Ever since athleisure bounded onto the style scene, wearing comfortable clothes out and about isn’t just socially acceptable but actually stylish. Gone are the days when people scoffed “leggings aren’t pants” and when jogger sweatpants were relegated to senior dance aerobics classes. With the likes of A-list celebrities and mainstream brands pushing the athleisure look, we can wear activewear anywhere we want — which is very convenient for travelers.
As someone who despises traveling in jeans, dresses, or anything even slightly constrictive or too lightweight, I revel in the current fashion climate and exclusively wear sweatpants on planes. Recently, I stumbled across Leggings Depot’s Jogger Track Cuff Sweatpants, which have over 1,000 positive reviews from Amazon shoppers. Happy customers call these pants a “great alternative to leggings,” “soooo soft,” and “an amazing buy.”
To buy: amazon.com, from $11
Under the headline “Incredibly soft and comfortable — I would marry these,” one five-star reviewer wrote, “I wasn't sure what to think based on the description alone. You just never know. But as soon as these badboys arrived, I fell in love with them. They fit great and are sooo comfortable. The fabric feels almost like a very thin cashmere. And I like that they have pockets so I can haul things around. I bought these to replace a pair of terry joggers whose drawstring broke and just wanted them to be as easy and comfortable and cozy. They totally are. I want to buy them in every color and wear 20 pairs at once.”
The fabric’s soft blend of polyester and spandex helps provide maximum comfort while you’re on the move, giving you enough stretch as you shift around in cramped seats trying to catch a few Zs in transit. With three waistband options of one-inch, three-inch, and five-inch thickness, you can choose the fit you like best, and the drawstring will keep your pants securely in place and prevent any unflattering sagging.
To buy: amazon.com, from $13
The number-one best seller in Amazon’s Women’s Sports Sweatpants category, these joggers have a high-waisted cut with tapered legs that makes them easy to pair with T-shirts and sneakers, but the tailored silhouette also goes with more dressed-up looks like sweaters and booties. What makes these even easier to pair with anything you already have in your closet is that they come in over 75 colors and patterns — from classic solids like black, olive green, and charcoal gray to lively florals, celestial patterns, and playful designs embracing pop-culture phenoms like cats, unicorns, and tacos. You could even cop a pair in the latest animal-print trends like snakeskin and leopard.
To buy: amazon.com, $11
Leggings Depot already has a solid reputation for manufacturing “buttery soft” pants, so all signs point to these joggers fitting the same bill. Shop the best-selling track pants for $9 to $14, and make sure to say a blessing to the athleisure gods who allow us to thrive in simultaneous comfort and style.