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What Are Joggers?
Joggers are a very welcome reminder that jeans are not the be-all end-all of women's casual pants. They're not leggings and they're not sweatpants, but comfort-wise, they might as well be. Worn correctly, though, you can wear them anywhere you'd wear a nice pair of khakis, slacks, or a casual dress or skirt.
Joggers can be any material, but what you'll find most often is a thick knit, silk, or leather style. The waistband is usually stretchy, sometimes with a drawstring. They're baggy through the thighs, sometimes with a slightly dropped crotch (but not enough to please M.C. Hammer), and then slim down around the knee to crop snugly above the ankle.
Picking Your Pants
Because they do have a kind of sweatpants vibe, it's important to pick out a pair that doesn't look like you're wearing what you wore to sleep. A bold pattern is a great way to avoid this, as are any colors or details that look deliberate. There are some silk and thin jersey versions that are gorgeous and easier to dress-up.
If you go for a basic color, make sure there's detailing to make them look styled. My favorite pair of joggers is a black pair in a textured fabric with diagonal zipper pockets. The details make them look like pants, not gym-wear black sweatpants.
Choosing a Look
There are endless ways to wear them, but here are a few for an easy cheat-sheet.
|STYLE GOAL||PANT IDEAS||TOP IDEAS||ACCESSORIES AND OUTERWEAR||HAIR AND MAKEUP||SHOE IDEAS|
Thick jersey joggers, loose or "boyfriend" fitted.
Tank top tucked in, favorite baggy t-shirt, crop top
Letterman's jacket, stacked bracelets, hoodie, statement earrings
Fishtail braid, neutral makeup
Detailed or pattern joggers, silk, thinner jersey
Plain white t-shirt or button down, anything glittery, something in a matching pattern,
Moto jacket, simple jewelry
Natural-looking waves, dramatic eye
Flats or your highest heels
Button down shirt
Formal coat, pearl earrings, statement bracelet
Heels, heels, heels
Watch Your Proportions
An oversized or large top with jogger pants can make you look shapeless. Aim for a form-fitting shirt that hits right at the waistline of the pants. If you like a little more coverage, go for long and lean or boxy and short, not big all over.
Shoes Make the Look
The most defining part of a jogger look is the shoes; it determines the kind of look you're going for and changes the look from casual brunch to date night or the other way around. You can use the same pair of joggers for a ton of occasions by subbing in heels, booties, ballerina flats, sneakers, or even sandals. Just keep in mind that the higher the heel, the more deliberate the look. Your mileage may vary on whether that's a good thing.
Hair and Makeup
It's crucial when wearing a borrowed-from-the-boys casual piece to take extra time to look pulled together. Joggers aren't the time for a messy bun and a swipe of lip balm, unless you're going the gym (in which case, work it, girl). Putting effort into your makeup makes the world know that you know what you're doing; you didn't accidentally wear sweatpants outside. You're doing something here. Red lip? Cat eye? Now's the time.
Matty Navarro from New Jersey on May 08, 2017:
I will be trying joggers one of these days.
Hannah Moskowitz (author) from New York on October 27, 2014:
@Realystik my 57 year old mother wears them! And looks FIERCE.
Realystik on October 27, 2014:
My daughter loves these and I will definitely show her your article. Don't think I could pull this off though!!!!!