Four Simple Rules for wearing sweatpants

Sweatpants are acceptable these days, and that’s a good thing. That’s not an opinion, that’s a fact. Sweatpants are comfortable, they’re versatile, they can even be stylish these days. Although that doesn’t give you Carte Blanche to throw a pair on at any time. As always, there’s a strict set of rules governing how to wear them, because we’re fun like that…

1. Don’t be afraid to dress them up

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Obviously, don’t incorporate them into your Sunday Best. A pair of sweatpants look best worn with a sweatshirt or a hoodie as part of a casual ensemble. But sweatpants can be very refined these days, so you can combine them with a smart coat and not look like you’ve give up all hope (or just wet yourself…)

2. Mix up your footwear choices

If you’re wearing your sweatpants with a smart coat, don’t be afraid to put on a pair of loafers or smart shoes. This has to work with your outfit, but sweatpants don’t always have to be paired with ratty old trainers.

3. Look out for colour clash

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If you prefer to keep things safe, go for a classic pair of black or grey marl joggers. Can’t beat them. However, if you do fancy yourself as a bit of a live-wire and want to go for something a bit more ‘technicolour’, keep the rest of your outfit neutral.

4. Watch your fit

Might seem obvious, but make sure your sweatpants fit you, and we’re not just talking about them being too tight (although this can be a real danger). Wearing a pair of really baggy or loose fitting sweatpants can really let your outfit down. So make sure you treat yourself to a decent, slim fitting pair.