Apparently, luxe sweatpants are in. How fortuitous. I need sweatpants for sitting on the sofa to write, I need presentable same for running out the door to do errands. If you wonder why the dual requirement, it has been proven that Sturdy Gals don’t like to change their sofa clothes for anything less than dinners out.
Nice dinners out.
But my goodness, the gap between regular Champion sweats and Helmut is steep. For example, here are some common garden variety $14.99 athletic pants via Amazon. All-out comfort, in Eco Fleece, whatever the heck that is.
Now consider some of the luxe varietals. These are the outfit components I’m thinking of; quirky shoes, carefree top, sweats. To put on first thing in the morning and wear all day. Any time I invest in a new garment category or silhouette, I try to envision the entire outfit first. Off to Polyvore.
See, I know there’s some chance that this attractive comfort strategy will make me look like a clown, but it’s worth a try.
By the way, I don’t object, morally, to these prices ($200 was a bit of an exaggeration). While I might think to myself, “They are SWEATPANTS for god’s sake!” given what has been done with, or to, denim, sneakers, clogs, bottled water, and doughnuts, I suppose we can consider fancy sweats. After all, I do want an elastic waist. I do want some room in the seat and knees. I do want to be able to throw it all in the washing machine. But I also want to look, as my mother would say, attractive.
Will the luxe versions deliver? What do you think? I’m ordering the blue Misericordia, because they remind me of 80s Japanese gear I knew and loved.
A final confession. Although we are supposed to wear heels with our fashionable sweats, as Sally did here, I’m also ordering those Beautifeel boots. For better or worse my foot problems have left me unable to wear heels, at all. I will report back, with photos, no matter how silly I look. Oof, I must really love you.
Any predictions on the outcome? Class, or clown?
Images/products (some of these links will generate income to be donated to Dress for Success
Champion Women’s Eco Fleece Closed Bottom Pant, Oxford Gray, Medium, via Amazon
Gray Clu Panelled Sweats via Saks
Black Helmut Lang Sweats via Saks
Blue Misericordia sweats via Yoox (BTW), Yoox has an offer right now: Free Standard Shipping on Orders Over $150 on yoox.com. Discount applied at checkout
Navy art-decorated tee via Matches.com
Stella McCartney for Adidas striped top via Zappos
Gray and white striped top by Alexander Wang via La Garçonne
Cole Hahn Alisa Oxford (in orange) via Amazon
Beautifeel Marion boot, via Beautifeel shop<