I’m all about packing comfortable clothes on my travels. Even if I’m attending a conference, where I have to dress up a little, I love having a pair of sweatpants ready for when I return to my room. Having cozy clothes on hand makes me feel at home.


Lately, I’ve enjoyed wearing Outerknown Women’s California Crop Sweatpants. Made of 100% Climate Beneficial Cotton, the sweatpants’ loose-knit terry fabric is pigment-garment dyed for a cozy live-in look and feel. The Climate Beneficial Cotton program is designed to scale the implementation of carbon farming practices within the working landscapes of California’s Central Valley—improving soil structure, soil-water holding capacity, natural fertility, and carbon drawdown.


The sweatpants are extremely comfortable, and feature a wide, ribbed waistband with a drawcord for fitting ease. On-seam pockets and flat-lock seams add to the cozy feel, but the look isn’t so dialed-back that you can’t wear the sweatpants on the plane or around town. I haven’t exactly been a fan of adults wearing pajamas on airplanes, but I’m totally fine with comfortable athletic wear on planes. Coach seats on airplanes are so uncomfortable that I’m down for any little bit that helps.


I learned a valuable lesson with these sweatpants, which is to always read garment labels. I know, I know. Over the years, I’ve become lazy, and sometimes wear clothing items without washing them first. The dye used to create the rich color of this garment will vary, and it may rub off on lighter colored surfaces, so be sure to follow care instructions to minimize color transfer. Without reading the care instructions, I managed to darken my seat on my family’s couch—but only temporarily. I’d forgotten that I’d been smart in purchasing a couch that had machine washable cushion covers. Crisis averted!


The Women’s California Crop Sweatpants come in dried petal (rose) and shadow (charcoal) and list for $178 on the Outerknown site.

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