12 Cozy Pieces of Loungewear Perfect for Working From Home

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Cotopaxi/Amazon

About one week into self-quarantining, I asked myself a disturbing question: How often should I be washing my pajamas? The pajamas that I was, at that point, wearing basically around the clock?

You can imagine how horrified I was to discover that some experts recommend washing your pajamas every three to four wears. And that’s just when you’re wearing them to bed, not when they’re your new work uniform.

I placed a panic order for additional pajamas, and also started looking around for new loungewear that would allow me to work comfortably from my couch without looking like a total slob in Zoom meetings. Here are a few suggestions in case you, too, have found yourself in this situation recently.

1. Amazon Essentials Lounge Pants; $9–$25

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These cozy joggers are super soft—the women’s are made of terry, and the men’s of fleece—come in a number of colors, and, even better, they’re affordable, so you can buy a few pairs to keep the comfort going all week long.

Buy it: Amazon (women's, men’s)

2. Tracksmith Crew; $82-$88

Tracksmith

These comfy crews do double duty: They’re smart-looking sweatshirts for all your Zoom calls but also serve as a layer for morning runs (if that’s your thing). I can’t get enough of the women’s Union Crew—which is made of a breathable recycled cotton and Tencel blend and has a dropped shoulder and dolman sleeves for a looser fit. The men’s Hare Crew is made of a cotton-polyester blend that doesn’t pill. Tracksmith’s running tights (women’s, men’s) are also comfortable enough to wear on your couch, and their merino wool Harrier long-sleeve top (men’s, women’s) has both anti-microbial and odor-resistant features, perfect for those who can’t currently make trips to the laundromat. (Tracksmith reports that sales of that shirt are up 122 percent!)

Buy it: Tracksmith (women’s, men’s)

3. Amazon Essentials Terry Shorts; $13–$14

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It might be too hot for pants where you are; if that’s the case, consider these terry shorts from Amazon, which go from the couch to an at-home workout and back with ease.

Buy it: Amazon (men’s, women’s)

4. Icebreaker Tabi RealFLEECE Long Cardigan; $150

Icebreaker

This sweater—which is 88 percent merino wool—is basically a chic robe that you can also wear as a light jacket out in the real world. One reviewer calls it “supremely cozy, yet structured and elegant,” with “nothing scratchy inside, just a dense, almost terry-like layer of airy warmth.” That’s thanks to RealFLEECE, a fine merino wool reinforced with a nylon core to ensure durability.

Buy it: Icebreaker

5. prAna Natassa Crinkled Tunic; $40

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This Tencel modal tunic, which comes in three colors, is chic and designed to be crinkly—so if it’s a little extra wrinkly from time spent on your couch, no one will notice!

Buy it: Amazon

6. Cotopaxi DO GOOD Sweatshirt; $65

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Made of organic cotton and recycled polyester, this sweatshirt, which comes in green and black, isn’t just cozy—it has a message we can get behind. Plus, this is a purchase that gives back: Cotopaxi puts 1 percent of its annual revenues toward the Cotopaxi Foundation.

Buy it: Cotopaxi (women’s, men’s)

7. Mack Weldon Sunday Lounge Pants; $68

Mack Weldon

Mack Weldon says that these cotton flannel pants are “built for Sundays around the house,” but they look so much like actual pants that you could easily wear them outside and no one would be the wiser.

Buy it: Mack Weldon

8. Carve Designs Avery Beach Pants; $64

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Mental Floss staff editor Kerry Wolfe has these pants and loves them. “They’re lightweight and comfortable, so they're great for lounging on the couch or wearing during a virtual yoga or dance class,” she says. “Plus, they're cute enough to wear in public without making me feel like I've stepped out in pajamas.”

Buy it: REI

9. Glerups BR Slipper; $76–$141

Glerups

When you’re getting cozy while quarantining, don’t forget your feet! These unisex wool slippers will conform to the sole of your foot for the perfect fit. They come in a variety of colors and have a rubber sole so you can wear them outside if necessary. There’s also a version without a rubber sole for in-house use only.

Buy it: Amazon

10. HOKA ONE ONE Recovery Slide; $50

Hoka ONE ONE

If you’re running more often these days, you might want to consider picking up a pair of these recovery slides for lounging around the house. Made with EVA (ethylene-vinyl acetate), they’re lightweight and super cushy—a.k.a. perfect for tired feet. Reviewers say they’re great for plantar fasciitis; according to one, “I have had these things for 3 days and I can't even express to you the difference they have made. My Plantar Fasciitis has been extra obnoxious lately and I can tell you that these absorb everything.”

Buy it: HOKA ONE ONE

11. Out of Print Library Stamp Shirt; $20–$32

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If you, like us, are missing your local library, bring those just-checked-out-a-book vibes home with this cotton-polyester blend shirt from Out of Print.

Buy it: Amazon (men’s, women’s)

12. Amazon Essentials Short Sleeve Polo; $7–$15

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For those meetings when a collared shirt is necessary, you can look put together while still keeping it comfortable in these polo shirts from Amazon.

Buy it: Amazon (men’s, women’s)

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Friday’s Best Amazon Deals Include Digital Projectors, Ugly Christmas Sweaters, and Speakers

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As a recurring feature, our team combs the web and shares some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. Here’s what caught our eye today, December 4. Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers, including Amazon, and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we only get commission on items you buy and don’t return, so we’re only happy if you’re happy. Good luck deal hunting!

10 Harry Potter LEGO Sets to Get Fans This Holiday Season

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Harry Potter/LEGO/Target

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The magic of Harry Potter continues to amaze children all over the globe, especially when the cherished series is combined with the LEGO brand. And if you have a builder on your list who's obsessed with the series, we've compiled a list of 10 great sets you can pick up for the holidays.

1. Diagon Alley; $400

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This set includes more than 5000 pieces to use to build storefronts, props, and the interiors of Diagon Alley. From Flourish and Blotts to Fred and George Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes, you’ll be able to go shopping here every day.

Buy it: LEGO

2. Attack on the Burrows; $100

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Many fans will remember when the Death Eaters attacked the Weasley home in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009). This set helps fans build their topsy-turvy house just before Bellatrix arrives to destroy it all.

Buy it: Target

3. Hogwarts Astronomy Tower; $100

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The Hogwarts Astronomy Tower is a truly iconic location. Just below the top of the tower, fans can build the Ravenclaw dormitories and common room. Below is Professor Slughorn’s potions office, where he keeps many secrets.

Buy it: LEGO

4. Quidditch Match; $40

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Throughout Harry’s time at Hogwarts, not only has he managed to save the school every year, but he also carved out plenty of time to play Quidditch. This set lets fans build the pitch, complete with viewing stands for each house; three goal posts; and all the tools needed to play the game, like a Quaffle, a Bludger, and, of course, a Golden Snitch.

Buy it: LEGO

5. LEGO Harry Potter Advent Calendar; $40

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As we start to inch closer to Christmas day, many like to celebrate with Advent calendars. This Advent calendar made by LEGO features elements from the Potter films, including minifigures and props.

Buy it: LEGO

6. Hogwarts Castle; $400

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For the ultimate LEGO Harry Potter experience, building the Hogwarts Castle is a must. With over 6000 pieces, fans can build each area the castle has to offer, from the Great Hall to the Chamber of Secrets deep below.

Buy it: Amazon

7. Hogwarts Express; $64

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So many great memories have happened at Platform 9¾, and now, fans can make the journey themselves with this 801-piece set, complete with platform, train, and a wall to go through. There might even be an enemy aboard, but you’ll have to find them.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Hagrid's Hut: Buckbeak's Rescue; $60

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Hagrid is the honorary fourth member of the gang, and by proxy so is Buckbeak, his Hippogriff. The pivotal moment when Hermione and Harry go back in time to save Buckbeak has now been transformed into a set for fans to build.

Buy it: LEGO

9. Hogwarts Clock Tower; $90

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This 922-piece set shows fans everything that goes on inside the clock tower, from the Prefects' bathroom to Dumbledore’s office to the Hospital Wing. Reenact the Yule Ball with all the icy decorations and minifigures of Madame Maxime, Fleur Delacour, and Viktor Krum.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Beauxbatons' Carriage: Arrival at Hogwarts; $50

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If you are going to build the Hogwarts Express, it seems fitting to also build another iconic mode of transportation: the Beauxbatons' carriage. In the Goblet of Fire, the all-girls French wizarding school decided to arrive at Hogwarts in style with this flying carriage. The carriage even has some secret compartments that will make the journey even more fun.

Buy it: LEGO

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