Everything you thought you knew about sweatpants? It’s wrong. Yes, those looser-fittingtrack pants or that funky, printed sweatshirt are a source of comfort for body, mind, and soul — but not just within the confines of our apartments. So, seriously, what’s so wrong with wearing sweats on a date? After all, “date night” can mean anything: dinner and a movie, an outdoor concert, or even an enchanting night in. Why shouldn’t our going-out style have the same flexibility? Turns out, it does. To prove it, we put together five rule-breaking looks worthy of any romantic rendezvous.
Because, there’s just about nothing worse than wearing a gorgeous outfit you don’t feel right in. Yes, we’re crusaders of cool, innovativefashions and trends, but even more so, we’re all about what makes you feel good — and if your plus-one raises an eyebrow at your sartorial tastes, well, they can go take a hike. These rad outfits are every bit as chic as they are comfortable. Take that, bodycons!
Classic Gray Sweats Rocking a basic, gray sweat for dinner and drinks does not mean you’ve completely given up on love (or looking good). Being comfortable in your clothes is half the battle. So, instead of pulling on your too-tight skinnies or worrying about how your figure looks in that bodycon dress all night long, you can actually enjoy your gin-and-tonic — oh, and your lucky date, too.
Community Aevum Pant, $50, available at Aritzia; Mossimo Faux Leather Jacket, $44.99, available at Target; Stella McCartney Clare Ruffle Front Top, $827, available at Stella McCartney; Banana Republic Neo Floral Stud Earring, $35, available at Banana Republic; Loeffler RandallMini Rider in Mint Leather, $395, available at Loeffler Randall; Topshop Rebel 2-Part Heels, $80, available at Topshop.
Ostwald Helgason Monkey Motif Cotton Sweatshirt, $244.84, available at Browns.
Cheeky Sweatshirts Never one to shy away from quirky embellishments and funky accessories, you’re all about this graphic-sweatshirt-and-leather-legging combo. You’ll take on every of-the-moment trend and effortlessly make it your own — without breaking a sweat. Accent with punchy, playful accessories like colored sandals, a jeweled baseball cap, and a pastel clutch. After all, this is about taking your look to the next level.
Ostwald Helgason Monkey Motif Cotton Sweatshirt, $244.84, available at Browns; J.Crew Collection Leather Leggings in Tuxedo Stripe, $650, available at J.Crew; Manolo Blahnik Blue Silk Sonia Sandals, $800, available at Avenue 32; Akira Floral Jewel Set in Navy, $22.90, available at Akira; Ted Baker London Leather Clutch, $145, available at Nordstrom; H&M Wool Cap, $39.95, available at H&M.
Tibi Ditzy Leopard Track Pant, $325, available at Tibi.
Slouchy Jogging Pants Animal prints will always have a very dear, very special place within our wardrobe. And, Tibi’s leopard track pant is just the right amount of look for our bottom halves. The intricate pattern placement in a black-and-white palette keeps the style from overpowering its wearer. A sheer-panel top, pointed-toe heels, and tons of spring-y, pastel goodness help make this a feminine getup we’d wear any day of the week — plus-ones optional.
Tibi Ditzy Leopard Track Pant, $325, available at Tibi; Topshop Chiffon Panel Tee, $76, available at Topshop; Zara Mohair Coat, $189, available at Zara; Hive & Honey Silver Wire Spike Cuff, $22, available at Piperlime; Alexander Wang Foil-Trimmed Textured-Leather Pumps, $575, available at Net-A-Porter; Mata Hari X Love+Made Heart Leather Bag, $145, available at Nasty Gal.
Neon Sportswear Kenzo’s highlighter-hued pullover is sure to give your cold-weather wardrobe rut the boot, big time! The op-art effect of the graphic palm print is a breath of fresh air. Team this with a black, fluted skirt and sequined trainers, and we’ve gone full-on Sporty Spice — and we’re not looking back. Add a little Meredith Wendell into the mix with one of the brand’s signature kooky bags for a totally trippy, neon style. And, if you’re extra daring, slip into a pair of polka-dot socks for the ultimate, cheeky finish.
Kenzo Printed Jersey Top, $320, available at Moda Operandi; Mango Fluted Miniskirt, $49.99, available at Mango; MARC BY MARC JACOBS Sequin Zip Sneakers, $228, available at Shopbop; Meredith Wendell Square Pony, $375, available at Meredith Wendell; Kate Spade New YorkSailor’s Knot Stud Earrings, $48, available at Shopbop; happy socks x madewell Trouser Socks, $12, available at Madewell.
Prabal Gurung Two-Tone Silk Track Pants, $795, available at Net-A-Porter.
Two-Tone Track Pants We love a good tuxedo stripe. And, the unexpected red is the perfect touch of tomboy glamour with a twist in this track-pant-and-blazer combo. Take a minimalist approach to accessorizing with 10 Crosby by Derek Lam’s snake-print d’Orsay flats, simple studs, and a sleek bucket bag. Then, head straight from the office to your favorite watering hole without skipping a beat! Bonus: When you get home, just ditch the jacket and hop right into bed in your sleepwear-ready tee and sweats — in true lazy-girl form.
Prabal Gurung Two-Tone Silk Track Pants, $795, available at Net-A-Porter; Acne Faye Oversized V-Neck, $90, available at La Garçonne; Nasty Gal Cosmo Pyramid Earrings, $12, available at Nasty Gal; River Island Black Leather Duffle Bag, $56, available at River Island; Dorothy PerkinsBlack Boyfriend Blazer, $59, available at Dorothy Perkins; 10 Crosby Derek Lam Action Too Embossed d’Orsay Flat, $275, available at Neiman Marcus.