Smith Sartorial: The Case for Sweatpants

Hira Humayun ’17
Features Editor

Sweatpants are a college staple, whether they’re worn at a large institution in a big city or a small liberal arts college in rural Mass. They are comfortable, warm and can be worn on the weekends, to bed or to the dining hall downstairs. However, the question remains of whether or not it is socially acceptable to wear them to class or when you are out and about.

The association between sweatpants and an overly casual attitude perhaps stems from the fact that they represent the pinnacle of comfort in terms of attire, especially in the winter. They aren’t form-fitting like most clothing worn in public, and when paired with a baggy t-shirt one wears to bed, one has a look that suggests a lack of effort. However, come finals week, everyone suddenly has much more on their plate than their appearance, thus marking the gradual upward trend of the social acceptability of sweatpants.

Although the approach of midterms and finals period gives many of us a free pass to roam campus in any attire we choose without thinking twice about it, some of us feel the need to reside in our favorite sweats year-round. For such people, wearing sweatpants to class doesn’t have to carry just-got-out-of-bed-and-was-too-tired-to-care connotations.

Maybe you do have the time and energy to put effort into your appearance but refuse to compromise on comfort.  In such a case, sweatpants can actually be quite versatile. Pair them with sneakers and a quarter-zip fleece and you have a sporty look that makes you gym-ready in minutes.

You could even wear your favorite sweats with a crop-top and sunglasses for a chic, Kendall-Jenner-esque look. With a bit of brightly colored eye-makeup, there is no way your sweatpants will make you look sleepy.

Everyone has their own way of expressing themselves, or simply just differing clothing preferences. Often we find ourselves torn between comfort and style, but the two don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Yes, you can roll out of bed and wear sweatpants to class, but you can also look good doing it.

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