When it comes to loungewear, sweatpants and leggings have always been popular pieces. More recently, however, a new category has emerged: joggers. Neither as relaxed as sweatpants nor as form-fitting as leggings, joggers have won the hearts of many for an effortless, cool factor that has helped them to earn wardrobe staple status.
“When you pair joggers with a matching crewneck or hoodie, it instantly makes your outfit look more cohesive and put together,” says Chloe Claus, Director of Brand Partnerships for Brunette The Label. “Add an oversized blazer or trench coat over top. Then throw on some New Balance sneakers and a cap for a look you can wear to brunch, the grocery store, or even the office.”
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If those ideas sound great to you, but you’re still confused about fit, Claus says the ultimate jogger, in her opinion, is a pair that strikes the perfect balance of fitted and baggy. For a pair that you can adjust to your body, look for a drawstring waist and a full-length leg with a tapered ankle to keep the joggers fitted to your body.
Read on to discover the best joggers worth buying.
Vuori Performance Jogger
When a pair of joggers has tens of thousands positive reviews, you start to believe the hype. These full-length, mid-rise joggers are moisture-wicking and feature an elastic waistband with a drawcord so you can adapt the fit to your comfort. “I basically haven't taken these joggers off since they arrived. I miss them on laundry day. In fact, I'm wearing them now. Supremely comfortable and cute,” one shopper wrote.
Price at time of publish: $94
Fabric: 89% recycled polyester, 11% elastane | Size Range: XXS-XXL
Leggings Depot Women’s Joggers
With a fairly wide size range and dozens of color options, these affordable joggers offer so many possibilities. On Amazon, they've garnered thousands of five-star reviews. By and large, it's the material that customers seem to love most, As one person wrote in their review: “Imagine microfiber, how it's light and has a smooth texture, and then imagine if microfiber and velvet had a baby. This is that baby! It's light and smooth like microfiber, but also has some of the warmth and texture (not quite fuzzy, but holds warmth still). VERY comparable to suede.”
Price at time of publish: $21.99
Fabric: 92% polyester, 2% spandex | Size Range: S-3X
Heron Preston CTNMB Lounge Pants
Heron Preston is an expert in high-end, ready-to-wear pieces that are wholly utilitarian. They're made with organic certified cotton yarn and with the brand's logo patch sewn at front leg for extra distinction. The elasticized waistband allows for the waist to mold to your body for a stylish piece that's also comfortable.
Fabric: Cotton and polyester | Size Range: XXS-XXL
Best Faux Leather
Spanx Leather-Like Jogger
You may have heard about cult brand Spanx's faux leather leggings, but what about its leather joggers? They strike a great balance between relaxed and fitted and are designed to sit squarely on your hips. Thus, if high-waisted is more your style, these won’t work for you, but if you prefer pants with a smoother front (no elastic or drawstring) and a more tailored look, then these would be perfect. Another plus: They have functional pockets.
Price at time of publish: $168
Fabric: 96% rayon, 4% elastane with polyurethane coating; 80% polyester, 20% elastane lining | Size Range: XS-3X
Madewell Breeze Slim Joggers
For a slim-fit, Madewell has you covered with these joggers, which reviewers say are so comfortable. To keep a streamlined look, they lack pockets (a non-issue for minimalists). Additionally, they may offer year-round wearability, as one reviewer wrote that these proved lightweight enough to wear on warmer days.
Price at time of publish: $65
Fabric: 57% Supima® cotton, 38% Tencel™ modal, 5% spandex | Size Range: XXS-XXL
Daily Paper Paisy Jog Pants
These unisex pants offer the best of everything. They're simply designed, so you can wear them with everything, and they're equipped with an elastic waistband and an inside drawcord construction for easy, seamless fit adjustments. Style them up with a blazer and heels or go ultra casual in a matching hoodie and sneakers.
Fabric: 100% cotton | Size Range: XS-XXL
Best Graphic Printed
Reebok By Pyer Moss Reebok By Pyer Moss Pants
In the case that you're looking for a pair of joggers with a bit more oomph, a collaboration between Reebok and Pyer Moss will have you covered. The joggers feature a labyrinthine marble print in gray and white. It also has a drawcord elastic waist colored in a vibrant red, blue, and yellow pattern, and a bright green Pyer Moss logo along one leg.
Price at time of publish: $300
Fabric: 100% recycled polyester plain weave | Size Range: XXS-XL
Best for Running
Lululemon Adapted State High-Rise Jogger
The best part of these joggers is that they are specifically designed for running — not hiking or lounging or weight-lifting, but running in particular. They're complete with a secure zippered pocket to store your phone or keys, a continuous drawcord that won’t get lost in the wash, and cuff zippers that allow you to get them on and off quickly.
Price at time of publish: $128
Fabric: 79% recycled nylon, 21% Lycra® | Size Range: 0-14
Girlfriend Reset Joggers
It’s rare to find a jogger that combines size inclusivity, sustainability, and everyday wearability — but Girlfriend’s Reset Joggers check all of the boxes. They're more sweatpants than work pants but also easy enough to dress up. What makes them so great for everyday wear, in particular, is how lightweight they are, according to reviewers—after all, there’s nothing worse than putting on a pair of joggers and feeling immediately sweaty, then having to go about your day.
Price at time of publish: $78
Fabric: 91% recycled plastic bottles (RPET), 9% spandex | Size Range: XXS-6X
Best for Hiking
Athleta Trekkie North Jogger
These size-inclusive joggers are made with an anti-abrasive material specifically developed to guard against wear and tear. Plus, they’re made with a super breathable fabric to help you along even the sweatiest hikes. They also have three secure (zippered) pockets for storing anything small you can’t hold during your hike.
Price at time of publish: $89
Fabric: Recycled nylon, nylon, and spandex | Size Range: 0-26 (plus tall and petite)
Under Armour Vanish Joggers
Made with a super silky performance fabric, these joggers are light and hassle-free — meaning, they won't cling, and they'll dry fast. Plus, they have a four-way stretch for flexibility, no matter what type of exercise you’re doing.
Fabric: 60% polyester, 40% elasterell | Size Range: XS-XXL
Stars Above Beautifully Soft Fleece Lounge Jogger Pants
If you’re looking for a full-fleece pair of joggers (as opposed to fleece-lined), these fan-favorite joggers from Target’s Stars Above brand are a great option. According to rave reviews, they're so roomy and soft that you can't help but love them. It also doesn't hurt that they're well-priced, coming in just under $20.
Price at time of publish: $19.99
Fabric: 48% polyester, 48% rayon, 4% spandex | Size Range: XS-XXL
Old Navy High-Waisted Power Soft Joggers
Of the thousands of reviews on Old Navy's website, most are five-star. (Multiple customers even wrote that they were ordering another pair immediately.) It's made from a smooth, compressive material. Plus, the sizing options are extensive, which means there's a pair to suit everyone, no matter your size or body type.
Price at time of publish: $39.99
Fabric: 77% polyester, 23% spandex | Size Range: XS-4X (plus tall and petite)
Best for Lounging
Beyond Yoga Featherweight Lounge Around Jogger
Beyond Yoga is known for their fan-favorite Spacedye material in its compression yoga pants and bike shorts, The athletic brand made these joggers from the same material, minus the compression. With features like super-softness, a four-way stretch, a moisture-wicking material, and UV protection, you'll want to wear these joggers everywhere, from the post office to your next workout session. One reviewer even said they loved these joggers so much that they ordered four pairs.
Price at time of publish: $88
Fabric: 94% polyester, 6% spandex | Size Range: XS-XL
Best for Winter
Eddie Bauer Guide Pro Flex Lined Jogger Pants
These stretchy joggers by Eddie Bauer feature an elastic waist and are lined with polyester fleece, making them a perfectly comfortable combination for cold-weather activity or camping in particular. “These pants are incredibly comfortable for outdoor activities and lounging around the house. They're so cozy and kept me nice and warm on a long winter hike,” one reviewer wrote on the brand's website.
Fabric: 94% nylon, 6% spandex shell; 100% polyester fleece lining | Size Range: 2-16 (plus tall)
What to Look for When Buying Joggers
The Perfect Fit
Like any item of clothing, finding perfectly fitted joggers are more a matter of personal preference than anything else. Some people might like more tailored joggers, while others prefer a baggier fit. Some might want them to hit around the shin, while others prefer ankle-length. For Claus, the perfect jogger is “the perfect balance of fitted and baggy. I don't want my joggers falling...drawstring to cinch things in is ideal.”
Fabric and Construction
You'll need to look at the material of the jogger to ensure that it aligns with your intended use. For example, if the jogger is mostly for lounging or sleeping, you'll want something soft and cozy, like a cotton or polyester blend, as well as something less form-fitting. If you intend to sweat in them (whether that be hiking, running, or walking), opt for a material that's breathable and also offers some stretch.
Joggers are usually made with a mix of pockets, zippers, and drawstrings, which all provide some utility. For example, zipper pockets could be helpful if you're looking for a pair of joggers for running or hiking, so you can keep your keys and phone from falling out. If you're wanting a pair for lounging, a drawstring waist provides felxibility since you can make them more or less tighter for the most comfortable fit.
Are joggers sweatpants? What’s the difference?
According to a blog post from giant retail brand Uniqlo, the main difference between joggers and sweatpants is that “joggers are thin, lightweight, and flexible activewear.” In other words, you might lounge or be active in joggers, but you wouldn’t work out in sweatpants.
Plus, as Claus points out, joggers tend to have a bit more shape—more tapered through the leg and ankle, plus cinched at the waist via a drawstring, elastic, or both. Additionally, joggers are dressed up more often—seeing faux leather, or work-appropriate joggers is more common than seeing faux leather or work-appropriate sweatpants.
How do you dress up joggers?
Arguably, the best part of joggers is that they go with almost anything. As Claus suggested, you could easily pair joggers with an oversized blazer and T-shirt, sneakers, or a trench coat. For more styling ideas, try searching YouTube for some easy-to-replicate examples, like these ideas from vlogger Sinead Crowe.
Why Trust Byrdie?
Olivia Muenter is a fashion commerce contributor for Byrdie, and she has been published in Refinery29, Bustle, Fashionista, Glamour, and Woman’s Day, among others. Her search for this piece covered joggers in all types of styles, fabrics, and price points. For criteria, she evaluated customer reviews, aesthetic details, material construction, and overall value to find the best picks.