Why bother getting all dressed up just to spend hours cramped in a teeny tiny economy seat? As long as airlines continue to reconfigure cabins to accommodate more seating—and with much less padding—your personal comfort is left almost entirely up to you.
If that means getting cozy in a pair of sweatpants, by all means, go for it. The athleisure look is here to stay, and there are plenty of flattering styles to choose from.
Be it a transatlantic flight or just a morning coffee run, you won't be ashamed to wear these sweats in public.
These Are the Best Sweatpants for Travel
Keep it simple with these classic joggers from Uniqlo. A slim tapered leg and wide drawstring waist create a flattering silhouette for any body type. And, a must for any travel pant, these come with hip pockets. Grab them in gray, black, blue, or navy. Also available for men.
Price: $19.90 at Uniqlo
Go luxe with a pair of super-soft Mongolian cashmere sweats from Italic. If you're unfamiliar, Italic specializes in high-end sustainable fashion free of tags and branding, sourced from the same factories used by Prada, Tom Ford, Celine, and other big names. Complete the look with a matching hoodie, and, if you're really feeling fancy, the cashmere travel blanket and eye mask set. Also available for men.
Price: $150 at Italic
Live out your Sporty Spice dreams in these iconic triple-stripe track bottoms from Adidas. A slim-cut leg and comfy elastic waist make these an excellent choice for a long flight or a gym sesh.
Price: $29.99 at Amazon
If ever you've longed to cocoon yourself inside an Ugg boot, these fuzzy fleece joggers are as close as you'll get. The soft teddy bear texture will keep you cozy on long chilly flights.
Price: $88 at UGG
Made of an ultra-thin lightweight cotton-poly blend, these sweats from BALEAF can see you through a long day of traveling or even just an hour of vinyasa flow. Available in 15 colorways.
Price: $29.99 on Amazon
In terms of versatility, it's hard to beat Lululemon's On-the-Fly 7/8 pants. Its cropped straight-leg and medium-rise give it a smart chino vibe, but its breathable nylon lycra blend makes it great for travel. Choose from six colors.
Price: $98 on Lululemon
A track pant rarely hits the sweet spot between baggy and chic, but this sheeny black number from Opening Ceremony does just that. Wear them on your next redeye or dress them up with a sharp jacket and the right shoes.
Price: $78 at Opening Ceremony
We love these loose paneled joggers from Anthropologie. The zippered pockets deter pickpockets when traveling, and keep your stuff in place as you sleep inflight. Available in black, purple, or blue.
Price: $118 at Anthropologie
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Nike's futuristic fleece pants feature clever seams throughout the leg and waste. Flyers will be especially grateful for the long side zippers that can free up a little leg mid-flight. Available in red, black, or gray.
Price: $110 on Nordstrom