From loafers to brogues, these are the best dress shoes for men in 2021

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  • While menswear has become more casual, you should still own a good range of dress shoes.
  • There are many styles available to fit your look, budget, and whatever event you’re attending.
  • We’ve rounded up the best dress shoes for men below.

While menswear has become more casual – white leather sneakers with summer suits, for example – it still pays to own a variety of dress shoes. Your sneakers probably won’t cut it at that job interview, wedding, or other formal occasions. You can drop a huge chunk of change on high-end dress shoes, but there are several direct-to-consumer brands that offer top-quality products at reasonable prices.

We’ve kept the selections at below $500, with many around $200 or less that all punch above their weight with the quality you get for the price. At the minimum, when assessing a dress shoe, look for full-grain leather; a Goodyear welt or Blake stitching, and clean, straight, tight stitching.

These are the best dress shoes for men in 2021:

Allen Edmonds

An assortment of boots from Allen Edmonds

Allen Edmonds is quickly approaching its 100th birthday and, unlike many American heritage brands, the company still produces its exceptionally well-crafted shoes in the U.S., at its factory in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Their shoes are highly regarded for the quality of both materials and manufacturing (each shoe goes through a  212-step process), longevity, and timeless elegance. The three selections below are all made of a premium French calfskin that’s supple but sturdy. A cobbler can resole them down the line if need be. The price tag reflects this (the average is about $400), but you’ll get years of wear out of a pair of Allen Edmonds shoes if properly cared for. 

What to buy: 

Park Avenue Cap Toe Oxford (small)Leeds Plain-Toe Blucher (small)McAllister Wingtip Oxford (small)
Moral Code

An assortment of Moral Code dress shoes in a variety of colors

Moral Code is a direct-to-consumer brand that not only produces excellent footwear using premium calfskin leather and Goodyear welting at a great price point ($169), the company also takes sustainability seriously. Their various facilities incorporate renewable energy and other practices, and they don’t use chrome in the tanning process, which can pollute local waterways. The company’s facilities are SA8000® certified through Social Accountability International, a mission-driven NGO, meaning their factories have high ethical standards.  

Moral Code has three collections, including a collaboration with former Green Bay Packer wide-receiver and humanitarian Donald Driver, with a portion of sales going to Driver’s career development programs for underserved families and children. The collection includes Passion, a handcrafted loafer with a chiseled toe and plenty of soft leather padding for added comfort. The Chase, MC’s contemporary blucher, has all the premium qualities of the brand’s other products, but with a chunkier outsole. It’s a really comfortable shoe straight out of the box. Finally, we’ve included a pair of dress boots, Storm, since they’re sleek and minimal and look especially stunning with a slim-fit, double-breasted tweed suit. 

What to buy: 

Passion (small)Chase (small)Storm (small)
Zappos

A pair of Cole Haan dress shoes

Zappos, the online shoe seller, helped redefine the web-based retail world with its fantastic customer service and easy returns and exchanges after launching back in 1999. There are literally thousands of choices for men’s dress shoes on the site, but we’re highlighting three different brands: Cole Haan, Massimo Matteo, and To Boot New York

Cole Haan led the way in introducing innovative technology to create some of the most comfortable dress shoes around. The Grand Ambition Wing-Tip Oxford is one of the more conservative styles for the company that looks less like a sneaker and more like a traditional wing-tip dress shoes but are still ridiculously comfortable. If you’re looking for a dress shoe that’s made in Italy and comes in at under $150 and is stylish and comfortable, the Massimo Matteo Cap Toe may be for you. To Boot New York is known for its handmade Italian footwear that combines old-world tradition, high-end materials, and contemporary style. The Conner features a single monk strap, is lined in leather, and built for both comfort and flexibility, in case you’re planning on hitting the dance floor. 

What to buy: 

Grand Ambition Wing-Tip Oxford (small)Italian Cap Toe (small)Ultra Flex Conner Monk Strap (small)
Ace Marks

Two pairs of men's dress shoes from Ace Marks

Ace Marks, which launched in 2012, is another DTC brand specializing in reasonably priced high-end footwear. The company works with fourth-generation Italian artisans to create handcrafted dress shoes using full-grain calfskin at a fraction of what you’d pay for luxury labels ($250-$325). Unlike many of the American or British brands, Italian dress shoes tend to use Blake stitching instead of Goodyear welts, and Ace Marks is no exception. In Blake stitching, the shoe’s upper is folded underneath the insole and stitched into place. It makes for a lighter, more flexible shoe that can still be resoled, just not as often as with a Goodyear welt. Ace Marks not only offers a stellar choice of styles, they’re lauded for their range of beautiful colors and patinas. 

The brand also has a really cool buy-back program. You can send them your old Ace Marks shoes that are still in wearable condition and get $50 off your next pair. They donate the old ones to Career Gear, a non-profit that provides business-professional attire for men who are trying to re-enter the workforce.

What to buy:

Wholecut Oxford Plain Toe (small)Cap Toe Blucher in Dark Brown & Brown Antique (small)Wingtip Oxford (small)
Nordstrom

The Magnanni Belago Wholecut Oxford boots from Nordstrom

Nordstrom began life in 1901 as a Seattle shoe store, financed in part by Swedish immigrant John Nordstrom’s stake in the Alaska Gold rush. Perhaps because of its roots, Nordstrom has a massive selection of dress shoes, including many high-end options, but a lot of mid-priced selections as well. 

Among the wide variety, are the Spanish luxury footwear brand Magnanni; as well as mid-range brands like Johnston & Murphy and Clarks. Magnanni makes handmade dress shoes using full-grain calf leather from Europe and the Bologna method of construction, which is similar to the Blake method but has the ends of the upper sewn together like a sock and is typically even lighter and more flexible than Blake stitching. The brand is known for its chiseled toes, sleek styling, and hand-painted patinas. We included the Fairfax Loafer by Johnston & Murphy, a heritage American brand, just to prove the loafer can be extremely dressy. This version, in a black patent leather, is made in Italy. Clarks, a British brand that’s been around for nearly 200 years and is probably best known for its desert boots, makes a range of attractive dress shoes that are made for comfortable all-day wear. The Citi Stride Plain Toe Derby falls into the dressy casual category with its  fun two-tone brown colorway and bright red and gold laces that’s tempered by the classic Derby silhouette.

What to buy:

Belago Wholecut Oxford (small)Fairfax Loafer (small)Citi Stride Plain Toe Derby (small)
Beckett Simonon

An assortment of Beckett Simonon dress shoes

Beckett Simonon is a DTC brand that uses a made-to-order model that significantly reduces both the cost to the consumer and helps drive the company’s sustainability efforts since there’s no unsold inventory that could end up in a landfill. Well-compensated, skilled artisans handcraft the shoes in Colombia using Italian full-grain calfskin and Blake stitching. They offer a solid range of styles, including Oxfords, Derbies, wingtips, loafers, and monk straps, in a variety of colors. As mentioned, the company makes sustainability a high priority. They use Gold Rated leather, which comes with high environmental and ethical standards, among other initiatives. The brand has a dedicated fanbase and is often compared with Warby Parker, the DTC eyewear brand that helped reshape that market.  

Beckett Simonon sells their dress shoes for $209, a very fair price for what you get quality wise. The downside is that because of its made-to-order model, it can take between six to 10 weeks to receive your order. Luckily, they’re worth the wait. 

What to buy:

Dean Oxford (small)Anders Split-Toe Derbies (small)Royce Longwings (small)
Florsheim

Two pairs of Florsheim dress shoes

Florsheim is another American heritage brand still around after more than a hundred years in business. It had its start in Chicago in the 1890s and has had some difficulties over the years. In the early 2000s, members of the Florsheim family bought back the brand, which has revitalized the company’s product offerings.    

Florsheim shines when it comes to creating exceedingly comfortable dress shoes with upscale details like breathable leather linings, leather-covered, removable footbeds, and Bologna construction, all offered at a price point that hovers in the $100 range. The company also has a pricier line that’s made in Italy using calfskin and features leather soles rather than rubber. The Imperial line, the brand’s top tier, features Goodyear welting, and hand-burnished uppers. 

What to buy:

Amelio Cap Toe (small)Caravel Wingtip Oxford (small)Imperial Kenmoor II Plain Toe (small)
Taft

An assortment of Taft shoes on shoe boxes

Taft is a Utah-based DTC brand launched in 2013 that’s carved out a space in the market with its unique take on dress shoes and boots that’s given it cult status. Their novel footwear designs often incorporate woven elements, pebbling, hand burnishing, or patterned fabrics, and are meticulously handcrafted by Spanish and Portuguese artisans. No matter what unusual elements the shoes incorporate, they always include full-grain calfskin and, depending on the style, either Goodyear welting or Blake construction with leather outsoles. The brand’s styles run the gamut from Oxfords to monk straps to dress boots. We’ve included a beautiful chocolate brown suede monk strap; an Oxford with a bold floral jacquard fabric; and a stunning long wing brogue featuring woven leather throughout the upper. 

What to buy:

Westminster in Chocolate (small)The Paris Shoe in Eden (small)The Preston in Cognac (small)
Thursday Boot Company

Thursday Boots Company's Lincoln dress shoes

You may be familiar with Thursday Boot Company, the DTC brand that makes exceptional Chelsea boots, and chukkas, but did you know the company also makes dress shoes? Handcrafted in small batches with the same level of detail as the brand’s other products at a reasonable price point ($168 to $175). Their dress shoes are all Goodyear welted for easy resoling and feature leather outsoles and supple glove leather lining. The shoes all have full-grain leather uppers originating in either the U.S., France, or Italy, and a cork midsole that conforms to the shape of your foot for long-wearing comfort. Thursday Boot Company works with artisans and suppliers in Mexico, Portugal, Spain, and the U.S. that have high ethical and environmental standards.

What to buy:

Lincoln Penny Loafer (small)Aviator Wingtip Dress Shoes (small)Saint Double Monk Strap (small)
Paul Evans

The Martin Wholecut Oxford from Paul Evans in Oxblood

Paul Evans, like Ace Marks, is a DTC brand that partners with Italian artisans to create luxurious shoes at a better price point ($425 to $450) than what you’d typically pay from other high-end retailers. The brand uses supple, full-grain calfskin and Blake stitching. They offer sleek, very Italian-style dress shoes—The Martin Wholecut Oxford is a prime example—that have beautifully hand-painted finishes. The company, which is based in New York, works with a family-run century-old factory in Naples. 

These shoes tend to run large, so you’ll probably want to size down one whole size. You can read more here on the brand’s sizing. The company offers free shipping and easy returns. 

What to buy:

Brogue Oxford (small)The Cagney II Stitched Cap-Toe (small)The Martin Wholecut Oxford (small)

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The 10 best places to shop for women’s pajamas in 2021

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  • A cozy set of pajamas can be the difference between a good and bad night’s sleep.
  • We’ve tested dozens of pairs of pajamas from multiple brands – these are the best.
  • If you’re a warm sleeper, check out our guide to the best cooling pajamas.

Some people love to curl up in bed wearing a worn-out tee and the same softball sweatpants they’ve been wearing since high school. And to those people I say this: Wear whatever makes you comfortable! But if you’re ready to upgrade, there have never been more brands creating gorgeous pajama sets and mix-and-match pieces, so you can inject a little luxury into your bedtime routine.

We’ve tested multiple pairs of pajamas from dozens of brands, including cooling options, silk options, and everything in between. Ahead, we’ve rounded up the best places to buy pajamas, whether it’s a cozy set or pieces you can mix-and-match. And while the majority of the picks on this list are identified as “pajamas for women,” we believe that folks should wear whatever style of loungewear they’re most comfortable in – regardless of how the industry chooses to gender the pieces. If you’re looking for men’s sizing, though, check out our guide to the best pajamas for men.

Here are the best places to buy pajamas for women in 2021:

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ThirdLove

ThirdLove Pajamas

Although the brand is known for its bras, ThirdLove carries some of the comfiest pjs we’ve ever worn. The standout is the brand’s washable silk — a brushed silk that you can toss in your washer. The fabric is used in a shorts and tank set, as well as a sleep tee and a blouse and pant set. It feels luxurious without being fussy, and the silk keeps you nice and cool all night long.

Not into silk? You can’t go wrong with the brand’s other styles, including its WonderKnit collection, which features airy modal cotton that is lightweight, breezy, and super cozy.

What to buy: 

WonderKnit™ Pajama Tee (small)WonderKnit™ Pajama Short (small)Washable Silk Sleep Tee (small)
MeUndies

MeUndies Pajamas

Another underwear brand that also makes fantastic sleepwear, MeUndies has the market cornered on easy, unisex basics. It makes a single style of pajama set for both men and women  — a classic button-down with a collar and drawstring pants. MeUndies also utilizes a lot of fun, punch colors and patterns for its pajamas, but also has a wide variety of solid colors, too.

If you’re not into the matching set, MeUndies also has tops and bottoms that you can mix and match, as well as lounge rompers and dresses that are so cozy, you’ll want to sleep in them, too. 

What to buy:

Women’s Lounge Pant (small)Women’s Modal Jogger (small)Women’s Modal PJ Set (small)

 

Quince

Quince Pajamas

Quince makes some of our favorite cashmere sweaters, but don’t, well, sleep on its sleepwear. The brand has a line of gorgeous washable silk pajamas that will add a little luxury to your evening routine. Senior editor Maria Del Russo swears by the brand’s button-up and pants set, thanks to how roomy the trousers are. “They have a slit up the side that makes them much more comfortable to sleep in,” she says. “I don’t feel like my legs get tangled at night.”

If you’re more into shorts, Quince has those, too, along with a sleeveless tank. You can mix and match these separates to find the perfect match. And since they’re made of washable silk, you can just toss ’em in the laundry when they’re ready to get clean — no dry clean bill required. 

What to buy:

Silk Tee & Shorts Pajama Set (small)Silk Tank & Shorts Pajama Set (small)Silk Tee & Shorts Pajama Set (small)

 

J. Crew

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J.Crew’s pajamas are reminiscent of the brand’s aesthetic — preppy, yet accessible. The brand’s Dreamy Cotton Pajamas are the popular style that customers reach for time and time again, and it’s easy to see why. Made of soft cotton, the set is seriously cozy and warm, but lightweight enough to avoid the dreaded night sweats.

Aside from the Dreamy Cotton Pajamas, J. Crew offers up vintage-inspired silhouettes, as well as mix-and-match basics. The brand also provides sweet nightgowns for folks who like to have their legs free while they snooze. And whether you love a bright, fun print or a simple solid hue, you’ll be able to find a style that suits you.

What to buy:

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Aerie

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Aerie’s Real Soft pajamas earned a spot in our guide to best cooling pajamas for good reason. The fabric blend of viscose, cotton, and elastin allow air to flow while you sleep, so you can avoid the dreaded night sweats. And you can mix and match different sleeve and pant lengths to get the pairing that you prefer. 

But Aerie’s pajamas aren’t just about utility. The brand does patterns adorably, from seersucker to florals. And if you prefer a nightgown over pants, Aerie’s got you covered there, too. Just note that the sizing tends to run large, which can be great for those who prefer a breezier silhouette. But you might want to size down if you prefer something true-to-size. 

What to buy:

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Papinelle

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If you’re ready to add a little luxury to your pajama collection, then Papinelle is a great first stop. The brand offers a wide selection of pajama styles, from matching sets to stand-alone pieces in a range of elegant cuts. The Papinelle Classic Crop Pajamas is a gorgeous navy set with short sleeves and cropped pants that is cute enough to wear outside of your bedroom. Plus, its silk/cotton blend is airy and comfortable enough for warm sleepers to enjoy. 

The brand also boasts washable silk, which is great for those who want the feel of silk but not the temperament, and organic cotton. Its slips, nightgowns, and short sets are equally adorable, and come in a wide range of colors and patterns. But if you’re someone who appreciates more simple styles in their sleepwear, the perfectly oversized Washable Silk Pajamas might be a great fit for you. The one drawback? Papinelle’s pajamas don’t have extended sizing, which is something we hope the brand rectifies in the future. 

What to buy:

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Jamby’s

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You know those old boxer shorts and tees you typically toss on to sleep in? They just got a major upgrade. Jambys are gender-inclusive boxer-style shorts that have pockets — and are made of the softest and breathable modal French terry. The matching JamTees, which are what the brand calls the matching tops, have a touch of stretch, too, so you don’t feel constricted while you snooze.

It’s the details that make Jambys so great. The tee has a small, two-inch slit on both side seams, so you can sit without the shirt feeling constricting. And the shorts are swingy and breathable, so they won’t get tangled between your legs. More into longer pants and tops? Jamby’s also has a pair of joggers and a hoodie for you to get cozy with.

What to buy:

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L.L. Bean

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If your main goal of pajamas is to be as cozy as possible, look no further than L.L. Bean. Case-in-point: The Cozy PJ set. Made from 100% breathable, soft cotton, they are cut to fit well without being  baggy. They keep you cozily warm without making you overheat.

If those aren’t warm enough for you, L.L. Bean is also home to the softest flannel pajamas you could ever slip into. They’re made of high-quality, Portugeuse cotton flannel that will keep you incredibly toasty. And if you’re not into sets, L.L. Bean has a lot of pieces you can shop à la carte.  You may not want to wear them outside of the bedroom, but they accomplish what a lot of folks want pajamas to accomplish — they’re warm and comfortable, which will help you snooze much easier. 

What to buy:

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Summersalt

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Just like the brand’s swimwear styles, Summersalt’s sleepwear choices are punchy and fun. The Cloud 9 Silky PJ Set is a perfect example of that. It’s a lightweight silk set in a bright, bold stripe pattern and wide cuffs on the arms and legs. Its swingy silhouette would look just as good with a pair of sneakers as it does with your favorite pair of slippers. And the silky fabric is instantly cooling — ideal for the toasty sleepers of the world.

But even Summersalt’s more minimal pajama sets have gorgeous details that make them extra special. The All Day All Night Pajamas are incredibly soft and supple, and the pajama bottoms taper so they don’t get tangled in your legs. The neckline and sleeves have a delicate trim, and the drawstring waist is actually a velvet ribbon. Summersalt’s range of styles ensures that there’s something for everyone, whether you love a matching shorts set or a dainty nightgown. 

Check out our full review on the Cloud 9 SIlky PJ Set. 

What to buy:

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Stripe & Stare

Stripe & Stare Lifestyle Image

Not everyone loves to sleep in matching shirt-and-pant sets. Some of us love to snooze in our underwear and a tank — and nothing else. For those pajama minimalists, there’s Stripe & Stare. The brand has a wide range of matching Vest & Knicker sets, which is British slang for a tank top and underwear. They are soft, stretchy, and lightweight, making them perfect for snoozing.

But if you are into a “normal” pair of pajamas, Stripe & Stare delivers there, too. The brand has long pants that you can buy on their own, as well as matching sets in darling patterns. What’s more? The Stripe & Stare is focused on sustainability and creates its sleepwear with a fabric made out of ethically sourced cellulose or wood fiber, so you can feel good about wearing them. 

What to buy:

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The 11 best men’s athleisure brands, including styles that are surprisingly office-appropriate

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  • Athleisure is one of the fastest-growing and most popular categories in fashion right now.
  • Clothing from athleisure brands is comfortable and can be worn for lounging, working out, and more.
  • Below, we’ve rounded up all of the best athleisure brands we’ve ever worn.

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Over the past few years, athleisure has been one of the fastest-growing categories in clothing, but right now it’s more popular than ever – and for good reason. Drawing cues from true performance athletic wear and cozier loungewear styles, athleisure fills the gap between the two categories, making these pieces some of the most versatile clothes you can own and wear.

Whether you’re shopping for clothing that’s stylish enough for Zoom meetings yet comfortable enough for sitting on your couch, or you want clothes that you can wear to work out in before running errands and grabbing lunch, athleisure has you covered for it all.

Think of it as the easiest way to get dressed for daily life without having to put much thought and effort into it. No longer will you have to choose between form and function when it comes to your clothes.

Here are the best athleisure brands for men in 2021:

Nike

Nike

Nike‘s clothing is dependable, sporty, and fashionable all at the same time.

Sizing options: Varies by style, but most pieces range from XS-3XL.

Nike has a massive selection of tried-and-true sportswear that’s been backed by some of the world’s best athletes. The iconic branding translates well to the full spectrum of style — from casual everyday wearers to sneakerheads and streetwear enthusiasts. In other words, pretty much anyone can wear Nike products and look good in them too.

Nike is relatively affordable, provides unisex clothing, and has a generous size range. On top of that, you’ll be able to find comfy pullovers and sweatpants for a chill day at home or training sets for running.

What to buy:

Pro Dri-FIT T-Shirt (small)Sportswear Tech Fleece Full Zip Hoodie (small)Woven Shorts (small)Product Card (small)
Feat Clothing

Feat Clothing

If comfort is your number one priority, Feat is where you’ll want to shop.

Sizing options: S-XXL, most pieces have a relaxed, oversized fit.

You’ve probably seen Feat all over Instagram, and if you haven’t tried it already, now is the time. Founded in 2015, Feat makes comfortable daily essentials like hoodies, sweatshirts, and sweatpants — and when I say they’re by far the most comfortable athleisure brand on the market, I mean it.

The brand’s standout products are the BlanketBlend Hoodie and Crewnecks. Think of them as your most comfortable, warm, and cozy blankets turned into your best-fitting tops. Together, the combination makes for pieces you’ll never want to take off.

What to buy:

BlanketBlend Hoodie (small)BlanketBlend Crewneck (small)Roam Performance Short (small)Roam Performance Pant (small)
Vuori

Vuori

Vuori’s clothing is lightweight and comfortable, making it a breeze to both live in and work out in.

Sizing options: Varies by style, but most pieces range from XS-XXL. 

It’s obvious that Vuori takes its inspiration from the beach that’s just a stone’s throw away from its headquarters in Encinitas, California. So naturally, its clothes maintain an easy, laidback California aesthetic that is effortlessly cool without looking sloppy.

Whether you’re looking for stretchy performance pants or ventilated performance tees, Vuori has you covered. 

What to buy:

Tradewind Performance Shirt (small)Banks Short (small)Ease Performance Half Zip (small)Ponto Performance Pants (small)
Uniqlo

Uniqlo

If you simply need a good T-shirt without spending a lot of money, Uniqlo’s Dry T-shirts are the way to go. 

Sizing options: Varies by style, but most pieces range from XXS-3XL. 

Although Uniqlo isn’t an athleisure brand specifically, it’s my favorite place to get comfortable basics at affordable prices. You’ll find an array of T-shirts, shorts, sweatpants, sweatshirts, hoodies, and other pieces that fall into the category of athleisure. 

The brand does a great job of offering variety and budget-friendly options. AIRism, a lightweight material that makes clothes more breathable, UV Protection, which blocks sunlight, BLOCKTECH, a water-resistant material, and HEATTECH, a warmth-trapping material, are just some of the many technologies you can find.

What to buy:

Dry Color Crew Neck Short-Sleeve T-Shirt (small)Men Washed Jersey Easy Shorts (small)Men AIRism UV Protection Full-Zip Hoodie (small)Men Cargo Jogger Pants (small)
Rhone

Rhone

Rhone‘s athleisure clothing is made with its special GoldFusion technology, which keeps odors at bay no matter how long your day drags on.

Sizing options: Varies by style, but most pieces range from S-XXL.

Back in 2016, Rhone managed to raise nearly $113,000 to bring GoldFusion technology to its line of activewear. And now, it can be found in a wide range of both activewear and athleisure clothing. 

GoldFusion technology is Rhone’s proprietary, eco-friendly fabric treatment that leverages real gold particles to help fabrics dry up to three times faster. It helps keep your clothes fresh longer, too, which is perfect for high-intensity workouts. We’ve tested a handful of items from the brand and have loved them all. The Commuter Jogger is a personal favorite — it’s incredibly versatile and comfortable.

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Todd Snyder

Todd Snyder

Todd Snyder fuses old-school style with high-quality materials to make super stylish, yet sporty clothes.

Sizing options: Varies by style, but most pieces range from XS-L. 

Todd Snyder is an all-encompassing menswear brand, but its Champion collection specifically is a great place to find stylish athleisure wear. The collaboration brings together the best of both worlds — high-end looks from Todd Synder and the undeniable sportswear history from Champion — to create timeless pieces you’ll want to wear casually and during workouts.

Todd Snyder has sweatpants, shorts, T-shirts, hoodies, and a lot more — and everything is available in plenty of colorways, so you can pick out your favorite shades or stock up on a few good ones to rotate between.

What to buy:

Muscle Tee (small)Midweight Warm Up Shorts (small)Midweight Popover Hoodie (small)Utility Cargo Sweatpant (small)
Adidas

Adidas

If you’re a fan of the classics, then look no further than Adidas to supply you with great performance gear that looks good too.

Sizing options: Varies by style, but most pieces range from XS-3XL. 

Even with the emergence of what seems like an endless supply of athleisure brands focused more on the leisure than the athlete component of their names, one company has maintained a position at the top of the mountain. And that company is Adidas. As one of the most sought-after brands worldwide, Adidas has you covered with athletic wear or fits for running errands. Thanks to a wide range of styles, Adidas can match just about any aesthetic, too. While many of its bestsellers are the brand’s trademark sneakers, you can also find a great selection of performance clothes that work well at the gym and for hanging out.

What to buy:

Trefoil Tee (small)3-Stripes Shorts (small)Z.N.E. Full-Zip Hoodie (small)Ultimate 365 3-Stripes Tapered Pants (small)
Public Rec

Rhone

Brought to life by a former JP Morgan banker, Public Rec makes the kind of athleisure clothing that you’d be comfortable wearing to work.

Sizing options: Varies by style. Most pants range from 28-44 waist with multiple inseam options available. Tops range from S-XXL. 

It started with a pair of sweatpants so popular that it attracted a 1,200-person waitlist — and things have ballooned from there. Public Rec specializes in technical leisure apparel for men, operating under the mantra that if you feel good, you’ll look good. The original bestseller is, of course, the All Day Every Day Pant. We tested them out and while they feel like sweatpants, they’re sized more like jeans, which means that they fit your body instead of hanging off of them. You’ll feel totally at ease wearing these pants out and about in your daily life, and if you’re working in a more casual environment, you could certainly wear them to the office as well.

What to buy: 

Go-To Tee (small)Flex Short (small)Weekend Full Zip (small)All Day Every Day Pant (small)
Twillory

Twillory

Twillory might be best known for its performance dress shirts, but the brand’s venture into athleisure shouldn’t be overlooked.

Sizing options: Varies by style, but most options range from S-2XL. 

The collection includes a zip-up hoodie, joggers, T-shirts, polos, and henleys — and they’re all designed to be stretchy, moisture-wicking, cooling, and quick-drying.

However, the standout pieces are the joggers and the hoodie. The joggers have a nicely tapered fit, slanted side pockets, and a single pocket on the right side of the rear. Combined with the pattern of the material, these joggers look more like your favorite chinos than a sloppy pair of gym sweats.

The hoodie, which comes in matching materials and colors, is just as comfortable and completes the set. You can save $20 when you bundle the Athlounger Joggers and Athlounger Hoodie

What to buy: 

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Oliver’s Apparel

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Olivers Apparel covers the full gamut of athleisure with workout gear, loungewear, and performance gear you can get away with at work.

Sizing options: Varies by style, but most pieces range from S-XL.

Olivers Apparel came to life after a 2013 Kickstarter and has since become one of the best brands for stylish athletic wear. If your sense of fashion is clean and simple, then Olivers is perfect for you. While many sportswear brands use bold colors and patterns on its gear, many of Olivers’ clothes use solid colors and logo-less designs. 

Some of our favorite items include the Classic Sweatpants made from Supima cotton, and the Convoy Tee, which is made from 100% merino for a cozy, yet relaxed fit. 

What to buy: 

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Everlane

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Everlane is a dependable place to buy all wardrobe essentials, including athleisure.

Sizing options: Varies by style, but most pieces range from XS-XL. 

We love Everlane for everything from its cashmere sweaters and jeans to footwear and outerwear. The brand’s products are always responsibly made with a high level of quality and keen attention to style. 

While you can always rely on Everlane to find clothes that will help you look your best, you can also rely on them to find clothes that will help you feel your best. 

The brand just launched its new Track Collection, which includes a variety of organic cotton sweatsuits. You can find T-shirts, sweatsuits, and even sneakers at Everlane.

What to buy:

The Organic Cotton Crew (small)Sport Short (small)Track Crewneck (small)Track Pant (small)
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I hated how I looked on video calls so I tried a clothing subscription service – here’s how it has transformed my morning routine

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Katie Nave sports items she got from Stitch Fix while working from home.

  • Katie Nave is a freelance writer based in Brooklyn, New York who says she often felt unprofessional and messy on Zoom calls.
  • Nave decided to sign up for Stitch Fix and says using it has helped her achieve a more polished look.
  • It may not be a permanent fix, but at least for now, it’s helping her feel more confident at work.
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A typical pandemic workday finds me juggling back-to-back Zoom meetings and entertaining my six-year-old, often doing an imperfect job at showing up for both.

As a work-from-home single parent, fussing over my weekday wardrobe is low on my priority list. I’ve blossomed from the early quarantine days of sweatshirts and messy buns for the most part, but I wouldn’t say my outfits are boardroom-ready.

I vividly remember sitting on an all-staff call, thanking my generous colleague for her public shoutout, and looking into my tiny square on the screen. This was a moment where I desperately wanted to appear professional, and instead I had on a band t-shirt from college and a zit on my chin (I’m a 37-year-old woman). I hadn’t expected to have to turn on my camera, but I looked like such a mess that even the Zoom “touch up my appearance” feature was at a loss.

I hated how unprofessional I looked on Zoom calls and wanted a change

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Nave’s usual work from home outfit.

Unwilling to live through that moment again, I began to consider my options for how to overhaul my look.
Several of my friends had tried subscription clothing services and said they’d be pleased with how it enhanced their wardrobes. I gathered specific details, along with promo codes, and decided to give it a try.

I decided to sign up for a monthly clothing delivery service

After comparing costs and commitment levels, I landed on trying Stitch Fix. Several friends vouched for its reliability, and I found it to be affordable. The service doesn’t require a subscription and returns are free. You only pay a $20 styling fee per order, and it’s credited towards any of the items you choose to keep. The deal is that you get five clothing and accessory items, tailored to your style, delivered as frequently as you’d like – and you send back what doesn’t work for you.

After signing up for a monthly delivery, I took a survey about my style preferences, sizes, lifestyle, preferred brands, and price points. While I derive no joy from shopping, it turns out that I love sitting on my couch and judging outfits. The app has regular style questionnaires, aimed at determining the pieces that will suit you best and are easy and fun to wear.

Getting my first box of surprise clothing and accessories in the mail was pretty exciting

The box arrived with a lightweight black blazer, a short summer dress, a bralette, a breezy maxi dress, and a basic white sleeveless top. I tried the brand new pieces on, and decided to keep everything, aside from the somewhat frumpy maxi dress. Keeping these items cost me $350.

If you decide to keep the entire box of items, Stitch Fix will credit back the $20 styling fee. If not, the fee goes towards what you do keep. Also, the company has a price-matching program, so if you find any of the items for a lower price elsewhere, they’ll match it.

The claims were true that returns were straightforward and I wasn’t charged for anything I didn’t want. I simply put the items I didn’t like back into the package and shipped them back for free at my local UPS store.

The cohesive wardrobe made my morning routine easier

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A new outfit from Nave’s first subscription box.

As I wore the clothes for the first time for work, I realized the joy it brought to actually wear something new for the first time in a very long time. Plus, I didn’t have to stand paralyzed in front of my closet wondering what look I was going for today – like a college kid preparing for finals or an exhausted mom trying to keep it all together.

Over Zoom, I noticed that I felt better in my skin, more confident and polished, and not horrified at what I saw in my tiny digital square.

It may not be a permanent fix, but at least for now, it’s helping me feel more confident at work

I don’t know how long I’ll keep the subscription boxes coming, as I’m a person who doesn’t do well with a lot of clutter and I’m well aware that making more sustainable choices when it comes to fashion is crucial. So, it’s quite possible this is a short-term solution to the luxury problem of hitting a COVID clothing slump.

Still, signing up for a clothing delivery service is one small perk that makes me feel more professional and is bringing a little joy and ease to my morning routine. Maybe it won’t last forever, but at least for now, I’m not haunted by my workday Zoom fashion statements.

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A creepy virtual influencer looks so human, her skin changes with her surroundings

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  • Ayayi is a non-human influencer that looks just like a real person.
  • Her skin texture changes depending on the lighting and surroundings, just as a real person’s would.
  • She’s already starting to work with brands like Guerlain.
  • See more stories on Insider’s business page.

For some time now, companies have been creating their own virtual influencers.

It is what it says on the tin – an animation in human form, developed either to promote a company’s own products or to act as an influencer that they can use to negotiate advertising rates with brands.

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However, if there’s one thing most of these new virtual influencers have in common, it’s that most of them couldn’t always pass for real people.Now, though, another virtual influencer named Ayayi has joined the list and her appearance is eerily realistic.

One of the things that stands out the most about the influencer is the texture of her skin, as it changes depending on the lighting and surroundings, just as a real person’s would.

Ayayi’s appearance does sometimes look artificial but is still very realistic, especially considering that it was created by a computer program.

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Big brands will now pay large sums of money to fund their design and animation.

There are a lot of virtual influencers who have already starred in campaigns for prestigious brands like Chanel or Prada.

For now, she has a few photos on Instagram, and about 1,000 followers – although her presence and popularity are growing in China.

This virtual influencer has a long way to go, but she’s already starting to work with brands like Guerlain.

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These stylish flannel shirts are the perfect pieces for heading into fall weather

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  • Flannel shirts are warm, comfortable, and cozy, yet rugged and functional.
  • As one of the most versatile cold-weather pieces, flannels can be worn in fall, winter, and spring.
  • Whether you want to wear them casually or for tough outdoor trips, here are the best flannel shirts.

Love or hate flannels all you want, but there’s no denying how functional they can be. And if you pick the right patterns and colors, they help you stay stylish with little effort.

As a cornerstone to cold-weather dressing, flannels can be however you want them to be used. From dressing casually or layering up for an outdoor excursion, the warmth, comfort, and versatility of flannel shirts make them a must-have garment in your closet.

Depending on the weight and thickness of a flannel shirt, you can generally wear them during the fall, winter, and early spring.

Whether you’re looking for a classic Buffalo plaid flannel to complete a signature fall outdoors look or a more fashion-forward color or pattern, you’ll find all of the best places to buy men’s flannels below.

It’s worth noting that anyone can wear a men’s size flannel. The overall cut and fit of men’s flannels is usually boxier and bigger than women’s flannels.

Here are the best flannel shirt brands for men:

Woolrich

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Woolrich has been making flannel since 1850, which is nearly as long as the brand has been making clothes, and its flannel shirts are the best of the best.

Oxbow Buffalo Check Shirt (small)

Sizing options: XS-XL

Woolrich makes a sturdy flannel, but make no mistake: The shirts are as soft as can be before they ever see the inside of a washing machine. I have had several Woolrich shirts over the years, and if it were not for my younger brother stealing them to go around skateboard parks, I’m confident that they’d still be here today.

In 1850, Woolrich became the first brand to design a Buffalo Check shirt and the Oxbow Flannel is a modern iteration of the original design.

Made from 100% soft brushed cotton, the Oxbow Buffalo Check Shirt is soft against skin, and warm enough to be worn as a jacket. Whether you wear it outdoors or in city streets, the timeless design is one that will stand out.

 

Pendleton

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Pendleton offers such a dizzying array of woolen and cotton flannel shirts, it might be hard to know where to start, but every piece is well made.

Men’s Long Sleeve Board Shirt (small)

Sizing options: XS-3XL

In 1863, Thomas Kay sailed down the Atlantic Seaboard of the United States, rode across what was then the Isthmus of Panama, and sailed up the Pacific Coast in search of a place to raise sheep and produce wool. He found it in Pendleton, Oregon, where he started his own mill in 1889. His legacy has remained there ever since, and Kay’s family still owns and operates the brand along with its facilities and retail stores.

In 1929, Pendleton put out its first line of virgin wool sportswear, and the brand has been producing excellent flannel shirts ever since.

Pendleton has changed the way its flannel is made over the years, of course. First and foremost, the wool isn’t harvested in the United States anymore, but the company does still weave material here. Now that flannel has come into popular fashion, you can find a strong array of hues to choose from. The fabrics used are also water-, odor-, and stain-resistant.

Uniqlo

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Brushed on both sides, Uniqlo’s flannel shirts are soft as anything, and half the price of most of our picks.

Men’s Checked Flannel (small)

Sizing options: XXS-3XL

Based in Japan, Uniqlo has been making clothes since the 1940s, but it only began to reach US shores in 2005. Since then, its wares have become something of a chic-but-utilitarian staple in many wardrobes. And why not? It’s affordable, well-made clothing that fits the bill for most. 

Uniqlo is somewhat synonymous with the word “cheap” in Japan while, oddly enough in New York, you might even hear the adjective “cool” used to describe the company’s line of modestly-priced, ergonomically-designed sportswear. Why? It’s hard to say for sure, but a straightforward and simplistic (albeit scientific) design that leaves room for comfort doesn’t hurt.

Uniqlo covers the gamut of plaid patterns with its flannel. The shirts also come mildly tailored, so while they may not be the trendiest take on flannel, they don’t exactly look frumpy, either. 

Outerknown

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Outerknown’s Blanket Shirts are some of the softest we’ve tried. They’re also 100% organic down to the buttons.

Blanket Shirt (small, Preferred: Outerknown)

Sizing options: S-XXL, runs big

Sustainability doesn’t always have to come at a premium, but sometimes it’s worth the splurge. These Blanket Shirts are Outerknown’s iteration of a “work shirt” or “shacket,” as you please, but they maintain their softness and don’t pill like many other higher-end rivals.

There’s nothing like getting out of the water on a brisk evening and tossing one of these on while I change out of a wetsuit. And, of course, I can stroll right back into town feeling fresh — and warm — as a daisy. I’d say I’d keep buying these shirts for years to come, but because of the craftsmanship that goes into them, I know I’ll do just fine with the two I’ve got for the foreseeable future.

Amir Ismael, our on-staff senior reporter and style guru, recently began wearing Outerknown’s Blanket Shirts and offered similar praise:

“As thick and heavy as the Outerknown Blanket Shirt may be, it actually has great versatility throughout the seasons. It’s good for late summer nights on cool and breezy beaches, layering in the fall and winter, or even leaving at your desk when it’s cold in the office.

The relaxed fit makes it comfortable to wear, but if you want it to be more fitted, I’d recommend sizing down. I’m 5-foot-5 and about 135 pounds, and the size small was slightly oversized (I had to cuff the sleeves for a better fit).”

Fjallraven

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Far from fast fashion, Fjallraven makes some of the most technical and warm flannels we’ve tested.

Skog Shirt (small)Canada Shirt (small)

Sizing options: XS-XXL

Based in Sweeden, it’s no surprise that Fjallraven knows how to exceptionally great cold-weather pieces like flannels. The brand has spent the last 50 years making top-notch outdoor gear that’s environmentally responsible and built to last.

Two of my favorite flannel shirts from Fjallraven are the Skog Shirt and the Canada Shirt. 

Taking on the look and feel of a traditional flannel, the Skog shirt is a mid-weight piece made from 100% organic cotton. It features a button-down collar, chest pockets, with a pen hole, and buttons to hold rolled-up sleeves in place. If you’re looking for a multi-seasonal this is a solid choice.

The Canada Shirt, on the other hand, is a much heavier and rugged garment. Made from the brand’s signature G-1000 material (65% polyester, 35% cotton, 45% acrylic, 25% polyester, 25% wool, and 5% other fibers) is warm and could be worn as a jacket in certain weather.

I found the blend of material to be a bit itchy when directly on my skin, but considering how heavy the garment is, I usually only wear it when it’s cold enough to wear it with a layer underneath. The snap buttons make it easy to fasten, even when your hands are freezing cold. — Amir Ismael

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Taylor Stitch is a San Francisco-based menswear brand that designs high-quality wardrobe essentials “responsibly built for the long haul.”

Yosemite Shirt (small)

Sizing options: XS-XXL

While the brand offers everything from denim and chinos to T-shirts and sweatsuits, the Yosemite Shirt is one of its best offerings.

Made using 9 ounces of 100% cotton flannel chamois, the mid-weight flannel is perfect for three seasons. It’s soft enough to wear next to skin in mild weather, but also a very warm piece for layering in the cold of winter. 

Overall, the Yosemite Shirt takes a no-frills approach to design. Classic elements like two chest pockets, a California collar, and a shorter hem meant to be worn untucked make it a shirt anyone can easily wear, whether for style or utility. The quality of the garment is what makes it so special. — Amir Ismael

 

 

What else we’ve considered

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Faherty: These work shirts, or “shackets,” might not exactly classify as flannels, but we think they’re close enough in terms of material at the very least. And if not, they’re a worthy substitute for the rudimentary Buffalo Check that pervades most people’s closets. Faherty also has a line of true flannels.

The shirts are soft, flattering, and can be worn out and about in a slightly more elevated fashion than a Baja poncho. If busy patterns or stripes aren’t your things, Faherty’s shirts come in monochromatic colors, too. We’re still a fan of these shirts, but a good bit of use has lead to pilling, and while choosing to dry clean them would prevent this, we think that’s a little too much work for flannel. If you’re willing to toss them into the dry cleaning pile, though, we’re all for Faherty’s work shirts.

L.L.Bean: A tried and true classic, this brand’s shirts are known by all and worn by many, but the cuts tend to be frumpy and we think you can get better, more sustainably sourced fabric for less.

Patagonia: Patagonia makes outstanding flannel, and it’s also almost wholly sustainable, but it’s a little pricier, and there are less solid colors to choose from if you’re not into plaid.

Toad&Co.: We chose United By Blue over Toad&Co. as the best sustainable flannel because they use equally responsible materials and manufacturing processes, but also have more of a fashion-forward style. However, as our previous pick for best sustainable, Toad&Co. is still a very solid choice.

Insider Reviews senior reporter Owen Burke said, “I received a Flannagan flannel shirt from Toad&Co. a little under a year ago, and I wore it all fall, winter, and spring, until it was time to break out the linen shirts. It suffered through countless washes in both my cheap-as-hell, garment-shredding washer and drier (no, really, they’ve killed many a shirt), and as I wear it today, there’s not a loose thread, button, or stitch upon it.”

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How we test style and beauty products at Insider Reviews

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Rows of white shoes lined up to be tested as part of our roundup of the best white sneakers for women.

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Whether it’s stylish sneakers to wear with any outfit or a review on the latest hairdryers, Insider Reviews team offers recommendations you can trust. Our Style and Beauty team – experienced style and beauty experts who have spent years covering the industry – tests and research hundreds of products, including men’s and women’s denim, shoes, workwear, swimwear, intimates, and more, as well as skincare products, hair tools, and makeup. While style may be subjective, our reviewers look for tangible elements like craftsmanship, wearability, and sustainability.

What types of style products we cover

Sneakers: From white sneakers for men to sneakers for women and all-around stylish sneakers, our reviewers stay on top of the latest trends. Our recommendations include a variety of popular and up-and-coming brands, from stalwarts like Adidas and Nike to newcomers like Allbirds.

Basics: Whether it’s underwear for men and women, t-shirts for men and women, leggings, or lingerie, we love basics, especially those from brands like Everlane, Thirdlove, Spanx, and Dagne Dover.

Jewelry and watches: Our coverage range from affordable fine jewelry and jewelry on a budget to high-end pieces like luxury watches. We consult experts about the best watches for both men and women, as well as tips for buying Rolexes online and storing your watches.

Workwear: Brands like ADAY and M.M. LaFleur top our recommendations for workwear, whether it’s washable silk or stylish loafers.

Bags: From bags to bring to the office to crossbody bags for the weekend, our team knows its way around a good carry-all. We judge backpacks and other bags by how well and how much they can carry, as well as style because you don’t have to sacrifice utility for fashion.

What types of beauty products we cover

Subscription services: Beauty boxes are a great way to test out a lot of products. Our recommendations include Alltrue and Birchbox, as well as services like Function of Beauty and Prose, which customize products for you.

Skincare: We consult dermatologists about everything from retinol cream to facial sunscreen and eye creams. We test both luxury and drugstore products and put each category through its paces.

Haircare: We utilize a large group of testers and experts to provide recommendations across hair types. Whether you need a hairdryer, a conditioner, or a leave-in treatment, we recommend brands like Prose, Dyson, Pantene, Carol’s Daugher, and more.

Makeup: Not only do we regularly test mascara, eyeliner, foundation, and more, we do our best to provide the top picks for whatever your mood. We swatch for pigment, and test for things like how long a product lasts, whether it flakes, and whether it lives up to claims of water resistance and longwear.

How we test style and beauty products

We test both style and beauty products by wearing them for weeks and months. For clothing items, we make sure to wash them a few times to make sure they hold up. We also use products the way people actually use them: we throw leggings in the dryer, apply multiple coats of mascara, and stuff our bags full of everything we need to hold to ensure it truly can carry it all. And when we can’t recommend a product objectively, like the best tube of red lipstick, we pull recommendations from experts and stylish pros to give us their suggestions.

Meet our expert style and beauty team

Our style and beauty team has nearly 30 years of combined experience testing and reviewing products. Each editor and reporter is an expert in their beat and offers reviews and recommendations that are backed by actual testing and research. Meet the style and beauty team below:

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Maria is the senior style & beauty editor for Insider Reviews. She leads the style and beauty team, as well as an army of freelancers, and helps produce guides and reviews on everything from hot tools to sustainable sneakers. Maria has been in the style and beauty industry for a decade, and her writing has appeared in publications such as Elle Magazine, Bustle, InStyle, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, The Washington Post, Refinery29, and Playboy. She also served as a beauty editor at Refinery29, where she produced beauty editorials featuring makeup artists and hairstylists such as Pat McGrath, Dick Page, Orlando Pita, Sir John, Mario Dedivanovic, and more.

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Ashley Phillips, style & beauty editor

Ashley is the style and beauty editor for Insider’s Reviews team, where she spends her days monitoring the latest product launches, consulting experts on ingredients lists, and helping readers to identify which moisturizers and cashmere sweaters are worth investing in. Before joining Insider, she spent five years reviewing products as the style and beauty editor for Hearst’s BestProducts.com, and before that, she was a copywriter for Neiman Marcus where she specialized in fine jewelry and accessories. Her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Town&Country, and more. Prior to joining the editorial world, she was the owner and buyer of an independent-clothing boutique.

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Amir is a senior reporter for Insider Reviews. As a collector of sneakers and fashion, Amir is passionate about all things related to style. He’s covered everything including the industry’s shift to producing more sustainable clothing, the most comfortable loungewear, all of the best places to shop for affordable business casual attire, and more. He’s used his expertise in footwear and the footwear industry to review all kinds of shoes from sportswear giants, well-known casual brands, and startups. Amir’s coverage also includes eyewear, watches, and grooming products like electric razors and men’s skincare. His writing has appeared in Complex Sneakers and Sole Collector, where he contributed to daily sneaker news and release dates, feature-length articles, and interviews with artists, designers, and athletes.

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25 gifts for anyone who needs a good night’s sleep

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  • Sleep offers an opportunity to relax and restore your body, which many of us need after a long day.
  • A lot of people struggle to sleep as the nights get warmer and it gets darker later.
  • A calming gift will be much appreciated by anyone in need of some self care and improved sleep.
  • If you’re looking for more inspiration, check out our gift guides for curated recommendations.

Sleep can be a delicious respite from the day’s stressors or an uncomfortable challenge of endless tossing and turning. Many of us can experience both at different times in our lives, so we can all appreciate a gift that helps us rest easy.

Whether they’re a new parent, a semi-professional napper, or a rise-with-the-sun morning person, everyone’s sleep quality can be improved. Put your loved ones on the path to dreamland with gifts designed to soothe them.

The 25 best sleep gifts for a restorative and relaxing slumber:

A temperature-controlled mug

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Ember Mug² Temperature Control Smart Mug 10 ounce, available at Target, $99.99

This smart mug will keep your tea and other warm beverages at the perfect temperature for you to enjoy before bed. You can read our full review of the Ember Mug 2 here.

A calming night mask

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Laneige Cica Sleeping Mask, available at Sephora, $34

Add this calming face mask to your nighttime skincare routine to unwind before heading to bed. The mask is fragrance-free and has soothing ingredients that will help with redness and irritation.

A calming set of bath and body essentials

Nécessaire Body Essentials Set

The Body Essentials, available at Nécessaire, $60

A warm, calming shower before bed is a great way to ensure they’ll sleep great every night. This set from Nécessaire includes a body exfoliator, body wash, and body lotion and is available in calming eucalyptus, bergamot, sandalwood scents, and even a fragrance-free option.

A pair of cloud-like socks

Brother Vellies socks

Cloud Sock, available at Brother Vellies, $35

If they prefer to sleep with toasty feet, gift them these super soft, one-size-fits-all socks. The socks are available in 19 colors, with proceeds from the lavender shade donated to the brand’s food distribution and mask-making efforts initiative in Kenya.

A fun tool to limit screen time at night

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Mobile Phone Jail, available at Amazon, $11.98

Help them cut out screen time before bed with this fun but effective phone jail. While this tool is meant to discourage mindless scrolling, the jail unlocks with a key, making it possible for your giftee to retrieve their phone in case of an emergency.

A meditation app with soothing content

Calm App

Subscription to Calm, from $14.99/month

Meditation can slow down racing minds, and the Calm app curates guided meditations to suit personal needs. A subscription to Calm gives access to a library of bedtime stories and meditations geared towards the user’s preferences. This app is likely to help even the most restless people sleep deeper.

A journal for curious dreamers

Dreamer's Journal: An Illustrated Guide to the Subconscious, Under $25 (17)

Dreamer’s Journal: An Illustrated Guide to the Subconscious, available at Amazon, $16.99

If you have a friend who claims prophetic powers or loves introspection, a dream journal can encourage them to explore their subconscious mind. With illustrated prompts and a guide to common dream symbolism, this journal is an adventure into the unknown.

An aromatherapy diffuser

SpaRoom Essential Oil Diffuser

SpaRoom Ultrasonic Essential Oil Diffuser, available at Bed Bath and Beyond, $33.99

The simplicity of this aromatherapy diffuser makes it perfect for before bedtime. The 5-ounce water tank runs continuously for five hours or intermittently for 10. All you need to do is add a few drops of essential oils and the soothing mist will run throughout the night. We also appreciate the functionality of this diffuser in small spaces.

An affordable and effective sleep mask

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Natural Silk Sleep Mask, available at Amazon, $9.99

A low price doesn’t have to mean low quality, and Alaska Bear’s sleep mask is one of our favorites. The high-quality silk mask comes in one- and two-strap models, securely blocking out light without irritating skin all night long.

A small but powerful white noise machine

LectroFan

LectroFan High Fidelity White Noise Machine, available at Amazon, $31.17

Don’t let the practical nature of this gift fool you. This compact machine produces blanketing white noise, canceling out street noise with fan sounds at various intensities. For anyone trying to get a good night’s sleep in a noisy space (who isn’t?), we can’t recommend this product highly enough.

An extra-soft throw blanket

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Fleece Blanket Throw, available at Amazon, $15.99

Treat a loved one to softness and warmth this year with a microfiber fleece throw blanket. Available in five sizes and 30 different colors, this lightweight blanket fits seamlessly into any decor.

A weighted blanket for all night comfort

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Weighted Comforter, available at Brooklinen, $224.10

As the popularity of weighted blankets soars, this product is sure to be on wish lists everywhere. The Brooklinen weighted comforter can replace regular bed covers, eliminating the need for layered blankets. We recommend also using a machine-washable duvet cover because the comforter itself is dry clean only.

A relaxation set for tea lovers

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David’s Tea Relaxation Kit, available at David’s Tea, $18.99

Herbal tea is a favorite bedtime beverage for its soothing properties. With three flavors of loose leaf tea infusions, an eye mask, and a small teacup, this kit is almost like a spa vacation in a box for tea lovers. To help them find their next favorite, you can gift them a variety pack with four soothing flavors.

A story collection for bedtime reading

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Best American Short Stories 2020, available at Amazon, $8.69

Two tenants of sleep hygiene are limiting screen time before bed and cultivating a winding down routine. With a short story collection, readers can go through one story a night, creating a screen-free bedtime habit. There are endless options, but the annual Best American Short Stories series is a great place to start.

A pillow spray for sweet dreams

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Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, available at Amazon, from $29

The spray is vegan and made of cruelty-free ingredients like lavender, vetivert, and chamomile to help relax busy minds as soon as they hit the pillow.

A healthy hot cocoa

Cacao Golde

Cacao Wellness Blend, available at Golde, $29

Help expose them to the dream that is healthy hot cocoa with this cacao wellness blend made with turmeric and coconut. It will make them feel all sorts of warm and cozy.

A cult favorite pillowcase

LilySilk pillowcase

19 Momme Silk Pillowcase, available at LilySilk, $27 

Add some luxury to their bedtime with a high-quality silk pillowcase, featuring an envelope closure and hand-washing instructions. When we reviewed this pillowcase, we found that hot sleepers felt cooler, and testers with a variety of hair textures all noticed decreased frizz.

A more natural alarm clock

Philips wake-up light alarm clock

Phillips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light, available at Amazon, $99.99

Night owls and early birds alike will love the soothing alarm clock alternative of this simulated sunrise and sunset. Though there’s no app (which is good because it’s one less device before bedtime), the SmartSleep’s manual controls are simple to use and allow some customization.

It’s one of our top picks in our wake up alarm clock guide, and our tester felt the mood-enhancing benefits of the light and felt more refreshed the morning after testing it.

A luxurious candle

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Chandelier Candle, available at Otherland, $36

This beautiful candle has notes of bubbly, saffron, and leather for a not-too-sweet scent that’s perfect for cozy nights in.

An everyday and night pair of pajamas

Jambys

Jambys Pajamas, available at Jambys, from $35

For loungewear lovers, Jambys offers pajama separates that effortlessly go between work and sleep from home. Its gender-inclusive styles aren’t restrictive or heat-retaining, making them hard to give up when the day starts.

A midnight snack

Partake Foods cookie variety pack

Soft Baked Cookies Variety Pack, available at Partake Foods, $29.99

Almost everyone can enjoy the chewy deliciousness of Partake cookies, made without common allergens like gluten, nuts, and soy. The variety pack includes cookie butter, chocolate chip, and triple chocolate cookies just waiting to be part of a midnight snack.

A soft and durable sheet set

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Pima Cotton Percale Sheet Set, available at L.L.Bean, from $109

There is nothing better than sinking into bed with amazing sheets, and L.L.Bean’s 280-thread-count set is the best we’ve tried. The fabric is breathable, crisp, and holds up after multiple washes for long-lasting quality worth the price.

A quality travel pillow

Cabeau Evolution Travel Pillow and Case

Cabeau Evolution Travel Pillow, available at Amazon, $39.99

For couch nappers or plane sleepers, a supportive travel pillow is a must-have to avoid neck stiffness. The Cabeau pillow comes in seven colors with a compact travel case and a strap to attach to uncomfortable headrests.

An adjustable star projector

BlissLights Sky Lite Laser Star Projector

BlissLights Laser Star Projector, available at Amazon, from $49.99

The lucky stargazer can fall asleep under drifting galaxies with this home projector. They can use the adjustable brightness and tilting base to suit their preferences, and the 1-year warranty ensures the magic won’t stop anytime soon.

A onesie for grown-ups

MeUndies Unisex Onsie

Unisex Adult Onesie, available at MeUndies, $78 ($62 for members)

If they won’t buy one for themselves, help them take the leap into comfort with a MeUndies adult onesie. Made from sustainably sourced natural fibers, this zip-up one-piece comes in four solid colors and 12 different patterns. Once they put it on, they’ll never take it off.

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8 of the best places to buy men’s T-shirts, from everyday basics to performance undershirts

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  • T-shirts are one of the cornerstones of a wardrobe, no matter how fancy or basic they may be.
  • There are many options to choose from, so we’ve narrowed it down to the best in every category.
  • Everlane’s Organic Cotton Crew is the best overall because it’s affordable and backed by a warranty.

If you take a look at anyone’s wardrobe, you’re almost guaranteed to find a few T-shirts. As a quintessential item for all, T-shirts are readily available from just about every clothing company. With a countless number of tees readily available, you might be wondering why you’d need a guide to make a decision, but that’s exactly why. We decided to cut through the seemingly endless options to narrow it down to the absolute best ones.

Whether you’re searching for a stretchy moisture-wicking T-shirt to work out in, a comfort T-shirt for working from home and lounging, or low-cost T-shirts to stock up on, you’ll find it here. I’ve selected five of the best T-shirts based on the many brands I’ve personally tested or bought over the years. You’ll find picks for comfort, affordability, undershirts, working out, and the best overall.

It’s also worth noting that while all the T-shirts listed below are in men’s sizing, anyone can wear them. If you’re unsure of which size fits you best, check each brand’s size chart for more details. Speaking of fit, the styles below are what the industry calls “men’s t-shirts.” What qualifies as a “men’s t-shirt” has everything to do with sizing and fit. These tend to be boxier, broader, and longer than tees that were made for women. If you’re looking for something shorter and more fitted, check out our guide to the best women’s T-shirts.

Here are the best places to buy men’s sized T-shirts in 2021:

Everlane

Everlane Uniform Tee

As part of the Everlane Uniform collection, the Organic Cotton Crew Tee is backed by a one-year warranty and comes in a handful of colors.

Sizing options: XS-XXL, runs true to size

The T-shirt is quintessential to casual style, so there’s a good chance you already wear one on a regular basis — sort of like a uniform.

Everlane created the Uniform Collection to make getting dressed feel more effortless. Among those styles is the Organic Cotton Crew Tee, which is easily the best T-shirt on the market.

During the design process, Everlane put the Organic Cotton Crew Tee through 25 wash cycles, three tests for fading and pilling, and six measurements for shrinking to make sure it can withstand constant wear.

To fully stand behind the quality, the Organic Cotton Crew and everything else in the Uniform collection is backed by a 365-day guarantee. If it shrinks, rips, fades, or does anything else that compromises the original quality, Everlane will replace it for free. 

Aside from the quality, the variety makes these tees good for any wardrobe. There are more than 10 colors to choose from, and you can also choose from styles that have a pocket or a V-neck. They’re fairly inexpensive at $18 for one, or $45 for three ($15 each), so it’s easy to stock up on multiple of your favorite or most-worn colors.

Read my full review on the Everlane Uniform collection

What to buy:

The Organic Cotton Crew (small)
Rhone

Rhone Reign T-shirt

Built for performance, the Rhone Reign T-shirt will keep you cool, dry, and comfortable during your workouts.

Sizing options: S-XXL, runs true to size

Rhone is one of the leading startups in the athleisure menswear space, so it’s no surprise they’ve figured out how to make a really good T-shirt. The brand offers a decent selection of performance T-shirts, some specifically for sports like running, but the Reign T-shirt is its best for all-around performance. 

The brand doesn’t make mention of the T-shirts being stretchy (I guess at this point, it’s pretty much expected from any performance gear), but its blend of nylon, polyester, and spandex material does have an impressive amount of stretch. The material is also moisture-wicking and features GoldFusion technology to fight body odor. 

I use my Rhone T-shirts exclusively for the gym, and I’ve found the GoldFusion technology to be effective. This is an important feature for me because washing my gym clothes after one wear is simply unrealistic. The shirt also has built-in UPF 50+, so you’re getting extra sun protection for your outdoor workouts and activities too. 

When I do wash my Rhone shirts, they come out of the washer and dryer in perfect condition. At this point, Rhone shirts have been in my gym rotation for about two years, and I’ve yet to experience fading or shrinking — and at $68 each, that type of quality is expected.

Aside from the stellar quality and fit, I really appreciate the quotes that Rhone incorporates into its shirts. The bottom of the hem on the Reign T-shirt reads, “While living I want to live well.” It’s a nice touch for people who are working to reach their goals and could use some extra inspiration.

Again, at $68, this shirt is expensive, so I’d suggest going with a cheaper option if you only need something to wear casually or to lounge in. 

What to buy:

Reign Classic Short Sleeve (small)
Brooklinen

Brooklinen Prospect Tee

The Brooklinen Prospect Tee is so soft and comfortable, you won’t want to take it off.

Sizing options: XS-XXL, runs true to size

Before testing the Brooklinen Prospect Tee, I wasn’t expecting to have such a positive experience with it. Just about any T-shirt can be considered comfortable to some degree, so I figured Brooklinen’s wouldn’t be much different. After all, it is just a T-shirt. 

But as soon as I put it on, I was proven wrong. The Prospect Tee is super soft and has a slightly relaxed fit that makes it especially comfortable to wear. I originally wore it around the house and then to bed since Brooklinen technically considers it loungewear, but I’ve also worn it quite a few times outside. Don’t let the word “loungewear” trick you into thinking you can’t wear this T-shirt in the real world, because you absolutely can. 

Brooklinen says that each piece undergoes five separate quality-control checks to ensure it won’t warp, shrink, stretch, sag, or pill, and so far I’ve found that to be true. My Prospect Tee, as well as the Bergen Joggers (a pair of lounge pants I’ve also tested from Brooklinen), have held up amazingly in the wash. Both pieces are just as soft as the first time I wore them.

If you prefer a V-neck, the York Tee has all the same great features. 

Read our full review on Brooklinen loungewear.

What to buy:

Prospect Tee (small)
Tommy John

Tommy John Undershirt

Tommy John is unlike any other undershirt on the market — in a good way. The collar stays flat, it fits closely to your body, and never comes untucked.  

Sizing options: S-XXL, fits snug, but as an undershirt, that’s how you want it to fit. 

Tommy John started with the mission to bring men’s undergarments into the 21st century and its undershirts are, in my opinion, the best example of how it’s doing that.

To be completely honest, I gave up on T-shirt-style undershirts a long time ago because they’re almost always ill-fitting at the collar, the sleeves become loose, and they rarely stay tucked in. To put it plainly, they look sloppy.

Tommy John’s undershirts are the complete opposite. They’re close-fitting, but not tight, long enough to stay comfortably tucked into your pants, and they almost disappear underneath your top layer of clothes.

While browsing, you’ll find that Tommy John undershirts are available in two materials — Second Skin and Cool Cotton. I’ve tried both and I can’t say one is better than the other; it really depends on what you look for most in an undershirt, whether that’s softness or breathability.

I especially like Tommy John’s undershirts instead of basic tank tops when I’m wearing dress shirts. They’re more comfortable (which is important when you’re already wearing not-so-comfortable dress clothes), they help prevent sweat stains on the armpits, and they’re a lot less visible if you’re wearing a white or light-colored shirt.

Read my full review on Tommy John undershirts.

Second Skin Crew Neck Stay-Tucked Undershirt 2.0 (3 pack) (small)
Uniqlo

Uniqlo Packaged Dry T-Shirt

If you simply need a good T-shirt without spending a lot of money, Uniqlo’s Dry Crew Neck T-shirts are the way to go. 

Sizing options: XXS-3XL. Fits true to size. Size up for a more relaxed fit.

Uniqlo’s Dry T-shirts are far from the brand’s best-made T-shirts (check out the Uniqlo U Collection if you want higher quality), but they’re still essentials in my wardrobe. 

I love them because they’re affordable enough that you can stock up on a bunch of colors. You never know when you’re going to need a T-shirt in a specific color, so you can buy all of your favorites and have them on deck. 

Something to note is that they come folded and packaged (hence the name), so you’ll want to quickly hit them with a steamer to get rid of the creases. 

In my experience with Uniqlo Dry Packaged T-shirts over the years, I have seen fading, shrinking, and pilling after a decent amount of wears, washes, and dry cycles, but I didn’t mind. By the time they were worn out, I felt like I had gotten my money’s worth.

If you like to buy a T-shirt and wear it repeatedly — not sparingly — then I’d recommend a higher quality pick, but these will certainly get the job done.

What to buy:

Dry Color Crew Neck Short-Sleeve T-Shirt (small)
Cuts Clothing

Cuts Clothing

The T-shirts from Cuts Clothing are soft, fitted in the right places, and come in a variety of fashionable hem styles and colors.

Sizing options: S-XXL. Shirts have a close-to-body fit, but they are true to size.

As the self-proclaimed makers of “the only T-shirt worth wearing,” I had pretty high expectations before trying the shirts from Cuts Clothing. But, they ultimately lived up to the hype.

Founded in 2016, Cuts Clothing was created for men looking for high-quality clothing that could be worn anywhere. Most T-shirts are more or less the same, but Cuts Clothing’s T-shirts have notable differences that give them a unique and elevated feel.

The shirts use the brand’s proprietary custom-engineered material, which is just as soft and stretchy as some of the best performance gear I’ve worn. What makes the shirts special is the contemporary cuts and colors available.

You can choose between fitted or regular; crewneck, V-neck or henley; regular, split, rounded or elongated hems. I had the opportunity to try the crewneck with every hem style and I enjoyed being able to create different looks.

In addition to the great assortment of shirt styles, Cuts is also known for its contemporary colors. You’ll always find basic colors like black, white, and grey, but the brand also offers out-of-the-norm colors like Red Rum and Laurel Oak. 

If you like to get dressed with a bit more consideration than whether your T-shirt is clean and if it matches, then Cuts Clothing is a great option.

What to buy:

T-Shirts (small)
Carhartt

Carhartt

Designed as workwear, Carhartt T-shirts are roomy and extremely durable.

Sizing options:  Standard sizes are S-2XL, Big and Tall sizes are 3XL-5XL and Large Tall-4XL Tall

Carhartt is one of the most popular outdoor workwear brands and its T-shirts are a brand staple. They’re designed to be durable enough to withstand the rigors of hard work, but they’re also more than capable of being a long-lasting casual piece. 

Whether you decide to wear it for hard labor or casually, you’ll get far more wears and washes out of any Carhartt T-shirt compared to other options.

The brand has one of the most inclusive size ranges and the shirts are designed to be roomy for a comfortable fit. If you prefer a more fitted T-shirt, it’s recommended to go down a size or pick a slimmer T-shirt altogether.

Most of Carhartt’s T-shirts feature a left chest pocket, which is equally good for utility and style. You’ll also find plenty of color options. 

What to buy:

Men’s Loose Fit Heavyweight Pocket T-Shirt (small)
Tomorrow’s Laundry

Tomorrow's Laundry

Tomorrow’s Laundry is a subscription box that will fill your closet with high-quality T-shirts in both staple and unique colors.

Sizing options: S-2XL. Runs true to size.

Tomorrow’s Laundry is a new subscription box that helps people fill their closets with stylish T-shirts that are built to last. 

For $68 per month, you’ll receive one or two items, but you can also shop a la carte with T-shirts starting at $60. The subscription is definitely the more valuable option between the two, but being able to pick specific styles makes shopping outside of the subscription a good choice in some cases.

Although there are more affordable options on the market, the quality doesn’t disappoint. I’ve washed and worn all of my shirts from Tomorrow’s Laundry multiple times and they all look just as they did when they were new. I haven’t experienced color fade, shrinking, or pilling.

Monthly Subscription (small)
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7 pairs of washable work pants for women that’ll save you from trips to the dry cleaner

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  • It’s hard enough to find the perfect work pants, let alone ones that are washable.
  • We rounded up seven top-rated options from brands like Spanx, LOFT, M.M.LaFleur, and more.
  • Each pair is office-ready, easy to care for, and lets you skip the trip to the dry cleaners.

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Finding the perfect pair of women’s work pants is an odyssey some of us seemingly spend our entire lives traveling.

Day after day, we’re confronted with a never-ending loop of misshapen chinos, leggings that claim to be pants, and the occasional red herring of a great stretch pant that morphs into a deflated parachute by midnight.

But, for all the terrible fits and fabrics out there, there are some really great options – and you don’t have to spend more than $200. All of the work pants on this list are machine-washable, stretchy without bagging out, and some even have upgrades like adjustable hems so you don’t have to change for different footwear or pay a tailor to cut off the necessary four inches for a petite frame.

Below, you’ll find our personal favorite washable work pants along with other top-rated options we’ve rooted out based on their many rave reviews.

The 7 best pairs of washable work pants for women in 2021:

M.M.LaFleur The Foster Pant

Waist down view of a model wearing the M.M.LaFleur The Foster Pant in Black

Several of us on the Insider Reviews team own the Foster from M.M.LaFleur, and they’re some of the best overall work pants we’ve come across. The silhouette is sleek, classic, and versatile enough that you can wear it casually on the weekend too. What really differentiates these pants though is the adjustable hem, a rare feature that lets you instantly change the length. We also like how the stretchy material holds up to its wrinkle-resistant claims so you look as polished at the end of the day as you did walking out the door. 

Foster Pants (small)
Eileen Fisher Stretch Crepe Slim Ankle Pants

Waist down side view of a model wearing the Eileen Fisher Stretch Crepe Slim Ankle Pants in black

When it comes to quality basics, we could easily fill up an entire wardrobe with Eileen Fisher’s minimalistic designs. The brand’s Stretch Crepe Slim Ankle Pants have a pull-on style and feature all the comfort of a legging, but with a straight-leg silhouette you can dress up with heels or loafers. You can choose from classic black or an elegant off-white color, but take note that the off-white is fairly transparent.

Stretch Crepe Slim Ankle Pants (small)
Everlane The Dream Pant

A model leaning against a desk wearing the Everlane The Dream Pants in black

If you dread the idea of returning to “hard pants,” the Everlane Dream Pant is here to bridge the gap between joggers and formal slacks. It’s made with a soft cotton/modal blend but cut into a tailored silhouette with pintucked details. They’ll feel more professional when paired with a button-down or blouse, but you can just as easily pair these pants with a T-shirt too. Like the Foster, the Dream Pant is made with a wrinkle-resistant material to keep you looking fresh from 9am to 9pm. 

The Dream Pant (small)
Spanx Perfect Pant Collection

Waist down view of a model wearing the Spanx Perfect Pant (Slim Straight) in black

Spanx took its popular shaping technology and turned it into a line of work pants that’s entirely machine-washable. Dubbed “The Perfect Pant Collection,” the four styles include two skinny fits, a straight leg, and a high-rise flare. 

You can find our full review of the collection here, but the short version is that each is made with a thick, comfortable ponte fabric that looks professional while feeling like a pair of leggings. Another plus is the inclusive size range and the option to choose petite, regular, or tall lengths. 

The Perfect Pant (Slim Straight) (small)
LOFT Slim Pants

A model sitting on a white stool, wearing the LOFT Slim Pants in black

With its plethora of affordable workwear, we’d be remiss not to include LOFT on our list. The retailer’s Slim Pants feature a slightly relaxed silhouette along with four pockets for a more tailored look. You’ll also have the choice of a regular or curvy fit and a regular, petite, or tall length to help you get the correct fit right off the rack.

Athleta Brooklyn Ankle Pant

Waist down view of a model wearing the Athleta Brooklyn Pant in black

Similar to Everlane’s Dream Pant, the Athleta Brooklyn Ankle Pant is a hybrid style you can wear from work to the weekend. One reviewer notes they’ve worn these pants for a hiking trip and even out to a nice dinner. 

Though they might not be the best match for formal office settings, the Brooklyn pant has plenty of range thanks to its performance material: it’s quick-drying, wrinkle-resistant, breathable, machine-washable, and has a sun-protection rating of UPF 50+. Even better, these pants are sustainably made from recycled water bottles.

ADAY Turn It Up Pant

Waist down view of a model wearing the ADAY Turn it Up Pant in black

The ADAY ethos is anchored in sustainability, versatility, and simplicity, with designs that help you “do more with less.” The brand’s Turn it Up Pant blends the silhouette of traditional trousers with modern details like an elastic waistband and a washable material.

The legs are made to be cuffed for an alternate look, but if you decide you’d rather have them hemmed, ADAY will actually give you a $15 gift card if you send in a copy of your tailoring receipt. 

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