Sweats have typically been reserved for gangsters, couch potatoes, or members of Run-D.M.C. Not anymore. One of the biggest (and most bewildering) trends of the year for both men and women are “joggers”—a fancy name for sweatpants, in fancier fabrics. But while the fairer sex can instantly elevate them with a pair of heels, guys have got their work cut out for them.
All joggers may be sweats, but not all sweats are joggers. These upscale, sportswear-inspired pants are slim-fitted, as opposed to slouchy. While they all have drawstring waists and ribbed cuffs in common, joggers are also offered in a handful of fabrics, including wool, twill, denim, and even leather. What’s more, high-fashion versions feature unique elements like dropped crotches, tapered legs, and color-contrasting cuffs.
Pair them Wisely
The key to wearing joggers when you’re not actually jogging is to pair them with a seriously chic topper. Denim joggers have a nautical feel, so wear them with a striped tee and blazer. Cotton-jersey and cotton-terry joggers are the most casual looking, so opt for a textured or printed knit, such as a fair-isle sweater or leather-paneled pullover. Your sneakers should be simple, monochromatic slip-ons. Wool joggers, on the other hand, are surprisingly sophisticated. On chilly nights, a windowpane-checkered pea coat will look perfectly matched. And a pair of moto boots will add a little edge.
You might be tempted to dress up your Hanes sweatpants, but you won’t be fooling anyone. The details that set joggers apart may be subtle, but no less essential. Even so, we don’t recommend you sport these trendy trousers to the office.