Are you someone who’s constantly on the go? Do you need clothes that are comfortable and versatile, yet still stylish enough to make a good first impression? In this article, we’ll explore different options for pairing sweats and sweatpants with other pieces of clothing in order to create a look that works for any occasion. We’ll also look at the “no-sweat” alternatives to these traditional lounging garments. Let’s get started!
Sweatpants are a type of pants that are usually worn to relax, exercise, or sleep. They are made from a stretchy and soft material, typically cotton or polyester.
Sweatpants have an elastic waistband and often have pockets on the outside, which makes them very comfortable to wear. They can be worn by both men and women.
There are different types of sweatpants: ones with a drawstring at the top of the waistband (sometimes called “joggers”), ones with elastic around the ankle (also called “track pants” or “drawstring pants”), ones with no pockets on either side (which may also be referred to as “trousers”, or “jogging bottoms”), and others.
Avoid wearing sweatpants with activewear.
One thing you should keep in mind is that sweatpants are not part of the activewear family. Although they’re called “sweatpants,” they aren’t meant to be worn while sweating; rather, they were designed as a comfortable piece of clothing that can easily be taken off and put on again. So, what do you wear with sweatpants? What should you not wear with sweatpants? And are sweatpants activewear? Let’s look at some options for what to wear with your sweatpants so that you can make sure your outfit stays stylish, especially when it comes time to make the choice between leggings or joggers.
Only wear your sweatpants in public when you’re going to the gym.
Sweatpants are a staple of a comfy outfit. But don’t let that fool you—you shouldn’t wear them out in public unless it’s to the gym. (Or, if you’re going to a party.) Or maybe the store. You know what? Just don’t wear sweats out in public at all. They’re not made for that!
You can throw a robe over your sweatpants for a casual, at-home look.
A dressing gown is a robe that can be worn around the house, or in the early part of the morning or evening while getting dressed. Wearing a robe on top of your sweatpants can make the casual pants look more like you’re wearing an intentional outfit. Robes are typically made from durable materials like cotton or linen, but they can also be made from luxurious fabrics like silk. A robe over your sweatpants could be just what you need if you want to feel comfortable at home, but still have a sense of style about you.
Wear your overalls with a long sleeve shirt for a casual look.
- Overall + Sweatshirt: If you’re looking for an outfit that is both casual and comfy, pair your overalls with a sweatshirt. You can add a t-shirt underneath for a cute, layered look. Plus, sweatshirts are super easy to layer with vests and jackets when the weather gets cold.
- Overall + Sneakers: The easiest way to achieve a cute and casual look is to wear overalls with sneakers. In general, low top shoes work best as they don’t cover up too much of your overalls. However, if you’re wearing high waisted overalls or suspender style overalls, you can definitely get away with wearing ankle booties or lace up boots.
- Overall + Long Coat: For fall and winter months, you can layer your go-to pair of overalls with a long coat for a functional and fashionable look (especially if you live somewhere where it’s cold).
Layer your sweatpants underneath long skirts.
Sweatpants aren’t just for getting cozy and feeling comfortable at home—they can be an integral part of a stylish outfit. Layering your sweatpants underneath long skirts is a great way to achieve this unexpected look.
The secret is in the length of the skirt or dress: you don’t want the hem of your garment to fall too far above your ankles, as it will create an imbalanced silhouette. Sweatpants are relatively bulky, so they can easily overwhelm shorter skirts (like skater skirts or minis). By contrast, the pairing of sweatpants with longer, flowier garments works wonders. Whether you opt for a billowy maxi that falls just below the ankle or something with a high-low hem that drapes over your calf, there’s no shortage of creative ways to experiment here!
If you’re looking for accessories to accompany this layered look, consider adding on some cool sneakers and oversized earrings; these pieces will help give contrast against your slouchy silhouette while also making sure it doesn’t go from chic to shabby.
When teamed up with wide-legged bottoms and roomy outerwear like trench coats and dusters (which we’ll talk about later), long skirts can make great canvases for showing off patterned sweatpants; if you’re worried about overwhelming others with too much color or texture all at once, keep things low-key by going monochromatic instead. You’ll still have plenty of options without sacrificing style!
Wear your sweats with an oversized sweatshirt for a cute but comfortable vibe.
An oversized sweatshirt is an excellent way to stay warm and cozy in the winter, without sacrificing style for comfort. You can wear one over whatever you’re already wearing and instantly feel cozier. A sweatshirt is also great for air-conditioned offices or other spaces that need to be kept cold but are too cold for a thin t-shirt and jeans, such as movie theaters.
Don’t have enough room in your closet? That’s fine, because you’ll probably only need one sweatshirt. (You don’t want to look like you’re going for a jog.) Even if this one piece isn’t giving you any major outfit inspiration, it will certainly keep you warm by itself—and adding some sweatpants on top of it will make sure that even your legs are nice and cozy.
Add some color to your outfit by wearing bright or patterned sneakers.
If you’re going to wear sweatpants, try to match them with brighter or patterned sneakers. This way, they’ll be more fun than they are boring and will stand out against the dullness of your sweats.
For example, if you’re wearing a pair of black sweatpants and a black hoodie, but you have some bright green sneakers on your feet, it’ll make your outfit look more intentional than if you had worn some grey running shoes. Your outfit won’t look so drab because the bright green on your feet will draw attention there first, making it seem like that was part of the plan all along.
Or if you want to wear sweatpants with a white T-shirt but don’t want to seem like you just rolled out of bed (even though I’m pretty sure that’s what happened), try pairing them with some colorful or printed sneakers for contrast. Again, people will notice the interesting design on your shoes before noticing how simple everything else is–so try not to forget about them when planning!
There are casual outfits that don’t scream “pajamas!”
It’s a common misconception that sweatpants can only be worn with another pair of sweatpants. While the ultimate comfort look is certainly an option, there are other ways to style these pants. Here are a few options:
- Sneakers. If you want to take your chill outfit down a notch, throw on some basic sneakers. Pairing sweatpants with this type of footwear gives off an undeniable athleisure vibe and says to the world that you’re ready for whatever activity comes your way. Whether it’s hitting the gym or having pizza at happy hour, you’ll be comfortable in your versatile sweats and kicks.
- Sweater. A classic sweater goes well with sweatpants because it has some structure, but it still feels casual enough for lounging around the house in comfort and coziness. Your favorite cotton-blend sweater will keep you warm as well as stylish both inside and outside of your home; try pairing this look with any kind of sneaker (there are always exceptions) for a cute but comfortable aesthetic.
- T-shirt: No matter what season or event, you can’t go wrong wearing one of these essentials! The fact that most t-shirts come in every color makes them just as versatile as jeans; they’re especially great if you want something that won’t constrict your movements while still looking good—and they’re also super affordable too!
Just remember: when choosing which accessories to wear with your new look make sure they match each other so people don’t think you’re trying too hard (or not trying hard enough).
The most important takeaway from this article is the lesson that sweatpants are our friends. We should not be so quick to judge these useful garments; they accomplish their task admirably and deserve our appreciation for all the hard work they do. Sweatpants may be a bit rough around the edges, but beneath that exterior is a heart of gold, just waiting to be discovered by someone who will give them a chance.
Next time you put on your favorite pair of sweatpants, whether you’re watching Netflix or running errands, take a moment to appreciate what these pants can do for you:
- Keep your legs warm
- Provide plenty of pockets for holding small items like keys and wallets
- Allow you to exercise in comfort and style
So remember: sweatpants are not only okay, but good! They’re here to help us feel great while we’re doing anything we want to do—and that’s really cool!