Trend Alert: Sweatpants Jeans Are a Thing Now

Sweatpants printed to look like jeans can run hundreds of dollars
By Gina Carey,  Newser Staff
Posted May 31, 2024 8:29 AM CDT
Trend Alert: Sweatpants Jeans Are a Thing Now
Fashion vlogger Michelle Wang reviews her new pair of jean sweatpants.   (YouTube: Michelle Wang)

Comfy is in, according to the Wall Street Journal, as jean-printed sweatpants are hitting shelves, and not in an ironic way. Writer Rory Satran notes that the comparison to '80s jeggings cannot be ignored, but the quality from brands like Rag & Bone's Miramar line makes the faux denim passable, even at the office. "Everyone is legit shocked they're actually sweatpants," enthusiast Samantha Zhang tells the Journal. Rag & Bone describes its Mirarmar line as "a super-soft cotton terry that looks like denim, feels nothing like it." Brenley Goertzen agrees in her Strategist review, noting that her pair cuts the prefect slouchy jean silhouette, while the fit is, "soft, lightweight, moves fluidly, and never clings to my body."

Though other brands are getting in on the sweatpants-jeans trend, Rag & Bone's offerings, ranging from $100-$238 shorts, jeans, and even jackets, are capturing much of the buzz because of how realistic they look. Chief design and merchandising officer Jennie McCormick says the brand scans real washed and worn jeans, then prints them onto the sweatpants. The trend isn't just hitting offices—Satran notes they are popular at airports to make long trips comfortable. Fashion vlogger Michelle Wang showed off a pair she got for a flight, noting how realistic the printed-on details, like distressed holes, looked. "My husband is going to be so jealous," she said. (Shein brings fast fashion to new extremes.)

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