DEADBEATS OF THE WORLD, rejoice! Fall’s New Chino Alternative? It’s No Sweat
These, however, are so deeply not your Sunday sweatpants; in fact, there is a serious push by designers to convince men that the perfect accompaniment to these luxe lounge pants is a sport jacket (thus delivering fashion’s favorite yin-yang balance of high and low). And to be fair, it isn’t the worst idea designers have come up with. What guy doesn’t want to be so cool that instead of changing into “nice” clothes to go to that cocktail party or date, he just throws on his favorite blazer over a fine-gauge polo knit and his sporty-chic Neil Barrett pants?
“They seem to make sense, and they are really comfortable, which is why guys keep going back to them,” said Jon Moy, a writer for Four Pins who has waxed eloquent on the trend. “But can you really wear them with anything? I think that if you’re not wearing them with sneakers or Timberland boots, it can look a little weird.”
That said, designers like Mark McNairy and Bottega Veneta’s Tomas Maier showed them on the runway with monk-strap shoes and polished leather lace-up boots to pretty persuasive effect. Perhaps the best way to navigate them is to do as Bergdorf Goodman’s Mr. Pask suggests, and style them as you would your other casual trousers, whether khakis, chinos or jeans.
A final note: Couch potatoes, be warned. Sweatpants may be your uniform, but that doesn’t mean this trim-line version will suit you uniformly. Today’s high-style sport pants—like the rules of fashion itself—only stretch so far.