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How to Look Chic in Sweats

I would like to personally thank the person who made the elevated sweats movement happen. I mean, never have I ever felt more heard by a fashion trend. As someone who has worked from home for many years, I’ve gotten reallllly comfortable with my daily attire consisting of sweatpants and a faded old sorority tee. So this whole “it’s cool to wear your sweatpants out in public” thing fit right into my day-to-day. It also does not escape me that last week I wrote about wearing PJs in public and now I’m talking about sweatpants. Really says a lot about my current priorities in life!

All of that said, just because sweatpants are chic now doesn’t mean all sweats are created equal. I’m here to break down the look and keep you looking sleek, not sloppy. Let’s get into it!

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A monochromatic look gives off a more sophisticated and polished vibe – bonus points if you go for a neutral palette as well. Pairing your sweatpants with a matching hoodie or sweatshirt will make the outfit feel more complete, or try styling them with a knit sweater or turtleneck in the same color family for an instant upgrade from casual to cool. Photo Credit: @linaose

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The dad sneaker trend has really grown on me of late. Styling a pair with sweats is not only too comfortable to be true, but also effortlessly cool. If you want to elevate your look, try wearing a pair of booties or pumps instead for a contrasting vibe. 

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I love seeing an overcoat or trench coat styled over sweatpants and a hoodie. There’s something about it that just pulls the whole look together, and it gives off a workwear meets weekend-wear feeling which I really enjoy. 

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Well, what are you waiting for? Pull your hair back into a messy bun, throw on some sunglasses, and go sip an espresso at a café in your sweats like you’re a cool AF French girl! Keep scrolling to shop a few of my favorite chic (and inexpensive) sweats!

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