I’ve tried on tons of black joggers in an effort to find the best joggers for women. Here are my top three, and how to wear joggers without looking schlumpy.

I went on a hunt for the best joggers for women

Joggers are a big deal right now, and you guys have been begging for me to find a good pair of black joggers ever since my favorite pair was discontinued. So I went on a hunt to find the best joggers for women.

These are the black joggers for women I purchased and tried

(head over to Instagram (@merricksart) today because I’m trying every one of them on for you!

Zella “all day” – XS

  • Medium weight material
  • VERY long
  • Soft, brushed material
  • Zip side pockets
  • Weird crotch situation no matter if I pull them down or up

Albion Fit, XS

  • Slippery material
  • Great length
  • Love the zipper details on the ankle
  • Very comfortable but not stretchy

Vuori, size Small (WINNER – BEST OVERALL)

  • Lightweight
  • Great rebound fabric
  • Good length (good for petite)
  • So soft
  • Very stretchy
  • Contrast band

Amazon SweatyRocks, Size small

  • don’t like the red tabs on the pockets
  • Too baggy before the ankle cuff

Lulu on the fly jogger luxtreme, size 4 (BEST ATHLETIC)

  • Great fit
  • Athletic material
  • Great rebound, very stretchy, but still soft
  • Good length – maybe a tiny bit long

Lulu on the fly jogger woven, size 4

  • Good fit
  • Woven fabric – not stretchy
  • Great for dressing up
  • Good length

Amazon Daily Ritual, size XS

  • Very stretchy and comfortable
  • very soft
  • More of a skinny sweatpant
  • Good length
  • Not a ton of structure or shape, but they’re medium weight
  • Amazing for lounging

Lululemon align, size 6

  • Amazingly soft
  • Great length
  • Super stretchy
  • Don’t love the fit – pulls weird at the ankles, unflattering at the hips and stomach

Lululemon warm down jogger, size 4

  • Great slim fit sweatpants
  • Thick and not very stretchy like a typical sweatpants, good structure
  • Good length
  • Love the detail on the back

Alo Yoga, size small

  • Too long for me, but great for tall girls!
  • Love the Moto detail
  • Great for dressing up or down
  • Very soft and very stretchy

Beyond yoga lounge around, XS

  • They run small, I should have gotten a size small
  • Love the fit, but too tight around the hips and crotch for me in the smaller size
  • No pockets

Beyond yoga cozy fleece, size small

  • Extraordinarily soft
  • Love the fold over waistband and won’t fall down
  • A little skinny at the ankles for me
  • Too long

Lou and Gray, size XS (BEST DRESSED UP DRESSED DOWN)

  • Size down
  • So soft
  • More like pants
  • Love the shape, no cuff
  • Great for dressing up or down

Old Navy sweatpants: S

  • Very casual
  • Good inexpensive sweats option
  • Good slimmer fit

Old navy Breathe On Jogger

  • Lightweight, soft material
  • Very comfortable
  • Very casual

Out of all the joggers I tried, these were my top four favorites

BEST OVERALL JOGGER

  • Vuori jogger 
  • Why I love them:
    • Super great fit with no weird bunching or pulling at the hips or crotch
    • Great length – shorter so they work really well for petite too (I’m 5’6″ for reference)
    • fantastic material – very stretchy and comfortable
    • Love the contrast band
  • sizing: wearing size small

BEST JOGGER FOR DRESSING UP + DRESSING DOWN

  • Lou and Gray
  • Why I like them:
    • They’re insanely soft and comfortable
    • Love the cut of them. Super flattering and more of a cropped pant fit
    • Great for lounging OR wearing with a jacket to the office — no one will know you’re in sweatpants!
  • sizing: wearing size XS (size down, because they stretch out a bit)

BEST ATHLETIC JOGGER

  • Lulu on the fly jogger luxtreme
  • why I liked it
    • These are the kind of pants you can wear to workout OR wear at home to lounge.
    • Super stretchy and comfortable
    • Material will never sag or stretch out
  • Sizing: wearing size 4

BEST INEXPENSIVE PAIR: 

  • Amazon Daily Ritual Joggers
  • Why I like them:
    • The fit is flattering and slim on my legs
    • They’re a good light/medium weight
    • They’re super soft and stretchy

The other big question is how to wear joggers!

I’ve owned a pair of black joggers for years, so let me show you a bunch of ways I’ve worn them. As long as you get the right pair, you can totally dress them up or down!

I put together four outfit formulas to help you create great outfits with joggers.

1. Try your joggers with a tee and a jacket

Joggers can feel really casual, especially when paired with just a tee. So add a layer to help complete the outfit. Let me show you a few examples.

2. You don’t HAVE to have a layer to make a cute outfit!

In the warmer months, you can for sure still wear joggers, even without a jacket. These are a few jogger outfit ideas with no layers. Add a baseball cap, or knot your tee for a little extra visual interest.

3. Try dressing up your joggers with heels

Joggers don’t just have to be for dressing down! If your joggers aren’t too casual, you can definitely dress them up. Try them with a simple sweater and heels, or a tee with a blazer and heels.

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Best Joggers for Women + How to Wear Joggers

black joggers for women

I’ve tried on tons of black joggers in an effort to find the best joggers for women. Here are my top three, and how to wear joggers without looking schlumpy.

 

I went on a hunt for the best joggers for women

Joggers are a big deal right now, and you guys have been begging for me to find a good pair of black joggers ever since my favorite pair was discontinued. So I went on a hunt to find the best joggers for women.

 

These are the black joggers for women I purchased and tried

(head over to Instagram (@merricksart) today because I’m trying every one of them on for you!

Zella “all day” – XS

  • Medium weight material
  • VERY long
  • Soft, brushed material
  • Zip side pockets
  • Weird crotch situation no matter if I pull them down or up

Albion Fit, XS

  • Slippery material
  • Great length
  • Love the zipper details on the ankle
  • Very comfortable but not stretchy

Vuori, size Small (WINNER – BEST OVERALL)

  • Lightweight
  • Great rebound fabric
  • Good length (good for petite)
  • So soft
  • Very stretchy
  • Contrast band

Amazon SweatyRocks, Size small

  • don’t like the red tabs on the pockets
  • Too baggy before the ankle cuff

Lulu on the fly jogger luxtreme, size 4 (BEST ATHLETIC)

  • Great fit
  • Athletic material
  • Great rebound, very stretchy, but still soft
  • Good length – maybe a tiny bit long

Lulu on the fly jogger woven, size 4

  • Good fit
  • Woven fabric – not stretchy
  • Great for dressing up
  • Good length

Amazon Daily Ritual, size XS

  • Very stretchy and comfortable
  • very soft
  • More of a skinny sweatpant
  • Good length
  • Not a ton of structure or shape, but they’re medium weight
  • Amazing for lounging

Lululemon align, size 6

  • Amazingly soft
  • Great length
  • Super stretchy
  • Don’t love the fit – pulls weird at the ankles, unflattering at the hips and stomach even with sizing up

Lululemon warm down jogger, size 4

  • Great slim fit sweatpants
  • Thick and not very stretchy like a typical sweatpants, good structure
  • Good length
  • Love the detail on the back

Alo Yoga, size small

  • Too long for me, but great for tall girls!
  • Love the Moto detail
  • Great for dressing up or down
  • Very soft and very stretchy

Beyond yoga lounge around, XS

  • They run small, I should have gotten a size small
  • Love the fit, but too tight around the hips and crotch for me in the smaller size
  • No pockets

Beyond yoga cozy fleece, size small

  • Extraordinarily soft
  • Love the fold over waistband and won’t fall down
  • A little skinny at the ankles for me
  • Too long

Lou and Gray signature soft blend joggers, size XS (BEST DRESSED UP DRESSED DOWN)

  • Size down
  • So soft
  • More like pants
  • Love the shape, no cuff
  • Great for dressing up or down

Old Navy sweatpants: S

  • Very casual
  • Good inexpensive sweats option
  • Good slimmer fit

Old navy Breathe On Jogger

  • Lightweight, soft material
  • Very comfortable
  • Very casual

 

Out of all the joggers I tried, these were my top four favorites

 

BEST OVERALL JOGGER

 

  • Vuori jogger 
  • Why I love them:
    • Super great fit with no weird bunching or pulling at the hips or crotch
    • Great length – shorter so they work really well for petite too (I’m 5’6″ for reference)
    • fantastic material – very stretchy and comfortable
    • Love the contrast band
  • sizing: wearing size small

 

BEST JOGGER FOR DRESSING UP + DRESSING DOWN

  • Lou and Gray
  • Why I like them:
    • They’re insanely soft and comfortable
    • Love the cut of them. Super flattering and more of a cropped pant fit
    • Great for lounging OR wearing with a jacket to the office — no one will know you’re in sweatpants!
  • sizing: wearing size XS (size down, because they stretch out a bit)

 

BEST ATHLETIC JOGGER

  • Lulu on the fly jogger luxtreme
  • why I liked it
    • These are the kind of pants you can wear to workout OR wear at home to lounge.
    • Super stretchy and comfortable
    • Material will never sag or stretch out
  • Sizing: wearing size 4

 

BEST INEXPENSIVE PAIR: 

  • Amazon Daily Ritual Joggers
  • Why I like them:
    • The fit is flattering and slim on my legs
    • They’re a good light/medium weight
    • They’re super soft and stretchy

 

The other big question is how to wear joggers!

I’ve owned a pair of black joggers for years, so let me show you a bunch of ways I’ve worn them. As long as you get the right pair, you can totally dress them up or down!

I put together three outfit formulas to help you create great outfits with joggers.

 

1. Try your joggers with a tee and a jacket

Joggers can feel really casual, especially when paired with just a tee. So add a layer to help complete the outfit. Let me show you a few examples.

 

 

instagram outfits
suede jacket with black joggers and sneakers
joggers with leather jacket and flats
sweat pants and sneakers from Stitch Fix
maroon sweatpants with denim jacket and white tee
denim jacket and black joggers

 

2. You don’t HAVE to have a layer to make a cute outfit!

In the warmer months, you can for sure still wear joggers, even without a jacket. These are a few jogger outfit ideas with no layers. Add a baseball cap, or knot your tee for a little extra visual interest.

 

merricksart.com | joggers and sandals
knotted tee and olive green joggers

 

 

3. Try dressing up your joggers with heels

Joggers don’t just have to be for dressing down! If your joggers aren’t too casual, you can definitely dress them up. Try them with a simple sweater and heels, or a tee with a blazer and heels.

dressed up jogger with blazer
black joggers heels and a sweater

 

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7 Comments

  1. Anna says:

    This is a great detailed POST and it’s obvious that you out a lot of work into it. THAnk you!

  2. Nina Yessian says:

    This was a much needed post this week! Can you share the details of the taupe hooded sweatshirt (UNDER THE BLACK LEATHER JACKET) and the cream sweats in the section ‘try joggers w/ tee and jacket’? Thanks! xo nina

  3. Nicole says:

    Hi! What size were You in the amazOn ritual joggers? I saw sizing on all the OThers but those.

  4. Beth says:

    My favorite joggers by far come from athleta. I love the comsic and venice for their comfort and versatility. They are a must try!!

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  6. Sara Stover says:

    Thanks for the recommendations. I already had the vuori jogger but hadn’t tried the Lou & grey one… I got them and loved them so much that I just bought a second pair! do you have a similar blog about lounge shorts? or hoodies? I’m always on the look out for lounge clothes that I can wear working from home but also wear to a coffee shop without looking like I’m in my pjs!

  7. Corinne says:

    Just browsing and saw this Post! I jUst got a Pair of old navy stretchtech black joggers and they are amazing – Fabric, fit EVERYTHING!

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