With the rise of athletic-inspired apparel and the growing popularity of casual "athleisure" attire in our modern lives, the popularity of the jogger pant makes perfect sense. It's a comfortable, easy-to-wear wardrobe staple that can transition from workout to the workplace (or vice versa) with ease. These are certainly not the sloppy sweatpants of the past! Sure, the silhouette is slouchy and relaxed, but the right pair can channel both a professional and street-style ready vibe. With modern versions having tapered legs, rolled hems, and roomy pockets, they be worn in many chic ways, especially when dressed up like the ladies below.
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I love how the dressy element of high heels juxtaposes the relaxed shape of the joggers. Just add a silky blouse and you've got an instant outfit!
May 4, 2017 update - Shop joggers for spring/summer:
March 8, 2017 update - I just got this ruffled style under $60 at Topshop. See the newest joggers for spring:
Style them with:
January 31, 2017 update - For a 2017 update on the athleisure trend, see my feature about how to wear track pants.
November 13, 2016 update - I just bought this super soft style under $20 from Cotton On. They come in more than 5 colors.
Below, a peek at how I wore a floral pair from Target in early 2014 with a bomber jacket and high heeled booties. (Shop a a similar printed style for 2016, or this black and grey floral style I adore by Joe Fresh on sale for under $20.)
Maybe you're like me - a fan of leggings or skinny jeans and wary of voluminous pant leg shapes. Perhaps you'd like to dip your toes into the trend, but you're not sure how to wear jogger pants.
Here are five tips that I've learned for how to wear jogger pants:
Do treat jogger pants like trousers and dress them up with polished footwear, especially for the office. Choose minimal open-toe heels or refined pumps to effortlessly elevate your look.
This black jersey style can easily be dressed up or down.
Don't wear your pants too big or slouchy. Think slightly loose and above the ankle when it comes to fit. Roll the hems if you like to show off your favorite heels.
Do pair your jogger pants with a dressy blouse or cropped jacket. Balance out the volume of the lower half with a more tailored silhouette on top. I love bomber jackets (for example, this lace style), moto jackets, bombers, and cropped blazers.
Don't go overboard on sportswear staples. The look should be laid-back and relaxed, but not too sporty. The look is best achieved with a balance of dressy and casual pieces. When in doubt, take your style cues from J.Crew and choose sophisticated but preppy pieces for a chic vibe.
Do consider prints and patterns as long as they don't overwhelm your frame. Proportion and scale are key. If prints aren't your thing, then keep it classic with denim, silk, chambray, twill, or rayon styles in solids and neutral colors.
Wear your joggers with: