I will be the first to admit I have a tendency to prioritize comfort over cutting-edge fashion. Sure, I love to look put together, but if the outfit's not comfortable, I'm not wearing it. My closet is filled with walkable mules instead of pumps, breezy skirts instead of tight, clingy pieces, and soft, cozy sweaters instead of itchier alternatives. I love following trends, but in many ways, I like to stay in my comfort zone, (literally). That's why when Parachute told me they were launching a new loungewear set, I jumped at the chance to try it out... and I think I'm sold.
The new sets (Parachute's first true foray into loungewear) are made in Portugal from 100% cotton in a smaller version of Parachute's signature waffle weave. Inspired by vintage sweat suits, each set features a crewneck sweatshirt with raglan sleeves and matching joggers with cotton rib cuffs, all dyed and garment washed for a lived-in look. With sets and colorways for men and women, everyone can prioritize comfort this season.
I've worn this set (in the Clay shade) to many a virtual meeting this week, and I'm definitely a fan. The fabric is cozy but still lightweight, making it a great choice for the cooler weather. The fit isn't tight at all—which provides much needed relief from all of the leggings and bike shorts I've been wearing lately—but the look still feels put together. I love the color too, it's the perfect mix of classic fall shades and moody desert vibes, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't planning on incorporating this hue into my apartment décor soon.
On a particularly chilly Saturday, I paired this look with wool camp socks and spent the day catching up on The West Wing (I'm late to the party, I know) and sipping chamomile tea—absolute heaven.
Though my office is more casual than most, I've taken many Zoom calls in this look, and from the chest up, it just seems like I'm wearing a cozy, waffled sweater. Little does my team know there are matching joggers as well! If you're working in a slightly more corporate setting, these sets can always serve as phenomenal weekend wear. On a particularly chilly Saturday, I paired this look with wool camp socks and spent the day catching up on The West Wing (I'm late to the party, I know) and sipping chamomile tea—absolute heaven.
At $149 each, these sets are not inexpensive, but the frequency with which I'll be wearing them this fall and winter makes the price seem worth it. It's also important to note that because the sweatshirt and joggers come in a set, there's not an option to mix and match sizes.
All in all, if you're looking to splurge on a fall fashion update, I'd recommend this set over new boots or a leather jacket. When it comes down to my fall schedule, I see a lot of virtual wine nights, cozy weekends in, and plenty of recipe testing—nothing this loungewear can't handle.
Editor's note: Parachute provided a sample of this product before launch for the writer to test, but all opinions are her own.