The best loungewear by Toronto designers and brands

These nine pieces will keep you comfy whether you’re heading to class or just rolling out of bed

In Soft Focus terry set

A PJ-inspired terry set by Toronto-based clothing line In Soft Focus.

It’s been a hard enough year as it is without having to go back to hard pants. But back-to-school season is upon us, and whether you’re headed back to campus or stuck hanging out with your classmates on Zoom for the second year running, you’ll want to make a good impression. Fortunately, these Toronto-based designers, stores and brands have the loungewear you’ll need to roll out of bed looking fabulous – literally.

Soft Focus terry set

Maybe you missed the height of pandemic-induced sweatsuit buying. No worries: There are dozens of locally based brands still vying for your loungewear cash. Available in a handful of candy colours, Soft Focus’s sets are cropped, tailored, simple perfection. Other options include PJ-inspired button-down sets, plus “zero-waste” scrunchies and face masks made from fabric scraps. $275,

Kotn mock neck tank

Kotn mock neck tank

Is your tanks-and-tees drawer in need of a refresh? Kotn, a Toronto-based basics brand (and certified B-corp), offers staple pieces at slightly-above-fast-fashion prices. If you’re hoping to efficiently fake looking put together, a mock-neck tank says “I’m a competent adult!” with just a couple extra inches of fabric. $30,

Okayok shorts

OkayOK shorts

The big-tee-and-bike-short silhouette is still going strong (and probably a little more suitable for that late-summer weather than a hoodie). Give your basic black bike shorts a break and swap in this pair from local brand OkayOK, decked out in reflective, squiggly racing stripes and available in sizes up to 2X. (Note: If your taste in loungewear runs more to 90s-inspired tanks and breezy trousers than spandex, check out OkayOK’s newly launched spinoff brand, aptly named Fine Fine). $85,

Permanent Vacation No Complaints Hat

Permanent Vacation hat

Small talk, staying positive and bad hair days: All of them can be a challenge in these trying times, and all of them are handily tackled by this trucker hat from Mississauga-based brand Permanent Vacation. $42,

Ugg slides

Ugg Fluff Yeah slides

Somehow, these Ugg slides (which now appear on the shelves of several local indie boutiques) became the season’s it shoe – and love ‘em or hate ‘em, you have to admit: Showing up to class in full-on furry slippers is kind of a massive flex. (Don’t want to shell out for the real deal? The fast-fashion-sphere is sure to be flooding the market with dupes as we speak – but make sure the ones you pick have a tall, sturdy sole if you’re wearing them out of the dorm.) $135, or $80,

Free label pants

Free Label Sunday pants

Free Label’s easy-breezy products, which lend themselves equally to the street and the yoga studio, are woven and dyed (in a variety of rich jewel tones) in Toronto, then produced in Vancouver. Best of all, they’re made in sizes from XXS to 4XL. These bamboo rayon trousers feature deep pockets and a figure-skimming cut; pick up your choice of sports bra to match. $168,

RS-Connect Romero Britto sneakers from Makeway

RS-Connect Romero Britto sneakers

Launched last fall at Stackt Market, Makeway aims to carve out a space for women in the sneakerhead and streetwear spaces, mixing limited-edition drops from major names with local accessories. A new addition to the lineup: Puma RS-Connect sneakers customized by Brazilian artist Romero Britto in a dusty palette that’s perfect for early fall. $140,

Province of Canada x Bonjour Brioche tee

Province of Canada x Bonjour Brioche tee

Toronto-based Province of Canada teamed up with their Leslieville neighbours Bonjour Brioche on a line of branded T-shirts, sweaters and hoodies. Wear this tee for a look that says “I would so, so rather be at brunch right now.” $48,

The Silk Labs scrunchie

The Silk Labs scrunchie

Sometimes, all you can do to save your outfit is throw on a fancy hair accessory and head out the door. Fortunately, Toronto designer Jenna Labiak (who – full disclosure – I know IRL) makes silk and chiffon scrunchies in a variety of desaturated hues screaming for inclusion in an IG flat-lay. Not everyone has the budget to build a locally made wardrobe, but these little guys will barely dent your wallet (or your hair!) $13,

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