Are sweats the new jeans? Are they so trendy and versatile we can literally trade any outfit for a sweats outfits and pull it off anywhere, and everywhere? Regardless of age, season, or personal style? Hmmmm. People… I am inclined to say YES to all the above, except maybe office days. Yeah. Those don’t work well with a sweats outfits no matter how chic, cool, luxe, athletic sophisticated it may all look. Unless of course you’re working in some creative job, or you’re wearing Gucci. Then you can fuck the ignoramuses and work that hobo-chic-and-fit style.
Anyway… sweats outfits wise it’s all crystal clear to me: they have become such a casual staple, courtesy of those athleisure trends, and of the 80s comeback that it’s the go-to-outfit for 1) running errands, 2) going shopping, 3) brunch, or 4) any cool casual style you wanna pull off one day. Even if you’re not staying home or just going to the gym.
The sweats look has been happening for a while, but I always thought it might be just a fad you know. Like those people who get gym memberships but only show up a few times a month, until they just slack on it. #didyousaysomethingtome
But no. Sweats outfits are here to stay. More so the sweats styles have evolved so much, the way we chose to wear them, where we chose to wear them seem to multiply literally by the minute. Each blogger, celebrity, peasant, stand-by-er, lover of style, hater of sports – they each have a cool new way to wear their sweats, and when all of these come together it’s really a great walking sweats moodboard out there.
So my answer to the Q above is full on yes.
However… HOW do we actually wear sweats outfits to look cool and chic like a casually rich person who has fab style but can’t be bothered on a lazy Saturday?
Here’s a 6 ways guide to pulling off sweats outfits anywhere.
1. Pick a great sweats set.
After all, it’ll be la piece de resistance in your look so you might as well invest in it, not financially speaking, just effort wise.
If you’re new to the game got for classic styles like black adidas, or grey soft sweats sets. Keep it simple, and very easy to style by itself or/and with a coat or a leather jacket.
If you love the soft-luxe but laid back styles pick a nude/taupe/brown shade sweats set. Pair it with some great nude or white sneakers, lipstick, and some dainty gold jewellery.
2. Oversized versus fitted.
The answer lies in between somewhere. You want it to follow your body, but you’re not looking for super fitted styles. You can of course go either way… but then make sure you do the oversized big so that it makes a statement, and the fitted super gym-style-outside-the-gym.
I’m sure you’ve seen loads of Instagram pics of both situations so just pick one that rocks your boat more and try to emulate it. See how it feels.
Or mix it and match it. Do fitted sweats and oversized sweatshirt, or t-shirt, and the other way around.
3. Keep it sporty and athletic casual.
That’s to say heels and sweats outfits are kinda out. Except of course if you’re Kim Kardashian, then you wear oversized sweats with heeled booties.
So… stick to sneakers, birkenstocks, slippers, and if you want heels do the ankle boots with a stiletto heel. Sandals and heeled pumps worn with sweat-pants are so 2010.
4. Go high-fashion/super-cool.
This is the street style of Fashion Weeks so fabulously done by fashion editors, bloggers and celebrities. It’s sweats outfits mixed with high fashion pieces, designer bags, super statement coats, beautiful shoes. The sweats are not those you lazy around the house in… they’re more of a nipped and tucked version of the classic sweats, more dressy, more 80s rather than 2018 chill.
5. Sweats for slobs with a chic style. #aroundthehouse
This is pretty much all of us at some point. What’s the key to taking the slob to hobo-chic level? Maybe a shower, clean hair, a pair of sunglasses if the face ain’t cooperating #meagain, clean sweats slightly more upgraded than pjs, great sneakers or slippers on, a tiny little jewellery that makes you feel pretty, a leather jacket on top.
6. Celebrity style.
This is the slob version of each of us being completely caught off guard when getting coffee, by the paparazzi. I know. Such a drag. The style is usually either a simple sweats set with a coat or jacket on top, or it can be cropped sweats (either the pants or the sweatshirt). Or you can do the sweatpants and a sports bra with a cool jacket on top.
General tips: you can even wear sweaters with sweatpants as a cool combo. And for an even more laid back vibe layer a longer t-shirt underneath a sweatshirt, and top it all off with a denim jacket, a bomber or a leather jacket.
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I am so supporting this new sweats outfits movement in all its shapes and sizes and designs.
Happy weekend everyone.