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Thanksgiving is upon us, and for most, this means that a universally-accepted day of gluttony and marathon-eating is near. Whenever I know that a day of massive eating is happening, I dress accordingly. If it’s Chinese buffet-style at a wedding, you wear a loose-fitting dress. If it’s a family holiday like Christmas, you quickly take your family portraits in your nice church outfit, then change into legging or sweatpants. HOW CONVENIENT, then, that slouchy trousers and dressy sweatpants are in (and acceptable) right now. Perfect for a Thanksgiving dinner!
There’s a wide variety of such pants right now, ranging from full blown leather sweatpants (NOT invented by Kanye, so annoying) to “lounge pants” that are……pretty much just regular sweatpants. How to pick a pair that won’t have people wondering, “……is she wearing sweatpants to dinner?” There are a couple of ways to elevate the typical sweatpant-
- Pattern, Color, Embellishments
A good way to ensure that your pants are “nice enough” is to pick one in a nicer fabric. Silk, rayon, and leather add a feeling of “luxe” to any pair of pants. Stay away from materials that look too knit-like, such as cotton, jersey, or tencel, as these automatically look more casual. Polyesters (my worst enemy) can go either way, so be careful not to pick one that looks cheap.
Patterns and color also help to elevate a pair of pants. Ikat, camo, python, or tribal, for example. Little extras like metal-tipped drawstrings, pockets, or zippers, will make pants look more dressy and less lounge-y.
The hem of a pair of sweatpants can make or break the look. Personally, I like an open, loose hem that isn’t too elasticized, since I think a too-tapered hem can look too casual. Also, if you have big calves, sometimes your pants get stuck =(. If the pants do have to have an elasticized hem, I like a wider ribbed cuff as opposed to a skinnier cinched one (like 80′s heather gray sweat pants).
Getting to PLAN to wear sweatpants somewhere. So wonderful! This also reminds me of guys who plan to wear sweatpants to strip clubs, which is not the same at all, and also gross. Luckily, you will not be as creepy.