Winter is coming winter is here, y’all, and that means it’s [bangs giant gong] COZY TIME! We’re talking about reveling by a crackling fireplace full of our ex’s journals; sipping on hot chocolate, hot toddies, hot buttered rum and all other manners of hot things; and bundling up in some fly patterned socks so thick you can barely get your shoes on. We’re talking stacks of beanies on our heads, heated blankets cranking on our thighs, and if you’re feeling ready to be a true boss, hitting the grocery store and the holiday functions alike in a serious sweatsuit. But we’re not just talking about any shoddy old mix-and-match free hoodies from the company picnic and stolen pajama bottoms from your sister’s house! Nope, we’re going for matching sweatsuits—and only the best matching sweatsuits. Perfect elasticated cuffs; fleece linings; bold dye jobs. These sweatsuits reign supreme, whether we’re filling our lavender-scented closets with affordable cashmere sets for women, retro sporty Champion sets for men, and the vast ocean of sweats that work for any and all genders (which should be all sweatsuits, depending on what fit you’re vibing).
The best matching sweatsuits make you feel like you have a regular order at the local deli (“heyyy, good to see ya—the usual?”), have a trusty, scruffy, dog that follows you everywhere, and are ready to recline on a sheepskin rug in front of a toasty hearth. The thing about tracksuits is that they’re not just for New Jersey residents (although, shoutout to Jersey for bringing the flavor hard). They’re for athletic atheists, fine-tuned travelers, and marinara mammis all over the world; they’re for aspiring mobsters and rock lobsters; and most importantly of all, they’re for the people. Whether you’re looking for a classic pair of thick-knit sweatpants, a terry-cloth Juicy Couture throwback set, or a matching sweatsuit set that says “I’m not leaving the house this winter,” there’s perhaps no other visual shorthand for effortless cool than the best matching sweats.
Without further ado, we’ve put together this short list of some of our favorite tracksuits, sweatsuits, and two-piece loungewear staples for you to don during these cold-weather months. Choose your fighter.
The one, the only, the iconic
Champion reigns supreme when it comes to sweats, and for good reason; the legacy brand’s cozy cuts and thick, comfy fleece have become so essential, they’re both ubiquitous and have crossed over into streetwear territory. Best of all, they’re affordable and fit pretty much everybody; the Powerblend Retro Joggers are sized from XS to 4XL and have that perfect cuffing at the ankle.
Still on top since the mid 00s
Los Angeles Apparel (formerly known as American Apparel, back in the era of peak LCD Soundsystem) is known for its sweats, which are super-warm and come in a wide rainbow of colors. Peep the stellar reviews and you’ll know you need to look no further for a set that’ll make you look like a celeb at the airport.
We love the Flex Fleece set for a hot aerobics instructor energy:
Or the Pigment Dye Heavy Fleece line for more a Kanye West postmodern ascetic look:
Dude, where’s my ski lift?
Tombolo makes resortwear that really speaks to us, from linguine-emblazoned cabana shirts to zip-up terry post-swim sets. With its bold colorblocking and sweet details, the Tombolo Après Ski collection sends us to Vail, c. 1979, in the best way possible.
The modern minimalist
Tie-dye is the new black (duh), and while Richer Poorer‘s recycled fleece sweats come in plenty of colors for every type of cozy freakazoid, the “storm washes” are for sure our faves. Added bonuses: pockets, of course, and the fact that each set of sweatpants saves a whopping 40 plastic bottles from ending up in a landfill.
If it’s good enough for Kim…
Hate on the Kardashian/Jenner tribe all ya want, but be aware that SKIMS—Kim’s brand of loungewear and undies—really does rock. We don’t make the rules; we just enjoy the cozy knits, which include this ultra-soft, super highly rated pullover/jogger set.
You still have your Razr
Wanna throw it back to the days of Von Dutch hats and T-Mobile Sidekicks? OK, so not everything from the early aughts has aged well—but, perhaps surprisingly, Juicy Couture sweatsuits have. They’re as ultra-comfy and weirdly kinda sexy as ever, which is why they’re once again a coveted commodity.
The best affordable cashmere sweats
Mmm. You gotta give it to goats, because cashmere is just *chef’s kiss* when it’s wrapped around your noodly body in the form of a tracksuit. This matching sweatsuit set is the best way to ensure that you stay toasty during our cold-weather hermitage. You, in this, sitting on the couch, glass of wine in hand, The Great British Bake Off on the television… What else do you need?
The New Balance x Staud collaboration never loses steam, and tends to sell out quickly—but just in time for thermostat-crankin’ season, this perfect colorblocked set is back in stock, and those sweatpants are one of our editor faves.
This slightly baggy boi
Now this, we love. The extra room on this ASOS oversized half-zip tracksuit is the perfect ‘fit for melting into the couch or strolling into the bodega this winter. With an elasticated drawstring waist and ribbed trim, this tracksuit is comfy, sleek, and great for post-holiday feast vegetating.
The timeless classic
Is there any company more closely associated with The Tracksuit Life than Adidas? The brand with the three stripes has been slinging suits since you were a mere troubling thought in your parents’ minds. This tracksuit combo is perfect for lounging around the house, warming up before the annual charity triathlon, or popping by your local deli for some light
You should have been an old-timey mobster
Or perhaps a reverse-Yankee? At any rate, the only thing cooler than a regular tracksuit is a pinstripe tracksuit. And, as always, ASOS delivers. These sweats feature side pockets, a back pocket, and a standard cut around the thigh with a narrow shape through the leg for a tapered look.
Keep it cozy, Velveeta sweeties.
The Rec Room staff independently selected all of the stuff featured in this story.