Remember the era when sweatpants were considered a major faux pas? Thank goodness we made it past that very dark age of monotonous fashion! While we love a body-hugging pair of jeans and tiny, pleated mini skirts, roomy, comfy, soft pants have become our go-to over the past few years. We now know that loungewear can be versatile, and when it comes to what to wear with sweatpants, we’re no longer limited to coordinating sweatshirts or solid-coloured tees. Not only are there form-fitting options that make them look stylish, but there are numerous ways to style your joggers, even your slouchiest pair, that will make you look and feel like a fashion icon.
Celebrities have reinvented this easy, comfy pants option, rocking it with coordinating sweatshirts, corsets, and everything in between.
To help you explore different ways in which the must-have fashion piece can be addoned, we have curated a list of our favourite sweatpants looks from entertainment industry fashion icons.
A Blazer is Always a Good Idea
Hailey Bieber knows that sweatpants have no limits — she’s worn them with hoodies, embellished boots, and so much more. The model created a voguish look of sorts by pairing her grey bottoms with an oversized classic blazer, giving the outfit a chic twist.
The Co-ord Life
With the addition of a trendy pair of shades and a Louis Vuitton bag, Kamo Mphela’s sweatpants fit looked sleek and pulled-together, rather than overly casual. Who said a matching lounge co-ord can’t be edgy and stylish?
If you’re wearing bold-coloured sweatpants, there’s no need to overthink your outfit. Take notes from Thickleeyonce and let the look steal the spotlight by slipping on neutral coloured shoes and a coordinating top to complete the look. A fashionista of note, Thickleeyonce spices up the look with orange eyeshadow, creating an artsy contrast between the hues of her makeup and her fit.
For the Trendy Girlies
Cosy with a bit of flair — that’s exactly how we’d describe Ayanda Thabethe’s ensemble. Showcasing the best of modern street style fashion, the media personality wore a trendy crop top, an ivory cropped puffer jacket, as well as a pair of white sweatpants. To accessorise, Ayanda opted for a mini tote bag, as well as classic pearls.
Street Style it Up
Teyana Taylor showed us exactly what to wear to a football or basketball game when she stepped out in a pair of yellow sweatpants styled with a matching hoodie and puffer jacket.
Checks Over Stripes
The trendy Nike crop top proved to be the perfect piece to complete Bella Hadid’s sweatpants athleisure look. A runway Queen at heart, the supermodel styled the laid-back outfit with a white fur coat.
You Can’t Go Wrong With the Right Pair of Heels
By now, you likely know that sweatpants work with any type of shoe. Whether you prefer something bright like Halle Bailey, a strappy design, or a pointed-toe option, heels will help elevate these bottoms and make them feel red carpet ready.
Black is Poetic
Technically, these are Adidas track pants and not sweats, but Kim Kardashian did show us how laid-back bottoms can work for a night out. Pair your slouchy bottoms with a spandex long sleeved top and statement shades. This will help you play around with proportions and make the overall look feel luxe.
All White Everything
Kylie Jenner balanced the sweatpants’ slouchy look by rocking a cropped turtleneck and denim jacket in the same colour. If you’re all about the baggy street style, you can pull this look off through a cropped sweatshirt or any loose fitting outerwear.
Lessons From a Fashion Icon
Like a true fashion icon, Rihanna ensured that her sneakers matched her sweatpants by wearing a black and white pair that also featured a pop of red.