We tested Everlane's ultra-cozy recycled fleece loungewear: Here's what we thought

Everlane's ReNew Fleece Sweatpants and Raglan Sweatshirt

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In our opinion, winter fashion needs to be as comfortable and cozy as possible.

While that may be your oldest pair of PJ pants combined with a ratty sweatshirt, if you’re looking to elevate your winter comfies, we’ve found a pair of lounge pants that might be up your alley.

Everlane just introduced a new pair of recycled fleece sweatpants that offer all the cozy vibes you could ever want, while still being cute enough to wear out of the house.

Recently, the celebrity-favourite sustainable fashion brand introduced their ReNew Fleece Sweatpant ($79 CAD) as well as new colours of their ReNew Fleece Raglan Sweatshirt ($63 CAD). The two releases are just the latest in Everlane’s ReNew line, which is made of 100% recycled materials.

We had our editors put these sustainable basics to the test to see how they fare for all our winter lounging needs.

Hilary Hagerman, Lifestyle Managing Editor

Wearing the ReNew Fleece Sweatpants and ReNew Teddy Liner, both in oat.

For the past few years I’ve either lounged in PJs or leggings and a sweatshirt — but this year, I wanted to switch it up a bit. While I toyed with the idea of going back to run-of-the-mill sweatpants, I was intrigued by the ReNew Fleece Sweatpants for a few reasons: the cropped leg, the neutral colour and the sustainability — which is super important to me.

I ordered the oat pants in a small, which is my usual size for tops in Everlane. I’ve never ordered non-denim pants from the brand before, so wasn’t really sure how they’d fit. While I loved the straight leg, cropped silhouette (they almost reminded me of if my favourite Levi’s Wedgie Jeans were made of the most comfortable material ever), I found them to be a little loose for me in the waist. I wear my pants super high-waisted, which probably isn’t the case for most people looking for loungewear — but if you’re looking to wear them higher up, I’d suggest sizing down.

The pants are the comfiest, warmest thing I’ve ever worn. They honestly feel like you’re wrapped up in a snuggly blanket. And while they come in at a relatively affordable price point, especially for sustainable loungewear, the quality feels top-notch.

As a side note, I also bought the ReNew Teddy Liner ($90 CAD) a couple of months ago. After seeing some ~loungey sets~ on Instagram from some of my favourite brands like James Street and Kordal Studios, I was inspired to wear the teddy liner with the lounge pants. Kind of like a 2019 version of a Juicy Couture tracksuit, if you’re into that type of thing.

Elizabeth Di Filippo, Lifestyle Editor

Just sitting on the floor, doing my makeup like always wearing my ReNew Fleece Raglan Sweatshirt in Oat.

When I’m not at work, I live in pyjamas and sweats but not the Ariana Grande-casual-cute-this-ol’-thing type of look that still looks stylish. My comfy wardrobe is 100% stolen from my boyfriend and not something I would ever wear outside the confines of my home- not even in an emergency.

I was really excited to try the ReNew Fleece Raglan Sweatshirt because I’ve been looking for cozy pieces that I can wear this winter when I’m horseback riding or hiking with my dogs. I spend a lot of my time on the weekends at the barn or outside, and with winter here I definitely love a good sweatshirt that’s not emblazoned with my university crest or “I Love Italy” in big red letters.

I have been wearing my sweatshirt nonstop, especially over the past few days when I’ve been feeling under the weather but still need to throw something on to run to run errands. I’ve washed mine twice so far on cold and tumble dry (as instructed) and haven’t had any issues with the change in texture or size. The only thing I will suggest is sizing up. Although usually a medium, I read several reviews that suggest the sweatshirts run a little short (which I don’t like), so I ordered a large and was really happy with the length.

The price point impressed me because while Everlane products are usually priced somewhat high, I think $63 is more than fair for a product that’s sustainable, and it’s even more affordable than some other athleisure brands that aren’t enviro-friendly.

Kate Mendonca, Shopping Editor

Wearing the Everlane ReNew Fleece Sweatpants in navy.

First off, I’ll start by saying I love these pants. That being said, I do have a couple issues but none that will stop me from buying the matching ReNew Fleece Raglan Sweatshirt any time soon. I wore these pants on a recent work-from-home day which also called for an outing to the doctor, and despite feeling like I was dressed in my pj’s, they offered the perfect casual-yet-presentable feel. I styled my lounge pants with an equally comfy yet polished sweatshirt, sneakers, and an oversized trench coat to avoid looking too sloppy while I was running around, similar to the way that Everlane styled the pants online.

I was super comfortable all day long, but like Hilary, I found that the pants did fit a little large even though I went with my normal size small from Everlane. If I could go back and choose a size down I probably would, but the more relaxed fit of these pants is definitely comfortable so I can’t complain. They’re also very soft, but have a texture that tends to pick up fluff from other fabrics, which is especially apparent on the navy blue colour. I do have a dog who doesn’t shed, but if you’re a pet owner and are constantly picking hair off of your clothes already, I’d opt for these pants in Oat to avoid potentially annoying issues.

I can definitely see myself grabbing weekend coffees, dog walking, and generally just chilling out in these pants all winter long. For $73 they’re one of Everlane’s more affordable pieces, and I may just be picking up a few pairs for the fellow comfort queens in my life to enjoy.

Alyssa Tria, Shopping Editor

Wearing the Everlane ReNew Fleece Sweatpants in oat.

My wardrobe has always fallen short in the loungewear department, so when I was given to chance to review any piece from Everlane's new fleece collection, I knew I had to have the sweatpants. But with the excitement of snagging a gifted pair of these stylish, elevated sweats, I forget to take sizing and length to an account — which typically is a huge selling point for this petite editor.

Opting for my usual size (XS), rather looking slim and polished as it did on the model on the Everlane website, on myself, I found these sweatpants fitting a lot baggier on the legs than what I’ve hoped. I also found them to fit slightly loose on the waist, so I suggest going down a size if you prefer your pants to sit a little higher. But regardless of how they look and fit, I couldn’t help falling instantly in love with how super cozy they were — putting my other two present (and possibly future) pairs to shame. Being the warmest and most comfortable pair of pants I’ve ever worn, I’d say these pants are definitely worth its $73 retail value — I already have the matching Fleece Raglan Sweatshirt ($63) sitting in my cart.

While I initially hoped its teddy texture would play a part in both my every day and lounging attire, I’m quite happy with the idea of just wearing them at home or for just quick runs out of the house for walking the dog and errands. Here, I styled the sweatpants with a pair of Reformation boots and a Soia Kyo light down puffer jacket for a very relaxed and comfortable look.

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.