I’m pretty sure that that the Seinfeld bit in which Jerry lets George know that by wearing sweatpants, “You’re telling the world, `I give up. I can’t compete in normal society'” scarred me, because ever since, I’ve only worn sweats for exercise, or lounging within the confines of my home, alone. But I admire women who can pull off sweatpants as streetwear, and it’s a look I’m seeing more and more. This faux leather pair is calling my name at an increasingly high volume (it’s also pretty cute in the —very 80s new wave—red, and here’s a similar but cheaper black pair).
I’m always a sucker for a pant with a stripe (or three) down the side, and I especially dig it when the color combination is so lively and unexpected.
These are less sweatpants than what are referred to as joggers: usually that means pants in a non-sweatshirty material, but that share some design characteristic with sweatpants—in this case the elasticized ankle.
I’d dress this slinky leopard number way down, with a slouchy white tee or, if it was colder, a big old crewneck.
These say “gym” to me—what with the sportif side zippers—but they also say “street,” because they’ve got a nice sleek cut, and I could see swearing them with a half-tucked button-down and chore jacket.
These have a slightly cargo pants-ish feel, and come in a pretty good khaki too.
The off-kilter patch pockets here lend these a quirky (but not too quirky) touch.
And I like the uneven hem on this otherwise quite streamlined pair.
These are on the slinkier side, and I think you could dress them way up.
Wool trousers from Philip Lim that are practically office-worthy.
This cotton-cashmere blend looks cozy as all get out.
The snap front here makes these come off ever so trouser-ish.
A perfectly clean-lined pair made especially for travel.
These are silk and ever-so Genie-looking, but quite dramatic at the same time.