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After dominating the direct-to-consumer bedding landscape over the last few years, Brooklinen has entered into the apparel space with a line of soft, vintage-inspired loungewear.
Alongside luxe sateen sheets and blanket-like towels, shoppers will now find tees, tanks, shorts, joggers, dresses, and a robe and jumpsuit made from soft cotton, terry, and modal (with a dash of Spandex) that feel silky to the touch. Colors span 7 simple, neutral tones (black, white, navy, a dark gray, light gray, blush pink, and sage green), and prices range from $28 for its tanks and tees to $95 for its men's zip-up hoodie. The line was inspired by vintage athletic wear, and you'll see the heritage crop up in the occasional bottle-nosed shaped hem, though that's about as overt as it gets.
Brooklinen says each piece undergoes five separate quality-control checks to ensure it won't warp, shrink, stretch, sag, or pill. In person, each piece has a heft and substantiality to it that made us feel that a higher price for basics may actually coincide with above-average quality in this case. Like our other staff picks for the best loungewear out there — including MeUndies and Tommy John — spending a bit more on one fantastic set of lounge clothes and pajamas is ultimately far more enjoyable than spending the same amount on four underwhelming iterations.
We reviewed a couple pieces from the men's and women's collections to see what they're really like in person. Shop Brooklinen loungewear now, or keep reading for our reviews.
It's hard to get excited about loungewear — primarily, it comes down to the question of whether it's comfortable or not. But the Delancey Tee does sing for its $28 supper. Off the bat, it's a thicker, cooler-to-the-touch material that has a weighty drape. The sleeves are elongated, and the sage is a beautiful and subdued tone. The fit is loose but not sloppy, and since that's by design, its collar sits high as it would on a regular T-shirt, not low and stretched out like an oversized sleep shirt. I own a lot of comfortable clothes, but I get excited before I walk through the door to throw this on. — Mara Leighton, Insider Reviews senior reporter
As much as I love the Delancey Tee, I'd still pick the Bleecker Shorts first in a pinch. The best way to describe them is that they feel like a Saturday morning with nothing to do. The French Terry is super soft and surprisingly thick, and the elastic drawcord makes them customizable, and they're perfect combination of slouchy vs. fitted. The back pocket is a cute touch, and while I'm not sold on the bottle-nosed shaped hem on the shorts, it doesn't particularly bother me here — partly because it's executed well, and partly because they're too cozy to care if it wasn't. I sleep in them, wear them around the apartment, and make bagel runs in them without feeling like it's necessary to change. — Mara Leighton, Insider Reviews senior reporter
I may be one of the few people on the Insider Reviews team who hasn't tried Brooklinen sheets, but if they're anything like the new loungewear, I understand why everyone loves the brand. I first put on the Prospect Tee under the impression that I'd only wear it at home, but I immediately knew that I could wear it anywhere. It's made from a super-soft blend of cotton and modal and it fits perfectly. After wearing it at home for a few days, I washed it and wore it to work and was comfortable all day long. Even at $28, the shirt is worth every penny. Although you could stock up on a bunch of $6 shirts, those are almost disposable. The Brooklinen Prospect Tee is a shirt you'll want to keep and wear forever. — Amir Ismael, Insider Reviews reporter
There are few better feelings than taking your pants off after a long day and putting on something more comfortable. My old college sweatpants used to do the trick, but the Brooklinen Bergen Joggers have been a real game-changer. Just like the T-shirt, they're super soft and comfortable. I like that they're lightweight, non-restrictive, and have decent-sized pockets for either putting my hands in or carrying stuff around. Although I wouldn't wear them outside, I can't stop myself from wearing the around the house and to bed. — Amir Ismael, Insider Reviews reporter