30 Sweatpants Outfits That Are Chic, Not Schlubby

As any creative agency will tell you, it's tough to overcome bad branding. So, maybe it's the "sweat" in "sweatpants" that makes otherwise-reasonable folk think of them as unfit for wearing outside the gym. Or, maybe we've all heard one too many bad one-liners about an elastic waistband meaning one has "given up on life."
Either way, the 30 looks ahead easily prove the sweatpants-doubters wrong. They range from errand-running-casual to heels-and-hair-did fancy, but they all have one glorious thing in common: the relaxed, Chipotle-accomodating ease of a sweatpants fit. And surely, we can all agree that's a beautiful thing.
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Photo: Via @girlwithcurves.
Tanesha Awasthi, the blogger behind Girl With Curves, shows how a pair of fitted sweats takes the place of a tapered trouser for a night out.
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Photo: Courtesy of J.Crew.
Don't be afraid to pair a slouchy top with a slouchy pant — J.Crew proves it still looks fancy with the right accessories.
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Photo: Courtesy of ASOS.
Haven't invested in a pair of fashion sweats yet? Don't worry — the full-on athletic pair you love to wear on weekends looks night-out appropriate with a killer heel.
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Photo: Via @gabifresh.
Gabi Fresh shows us how mixing up black-and-white prints is done.
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Photo: Courtesy of Free People.
Faux-leather sweats with your Chucks? This outfit is the next best thing to wearing jammies all day.
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Photo: Courtesy of Chloe Sevigny for Opening Ceremony.
We love the unexpected contrast of your go-to work button-up worn with your comfiest track pants.
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Photo: Via @rachparcell.
Pink Peonies' Rach Parcell shows that with a little ankle and a pointed-toe pump, your sweats are ready for date night.
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Photo: Courtesy of Aritzia.
A classic camo print and your favorite chambray shirt majorly up the sweats' tomboy appeal.
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Photo: Via @curvygirlchic.
Snake-print joggers and a chevron-suede bag are a match made in textured heaven.
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Photo: Via @hedvigso.
Slouchy turtleneck + fitted joggers = pure chic. We won't blame you if you choose a sensible ankle bootie over a killer heel, though.
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Photo: Courtesy of Net-A-Porter.
Matching your track pants to your top creates the illusion that you're wearing the world's fanciest onesie.
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Photo: Courtesy of Nasty Gal.
Break out of the black-or-gray color box — pastel sweats look fresh all winter long.
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Photo: Via @manrepeller.
Band of Outsiders' horizontal-stripe matching set looks like after-school play clothes in the best possible way.
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Photo: Via @manrepeller.
Fact: No one has ever made cozy-girl staples like sweats, thick socks, Birks, and cardigans look as good as the Olsen twins.
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Photo: Via @preetigrey.
A bomber jacket adds tough-girl edge to Preeti Gee's sweats-and-tee combo.
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Photo: Via @tobebright.
If you live in L.A., you might be able to get away with this look for fall. For the rest of us: A long-sleeve tee under this vest would look just right here.
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Photo: Via @mrstreetpeeper.
Parachute sweats for the win!
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Photo: Via @chiaraferragni.
With streamlined sneakers and a crop top, The Blonde Salad's Chiara Ferragni takes her sweats to their ultimate sporty-girl conclusion.
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Photo: Via @karenwalker.
Karen Walker proves that sweats even go great with a frilly collar.
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Photo: Via @hedvigso.
Skip the sneakers and dress your trackies up with a red loafer that really pops.
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Photo: Courtesy of Theory.
Theory proves that sweats can take the place of a slouchy trouser, and a vest subs in nicely for a blazer. Meet your new suit.
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Photo: Via @songofstyle.
Aimee Song's moto jacket and oversized tote transform her joggers into the ultimate in jet-setting style.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sea.
Olive doesn't have to be drab, when you pair your green sweats with a contrasting, printed coat.
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Photo: Courtesy of Apiece Apart.
Apiece Apart's dark-denim sweats just might be the bolt of blue your wardrobe's looking for.
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Photo: Courtesy of rag & bone.
We're forever in love with a high-low mix — like these tux-stripe sweats from rag & bone.
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Photo: Courtesy of Madewell.
Embrace the joggers' athletic appeal by opting for a pair with classic side-stripes.
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Photo: Via @ciaa.
Don't fear the printed sweatpant — simple accessories in neutral black help pull the look together.
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Photo: Courtesy of Forever 21.
Forever 21 shows how Cali-cool girls do sweats: slip-on sneaks, beanies, and attitude a must.
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Photo: Courtesy of Violeta.
Don't be afraid to wear your sweats right on your hips: The slouchy fit is a major part of their cool factor.
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Photo: Courtesy of The Dreslyn.
A pointy loafer and wide-brim hat take even the most basic jogger into serious "statement" category.
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