The Weekender: Jogger Pants


There was a time when I would have told you it would be a cold day in hell before I would wear a pair of sweatpants, ever. Oh to be young and arrogant. Now, after a long day all I want to do is take off my Spanx and put on something comfortable.

Sweatpants have come a long way from the sweats of my childhood. We are not talking about the old, grey Haines sweats of the 80s. The updated version of sweatpants are called “jogger” pants.  I guess renaming them helps.  They are slimmer, with updated details. Some have drawstrings; others have a jean-inspired waist bands. Some are full length, others hit and bunch around the ankle.

The trick to wearing these is to embrace their sporty, casual nature. Pair them simply, with a tissue weight tee shirt, cotton sweater and a simple denim jacket.

Keep this look for weekends. You still won’t see me at the airport in sweats, but you could very well run into me at Whole Foods, on a Saturday, in one of these options.


1. Topshop Pickstitch Jogger Pant, $58; 2. Max Studio, $37; 3. Feel the Piece “Mindy”, $106

How to wear:

How to wear Joggers

1. Gap Denim Jacket, $70; 2. J. Crew Vivez Le Reve Cotton Shirt, $40; 3. Kate Spade New York Circle Stud Earrings, $40; 4. Privileged Gold Spike Link Station Bracelet, $30; 5. Mossimo Cross Body Bag, $30; 6. Michael, Michael Kors Gold Sneakers, $125

To make these pants look like an outfit, take some time to pull together coordinating elements. I like a graphic tee, and this “Live the Dream” tee seems appropriate for days running the kids to activities and hitting up the grocery store. Before we know it, it will be denim jacket weather, the greatest casual jacket ever made. Throw a jacket over this look to add some much-needed structure.

Why, in the world, are these pants modeled with heels? I have no idea. Let’s use some common sense and wear a sneaker. Last weekend we featured white sneakers, and I’m going for these by Michael, Michael Kors. Their subtle gold details allow you to add some gold accessories that makes simple sweats look a bit more pulled together. Finally, a pale blush crossbody bag gives the look a feminine edge and looks so much more expensive than its $30 price tag.

Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

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