There are some things I do not think you should spend more than the bare minimum on. Children’s t-shirts, for example: I recently saw an 8-year-old wearing a Gucci logo tee (plus Gucci leather boots and a Gucci belt – all be-logo-ed – just to make sure the point really hit home), and thought to myself jeez, I should really take her mom over to Target sometime because this is just as cute – a sloth!!! on a t-shirt!!! – and doesn’t scream “I enjoy putting hundred-dollar-bills in garbage disposals.”
Sweatpants, though? Sweatpants are different. “Dressy sweats” have been a thing for awhile now – WOOOOOO – and it’s no longer all that hard to find a really, truly great pair of sweatpants that you can wear out of the house (or even out at night – even with heels!) and have it not look like an accident.
A couple of years ago I wrote about my cashmere sweats that I found on sale while hosting a DKNY event, but they have now had the biscuit thanks to the fact that I can’t be bothered to take them to the dry cleaner (ssh, I know I know I know). It was time for a new, non-holey pair (unless, of course, the holes are on purpose), so I did some scouting around to find sweatpants that were cute enough to wear everywhere, but also not…you know…Gucci.
What I do want:
- A neutral color
- Cotton (bye bye cashmere; you are soft but expensive)
- An elastic waistband
- An elastic cuff that hits right at the ankle
- A slim fit
What I don’t want:
- Designer logos and/or names (unless they’re Rodarte; these get a pass)
- Bells and whistles, generally speaking
The sweatpants I ended up going for: these. (Which happen to be on sale.) I think they’re perfect, and especially enjoy the fact that I don’t have to treat them like delicate flowers in order for them to survive living in my household.
EIGHT GREAT SWEATS YOU NEED TO SEE