How to Do High Style in Sweatpants
It’s the world’s favorite WFH outfit. Use these tips to elevate your lounge-y look.
If this year has taught people anything about fashion, it’s that comfort is king and a strong lounge game is everything. Swapping skinny jeans for leggings, ballet pumps for sneakers or slides, lingerie for sports bras and tailored pants for sweats—these are the new understated-style times, and you’re so here for it.
It wasn’t so long ago that leggings had their moment, stepping out of yoga studios and into the office. Now in this new work-from-home culture, sweatpants are at the core of daily dressing. Whether for Zoom meetings, Netflix binges, running errands or socially distant outdoor activities, joggers form a versatile base layer. Shaking off their slouchy image, these pants allow for a creative mix of high-low styling. The main trick: Pair with pieces that don’t scream “gym” or “sofa,” and have some fun with it. Get started with these looks for every occasion.
1. All-Black Everything
Unless you’re a major color addict (in which case, add bright accessories), you really can’t go wrong in a top-to-toe black look. Opt for slim cuts, like these cuffed fashion pleated woven pants—a little sheen gives a more elevated effect. Pair with a high-shine zipped cropped tank top, work in some all-black sneakers, and finish with a structured blazer or biker jacket. Luxe it up with some small gold hoop earrings and you’re good to go.
2. Make It Fashion
Give a nod to the runway’s sophisticated take on athleisure this season. Mix an earthy-toned VB seamless crop top with matching hued VB joggers to really nail the slim-slouchy silhouette, then add statement sneakers to draw the eye down to your cool kicks. Swing a cross-body bag over your shoulder when heading out the door, and top with a denim or leather jacket for extra style points.
3. Statement Sweats
Sweatpants can be way more than just functional. Take yours center stage by opting for a patterned pair like these twin vector pants. Then go all-out with a major hit of color up top: Reds and pinks are great, and so is the tangerine hue of this classic crop top (high neck, high style). Don’t forget the attention-grabbing mid-tops in silver—raise up your hems to show them off.
4. Work It Wide
Unlike leggings, which only offer one silhouette, sweatpants can come in an array of cuts from slim to wide-leg. Push those culottes from your former work wardrobe to the back of the closet and make room for these comfy and chic wide-leg woven pants. Play with the in-out proportions and team with a tank over a contrasting color bra for a low-key layered effect. The cropped pants are a perfect way to show off your Club C shoes to complete the look.
5. Utility Chic
The ’90s look is still going strong, and what better way to channel this era than with a utility vibe straight out of Sporty Spice’s playbook. Go for the cargo-style blue classic utility pants or a sweet pair of joggers with a bright orange cropped tee. For a fun throwback with a modern edge, add leather sneakers and top with a long coat or duster cardigan.
6. Classic with a Twist
Even classic black cotton joggers can rise to more formal occasions if styled right, and the cool pocket detail adds a little more interest than standard sweats. Tie-dye is hot right now and showing no signs of slowing down, so add this classic tee for instant monochrome cool. Throw on leather shoes with gold metallic details, and top with a bomber jacket and a mask for some low-key socializing.