Sweatpant Style


Karl Lagerfield once said: "Sweatpants are a sign of defeat".


While I understand the spirit in which this comment was made, I doubt Karl could have ever imagined the situation in which we now find ourselves. And, if he were still with us, I hope he'd be open to a new interpretation and a little flexibility!


Comfort is always high on the list when I am chatting with my clients about their goals for getting dressed. Often, many are willing to sacrifice style for this non-negotiable. Fortunately, there are increasingly more ways to be comfy yet still inject style and polish into a look. And, if any, this is the time to figure it out!


I've said it before, I think that the act getting dressed can have a positive impact on our overall mindset and productivity. And that could simply consist of changing out of pyjamas into something just as comfortable.


Some tips to keep in mind:


Fit: While sweatpants tend to fit loose/baggy, it's recommended they be in your correct size. Don't wear your husband's (outside the home) and think that's ok because they're just sweats.


Styling: With just a few simple tweaks, you can turn your sweatpants into a pulled together outfit that is still ultra-comfy. Athleisure has been and continues to be very on trend. Wearing sweats with an oversized t-shirt? Do a side-tuck to show a bit of a waist. Taking them outside the house? Layer on a denim or moto jacket. Add a simple necklace (or two), or some cuffs to to add some personality and interest. Pair with a cute sneaker and you've got a stylish look.


Brands: So many brands are offering sweatpant options and many have designs that look like actual work-wear. I love this as you can lounge at home but they will serve double duty and take you outside of the home when we are on the other side of this. Two brands in this realm worth checking out are Betabrand and Leze the Label. Kit and Ace and Lululemon also have several options. Don't worry, I've done the research and rounded up some picks for you!


Note: while I always lean toward colour, in some of these garments if they are basically yoga-pants that are fashioned to look like workwear they manage to uphold that appearance if worn in a darker colour. Once you start to move into brighter hues, it can be a bit trickier to camouflage that they are, in fact, a version of sweatpants.


Check out my catalog of sweatpant options that I think even Karl would give the thumbs up!


Have some favourite brands for sweatpants or loungewear I haven't included in the catalog? I'd love to hear!


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