Sweat It Out

One of the biggest fashion shifts in recent years which transformed how we dress today is the incorporation of sweatpants and their counterparts into our every day wardrobe, and not just on those days when we’re feeling under the weather. What once served the purposes of working out and chilling out has now evolved into clothing for simply going out. No longer does the following apply:

“Sweatpants are a sign of defeat. You lost control of your life so you bought some sweatpants.” – Karl Lagerfeld

Even Uncle Karl apparently swallowed his words this past year as was evident at his Paris Fashion Week runway show (for Fall 2014) during which his models strutted down the catwalk in clothing consistent with the kind he so readily lampooned.

Yup, the CHANEL girl wears sweats now.

Yup, the CHANEL girl wears sweats now.

Perhaps wearing sweats in any environment other than a gym was beaten out of me because my high school forced us to adhere to a strict dress code consisting of button down shirts, chinos, loafers, knee length skirts, etc… in an effort to produce a presentable rising class for the collegiate, and eventually young professional, world. In turn, for the next four years in college and proceeding ones in graduate school & thereafter, I didn’t dare to wear this allegedly sloppy clothing that I thought would do nothing but add bulk to my frame and give people the impression that I was a slob.

Alas, time changes things, including our perception of what is considered desirable, beautiful, and hip. While this sporty, comfortable trend of “sweatwear” crept its way into our fashion aesthetic a while ago, I admittedly only have just begun to appreciate its versatility and pleasing simplicity. Slouchy sweatpants in soft thinner fabrics and roomy sweatshirts artfully draped off of one shoulder have become legitimate looks instead of evanescent additions to our wardrobe. Collectively, this particular style creates a sense of ease and allows plenty of opportunity for individual expression. Check out these celebrities who’ve each managed to develop signature looks by marrying sweats with other pieces from their closets:

Layered underneath a leather jacket and paired with biker boots, Heidi Klum makes a full camo sweatsuit work!

Layered underneath a leather jacket and paired with biker boots, Heidi Klum makes a full camo sweatsuit work!

Jessica Alba's mixing n' matching prowess is responsible for her effortlessly cool style.

Jessica Alba‘s mixing n’ matching prowess is responsible for her effortlessly cool style.

Seriously, who works sweats with more attitude than Rihanna?

Seriously, who works sweats with more attitude than Rihanna?

Dressed in black basics with ballets flats and a pop-of-color bag, Jessica Biel makes sweatpants look classic.

Dressed in black basics with ballets flats and a pop-of-color bag, Jessica Biel makes sweatpants look classic.

Fashion blogger, Chiara Ferragni layers her sweatshirt under a varsity jacket with an adorable netted beanie on top. Perfectly memorable!

Fashion blogger, Chiara Ferragni layers her sweatshirt under a varsity jacket with an adorable netted beanie on top. Perfectly memorable!

Ali Larter in her black and grey ensemble makes sweatpants almost elegant.

Ali Larter in her black and grey ensemble makes sweatpants beautifully chic.

Maybe couture loungewear strikes you as an oxymoron and you’d rather delegate a portion of your weekly paycheck to something in between Dick’s Sporting Goods and Chanel. No problem! At SINGER22 we’ve got an incredible assortment of this athletic inspired fashion including sweatpants, sweatshirts, and sweatshorts that all undoubtedly go with more of your clothing than you think, so work up a sweat of your own and add a few pieces to your shopping cart.

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