Sweatpants, Joggers, Trackpants – How Are You Wearing Yours?
Leisurewear has become one of the hottest trends in recent years, making it a sort of “wardrobe staple”. There are so many different styles to choose from on the high street, making this the perfect “mix-and-match” way of dressing. What is not to love? The “jogger” can be as relaxed or posh as you like. Covid has, of course, played its part in changing our day-to-day attire, and now we are grappling with both an “Energy” and “Cost of Living” crisis, which has had a massive knock-on effect to how we manage our budget. We are making sure we spend our money, carefully, on items which will work for us and not sit idle in our wardrobes.
Wearing my Zara Joggers, Cropped Hoodie (H&M) and Chelsea Boots by Hush
As we are still in the throes of winter, these kinds of layers are the perfect “smart casual” solution – beating the chill, while looking good. The sweatpants I am wearing in today’s post are a bog standard, high-waist style. They were a great price and are good quality – bought with a Christmas gift voucher (Zara).
Wearing my French Connection cropped Jumper, Zara joggers and Hush Chelsea boots
I must admit to wearing them quite a lot since I bought them. But, joggers (as I like to call them) aren’t everyone’s “cup of tea”. I’ve styled them, here, and above, with a cropped hoodie (H&M), and my old favourite black blazer from Mint Velvet.
Here’s a quote from Karl Lagerfeld made in 2013,
“Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life, so you bought some sweatpants.”
“The Vicky Pollard” character in a sketch with Kate Moss from “Little Britain” – and, Wayne and Waynetta Slob from “Harry Enfield and Chums”.
“And…….then, there is the comedy association with top tracksuit-wearing chavs, “Wayne and Waynetta Slob” (courtesy of Harry Enfield), along with “yes but, no but” Vicky Pollard (“Little Britain”), which most of us thought hilarious, a few years back…….it might explain why I was so put off!
Wearing my Marks and Spencers Sweatshirt (with pockets!) along with Zara Joggers and Hush Chelsea boots
But, first, here is a little bit of “Sweatpants” history.
Sweatpants originated in the 1920s. They were created by Le Coq Sportif. They were designed for the athletes of the day as comfortable sportswear – named “sweatpants” for their ability to absorb sweat – and marketed as a practical alternative to the tight-fitting uncomfortable clothing that was worn, before.
Moving forward, sweatpants were spotted in the “Rocky” films of the 1970’s and then in the 1980’s. Jane Fonda wore some in her fitness video, which sparked a trend.
American Rapper Eminem and Hip Hop Musicians’ showing their great “Street” style.
Around this time, the tracksuit was also worn by “Hip Hop” musicians who would demonstrate their talents of break dancing and rap in their videos.
Tracksuits allowed for body expression and free movement, enabling artists to demonstrate their skills. So, tracksuits quickly became a trend with the younger generation, especially when sports brands such as Adidas began to design more appealing fashionable sportswear – which is still the case, today.
Also, around this time, students on campuses throughout the world were wearing the affordable, stylish and comfortable sweatpants, and hoodies that were becoming fashionable.
Mint Velvet shirt (old) with Joggers fom Zara and Hush Chelsea Boots
Wearing my favourite Barbour Jacket with my joggers. Lace up Boots are by Next.
I am late to the party wearing my joggers and I was determined to “not like” these pants. However, they will definitely be a staple in my wardrobe from now on. I quite like the look of the wide-leg sweatpants, too, so I may be using my Christmas gift voucher to purchase some.
Can’t go wrong in a Breton top! This one is from Marks and Spencer
As well as the obvious comfort, what’s not to love about a little bit of slouch? They can look so stylish, worn with fashionable footwear like stomping boots, trainers, or snazzy loafers – then, paired with a lovely top…..and, finished off with a classy blazer. If you love your sweatpants/leisurewear but are uncertain how to style them, I hope you like some of the ideas/suggestions I have “put together” in this post.
Enjoy your weekend!
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