While we’re definitely excited to start making plans that involve actually leaving our homes and, consequently, putting together “real” looks, we’re not entirely sure we’re ready to give up on the comfort our quarantine outfits have afforded us over the past year. As such, it appears many of us are on the hunt for items that bridge the gap between slouchy sweatpants and sleek skinny jeans. The latest example: Dad pants. Searches for the semi-tailored trouser are up 67 percent according to the global shopping platform ShopStyle. But what exactly are dad pants?
For starters, they’re way more comfortable than mom jeans. Dad pants are trousers that are pleated at the waist with a looser fit through the leg—though it’s worth noting that they aren’t bootcut or wide-leg. They’re just a loose, straight cut. And it’s the generous fit that makes them so incredibly comfortable…as does the fact that most of the styles found are made from lightweight materials that will let your legs breathe even as the temps heat up. So, without further ado, here are five dad-pant outfits to recreate ASAP, plus ten pairs of trendy trousers to play around with.