Whether you call it athleisure or simply a miracle from the fashion powers that be, sweatpants are suddenly, well, chic. But we’re not talking your tattered gray pair from college. Nope, this trend is all about elevated, modern styles that combine slim tailoring with—hallelujah—elastic waistbands.

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Go Monochromatic

Track suit meets power suit. A strong shoulder and nipped waist prevent you from verging into the schlub zone.

Get the look: Balenciaga cropped hoodie ($495); Tory Sport sweatpants ($150)

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Keep It Slim

Say no to slouchy, saggy silhouettes. Yes to slim, trim cuts. We’re still talking about stretch pants here, so you won’t sacrifice that much in comfort.

Get the look: Acne coat ($1,150); Asos track pant ($34); Steve Madden sneaker ($89)

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Try Pops of Color

A red stripe is eye-catching (not to mention leg-elongating) against an otherwise all-black outfit.

Get the look: Rag & Bone coat ($500); Isabel Marant Etoile track pant ($355); Newbark loafer ($279)

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Choose a Luxe Fabric

Satins and silks look totally elegant (and feel totally like pajamas).

Get the look: Equipment blouse ($247); Vince pants ($325)

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Toss on a Moto Jacket

Nothing adds instant style like a leather motorcycle jacket. Go bold and graphic with a black, white and red color palette.

Get the look: Madewell jacket ($498); Macy’s top ($34); Vince pants ($345)

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Pair with a Pump

Sweatpants can look sexy, and here’s proof. A ruby-red pump and satin bomber bring heavy attitude.

Get the look: Cupcakes and Cashmere bomber ($79); Adidas pants ($50); Everlane pump ($145)

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