Lockdown may be all but over, but our new collection of loungewear isn’t going anywhere. Instead of wearing them 24/7 though, we’re mixing in our work and party clothes as covid restrictions easing puts normal life back on the cards again.
When we’re not picnicking in parks or heading out for our hard-won dinner reservation, you’ll find us at home in threads as relaxed as our moods. With warmer temperatures here, it’s time to fold away those thick jumpers and trackies in favour for a loungewear wardrobe befitting of the season.
If you’re on the curvier side, it can be tough to find decent loungewear that doesn’t end up bagging, gaping or looking as though it could house a small troupe of campers under the hem.
Thankfully, there are plenty of plus size loungewear options out there to make it look as though you’ve made an effort without actually having to.
Whether you’re looking for smart(ish) loungewear for work video calls, light knits to wear through on chilly spring evenings, or sweats for essential trips out, read on for the best loungewear for plus size women.
See our favourites below
Sizes: XS - 4X
You’d be forgiven for thinking the Kardashian family are descended from King Midas; every venture they embark upon seems to strike gold. The latest from kingpin Kim is SKIMS, the much-hyped shape and loungewear brand that launched in the US in 2019. The collection has finally hit the UK, with an admirably inclusive size range that goes from XS to 4X, and advertising on models of all shapes to bring the point home. SKIMS is a brand that tries to embrace as many as possible.
Wearing a size 18 normally, I tried the Fits Everybody scoop neck bralette (£35) in onyx (there are eight other skin tone-friendly shades) which looked deceptively flimsy and too small for my F-cup assets straight out of the compostable plastic packaging.
Once on though, I was amazed to find the soft but supportive fabric helped everything stay put, heroic considering the complete lack of underwire and formed cups. Even better, after a while I forgot I was wearing it at all - the absence of digging from the straps or underwire renders it mentally invisible. Ditto the Fits Everybody cheeky briefs (£20) - breathable and forgettable, in the best possible sense.
I also tried a bodysuit in 2X (£74) and high waist brief 2/3X (£39) from SKIMS’s sculpting line which felt more like shapewear with zoned areas and a denser stretch, but nowhere as stifling as its competitors.
SKIMS isn’t restrictive or body contorting in the way other shapewear brands can be (it calls itself ‘solutionwear’), so I would hesitate to wear it under a form-fitting dress. Instead, it lives up to its brand name and skims over lumps and bumps but feels freeing. I’d feel as comfortable wearing it to casual events out as I would at home in front of the box. - Abha Shah, Digital Shopping Writer.
Public Desire Curve relaxed joggers co-ord in tie dye
Sizes: 18 - 24
2020 is a year best forgotten, apart from the tie-dye trend which we’re happy to keep with us in 2021. Public Desire serves the look without a hint of hippy: these navy and grey joggers are an edgier and cooler way to add tie-dye to your wardrobe.
Want to go top-to-toe? Matching hoodie available here (£27.99, sizes 18 - 24).
Nike Women’s Fleece Pullover
Sizes: 22 - 32
Grey and yellow may very well be Pantone’s colours of 2021, but we’d rather be wrapped up in this sugary lilac number from Nike. Available in a genuinely inclusive range of sizes, the brand has stepped up to offer covetable sports kit and athleisure you’ll be excited to wear. Walk the dog, take out the bins, shop for supermarket essentials, all in cool yet cosy style.
M&S Collection Cosy Lounge Rib Sweatshirt and Trousers
Sizes: up to 22
Ah, now this is more like it. A cosy loungewear option with sizes up to 22, this matching navy two-piece looks smart(ish) but is loose enough for free, slouchy movement. It’s not sold as a set so while you’ll have to buy the pieces separately, this is great news for anyone who takes different sizes for tops and bottoms.
Layer with a crisp white tee and oversized blanket for those extra chilly days.
Chelsea Peers Curve recycled poly super soft fleece lounge sweat and jogger set
Sizes: 18 - 28
If you’re twinning, you’re winning. Made from recycled polyester, this two-piece is part of ASOS’s responsible edit. It’s made for chilling out at home, whatever’s on the schedule.
Plus Hoody & Jogger Set
Sizes: 16 - 28
The transition between WFH to taking some fresh air on your daily walk doesn’t get easier when wearing this set. Comprising joggers and a hoodie in sleek black, just add trainers and you’re good to go.
Vivance Dreams Stripe Long Sleeve Pyjama Set
Sizes: 16 - 32
With the look of workwear but the feel of a lounge-worthy pyjama set, this smart PJ top will have all your colleagues fooled. Even if you’re forced to stand up for a tea or loo break, the plain grey trousers won’t give away the fact you’re wearing sleepwear while working from home. Also available in blue and pink.
Pretty Lounge Poncho and Wide Leg Trouser Set
Sizes: 12- 26
The view beyond your window may be littered with (imaginary) tumbleweed, but you can play cowgirl indoors in this poncho and wide leg trouser set. The super soft knit features a roll neck and kangaroo pockets to keep the essentials *cough snacks* close to hand.
Calvin Klein Plus Modern Cotton velvet rib bralette in black
Sizes: 3XL or UK22
Clean lines and a classic silhouette, it could only be CK. This monochrome bralette offers a good level of support in sizes that should fit a UK 22 (3XL). The pull-on bra has no fastenings so it’s comfortable to wear day and night.