Well, if the past four months have taught us anything, it’s that you never know what’s around the corner. At the beginning of the year, I predicted that we had had enough of tailored fashionable training pants.
All those trousers with lacing, zip bottom, contrasting stripe along the outside of the leg felt just as tired as Ugg boots. Then the shutdown happened and my old Me + Em pants with the red stripe down the leg was just what was needed.
A comfortable track pants with added pedigree is the standout hero of lockdown. It has made us appreciate that a hard-to-reach balance of maximum comfort and flattering style.
And now that we are coming out of lockdown, the luxury training pants are coming out with us.
Shane Watson was inspired by Kendall Jenner (pictured) to embrace this summer’s trend for luxury joggers
We don’t wear them all the time – it’s summer, so we’ll put them away when temperatures rise – but they’re back on the list of clothes we’d like to keep around all year round because they work for us life.
They are the clothing equivalent of white Veja trainers: smart but not smart; sporty but upgraded sporty. And the ones we want now – because we need a little change – are fancy joggers.
The advantage of joggers, gathered at the ankle over sweatpants, is that you wear them cropped so they have the edge in summer. They resemble the longer, softer, more modern version of pedal pushers and feel great for cloudy British summer days.
It helps that fashion bloggers brought luxury hoodies, worn with a loose fitted blazer and trousers, to the top of the modern smart casual chart even before March 23. This is just the next step and it fits our mood perfectly: less hassle, more comfort – clothes to take us anywhere, whatever the weather.
Adidas joggers will not do the job. These sweatpants should be tight, fitted and preferably made from slightly more expensive than gray marl (although Zara has a neat marl if you’re looking for something just a little better than your usual track pants, £ 19.99, zara.com) .
Striking details like a popper fastening so you can adjust the fit, and contrast piping are a bonus. These are really chic joggers. You wear them with a blazer and a sleeveless top or a slinky silk blouse and sandals with a touch of heel.
British style expert Shane recommends pairing chic joggers with a pair of low-heeled sandals or flatforms. Pictured: joggers, £ 90, reiss.com
When I say fancy joggers, I’m not kidding. It’s possible to spend these five-star joggers on the money you’d expect to splash on a sheepskin coat. Top of the luxury wish list is the crint cashmere track pants from Chinti & Parker with a gold leg stripe (£ 450, chintiandparker.com).
Yes, it’s summer, but there are still days when you have to force yourself not to turn on the heating – and you’ll still be wearing them in the fall.
Otherwise, Serena Bute is the queen of the high-end jogger – and luckily there’s a sale on it, although we’re still talking £ 240 for the classic silk jogger in silver with a pink leg stripe. Unfortunately, those in emerald green and white silk with the gathered bottoms (they come in two styles) remain for the full price (£ 345, serenabutelondon.com).
POSH JOGGERS: THE NEW RULES
- Keep your top smart and fit, not sporty.
- Look for extra details like a tape finish or a bold stripe.
- Wear them tucked up to show more leg.
- Combine them with a pair of low-heeled or flat-shape sandals.
Not surprisingly, Me + Em is a pretty satin jogger in navy (up to £ 125, meandem.com) with snaps on the cuffs. Jigsaw features sleek black joggers with a split on the front of the foot – a nod to Saint Laurent’s black leggings, which topped the fashion crowd’s most sought-after list in early spring (£ 79, jigsaw-online.com).
And Reiss’s smelly stone zip-up joggers (top left) (now £ 90, reiss.com) look smart with a cropped leather jacket and sneakers.
On the more casual side of the scale are NRBY’s Lila joggers (£ 79, nrbyclothing.com) in super soft jersey with a tonal tape finish and deep ankle cuffs. Hush put on a pair of classic navy blue edging joggers (£ 59, hush-uk.com). Yes, they are cotton, but so neat that you somehow forget it. Or they have a cropped, leggy style in stone (£ 49, hush-uk.com).
The best way to wear it is a bit dressed with something monochrome on top, nothing fussy or overtly sporty; if you want, wear a zip sweatshirt or a T-shirt and put on a blazer on top.
Smart sneakers work with this look, but flat sandals or a strappy pair with a little heel add elegance. These chic joggers are undeniably chic, but how chic depends on how you want to wear them.
Shane recommends pairing chic joggers (shown) with a smart or tailored top, rather than a sporty piece