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How to make your sweatpants look more stylish

It's official. Sweatpants are the fashion hero of the year. It's a phrase that may have seemed unthinkable just a few years ago, but 2020 has proved that a lot can change in a short amount of time.

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It's also confirmed that humble sweatpants can actually look cute and trendy. Designers are making more flattering styles, and fashion icons are rocking them in unexpected ways that work. Still, old habits die hard, and it may be tough to not just throw yours on with any old t-shirt. Here's how to make your sweatpants look cool, whether you're lounging at home or you have to go out.

Go matchy-matchy.

The easiest way to make your sweats look more put-together is by going the matching route.

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You can invest in a sweat set or choose a top in a matching or similar color for a tonal look. Either way, your lounge outfit will look intentional and on point.

Don't forget about styling details.

Just because you're wearing sweats doesn't mean you don't need to pull out the styling tricks.

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Tuck or half-tuck your top to show off your waist while making your outfit a bit more polished. Feel free to cuff your sweatpants to create a more cropped look too! Use any styling tricks and details you find necessary.

Choose a printed or textured style.

There's nothing wrong with classic grey sweats, but there has never been a better time to branch out style-wise. Try a fun print like on-trend tie-dye or a pattern of your choice. Color block sweatpants are another cool but subtle option for those that want to make a statement.

How to make your sweatpants look more stylish
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15: A guest wearing Gucci pants and Stuad bag at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Resort 20 Collections on May 15, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Hanna Lassen/WireImage)

If you're not into prints, go for textures instead. Knit or quilted sweatpants are a fresh take on the classic item, while velour versions are the ultimate early 2000s throwback.

Try the high-low look.

It's a winning fashion combination. The sweatpants will be your 'low' or casual element of the outfit, and the sky's the limit for the 'high' or dressy part. Choose a nice sweater or a flirty crop top instead of a sweatshirt or t-shirt.

How to make your sweatpants look more stylish
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK - JANUARY 29: A guest is seen wearing a yellow jacket, blue hoody, jogger pants outside Holzweiler during Copenhagen Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2020 Day 2 on January 29, 2020, in Copenhagen, Denmark. (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images)

Layer up with a more formal coat, like a soft trench or a cool shearling or teddy jacket. If it's not super cold out, an oversized shirt looks great, especially in a plaid print. Think of your sweatpants as boyfriend jeans 2.0, and pair them (virtually) anything you'd style with loose jeans.

Accessorize.

Loungewear doesn't equal pajamas. You can still dress up your sweats with dainty jewelry, sunglasses, or a cute bag. Sneakers are always a safe bet for footwear if you're going out, but you can also switch things up with a pair of chunky or combat boots.

How to make your sweatpants look more stylish
BERLIN, GERMANY - JULY 29: Sonia Lyson is seen wearing sneaker Adidas, mint jogger pants Urban Outfitters, cardigan and top &other stories, bag Bottega Veneta, sunglasses Bottega Veneta on July 29, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images)

Accessorize your outfit as you usually would, and it will instantly feel more dressed up. A great hairstyle or swipe of mascara definitely counts as well! Treat your sweats like the stylish piece of clothing they are, and you'll look every bit as stylish as you feel.

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