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Originally created for athletic wear, joggers have become everyday closet staples that can be dressed up or down. The pandemic also contributed to their renewed popularity, upending traditional workwear codes and turning our attention to comfortable, wear-everywhere clothes suitable for long work-from-home days. The sports pants’ lightweight construction and relaxed fit make them ideal for all sorts of everyday occasions, like gym sessions, grocery trips, and coffee runs. We’ve also seen them on It girls like Kendall Jenner who regularly sports joggers at the airport. But joggers go way beyond just wearable loungewear. They can be styled for semi-dressy meetings or for date night if you choose a more fitted style. Swap your go-to Adidas slides with kitten heels, trade your sweatshirt for a fitted pastel satin bra top, and you’ll have achieved peak soft girl aesthetic. The perfect year-round staple, joggers are season agnostic, pairing well with cable-knit sweaters and chunky sneakers in the winter, and with crop tops and open-toe sandals in the summer. From a budget perspective, they are a great investment: You’ll get plenty of wear from your joggers, especially if your wardrobe tends to err on the comfy side.
Keep scrolling for everything you need to know about styling joggers.
What are joggers?
Stemming from the widespread appeal of athleisure, joggers are casual pants that come with a drawstring waist. They have a silhouette similar to sweatpants, but their ankle cuffs and often more tailored appearance set them apart.
Joggers vs. sweatpants
Joggers and sweatpants are both comfortable and generally loose-fitting. However, joggers are typically worn for activities like running or biking. They are also typically lighter and more breathable than sweatpants since they are primarily designed for working out.
What do you wear with joggers?
You can style joggers with any and every top, from sweatshirts to tanks and bralettes. If you’re going for a casual look, finish with slide sandals, flip flops, or sneakers.
How can you wear joggers fashionably?
Reach for a blazer layered over a tank top and top off with kitten heels for a reliably chic look that’s still comfy AF. Ahead, check out eight street style-approved ways to wear joggers outside of your home, and shop our favorite jogger finds.
— Additional reporting by Marina Liao