If there’s one trend everyone can agree isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, it’s athleisure. Sweatshirts, sneakers, track pants—after ruling the runway for the past few seasons (not to mention most of the 1980s), these gym staples have made their way into our everyday wardrobes much to every editor’s excitement. Because, let’s be honest. As much as we love dressing up, we really love our chill clothes. Which brings us back to track pants. Equal parts comfortable and stylish, the trousers can fit in at the office with a little skillful styling. Here, how four ELLE.com editors have worked them into our work wardrobes.
Leah Chernikoff, Editorial Director
I have to confess: I “assigned” this story because I’m selfishly always trying to figure out how to acceptably wear pajamas or clothing that is as comfortable as pajamas in public. Hip hop made it cool to wear track pants in the ’80s and ’90s, labels like Chloe and Gucci are giving them a refresh on the runways, and now brands like Tory Sport are providing more affordable options. I’ve had my eye on this pair for a while. I love the colors, the wide leg, and most of all, the elastic waistband. But how to pull them off…for work? Here’s where my selfish assignment comes in—I asked ELLE’s chicer-than-me fashion team to show me how they wear them. Inspired, I went very classic with a cashmere crewneck sweater, white Nike Cortezs, and glammed it up with this fur-collared Altuzarra coat and a Chanel crossbody. I feel like I’m almost pulling this off for a workday when I have no meetings.
Nikki Ogunnaike, Senior Fashion Editor
Now I have to confess, when Leah assigned this story I was fully stumped. I love the track pant trend on other people, but truly had no idea how to pull off the look myself. After some experimentation at home I came up with this look. A while bomber jacket that is slim on top highlight the pant—both it’s wide-leg and white stripe—and heels that are high-enough to keep them from dragging on the ground. Future Nikki plans on getting these hemmed so I can pull a Chernikoff and wear them with sneakers.
Leah Clinton, Senior Branded Content Editor
The key to making athleisure work for the office is to keep all other elements on the more polished side of the spectrum (so I wouldn’t wear these pants with a tee or sneakers). This boiled wool sweater is one of my go-tos in the colder months since it’s not fussy and keeps me cozy, but still looks like something a grown-up woman would wear to work. It’s also the perfect volume for the equation since anything tighter would’ve put too much focus on the pants and anything looser would have looked sloppy. I wanted the pants to stand out (they got compliments!), but for the vibe to be more swishy-wide-leg-trouser than headed-to-the-track. Shoe-wise, since the pants are long, they needed a heel, and this round-toe, block version was fancy, but not too fancy.
Justine Carreon, Associate Market Editor
I used to work at an Adidas Originals store back in college, so I own not one, not two, not three, but four full track suits. Before you ask, this was not a required uniform, just a personal love for sporty sets. So when this track pant challenge came about, I was very game. But without a trusty jacket to match, I looked to my current sartorial crutches: a black turtleneck and a white button down. The two tops are my go-to’s for a lazy Tuesday, but worn together their combined forces make for an easy counterpart to track pants. I like to call this look athleisure adjacent.
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