Kick back and relax in the hottest looks
Who says casual pants can’t be stylish? Some of the best day-to-day wear is based around a great pair of comfortable pants – everything from classic blue jeans to loose linen knit pants to army pants.
Recently, a sweat pants trend has swept the fashion world. In the past, it wasn’t appropriate to wear sweat clothes anywhere outside of home or gym, but now they come in as many colors and styles as jeans! Look for more fitted sweat pants to avoid looking sloppy though – while it’s nice to be comfortable, presentable is a must.
For a specific kind of workout pant, visit your local sports store. It will likely sell yoga pants and other workout outfits designed specifically for particular types of movement. Yoga clothes are soft and flexible, but not as baggy as some other exercise attire because excess fabric can get in the way of some positions.
In the evenings, you can slip out of whatever pants you wore during your busy day and pull on a great pair of lounge pants. For kicking back and relaxing, most people prefer drawstring pants because of their ease-of-use and comfort. In the colder months, fleece pants will keep you warm and comfortable for hanging around the house. Fleece is one of the warmest and softest fabrics available, so it will keep you toasty.
The trick with casual pants as a fashion statement is to keep them that way – casual. Perfect for hanging out with friends or running some quick errands, but keep them in their place. And be sure to keep them fitted, clean and free of wear and tear. There is such a thing as too casual!
When the mercury begins to rise, it’s time to break out the short pants! Cropped pants are perfect hot-weather attire since they are extremely flattering and are dressier than shorts, so they can be worn to the office and semi formal functions.
Capris are available in many designs and fabrics, from cotton to wool, tweed, denim or nylon. Denim capri pants are the most casual and are a summer essential for their comfort and versatility. Look for hot colors in all those fabrics, from neutral beiges and grays to eye-catching pinks and yellows.
Pedal pushers are similar to capri pants but reach farther down the leg. They were originally worn by cyclists and became most popular in the 1950s, but have recently come back into fashion. In the right fabric – linen, cotton-twill or wool – pedal pushers can be appropriate for work or parties.
To take cropped pants from casual to dressy, switch up what you pair them with. Flat shoes and sandals will look more casual, while high heels or wedges extend the leg for a sleeker look. You can also change your top to something a little dressier to go from daywear to evening.
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- In the past, cargo pants were associated solely with army pants – baggy, sloppy camouflage pants with lots of pockets. More about Cargo Pants
In the past, cargo pants were associated solely with army pants – baggy, sloppy camouflage pants with lots of pockets. However, this is no longer true. Cargos have grown to be a staple in most women’s wardrobes.
Unlike mens cargo pants which are somewhat baggy, womens cargo pants are more fitted. They are generally straight-legged and have square pockets down the side of the leg (perfect for some money, lip gloss and other accessories when you don’t want to carry a purse!).
A fitted pair of black cargo pants can go a long way between casual and dressy. They can be dressed down with a simple colored t-shirt or dressed up with a blouse. This is also true for khaki cargos, which have a more classic look and are great for the summer. Their neutral color allows them to be mixed and matched with almost any top.
Many designers have also adapted the cargo style into shorts and skirts. Khaki cargo skirts are appropriate office wear when paired with a collared shirt and can even be worn on some golf courses.
- Five years ago, some fashionistas might have said stretch pants don’t belong in public. But that has changed! More about Stretch Pants
Five years ago, some fashionistas might have said stretch pants don’t belong in public. But that has changed! Now, it’s perfectly acceptable to wear workout pants in public, as long as they’re not sweaty or smelly!
Some types of stretch pants work better for day-to-day wear than others. Yoga pants are more fitted than other types of sweat pants, so they give your body more shape and are less sloppy.
Punk stretch pants, which are quite form fitting, are often decorated with buckles and metal accessories. They are harder to pull off than other stretch pants and look best on young rocker types – definitely not appropriate for the office!
The most important thing to remember about pulling off stretch and drawstring pants is that you shouldn’t mix them up with your home lounge pants. Having different pairs will ensure that the stretch pants you wear in public won’t have stains, spills or tears in them and you will look casual, but still well-kept.