Over the past few loungewear-laden months, we’ve come into a golden age of the waffle: Waffle hoodies, waffle tank tops, waffle leggings, and waffle joggers are available everywhere from Uniqlo to Saks. Well-suited for layering, waffle pieces offer the warmth of sweats without the weight. To get the lay of the (waffle) land we asked a panel of stylish women to tell us their favorites — and ultimately unearthed waffle pieces that work in a wide variety of settings, including ultrawarm, outdoor-dining-appropriate sets, and leggings you can wear for cardio and yoga alike.
Stylist Jasmine Caccamo is a fan of Alo’s waffle line. “These micro waffle leggings are great for just about any workout you can imagine — cardio, yoga flows, or shopping trips,” she says. “They’re super soft and comfy, and better yet, high waisted.” Having tried the leggings and the pullover myself (full disclosure, they were sent to me) I agree wholeheartedly: these are some of the coziest loungewear pieces I’ve worn this winter — and I’ve tried a lot. [Editor’s note: Alo’s Micro Waffle pieces are currently only available for sale through their app.]
If you want something with a little more heft, try this oversized waffle sweater from Aerie, which Caccamo recommended as well. It’s “cozy and textured,” she says, and though it’s technically a sweater, it’s made from a mix of cotton, nylon, and polyester — making it a lightweight option, should the heater in your apartment tend to run hot. She recommends pairing them with these Aerie pajama leggings, which she says “feel like butter and will keep you warm through the winter months.”