A recent report showed that Google searches for sweatpants have dropped big time since December. And are you surprised? Joe Biden just said that 90 percent of US adults will be eligible for a shot by April 19. There's both optimism and cries of "death to sweatpants" ringing out in this new spring air.
Re-entry to the real world, when it finally happens, will be testing in a lot of ways. One of those is learning how to dress again. With pants cut from grey jersey banished, what will take their comfy place? There's a long list of pant options out there, sure, but it can be tricky to get right.
From multi-pocketed cargos to the almost unrecognizable form of formal pants via swim shorts, we've rounded up 10 comfortable pants for men that aren't sweatpants, courtesy of Bode, Jacquemues, and more, to help you get a leg up on post-lockdown style.
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Nike ACG Cargo Pants
Cargos are the perfect pal to spend a long day outdoors with, which happens to make them perfect for right now. Better yet, these Nike ACG pants turn to shorts at the pull of a zip — ready to be worn all summer.
The North Face Ripstop Trousers
Getting used to the real-world wardrobe also means getting used to real-world weather. Spring isn't done with the rain yet, but these pants are water-repellent.
adidas x Wales Bonner Rock Pants
Formal pants — remember those? It's been a while, but we're ready. From Grace Wales Bonner's stunning collab with adidas comes this pair of tailored trousers, which first delighted on the runway of Wales Bonner's London Fashion Week show in January 2020. You know, before we wore sweats seven days a week.
Lourdes NYC Jeans
Denim is another fabric that's been neglected during lockdown and it deserves some love and attention. It's far easier to give it those things when it comes in the form of this multi-pocket pair by Lourdes NYC.
Bode Sailing Pants
Bode just won't do boring. Inspired by a 1940s souvenir bedspread from Asia, these pants feature cute embroidered sailboats. Comfortable pants for men that set you apart aren't the easiest to find, but you'll be rewarded when you do find them. This is a fine example.
Dries Van Noten Graphic Trousers
We've already told you about our intention to dress as loudly as possible once lockdown is done and it's a mantra we're sticking to. These wild new Dries pants fit the bill.
1017 ALYX 9SM Nylon Pants
Nylon pants tend to be super comfortable, which will help with the sweatpants to proper pants acclimatization. ALYX's look good, too.
Jacquemus Check Shorts
It's not all full-length options here. Warmer weather demands the unveiling of more leg and Jacquemus knows just how to do summer wear in style.
Stone Island Swim Shorts
Cut from what appears to be steel (nylon, actually), these swimmers from Stone Island are ice cold. For those lucky enough to make it to water this summer.
Ahluwalia Track Pants
If you're finding the sweatpant break up a little too hard to handle, we'll compromise. Ahluwalia's track pants feel just as comfy but look SO much better.
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