added another: “Comfy, cool, and flattering. I want to wear it all day.”
Colsie Cozy Lounge Top and Jogger Set
This two-piece set from Colsie has us dreaming of curling up in our favorite reading chair with a hot cocoa and a good book. Available in three neutral heathered fabrics that offer up a cozy respite from winter’s drafts, these separates are sure to become your new lounging go-to. The top and bottoms also available in plus-size.
Barefoot Dreams Cozychic Ultra-Light Lounge Pants
Where to buy: From $90.73, Amazon
Sweatpants are great, but if you live in a particularly warm climate, they’re not always the most comfortable as far as temperature is concerned. These Barefoot Dreams pants allow you the freedom to lounge about in cool coziness thanks to an ultra-light knit material. There’s an elastic waistband for stretch and they come in eight different hues.
Honeydew Intimates R&R Cinched Lounge Jumpsuit
Where to buy: $48 (Originally $64), Belk
On days when you just don’t feel like getting out of your pajamas, whether due to arthritis pain or from a case of the winter blues, throw on this lounge jumpsuit instead. With a heavenly fleece-like texture and a stretchy, elastic waist, it will be every bit as comfortable as your sleepwear. Unlike your pj’s, however, the drawstring cinched V-neck of this unique piece gives it an added element of style that you won’t be embarrassed to be caught lazing around in.
Marika Celeste Cardigan
Where to buy: $44.99 (Originally $65), Kohl’s
If you’re someone who’s prone to sweat, this snuggly draped cardigan top is for you. It has moisture-wicking technology to keep you dry and a relaxed, flowy silhouette that makes getting it on and off a breeze for those with a need for more adaptive clothing.
Talbots Brushed Mélange Culottes
Where to buy: $29.99 (Originally from $69.50), Talbots
These culottes, the matching bottoms to the aforementioned Talbots top, feature a mid-rise that ensures no part of your back will be exposed to chilly weather and an elastic waistband with plenty of give. There’s also an extra-wide leg hem so you can go about your daily chores and activities without feeling restricted.
Softies Snuggle Lounger
Where to buy: $94, Amazon
This snuggly one-piece is as easy as it gets when it comes to loungewear. Simply throw it over your head and go! It’s made with a soft, cozy polyester blend that comes in nine colors and has a tall cowl neck to keep you nice and warm. There’s also a front kangaroo pocket for cold hands.
Take it from this reviewer, who wrote, “OMG, this thing is heaven! So soft, so comfy, it is worth the price.”
This pick also made 65-year-old Oprah Winfrey’s Favorite things list of 2019, and if it’s good enough for Oprah it’s good enough for us!
Hanes Eco-Smart Sweatpants
Where to buy: From $11.62, Amazon
If you’re finding the band on your lounge pants is too binding, reach for these eco-smart sweatpants from Hanes. Their soft top waist won’t pinch your skin, plus they've got an open bottom that will allow your legs to breathe for maximum blood circulation — something that’s important to prevent blood clots, the likelihood of which increases with age. They’re affordable, machine-washable, and come in nine different colors.
Christopher and Banks Crossover Hem Top
Where to buy: From $19.95, Christopher and Banks
This top is stylish enough to be worn in pubic when you need to jet out to run errands, but perfectly suitable for a day spent relaxing at home, too. Crafted from a soft fleece knit that’s made to “move with you,” it will hold its shape long after you throw it on, so you’ll look at ease, not sloppy.
Ann Taylor Garden Pajama Set
Where to buy: $98, Ann Taylor
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OK, OK, technically, these are pajamas, but they’re so chic, we’d wear them as leisurewear in a heartbeat! Covered in a gorgeous garden print from head-to-toe, this two-piece set makes for a laid-back statement. There’s an elastic waist for movability, side slits that will allow your skin to breathe, and a handy chest pocket for necessities, like tissues. Ready, set, relax!
Blair Embroidered Fleece Set
Where to buy: From $34.99 (Originally from $39.99), Blair
Choose from one of three colors with this easy tracksuit set. It comes complete with a butterfly-embroidered sweatshirt and a pair of sweatpants that have an elasticized waist and legs, making it just right for women over 50.
Splendid Flight Cardi
Where to buy: $98, Splendid
Loungewear is perfect for travel, since you’ll want to be as comfortable as possible, and this aptly named Flight cardi from Splendid is as good as it gets. It features an extra-long hem to cover your trunk (a huge plus for notoriously cold planes), has a fashionable draped silhouette that you’ll be confident to wear in public. It's also equipped with a handy hood. What more could you ask for?