These Are The Most Flattering Sweatpants I Own, and They're Only $20

 Plus, they’re SO soft.

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Amazon Essentials Sweatpants
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These days, when I say I have nothing to wear, it means I've run out of sweatpants. Cliche as it may be, I'm not ashamed to admit that nothing has gotten me through these trying times like my trusty, comfy bottoms. However, having gone into the pandemic with only four pairs, I learned that excessive lounging leads to excessive washing, and during busy weeks I've found myself having to forgo my favorite apparel. On a particularly desperate evening, a night when even the softest leggings simply wouldn't cut it, I finally decided to buy more sweatpants. Not wanting to spend too much on clothes that may never leave my house, I settled on this simple pair from Amazon for $20.

Simple, soft, and so, so comfortable, the Amazon Essential's Studio Terry Relaxed-Fit Joggers come in sixteen colors, including classics like black, gray, and beige, as well as colorful options like olive, caramel, and burgundy. Made from a blend of viscose and cotton, these drawstring pants have a roomy fit with pockets big enough to fit an iPhone. Plus, the machine washable joggers come in sizes ranging from XS to 7X.

Amazon Essential's Sweatpants

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After tearing open my package and lifting out my new lounge pants, I was immediately impressed by how soft they were. Inside and out, the material was perfectly cozy, just as I'd hoped for. When I tried them on I was surprised that the silhouette, which tapers around the waist and ankles, was actually super cute, especially when paired with Converse or chunky sneakers.

Since the day they arrived, these joggers have been at the top of my sweatpants rotation. I wear them so often that I ended up buying a second pair, and I'm not alone in my obsession: nearly six thousand shoppers have given these sweatpants a perfect rating. "These joggers are amazingly flattering and comfortable," wrote one happy customer. "I have been living in them since purchase… They are so soft and lightweight, even in these hot Midwest summers." Another shopper wrote that they love the fit of these sweatpants, noting that they aren't "too baggy," and fit well around the ankles. "The material is really soft, with no piling issues," they added. So, a message to my fellow proud sweatpants wearers: If you're looking for an addition to your collection of loungewear that's suited for all occasions (at least, according to this writer) hold off on that pricey pair and invest in these $20 lifesavers. Your future self will thank you.

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