In the golden era of athleisure, men's joggers have become the centrepiece of modern-day casualwear. Classic chinos and jeans have made way for comfortable cuts and cool fabrics, allowing the jogger to dominate the sidewalk. Available in a host of styles, from contemporary casual to urban chic, it's easy to see why track pants are a favourite amongst men. Below, we'll talk about why you should have these casual essentials in your armoury.
What are jogging bottoms?
Originally designed for the gym, joggers (named sweatpants, jogging bottoms or tracksuit bottoms in other corners of the world) are the go-to sports pants for active people. Their appearance can be characterised by the athletic silhouette and tapered fit. Most feature a stretch or drawstring waist and elasticated ankles. For a more personalised look, you are likely to find some designs with trendy accents, such as studs, ribbed patches, ripped detailing, zippers and buttons.
How to wear sweatpants
Moving away from their gym class origins, the trusty jogger pants are now an essential piece of streetwear. Although they still fit naturally into sporty outfits, these versatile bottoms make great alternatives for a host of different looks. Here are the core outfits to look out for this season:
- Sweatshirts & hoodies:
The ultimate go-to outfit when you are visiting the coffee shop or going for groceries: pairing your pants with hoodies and sweatshirts go much further than the TV and couch. To banish the lazy vibes, opt for a pair of stylish trainers or lace-up boots for a more polished look.
Combining your trousers with your favourite tee is a simple yet flattering style. The classic T-shirt already gives off laid-back vibes, so make sure the top is well fitted, otherwise, you are going to look sloppy. Keep your pants cropped tight at your ankles and you have yourself a cool and clean outfit. Looking for a little mobility around the house. Then, jogger shorts are the answer!
Nothing says 'retro' more than a track jacket. But when combined with a pair of camouflage joggers, the combination creates a seriously sporty vibe. Slip on some dad trainers and your updated 80's look will be complete.
How should joggers fit?
It ultimately depends on the dress code and the occasion. If you prefer comfort over style, then men's wide leg joggers are right up your street. This also works with casual styles. Pay attention to the ankle length. Those of you who are in the trainer game will know that showcasing your favourite pair without distractions is very important. If the ankles of your bottoms are covering the shoes, then it's going to look sloppy. If you're going for a more polished look, then slim-fitting styles are what you should be looking for (we'll explain in more detail below).
Skinny joggers? Yes, please!
Slim fit and tapered cuts are rocking the smart-casual scene right now. As the office dress code becomes more relaxed, it's far easier (and more acceptable) to turn up to work in an outfit that you feel comfortable working in. Because of their slim silhouette, skinny joggers have managed to veer away from the conventional gym vibes, allowing them to be incorporated into refined styles, such as office and date-night wear. Here are some tips on how to smarten up with your favourite skinnies:
- Button up shirt:
Although not the ideal outfit for a job interview, it's a great alternative to a t-shirt and chinos. Opt for an Oxford shirt and pair it with your joggers and loafers or plimsoles. This look is not too formal but not sloppy either – perfect for the modern-day millennial office.
If you had told us ten years ago that a blazer paired with joggers would look sophisticated, we'd have probably thought you were crazy. But these trusty pants have evolved, and more modern tapered cuts have entered the market. To make this outfit work, dress in dark or neutral tones and go for a textured blazer. Add a buttoned-up top and a wooden watch into the mix and you have a polished, relaxed and well-balanced look.
- Smart trainers/ shoes:
A pair of clean trainers goes a long way in dressing up your stylish joggers. Go for monochrome styles with subtle stitching and add character to your outfit. Want to go further? Desert and Chelsea boots bridge that gap between relaxed and refined looks, whilst brogues can step it up a gear.
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