We have lived in a different time in the past year like no other in our lives. And the changes we all encountered around us impacted every part of our lives – including the clothes we wear.
Our sometimes-begrudged stay-at-home lifestyle gave rise to a new more casual everyday look that brought with it the upsurge of joggers as a must-have fashion staple.
Edging into the domain of women's jeans and cotton trousers for women, easy to wear, and wash joggers might just have become the hottest trend in fashion, with more and more brands going after a style that is part of gym-wear and part casual pant.
What are joggers?
It depends on who you ask sometimes. Brands like Nike and Adidas and Athleta stick to a very athletic fit for the most part. But others, like Zara, H&M, and Nordstrom are selling joggers that can be styled with a nice blouse and pair of pumps. Celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Jennifer Garner, and Kate Middleton have been seen everywhere in joggers.
Joggers at their core are really athletic pants. They most often have an elastic waist and taper as they go down the leg. They can have a tight fit around the ankle and sometimes have an elastic hold. Many brands will put a cuff around the ankle area. The waist is often accented with a drawstring or thin belt.
What is the difference between joggers and sweatpants?
Joggers are not sweatpants. Sweatpants are more blousy and loose most of the time. Joggers can be loose but the most popular styles now tend to be tighter and more form-fitting. Some brands are producing looser-fitting joggers that are more fashion item than athletic garment. Joggers tend to be far more upscale and pricy than sweatpants and come in colors that are clearly there to promote their place in your closet as a fashion item.
What are joggers made of?
Most often they are polyester or nylon or a blend of the two. There is also a huge demand for joggers in cotton. The fabrics are what they are because they can be the most flexible and the easiest to wash – although you should always read the label for instructions!
What to wear with joggers?
Fashion for joggers can take many paths. (See our examples below!) You can go ultra-casual and wear a long or short-sleeved t-shirt. You can go trendy casual and try them with a nicer blouse and fashionable outerwear, like a leather jacket, jean jacket, or casual jacket. Try these with some slip-on shoes or athletic trainers. You can also dress them up with a date-night blouse and matching pumps. Joggers are a very flexible fashion item and depending on your taste you have a lot of choices.
What shoes go with joggers?
The easiest answer to this question is athletic shoes. Joggers look great with a pair of chucks or similar shoes or they can be worn with slip-on cotton or leather casual shoes. Some outfits can easily be worn through with anything from short boots, like Chelsea boots, or with heels if you style the right look. A pair of joggers and pumps can create a very French look.
Where to buy joggers?
Well, we of course think you should buy them here at Jenny Brook. We have assembled an enormous collection of joggers in all price ranges and styles and you can mix and match them as you like. But if not here all the big brands are selling them. Zara, H&M, Nordstrom, and Macy’s all have racks filled with joggers for sale.
Iza’s best picks for a joggers ensemble
Because so many women seem to be struggling with the ‘what to wear with joggers?’ question, I put together a few pieces below that are cute and trendy and can be worn together or with something already in your wardrobe.
Pick some or all of the pieces above and you cannot go wrong. The high waisted joggers are a nice twist on the design and the heels will make you stand out. I like the blouses to really complete this ensembles and the bags are a perfect match.
Whatever you do I am sure you will wear it well. Joggers are a great alternative for the normal and an easy way to adapt your fashion to our new lifestyle on the home front.