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All the cutest sweatpants I could find


Face it: sweats are what a lot of us are living in a whole lot of the time these days, and once the world returns to normal, will we ever go back? I mean, why would we? They’re comfortable as the day is long, cool, and—increasingly—look good enough to pass as streetwear. These are from Outdoor Voices, and they’re in my cart even as I type: throw them on with a sweater and it’d look like you’re wearing trousers.

The hit of tie-dye here is unexpected and fun. These have a similar vibe.

This is Nili Lotan’s Nolan pant, and it is my favorite sweatpant ever. Many days, I throw them on for dog walking in the morning and just keep them on all day.  I know they’re pricey, and maybe more than you would ever consider spending on a piece of this type, which I get. But man, are they good.

These are from Entireworld, a brand I wrote about a while back, and they’re well-priced and come in multiple colors. I don’t own a pair—yet—but people swear by them.

The micro-stripes here are pretty fun.

These are supposed to be super-soft and lightweight, and I like that they’ve got a slimmer cut.

I like a side-stripe, and these are just super-cute in the pink (though they come in grey and this mustardy hue too).

A velour pair would feel incredibly luxe. I like this velvet pair too.

This pleated cropped pair is just ultra-spiff, and I think they would go into constant rotation for whoever went for them.

Just a good pair of fleece sweats at a decent price; they also come in grey.

I love the patch pockets here, and the dusty rose hue. They also look ultra-soft.

Nobody doesn’t like rainbow stripes, am I right?

This pair is from Uniqlo, and they’re some sort of denim hybrid, which is cool.

I like the higher waist on these.

A faux leather pair with excellently big front pockets, and a couple in the back too.

Pink leopard print! Who doesn’t need that in their lives? I also dig the side cargo pocket. Here’s a pair with a more traditional leopard print, if that’s more your speed.

I really really like the color combination on this tie-dye pair.

These aren’t exactly cheap, but I think they’re pretty polished and they’ve got great army pant pockets in the back.

Here’s another pair with cargo pockets, and very trouser-ish styling.

And finally: a camo pair that looks appealingly worn-in.


Things I bought, things I want



I have made the switch to wireless bras, and I don’t think I’m ever going back. My favorite brand for them is Negative Underwear, because they’re so comfy and highly supportive at the same time, which is a tough trick to pull off. My most recent purchase is this plunge bra, which is so soft it’s crazy.

On Saturday afternoon, I took the dog for a stroll, and ended up at the Rachel Comey store on Crosby Street, which is one of my favorite boutiques in which to browse, due to the charming staff and eclectic selection. I’d been eyeing this sweatshirt for quite some time and finally pulled the trigger (although, because I am highly predictable, I purchased it in black). I love the puffy three-quarter sleeves, which make it more dressed-up than your average sweatshirt.


I want want want this denim jumpsuit: I like the tapered legs, adjustable waistband, and slightly faded-out wash of the denim.

I found this excellent fleece coat at Uniqlo, and think it looks just as good as similar items that cost four times as much or more (it also comes in black, fyi). I also like this collarless one, also from Uniqlo.

Another Uniqlo find: this Heattech ballet top would be excellent layered under a V-neck sweater so just a hint of lace shows through. I know it’s a little premature to be showing you winter under-layers, but I have a hunch this will sell fast.

Just a really good pair of stretch twill chinos that look like they could be Nili Lotan but cost a whole lot less.

These lace up shearling boots are also a little premature to be showing you, but like the Uniqlo top, I think they’ll go fast. They’re by an Italian brand called Diemme, and I think they’ve got a distinctly Euro-chic vibe.

I found a mother lode of Nili Lotan marked way, way down at Nordstrom Rack, and among the offerings was this dress, which I purchased at the beginning of the summer, and no I’m not the least bit bitter that now it’s going for so much less than I paid, not bitter at all.

You know I like white outerwear—it’s just so fresh and crisp-looking. This coat is more of a creamy hue, which is loads easier to maintain that straight-on white, and I think the cut is very luxe.

This long-sleeved polo shirt is just so slouchy and cool. And it’s cheap enough that you could buy it in more than one color.

I think these cropped wide leg leather pants are super-cool; I’d wear them just as shown here (albeit with lower-heeled boots) and if my ankles froze, they froze. Here’s something similar but cheaper.

Is this the year I finally go for the pair of shearling Birkenstocks I’ve been craving for ages? Time will tell. They’re an excellent stand-in for these pricier Jenni Kayne moc clogs I’ve also been coveting.

Madewell has read the room and created a new loungewear line called MWL, and it’s full of pieces I could see myself wearing, like this hoodie with a stylishly thick drawstring.




Kim France

I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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