It's a good year to be a pair of sweatpants.
These Sunday-morning staples have risen from fashion purgatory and are now showing up everywhere from high-fashion runways to high street boutiques. Now they are being designed with more tailored cuts, made with better fabrics and worn way sexier, often with a high-heeled sandal or boot.
Sophisticated fashion lines like L.A.M.B. by Gwen Stefani have taken loungewear to haute heights, by including foldover drawstring-closures and oversized pockets on items like the Herringbone Strut Pant ($225), and pairing with loose t-shirts or blazers.
The look is entirely wearable at lower price points too. For instance, hot shot downtown designer Alexander Wang sells five styles of sweatpants on his website, including the versatile Cotton Poly Leather Trim Sweatpants ($124) with pocket detailing that makes them dressy enough for an evening out.
And this season, J.Crew has included two sweatpants in its fall offerings: The so-called ultra-knit un-sweatpants ($49), a slim-fitting, poly-cotton pant ornamented with ankle zips, and the ribbed-ankle Sunday pant ($118) made from lightweight wool with a hint of stretch.
Comfort never looked so chic.