I'm a Fashion Editor Who Loves Sweatpants—5 Outfits to Make Them Look Very Chic


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Are sweatpants the new leggings? The new jeans? When it comes to post-pandemic dressing, casual pieces are more acceptably integrated into everyday looks. Combining your comfort clothing with your elevated staples makes for the ideal hybrid wardrobe. And yes, it can still look chic.

The art of combining these pieces is relaxed, effortless styling, which admittedly can be less effortless than it seems. Oversize blazers, longline coats, and luxe handbags are a few of the key pieces to execute this perfect mix. 

This may be one of those trends that you may see others in and think looks aspirational, however, when it comes to re-creating, it’s trickier than it looks. So I’ve pulled inspiration from some of my choice influencers for some outfit ideas that will be seen at my local coffee shop. And, of course, I’ve shopped out a few pieces you might need to get the look.

Oversize Blazer + Sneakers


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In my opinion, a boxy blazer equals instant elevation of any look. Tossing it over a matching sweat set is an unexpected way to dress up your comfies. Top the ensemble off with a coordinating baseball cap and sneakers.

Shearling Coat + Socks + Loafers


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Ultra-cool styling is this shearling-trim coat with the sock and loafer combination. Put a quirky printed sweater underneath and, of course, a luxury bag to take it to the next level.

Hat + Long Coat + Pumps


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Pumps with sweatpants are a major Rihanna vibe. Matching the accessories color-wise is the key to executing on this outfit.

Cable-Knit Cardigan + Shoulder Bag


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For an on-the-go look, pair your coziest cardigan with a pair of sweatpants and sneakers. And don’t forget an accent shoulder bag.

Bomber Jacket + Sneakers


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A black sweat suit is a sure bet for elevating your sweats. Throw a leather bomber jacket over it for a whole look.

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Copelyn Bengel
Associate Shopping Editor

Copelyn is the associate shopping editor for Who What Wear based in New York City. She writes about fashion and accessory trends in addition to creating original content.

Before her time at Who What Wear, Copelyn was at Bustle Digital Group working on the accessory market for cover shoots and fashion features across Nylon, The Zoe Report, Bustle, Romper, and Elite Daily. Copelyn has also previously worked at InStyle and Cosmopolitan in the fashion and accessory departments on shopping and fashion market.

Copelyn has a journalism degree in editing and graphic design from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her spare time, Copelyn freelances in graphic and web design in the fashion-and-lifestyle space. She also loves to upcycle clothing and home décor as well as collect an embarrassing number of colorful sneakers and experiment with her hair color.