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Fall is upon us and that means slightly cooler weather (please), pumpkin-spice-themed everything, and – as though we didn't spend half our income in 2020 on sweatpants and leggings – more excuses to shop for loungewear.
At this point, we consider ourselves loungewear experts, so we went ahead and compiled some of our favorite L.A.-based brands that either prioritize their loungewear or do a hell of a good job at making it. This'll likely be the last loungewear line-up you'll read this year once you try on some of what we have listed below. Taking into consideration such elements as eco-consciousness and localized operations, here are nine of our current faves in alphabetical order.
Aquarius Cocktail Clothing
In case you forgot, bucket hats were once all the rage. Well thanks, in part, to Aquarius Cocktail Clothing, they're back and cooler than ever. Founder Lissa Zwahlen has committed the hats and brand to an impressive level of eco-consciousness. Everything in the re/Work Vintage collection is made from hand-picked vintage pieces and the bucket hats are actually reversible – reducing how many items you need to keep your wardrobe dynamic and varied. We especially love the re/Work SAMY sweatshirt. Many of the pieces are one-of-a-kind, so if you see something you like, don't let it sit in your cart for too long.
Être LA, which literally translates to "being L.A.," began with a vision to be the premier go-to comfort brand for loungewear, streetwear, and everything in-between. Founder Mariam Anna Barska has made it super easy to love the label and easy to mix and match pieces. The Agnes Terry Hoodie ($79, on sale for $39) literally goes with everything and couldn't be softer if it tried. While the pieces aren't made in L.A. (or in the U.S.), they truly do encapsulate relaxed L.A. vibes.
LACAUSA, Spanish for "the cause," makes clothing for the Angelena that wants to look good and feel good at the same time. The highly transparent label sources its materials from partners with high standards and ethics in mind. We always stop by their Cozy Basics section before we venture to other corners of the site. The oversized and organic heather blend Kai Tee ($54) is something everyone needs five of. Not joking. Tops range from $54 to $88, slips from $80 to $98, and bottoms are around $80.
MASONgrey's motto is "cancel your plans." After lounging in their pieces for the last year, we can see why. Mother of two and founder Maxine Bascue aimed to create a label that's chic, sexy, and cozy – and did she ever! In their pieces we feel stylish enough to go from work to play to passing out when it's time for bed. We'll be rotating between the Olivia Jumpsuit ($92) and the Nora Midi Slip Dress ($100) for the foreseeable future. The Luxury Lounge line features dresses ($65-$100), jumpsuits ($78-$100), boyfriend shirts ($95), tops ($34-$56), pants ($62-$90), and sets ($82-$128). Honestly, the only problem with MASONgrey is that their stuff is so cute we buy three of something at a time. Send help.
MATE the Label
Few L.A.-based brands can touch Mate the Label when it comes to a balance between eco-consciousness and comfort. Their loungewear sets are comforting for the body and the mind given that you know what you're wearing was made not very far away and with non-toxic, natural, and Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certified organic materials. The brand specializes in simple, high-quality pieces, and has been our go-to label for cute thermals ($72) for quite a while (we have these in more colors than we probably should but who's counting, right?). Sweatshirts are $48 to $122, sweatpants $98 to $128, and thermals are $72 to $128.
Parachute founder Ariel Kaye was one day looking for a high-quality and affordable brand to shop and realized that there was a hole in the market. She committed her Venice-based brand to produce some of the coziest loungewear, robes, slippers, and comforters we've ever tried. The Cloud Cotton Robe ($99) and Cozy Booties ($59) go together like you wouldn't imagine. Try the combo and thank us later.
Did you know Reformation began selling vintage pieces in L.A. in 2009? Ever since, they've grown into one of the most popular sustainable fashion brands this side of the Mississippi. Having been a fan of theirs for years and years, it was a no-brainer to dive head-first into their loungewear collection of long jumpsuits ($128-$148), sweatshirts ($58-$78), and two-piece sets ($198-$298). Looking good and feeling great is easy in Reformation given they've championed a green initiative, stopped using the toxic and animal-unfriendly material silk, eliminated conventional cashmere, and are sourcing more recycled materials. It's a win-win-win.
When you think of Resa, you probably don't think of loungewear, but their sets are super cute and a must-have for anyone still working from home. We've loved the L.A.-based brand ever since we slipped on one of their pieces and felt like we were wearing a cloud. The ComfyAF Short Set ($128, on sale for $89) or the Jagger Set ($158, on sale for $110) are perfect for summer lounging, but the 100% Chenille Teddy Set ($140, on sale for $90) is our favorite for those cooler L.A. nights (those still exist, right?).
Strut This is a female- and L.A.-founded athleisure brand that's committed itself to high-quality and on-trend (yet timeless) activewear made and manufactured right here in the City of Angels. The mother and daughter duo made it possible for us to have fun and look good while sweating profusely and breathing like bears – not an easy feat. Some of their prints and patterns are pretty out there and have the tendency to bring out your wild side, which is perfect for working out. The Jones Sweatshirts ($128, on sale for $94) are our personal favorite. Other Cozywear staples include joggers ($64-$148) and thermals ($82-$90), among others.