The turning of the tides is now signaled by an item of clothing losing the purpose it was originally designed for. Take the bomber jacket for example, now more often seen on the well-dressed than members of the military, or the trench coat – which, thanks to Burberry has little chance of being seen in the trenches anytime soon. The origins of the desert boot are pretty self-explanatory but they’re now worn for much less geographical reasons. The jogger pant might trick you into thinking it’s an item of sportswear, but thanks to the integration of sturdier fabrics like cotton, chino and even luxury fabrics like leather with the sweatpant silhouette, these trousers are no longer worn solely for jogging but are now more than acceptable as everyday wear. The distinguishing feature has to be cuffed ankles. Sweatpants that swing loosely around your shoes are not a look: use this as an opportunity to show off your sneakers, not to soak up water from the pavements.
It’s already been like that for a minute with the finest $2,000+ nappa lambskin leather designer drawstring pants and their few-and-far-between owners. Since, there has been a definite surge in the production of the style on the slightly-more-affordable side of the fashion spectrum. That’s not to say the style is over-proliferating the industry, it’s actually kind of the opposite. Brands like Publish and Kith NYC have both created a run of sellout styles, which has only worked to heighten the boom of the trend. But it feels like the trend is nearing the tipping point: street style blogs are already awash with them and it won’t be too long before IRL streets are, too.
Sportswear is now a common option even for those of us who have a real aversion to sport. It’s become a signal of taste and style rather than someone who’s just come straight from training, and jogger pants have become an extension of that, another canvas for designers to experiment with. Pair that with the irrefutable comfort they provide and it’s a logical trend movement, one that I welcome with open arms but with the caution that any sellout trend requires.