Last week, a friend of mine picked me up from work. As I got into his car, he said, “You wear sweatpants to work? Lucky you!” And I was like, “yeah. What’s the big deal?”
Our clothes can get us all kinds of attention, both good and bad. My non-strategy strategy of dressing like myself while staying within the bounds of acceptable work wear like short and sweatpants gets me asked a lot of questions by my friends. They don’t understand where I get the nerve and my reluctance to conform to work outfits. I told them I like to be me, and for me comfort is key. Plus being a tomboy, I tend to lean towards outfits and looks that are not feminine…unknowingly. While I wouldn’t recommend pushing fashion boundaries at work on a regular basis, I don’t either, it’s usually best to leave sartorial risks for the weekend.
On days when you just can’t even, putting together an on-point outfit for the office is a serious struggle. For the longest time, sweatpants have only been worn at home – or at the gym. But with the progression of fashion views and what not, these athletic pants have been inaugurated as the new fashionable pieces for every woman. The line between comfort and style has indeed become finer and finer over time as sweatpants are not only for the gym anymore.
- Choose luxe fabrics. Joggers innately have a casual vibe. To avoid drawing a side-eye from your boss, opt for ones made with fabrics like faux leather, silk, satin or other similar materials. Also, make sure the material is on the thin side (meaning, it doesn’t even have to be made of sweatshirt-y cotton!).
- Play with patterns. You might want to pass on grey sweater if you plan on wearing your joggers to work (they’ll give off a major #iwokeuplikethis vibe, and not in a good way). However, prints are totally fair game. Palm prints and florals are the perfect choice for brighten up your look and will give you that extra boost to get through your to-do list, while classic patterns look fab all year.
- Throw on a blazer. Blazers make everything look instantly chic. Pairing one up is a sure way to elevate what would be a weekend-only ensemble, landing you to the most-stylish-employee status, lol!
- Style them with classics. When it comes to making sweats work at the office, what you wear them with is just as important as the pair itself. Dress them up with classic pumps, sandal heels or a pointy-toe flat, and keep your blouse basic but sharp. A tee might work at a relaxed office, but it’s better to avoid any possibility of the look reading as sloppy. See how I wore my t-shirt in a way you can’t tell, plus not all t-shirt works. Go for the one that look like a top or blouse.
- Keep the color basic and the look simple. Basically, wear the shades that you’d have professional-looking pants in (black, navy, and a deep charcoal gray top the list). Bright colors or graphics betray the style as being too off-duty, while lighter hues can broadcast the more casual fabrication.
- Look for a slim cut. Traditional sweatpants are baggy and far from flattering, while too-skinny varieties are basically leggings. The perfect fit will remind you of straight-leg denim, not clinging to your legs or drowning your frame.
- Accesorize. Keep those accessories fancy. A statement necklace will dress up your outfit perfectly. Although I forgot to accessorize my look, a long simple chain would have completed this look well.
Now you are in the know! Try rocking a pair of sweatpants to the office and see how it goes. If you don’t have the courage to wear it on a week day, try them on the casual Friday look.
Whole look Thrifted.