When we first discovered that loose “boyfriend jeans” officially earned the approval of Fashion Gods and Goddesses everywhere, we were elated. We immediately went shopping and then awarded our skinny, straight-leg, and boot-cut jeans a merited day off denim duty.
Not much later, we learned it was completely acceptable—even encouraged—to wear an equally relaxed pair of sweatpants (i.e., jogger pants) during a night out. And it was like Pant Independence Day all over again!
Styling the two items, however, has proven to be tricky. Since both the boyfriend jean and sweatpants are fundamentally casual items, they can be pigeonholed as uber-informal and even potentially sloppy. It takes a special sartorial eye to dress up either pair into something more refined—a talent Lauren Price of Fashionably Lo certainly owns.
Today, Lauren shares with The Everygirl readers how it’s done: two fall-oriented approaches to two different pant styles, but both with dressed-up intentions and results.
By Day: Boyfriend Jeans
To add some feminine flair to her more masculine jeans, Lauren donned a cozy sweater. Neither item is formfitting, but still manage to stay cozy—ideal for the months ahead as temperatures decline. The cheerful red hue, along with her gold and turquoise dangling earrings, give the outfit’s palette more contrast and vibrancy.
And is it too late to add booties with a funky print to our list of Fall 2014 Fashion Trends and Essentials? We love the edge that they, along with the distressing and slight fading of the boyfriend jeans, bring to the overall look.
By Night: Sweatpants
Sure, tuxedo sweatpants may sound like an oxymoron, but with the right top, strappy heels, a bold lip and a sassy handheld bag, they make perfect sense. Also, look at that impressive half-tuck! Lauren clearly isn’t afraid to experiment with her style, and to us, confidence is always the best accessory.
“Joggers are not only extremely comfortable and versatile, but they can also make for the perfect date night staple,” she explains. “To dress these up a bit, I threw on a light printed button-up, ankle strap heels, and a red lip. To top it all off, I added my favorite leopard clutch. The mixed patterns were an exciting addition to the more streamlined pants—it all came together.”
How do you wear your boyfriend jeans and sweatpants out and about?