6 Tricks to Looking Sophisticated in Sweats

MaryKate Boylan
Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images

From Town & Country

The late Karl Lagerfeld famously said, “You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants." He was exaggerating of course, in signature style, but his point is well-taken: he was a firm believer in dressing up no matter the occasion. Sweatpants are synonymous with comfort, but that doesn't mean they can't become the base for a polished outfit. T&C's fashion editors share six foolproof tips to styling sweatpants, from matching sets to pairing cool accessories with joggers—even if you don't plan to leave the house.

Stay Neutral

Photo credit: Gotham - Getty Images
Photo credit: Gotham - Getty Images

Gigi Hadid has truly mastered the art of monochrome dressing; head-to-toe nude is a fresh twist on black and ideal for warmer months.

Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

Top with a Blazer

Photo credit: Mirrorpix - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mirrorpix - Getty Images

Dressier, unexpected items like a blazer and boots take sweatpants to the next level. Even with a baseball cap, like Princess Di.


Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

Channel the '90s

Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images
Photo credit: Max Mumby/Indigo - Getty Images

Kate Middleton goes for a sleek throwback in black and white track pants. Add interesting sneakers and a smartwatch for a 2020 update.

Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

Treat Them Like Trousers

Photo credit: BG002/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images
Photo credit: BG002/Bauer-Griffin - Getty Images

Jennifer Lopez is the original queen of athleisure. She styles her sweatpants just as you would jeans or trousers: Set aside the t-shirt for a dressy sweater and throw on an elegant accessory or two.

Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

When in Doubt: Add Jewels

Photo credit: Mirrorpix - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mirrorpix - Getty Images

Pay homage to Lynda Carter, the original Wonder Woman, who juxtaposes a casual sweatsuit with a classic full-on jewelry suite.

Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

Make a Statement

Photo credit: VCG - Getty Images
Photo credit: VCG - Getty Images

Nobody makes a fashion statement quite like Celine Dion. Even her sweats are fabulous! Follow in her footsteps with bold color, patterns, and texture. And don’t forget the stilettos.

Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

You Might Also Like