Everlane Just Released the Best New Sweats We've Tried in Ages

Jonathan Evans
·3 min read
Photo credit: Zoë Ghertner
Photo credit: Zoë Ghertner

From Esquire

There is a debate raging, out here on the internet. (And maybe IRL, too. Who could possibly know?) On one side, you have a group declaring the death of sweats. Fuck this fleece! they shout, counting down the days until the general menswear ecosystem is populated entirely with hard pants, tailored jackets, and a newly reinvigorated sense of Getting Dressed. On the other side, you have the Cozy Boy Contingent, a group of folks so enamored of their french terry wares, it's tough to see them converting back to anything with one too many buttons (even if the number of buttons is just one) anytime soon.

Here at Esquire, we're caught in the middle. Am I excited for the return of some sense of occasion when it comes to putting together a fit? Sure am! But I'm also not going to pretend my go-to sweatpants and hoodies don't exist, especially after we grew so close over the last year. So while Sweats Fatigue may be a real thing (ask your doctor), that's no reason to assume that very good sweats won't stay a part of the conversation, and your wardrobe, for a long while.

Photo credit: Zoë Ghertner
Photo credit: Zoë Ghertner

Enter Everlane, the DTC darling dead-set on making sure that's the case—at least if today's launch of the new "Track" collection is anything to go by. Everlane VP of design Sonia Martin calls pieces like sweatpants and hoodies the "starting point" in a guy's wardrobe. "So we set out to make these styles even better than anything he's worn before," she says, "especially since it's now his everyday look. We obsessed about the fabric, creating a custom-knitted fabric that was plump, soft, and durable." That it's also 100 percent GOTS-certified organic cotton might seem like a bonus, but according to Martin, it was "non-negotiable."

Of course, all of that doesn't do you a lot of good if the styles themselves don't deliver. These do. The pants manage to walk the dangerous line between "couch-only baggy" and "fashion-victim tight" with precision, offering up a fit that's slim enough to wear comfortably out in the world, but chilled-out enough to suggest that, yes, you are aware that you're wearing sweatpants.

The sweatshirts fit similarly, with retro-inspired details—most notably, the raglan sleeves—pulled from vintage track styles from the '70s and '80s. Both the crewneck and the hoodie include a kangaroo pocket, which is bound to infuriate a purist or two but feels nice and handy if you don't get too caught up in what supposedly "belongs" where. Ditto that for the decision to leave off the drawstring off the hoodie. And speaking of hoods, "the hood is everything on a hoodie," says Martin. "It needed to keep its shape and 'sit up' on your shoulders, so we used two layers of fabric to achieve this." It's kind of a small thing, except of course it's not.

All told, decisions like that make for a collection that, at $48 for the pants and crewneck, and $60 for the hoodie, feels more thought-out than the price tags might suggest. And considering the likelihood that sweats, in some form or another, aren't going anywhere anytime soon, a little thoughtfulness is a very welcome thing right now.

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