It’s a fact of life that as we get older, things that we once thought to be simple can become increasingly difficult. Due to bodily impairments and aches and pains that didn’t plague us in our youth, everything from getting in and out of the tub to putting our pants on in the morning can quickly become a headache that, frankly, we don’t always have the energy to deal with. Enter: the best loungewear pieces for women over 50.
What is loungewear?
Simply put, loungewear is casual, comfortable clothing that you put on to relax. It’s not tight or restrictive, allowing you to move about with ease, and it doesn’t require much effort to slip into.
So how is this different from pajamas, you ask? As sleepwear and loungewear expert Jeni Doherty explained to Bare It All, “loungewear is typically more sophisticated [than sleepwear. It's] tailored-looking clothes for your at-home shift. … Wear it for running errands, having guests over, or being a well-dressed houseguest yourself.”
Essentially, it’s cozy clothing that you can feel good in without feeling like you’re lazy or unkempt — think pretty, draped tops and breathable, lightweight bottoms you won't fight to put on. "[Loungewear] is made from modal or cotton blends; sometimes fleece, too," Doherty said.
Unlike your pj's, it's also perfectly acceptable for stepping out in. "Loungewear used to be taboo, but now you don’t have to think twice about leaving the house in it," Doherty said.
She also offered some words of wisdom for choosing between the two types of clothing. "When deciding between sleepwear or loungewear, do 'the doorbell test,'" she advised. "'If I was hanging around at home and the doorbell rang, would I feel comfortable opening the door in what I was wearing?'"
The Best Loungewear for Women Over 50
From Oprah-approved pieces that will feel like a warm blanket ($94, Amazon) to oversized hoodies ($69.99, Talbots) you can throw on over jeans and dressy leggings, we’ve found plenty of über-comfortable finds that you'll still feel plenty confident in. Keep reading for Woman’s World’s picks for the best loungewear for women over 50.
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