11 Comfortable Pants to Wear Under a Nice Shirt When You Work From Home

updated Mar 31, 2020
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Who else is all about business up top and comfy pants down below right now? Apartment Therapy is not a fashion website by any means, but since many staffers already work from home full-time or at least some of the time, the lounge pants game is pretty strong. There’s no better way to go from a Zoom meeting straight into a quick yoga session, right?

So I asked a few of my coworkers for their recommendations to bring you this list—and interestingly enough, a few familiar bedding and decor brands are also getting into the loungewear game. So if you have a pair of super soft sheets that you’re in love with, you might be able to actually wear something that feels just like them now, too.

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Brooklinen Boerum Joggers

“I love Brooklinen’s bedding, so I had high hopes for these joggers. And yes, they’re even better than I imagined. They’re perfect for WFH because they’re fitted, so I don’t feel like I’m completely giving up on professionalism, and they’re comfy and lightweight enough that I could probably wear them for over 24 hours without noticing. (Not that I would do that… yet).” —Nicole Lund, Commerce Editor

Buy: Boerum Joggers, $75.00 from Brooklinen

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Lululemon Ready to Rulu Pant

“These Ready to Rulu Pants are super soft and have what feels like a million pockets for everything you’d need to carry—phone, chapstick, keys. You can’t go wrong with black or gray, but always check the sale section for fun, fashion-y colors—I have my eye on this pretty blue pair right now.” —Danielle Blundell, Home Director

Buy: Ready to Rulu Pant, $108.00 $79.00 from Lululemon

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BALEAF Women’s Ankle Legging

“These stretchy leggings are affordable and comfortable, and I—literally—have 15 pairs. This is just what your wardrobe looks like when you’ve worked full time from home for five years.” —Taryn Williford, Lifestyle Director

Buy: BALEAF Women’s Ankle Legging, Starting at $16.99 from Amazon

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Lululemon On the Fly Jogger Luxtreme

“I bought my Lululemon joggers in 2015, and they are magical pants. The stretch makes them look more like real pants, but without losing the comfort of sweatpants. They’re a splurge, but have held up well over the past five years and countless washes.”—Laura Schocker, Editor-in-Chief

Buy: On the Fly Jogger Luxtreme, $118.00 from Lululemon

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A New Day Mid-Rise Wide Leg Ankle Length Pants

“These cream knit pants from Target are the equivalent of wearing a cozy blanket. I’d also totally wear them in public with a matching sweater in the future.”—Rachel Otero, Social Media Editor

Buy: A New Day Tan Mid-Rise Wide Leg Ankle Length Pants, $27.99 from Target

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GapFit Joggers

“I was wearing denim up until yesterday when I decided to wear my favorite joggers— they’re pajama-level comfortable but feel sleek enough to wear to work in.” —Rebecca Longshore, Director of Audience Growth

Buy: GapFit Joggers, $59.95 $48.00 from Gap

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New Balance Impact Run Tight

“Technically, these are running leggings, but they’re super high-waisted and warm. I love just lounging in them. Sometimes I sleep in them and wake up and work out in them—they’re one less excuse to not squeeze a workout in.”—Nicoletta Richardson, Senior Associate Editor, News & Culture

Buy: Impact Run Tight, $74.99 from New Balance

AE High-Waisted Jogger Pant

My joggers are comfy, loose, and unlike a lot of my regular old sweatpants—not too warm. They’re also super cute, which makes me feel a lot more put together if I happen to catch a glimpse of ’em in the mirror.” —Madeline Bilis, Real Estate and Finance Editor

Buy: AE High-Waisted Jogger Pant, $49.95 $37.46 from American Eagle

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Mid-Rise Elevate Side-Pocket Mesh-Trim Compression Leggings

“Old Navy is a hidden gem for budget friendly yet quality activewear. I have these super comfortable leggings in two different colors and have been wearing them nonstop. They even have an extra long version for us taller folks!” —Emma Glubiak, Social Media Manager

Buy: Mid-Rise Elevate Side-Pocket Mesh-Trim Compression Leggings, $34.99 $16.00 from Old Navy

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Athleta Salutation Jogger

These joggers are super soft and have an extra wide waistband, which is ultra flattering! I’ve paired them with a cute cropped sweatshirt, and I feel like I’m still ‘put together’ for video calls, even though I’m working from my kitchen table.” —Tara Swansen, Special Projects Director

Buy: Salutation Jogger in Powervita, $89.00 from Athleta

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Mila High-Waisted Pocket Capri

“I like Fabletics capris and shorts because there are a lot of bright, loud colors and patterns. Many of the styles have phone pockets, they’re size inclusive, and there’s usually a sale.” —Tara Bellucci, News & Culture Editor

Buy: Mila High-Waisted Pocket Capri, $69.95 from Fabletics