Jogging Outfits That Have Me Considering Actually, Well, Jogging

I'll admit it: I've never "gotten" athleisure. My closet is pretty much split down the line between my everyday clothes (jeans, dresses, T-shirts) and my strictly-for-workouts activewear collection (leggings, bra tops, and sweatproof tanks). But my opinion began wavering when I noticed a ton of celebrities and fashion people stepping out in stylish jogging outfits this spring. (See the below Bella Hadid outfit for proof.)

While the athleisure trend is far from new, I decided to try the joggers for myself. But instead of wearing them with boots or heels to turn the sweatpants into a fashion item, I wondered what could happen if I actually tried, well, jogging in some joggers. In the age of leggings, most women are opting out of wearing actual sweatpants for a run, or really any other type of workout, but I wanted to know: Does it work? My counter-counterintuitive experiment (wearing athletic pants to be athletic, that is) ended up being perfect for one particular instance: the early morning jog. At any other time of day, the same 20-minute run would have felt like a year wearing black joggers considering the Los Angeles heat.

My final verdict was clear: The insanely comfortable and cute sweats earned a permanent spot in my wardrobe, but I think from now on, I'll be running all my errands in the athleisure staple instead of running laps around my neighborhood.

athleisure trend—Bella Hadid

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Shop more joggers for long-distance runs (or just runs to the nearest coffee shop):
Cotton-Jersey Track Pants

A pair with seaming down the front gives the sweats a tailored appeal. 

Available in sizes XS to XL.

Complete the outfit with the matching hoodie.

Available in sizes 14 to 22.

Contrast lacing for the win.

Available in sizes XS to L.

Everyone in fashion seems to own this pair.

Available in sizes XS to L.

This whimsical side stripe deserves a closer look.

Available in French sizes 34 to 42.

The cult Australian brand has an A+ jogger set, too.

Available in sizes XS to L.

Graphics lend a sportier take on the joggers.

Available in sizes XS to L.

This sunny yellow color looks perfect with white sneakers.

Available in sizes XS to L.

When it comes to this streetwear brand, if you know, you know.

Available in sizes XS to 2XL.

Copy this exact outfit for post-jogging activities.

Available in Italian sizes 34 to 50.

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Available in sizes XS to L.

What do you think: Are these joggers functional for a workout or just too "fashion"?

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