A matter of a few years ago, sweatpants were confined to your loungewear roster, only worn on those days lazing around the crib or running the most mundane of errands like grocery shopping or dropping the kids at school. Fast forward to 2022, and the sartorial hangover of the athleisure boom and a little thing called COVID-19 has thrust sweatpants into our daily wardrobes.
The pandemic got us all used to wearing and feeling confident in comfier, softer, and more forgiving garb — something which was already rumbling down in the realms of streetwear from brands like Stussy, Supreme, Palace, and Noah. It was a recipe for a French terry revolution, a coup on hard pants – a new-found appreciation for the sweatpant and how we style them.
This has left many of us looking for high-quality sweatpants that will last, and not deteriorate aesthetically with regular washing and wearing. Basically, the sweatpant equivalent of a pair of high-quality selvedge denim jeans or chinos. We’ve all had those cheap mall-store lounge pants or Walmart sweatpants. They go bobbly, they shrink, and they just look like pajamas after a few wears. In our post-COVID world, we want heavyweight French terry, luscious loopbacks, and of course, loopwheeled sweatpants.
We’ve recently embarked on a new series of detailed, deep-diving, and thorough buying guides, and we’re continuing this with our guide to buying high-quality sweatpants in 2022. Far from a listical, we’ll be looking at the different types of sweatpants, how to style them, and providing you with a categorized list of high-quality goods, including 4 stellar options under $100.
Types of Hem
Elasticated hems are puckered up through a strip of elastic within the hem that tightens the opening, or by blending the cotton with spandex on this section to provide some elasticity (also applicable to the waistband). This type of hem opening is designed to sit above your footwear, or just on top of it with additional fabric stacking over it. You don’t want to try and stretch the hem over a certain type of footwear that’s too bulky for it, as it will likely spring off as you walk/move around.
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