Buyer’s Guide: Sweat Pants
During the past few seasons of menswear releases the industry has moved around a fair bit in terms of inspiration, recently moving somewhat from a focus on workwear to a focus on more athletic silhouettes from the past. Sweatshirts, varsity jackets and rugby shirts have all been modernized to fit properly and to be worn outside of the athletic pursuits for which they were designed. This season, we’ve finally seen a few modern takes on sweat pants. Yes, sweatpants, the kind of pants we’ve all worn in our life time, and the same pants that we were all taught to be only worn in the house or on the field, court and pitch lest the world think you’ve given up on life.
These re-invented sweat pants are quite different from the pants of our pasts though, they are not baggy, don’t have multiple breaks, can have cuffs at the ankle and can be worn with more than a t-shirt and hoodie. To help you through the recent deluge of offerings we’ve rounded out five of our favorite sweatpants this fall/winter season.
Nike Vintage AW77
Nike has always been in the conversation when it comes to athletic apparel, it doesn’t come to a surprise that we’d start this buyer’s guide with Nike’s Vintage AW77 sweat pants. The sweatpants are made from breathable brushed fleece cotton for extra warmth, and features, hip pockets, a tapered cut, and fitted cuffs at the ankle. The pants come in black, grey, red, navy and dark grey. For 55.00 (USD) these pants are definitely a good value purchase.
Reigning Champ X Takashi Kumagai
If you’re looking for a pair of modern sweatpants that can be worn for multiple seasons the Reigning Champ x Takashi Kumagai collaborative sweat is for you. The Canadian company are known for their well made athletic apparel and here have collaborated with renowned Japanese photographer Takashi Kumagai on a pair of sweat pants. The made in Canada pants are fully taped with single needle construction, a two layer 2×2 knit band at the waist and bottom cuffs, front slash pockets and a back right patch pocket. Since the collaboration also features a knit blazer, these sweats can definitely be worn on the dressier side.
John Elliot + Co Escobar
John Elliot + Co‘s take on menswear essentials are always very clean with some great modern twists. Their Escobar Sweat Pants are no different as the pants are made in the USA from French terry knits, RiRi zippers imported from Switzerland and are the most fitted pair of sweats in our buyers guide. John Elliot + Co recommend you size up if you are not comfortable in fitted sweats; the pants only come in black.
Lifetime Blundetto Sweater Pant
For a completely different vibe that draws a bit more attention, try the Lifetime Blundetto Sweater Pant. The sweats still offer a slim cut, but also feature way more texture than all the pants mentioned above as they are woven like a knitted cable sweater. It features a warm woven construction topped with a banded waist, and drawstring closure, angled side pockets, and a rear pouch pocket and banded cuffs at the ankle.
BDG Knit Jogger Pant
For a simple, no hassle, slim sweat pants that gets the job done, you really can’t lose with the BDG Knit Jogger. The pants are made from soft woven cotton blend and feature a banded waist, side pouch pockets, a rear slit pocket, a slim fit tapered leg and cuffs at the ankles. The joggers come in washed black, navy, charcoal, and grey. At 49.00 (USD) per pair, they are affordable enough to buy multiple pairs. I’ve personally own a couple pairs of the BDG joggers and can say they are as good as advertised.