Many trends come and go, and in the world of street style, the cycle of rising and falling popularity changes at warp speed. But every now and then, a trend sticks (see: crop tops), and as the seasons change, it doesn’t go anywhere. One of our favorites that’s held fast for the past few seasons: the track pant.
The athletic-inspired, casual-cool outfit essential has proven to be a wardrobe staple for the warmer months. They look chic paired with everything from your favorite soft white T-shirt to a dressier, lace-hemmed blouse. And they’re available in every fabric from silk to leather to leopard-print cotton, making them versatile enough to be appropriate for many an occasion.
Scroll down for six tricks to make your track pants stylish this summer, plus six ultra-cute pairs to shop now!
If you love the trend but aren’t really into full-on tomboy style, go crazy accessorizing the athletic pants with girly pieces. Try a really sleek pair of black heels, a billowing halter top, and a girly little clutch for maximum impact.
Marabelle Track Pant With Banded Cuff ($69)
A wardrobe must: a pair in simple, classic black.
While there’s certainly something to be said for dressing up the low-slung trousers, there’s definitely a certain style to be achieved by wearing them with sneakers. Top them off with your favorite warm-weather sweater, and you’re good to go.
Current/Elliott Cotton-Jersey Track Pants ($150)
These are great with slip-on sneakers, but can also be successfully dressed up with a pair of stylish heels.
While many a pair of track pants come in classic black, there’s a certain appeal in wearing a set in a look-at-me print. Try a classic leopard pattern in black and white, then complement them with subtle accessories.
Clover Canyon Donegal Cropped Printed Track Pants ($216)
If there's any pair of track pants that make a statement with color, it's these.
If you’re not necessarily into an animal print, reach for a pair in an on-trend shade like pastel pink. Again, use minimalistic accessories, so the eye is naturally drawn to your outfit’s central piece: your pantalones.
10 Crosby Derek Lam Suede Track Pants ($1,295)
We love the soft pink of this set.
There’s always this option: wear as many dark colors as possible, letting your track pants serve as a variation on a theme. Top them with a dark tartan-print blouse, a black leather moto jacket, black shoes, and a black bag. Not for the timid of heart, but definitely cool.
Marc Jacobs Karoo Printed Silk Track Pants ($298)
A pair in silk gets a statement-making upgrade courtesy of a graphic print.
A great styling strategy for track pants is to use a solid black pair as the keystone around which to experiment with other colors. Style them with a solid chambray top, a pair of heels in a pop of red or yellow, and a clutch in another shade.