There was a time when wearing sweatpants in public was a fashion sin, a style reserved only for people about to board an international flight or stay home sick from work. Thanks in part to love from celebrities like Kanye West and the Kardashians, the role of sweatpants in style has been redefined in recent years. Sweats, both pants and tops, have been embraced as a trend by the high-fashion world, and have taken on a new life as one of the most versatile pieces in any wardrobe. Now, you can rock your Kith Classics on the couch or on the red carpet, and look fly while doing it.
Much like jeans have been for decades, a pair of sweatpants have become a dependable, cool go-to for men. Gone are the days when wearing some comfy sweats out of the house was frowned upon. Now they’re the perfect piece for almost any occasion. You can binge-watch Netflix in sweats, nap in them, hell even wear ‘em to work (note: this move is advisable for experts only).
Sweatpants are a recent staple in new lines for many designers. But this wasn’t always the case. Before they could be seen as a legitimate fashion choice, sweats had to shed the stigma of being the outfit of choice for the unemployed and people who just rolled out of bed. If you can’t shake the notion that wearing a pair of sweatpants out in the world is a faux-pas, akin to wearing Crocs or socks with Tevas, today’s the day to slip into some new Puma Rebels, look stylish, feel cozy, and join the loungewear revolution.
You could just dig into your closet for any old sweatpants you have lying around, but these are our top picks to add to your wardrobe if you want to take your athleisure game to another level. Now take off your jeans, throw on some sweats, and luxuriate in the fleecy comfort.