Sweatpants are all I feel like wearing right now


sweatpants street style

Especially first thing in the morning when it’s time to take the dogs out for their stroll, and when I drag my ass to yoga and it’s too freezing to wear leggings. But I’m thinking of expanding my horizons: I have a super-stylish friend who wears her sweatpants as streetwear, and she always looks great, and enviably comfortable. I wouldn’t try to dress sweats too far up (although I have included here a silk pair that is practically evening-worthy), but instead to think of them as an alternative to jeans on days you just can’t be bothered with a zipper.

outdoor voices sweatpants

this heather grey pair looks a bit like what the woman in the picture is wearing.

The Great sweatpants

The Great makes these adorable embroidered star sweats (as well as these, with hearts).

sincerely jules sweatpants

Just a well-cut, straightforward black pair.

adidas sweatpants

I have always loved the look of classic Adidas sweats—the stripes are so sportif (and here’s a very chic pair with subtler stripes).

z supply sweatpants

Grey camo is nice and subdued.

nike sweatpants

These are fleece, which would be so damn cozy.

PE nation sweatpants

I wrote about these PE Nation sweats a while back. They were quite splurgetastic, but I went for it and am so glad I did: they’re the perfect winter sweats, very thick and warm. Now they’re on sale—still not cheap, but nicely cheaper.

mother sweatpants

I like the raw cropped hem here.

pam & gela sweatpants

And I am crazy for this dark leopard print, and the fun way it contrasts with the stripes at the waist.

ATM silk sweatpants

A silk pair is nicely luxe—wear them exactly as you would a good pair of trousers, with just about anything.

terez sweatpants

The skulls here stop short of being overwhelming because the print is black-on-black so they’re barely visible.

everlane cashmere sweatpants

These are Everlane’s cashmere iteration—there’s a waitlist, but it’s well worth getting yourself on: I own a pair and they’re so soft, and wear well.

juicy sweatpants

How squishy and comfortable would a velour pair be?


Here is a post I did on my favorite pair of yoga pants.

Taking (challenging) requests: flats


want les essentiels shoe

So many of you have written me asking for a post on flats, and I have been avoiding it for the longest time because I personally can not bear to wear a shoe that doesn’t make me at least a little taller (hence, my love of clogs, and their unbeatable combination of height without pain). But I understand the desire for a comfortable, walkable shoe, so I decided to stop procrastinating on this one and just get down to it. I like the contrast of the crepe sole with the shiny leather on this Want les Essentiels pair.

churchs oxford

You can’t get a whole lot more classic—or natty—than a pair of Church’s wingtop oxfords: they’re not especially cheap, but are well-made and will last forever.

frye loafer

This pair from Frye reminds me of a much more expensive pair from Zero + Maria Cornejo.

lucky brand loafer

The lines on this pair of stylized loafers are nicely streamlined.

doc martens

I know many of you guys still love your Doc Martens, and I’ve got a big soft spot for them too, even though it’s been a while since I’ve owned a pair. I like that this one has a black sole.

everlane loafer

These loafers from Everlane come in a few colors, but I like the idea of going for a pair in navy.

penny loafer

I think penny loafers can be quite chic if you pair them with a slightly edgy outfit.

everlane street shoe

These street shoes, also from Everlane, are technically sneakers, but I think they’re sophisticated enough to wear bopping around town.

everlane babo

These will obviously be better once the weather turns warmer, but they’re really cool-looking.

mansur gavriel shoe

This is a splurgy option—it’s Mansur Gavriel—but that pink is pretty irresistible.

weitzman loafer

This has a nice loafer shape, but it’s as lightweight as a ballet flat. (Here’s a cheaper version).

rachel comey shoe

I love the D’Orsay shape here, and the fact that this one seems very versatile.

GOACA wardrobe classics: sneakers


want les essentials sneakers

I pretty much want every pair of sneakers I’ve posted here, but of course the pair I want the very most is the only really splurgy one I’ve included: these salmon-pink kicks from Want les Essentiels. I like that they have a platform, but that it isn’t too clunky.

allbirds sneakers

I’m very intrigued by Allbirds, the newish company that makes their shoes from Merino wool. That seems like it would be cozy this time of year, and word is they’re the most comfortable thing ever. They’re also appealingly minimal.

greats alta sneaker

Greats is another company I’m pretty keen on: I owned this pair, the Alta, in black, but alas, one of the dogs chewed them. So I’m thinking of getting this plummy color to replace them.

adidas gazelle sneakers

I’m pretty sure I’ve shown you these pink Adidas Gazelles before, but they sell out fast and right this second Net a Porter has them in all sizes. I also quite like them in this blue.

nike cortez sneakers

The Nike Cortez is such an old-school classic, and the pops of red and blue are nicely graphic.

vans old skool sneakers

You can’t beat Vans Old Skools, and I am a big fan of this red (click through to see a lot of other colors too).

adidas iniki sneaker

Another very old-school design, from Adidas. They remind me of a pair I’ve spied Maria Cornejo wearing.

veja sneakers

Veja is another company about which people rave: they use organic materials, and are fair trade, which is cool. And they’re super-cute. (Check out a few additional styles here.)

puma suede classic sneaker

Another winning pink pair—I couldn’t resist—from Puma.

vans leopard sneakers

Leopard print can be tricky on footwear of any kind, but the fact that the color palette here is so simple makes them work.

blue converse sneakers

I love the blue contrasted with the red stripe on these forever-cool Converse.

nike blazer sneakers

I have gotten some questions about whether high-tops are appropriate after a certain age, and I have to say I think they are perfectly fantastic if the style is pretty simple, which I think these are.



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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