Yoga pants have long ruled as street wear in the Marina, but now the athleisure trend has become universally chic. Hold up—before you pull your old college track pants out of the closet, hear us out. Pilled, torn or tattered won’t cut it; this trend is about modern, elevated sweatpants that combine slim tailoring with elastic waistbands. Here are five ways to style the polished yet laid-back look.

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TOSS ON A MOTO JACKET

Nothing adds instant structure or style like a leather motorcycle jacket. Try an (SF) summer-weather-appropriate palette with black, white and gray. Then add a pop of color with bright shoes or accessories.

Get the look: AllSaints leather jacket ($560); Joie silk blouse ($238); Kit and Ace cashmere sweater pants ($328)

KEEP IT SLIM

Say no to slouchy silhouettes and yes to slim, trim cuts. Try straight-leg track pants with stripes down the sides: They’ll lengthen your legs and add an athletic edge to an otherwise rocker-chic outfit.

Get the look: ASOS track pants ($35) and Panama hat ($32); Steve Madden slide loafers ($89)

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CHOOSE A LUXE FABRIC

Satin, silk, linen and cashmere look totally elegant (and feel totally like pajamas).

Get the look: Diane von Furstenberg beach-linen wide-leg pants ($198) and linen T-shirt ($148)

 

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GO ALL-OUT SPORTY

If you’d told us ten years ago that Vans, joggers and baseball caps were going to be the height of fashion, we would’ve laughed in your face. But our feet, waistlines and third-day hair are eternally grateful.

Get the look: Splendid top ($118) and joggers ($128)

GO MONOCHROMATIC

Think of this easy one-color uniform as a faux jumpsuit. Whether you choose loose or structured, you get all the style of a one-piece wonder, but none of the bathroom anxiety. Win-win.

Get the look: American Giant kick-flare pants ($69); Sincerely Jules sweatshirt ($75)

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