Sweatpants Styling Ideas: Outfits You Can Wear From the Couch to Brunch

Or just on the couch. You do you.

Sweatpants Styling Ideas: Outfits You Can Wear From the Couch to Brunch
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Sweatpants were made for cozying up on the couch (and occasionally going to the gym), but they're so much more than that. This closet staple doesn't have to look frumpy: Not only are there form-fitting options  (opens in new tab)that make them look stylish, but there are numerous ways to style your joggers, (opens in new tab) even your slouchiest pair, that will make you look and feel like a fashion icon. So, as your residential sweatpants expert (and yes, I am wearing sweatpants right now), trust me when I tell you this: Whether you're looking for a chic, business-appropriate fit, want a sportier feel, or are looking for something that can take you from the couch to a mimosa-laden brunch, sweatpants are an option. These outfit ideas will forever change your sweatpants game.

1. Modern Day Ballerina 

Sweatpants Styling Ideas: Outfits You Can Wear From the Couch to Brunch

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My 10-year-old self would have loved this look as much as my 28-year-old self does. I can't tell if it's the punk-esque Miu Miu ballet flats or the bubble-gum pink joggers that I'm drooling over more but, either way it's all being added to my virtual shopping cart ASAP. Lean into the ballet vibe and top off these sweats with a knit bralette and a coordinating wrap knit top for a sweet (and a lil' bit sour) look.

Shop the pieces: 1LESET Wrap Top (opens in new tab)$160; 2. LESET Bralette  (opens in new tab), $88; 3. SHASHI Ball Earrings (opens in new tab), $36; 4White Fox Sweatpants (opens in new tab), $50; 5.BY FAR Bag (opens in new tab), $413 6. Miu Miu Buckle Ballet Flats (opens in new tab)$750

2. Quarantine In Paris 

Sweatpants Styling Ideas: Outfits You Can Wear From the Couch to Brunch

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An easy, one-step-way to dress-up a sweat set is to throw on a wool coat—a crisp, neutral coat makes any outfit feel put together. Go a step further by belting your coat with a trendy belt bag, and grab a pair of sock booties with a pointed toe to elongate your leg. For a final touch, add a touch of Parisian chic with a leather beret.

Shop the pieces: 1Zara Coat (opens in new tab)$50; 2. Samtree Beret (opens in new tab), $13; 3. RAEY Sweatshirt (opens in new tab), $195; 4Jacquemus Belt Bag (opens in new tab), $379; 5. RAEY Sweatpants (opens in new tab), $195; 6. Steve Madden Bootie (opens in new tab), $130

3. Weekend Attire 

Sweatpants Styling Ideas: Outfits You Can Wear From the Couch to Brunch

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When your sweats are so soft they feel like butter you'll never want to take them off and you don't have to. Keep the cozy-comforts coming by pairing your lush sweats with all your favorite knitwear essentials, from equally as soft henley sweaters, beanies and cashmere scarfs. Get yourself out the door with rich leather combat boots and a simple, chic crossbody bag to go with it.

Shop the pieces: 1Oyun Henley Tunic (opens in new tab)$275; 2. Gap Scarf (opens in new tab), $78; 3. Home Prefer Beanie (opens in new tab), $12; 4Tribe Kelley Butter Sweatpants (opens in new tab), $85; 5. Lauren Ralph Lauren Bag (opens in new tab), $198; 6. Jules Smith Ring (opens in new tab), $45; 7. Frye Combat Boots (opens in new tab), $279

4. Gloomy Day Get Up 

Sweatpants Styling Ideas: Outfits You Can Wear From the Couch to Brunch

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It's a gloomy gray day but you still want to be cute and comfortable. No problem: Grab a ribbed bodysuit and layer it under these fitted-cotton joggers by The Range. These sweats are perfect for lounging around the apartment and grabbing a glass of wine with your girls. Add a heeled sandal for extra height and throw on your favorite trench and trendy bucket hat to finish off the look.

Shop the pieces: 1Rag & Bone Bucket Hat (opens in new tab) $150; 2. Suede Trench Coat (opens in new tab), $70; 3. Dodo Bar Or Bodysuit (opens in new tab), $390; 4The Range Sweatpants (opens in new tab), $250; 5. Jennifer Zeuner Earrings (opens in new tab), $90 6. By Far Sandals (opens in new tab)$408

5. Business on Top, Party on Bottom

Sweatpants Styling Ideas: Outfits You Can Wear From the Couch to Brunch

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Now that we're coming up on month one million of working from home, getting dressed for work looks a little different. But don't forget about the button-downs hanging in the back of your closet. Grab an oversized button-down and throw it on over a pair of joggers—it can be just as comfortable and roomy as any sweatshirt. Add a few accessories and pull your hair back, and you're good to go!

Shop the pieces: 1H&M Oversized Shirt (opens in new tab)$19; 2. Callie Claw Clip (opens in new tab), $29; 3. Sophie Monet Earrings (opens in new tab), $150; 4KeepCup Reusable Cup (opens in new tab), $26; 5. Entireworld Sweatpants (opens in new tab), $88; 6. Everlane Ribbed Socks (opens in new tab)$45; 7. New Balance Sneaker (opens in new tab)$80

6. New York Minute 

Sweatpants Styling Ideas: Outfits You Can Wear From the Couch to Brunch

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On days when you're feeling like comfort is key, trade in your dark skinny jeans for a pair of black joggers. It gives off the same look but with more of a streetwear vibe. I love this cropped vest with the vegan leather blazer for an edgy city feel. Who says you can't look cool and comfortable at once?

Shop the pieces: 1Rellery Huggies (opens in new tab)$59; 2. COS Knit Vest (opens in new tab), $125; 3. Nanushka Leather Blazer (opens in new tab), $678; 4Kozakh Necklace (opens in new tab), $175; 5. Gildan Sweatpants (opens in new tab), $12 6. Stella McCartney Mini Bag (opens in new tab)$730; 7. Villa Rouge Boots (opens in new tab)$195

7. Shoulder Pads 

Sweatpants Styling Ideas: Outfits You Can Wear From the Couch to Brunch

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Add some structure to a pair of baggy joggers with a shoulder paneled sweater. It'll remain a cozy and comfortable look, like you were wearing a full sweat set, but now it's brunch-appropriate. Accessorize with slim sunnies, penny loafers and a quilted clutch to keep the look fashion-forward.

Shop the pieces: 1Isabel Marant Sweater (opens in new tab)$1,360; 2. Aj Morgan Sunglasses (opens in new tab), $29; 3. Loeffler Randall Hoops (opens in new tab), $67; 4Wilfred Joggers (opens in new tab), $88; 5. ASOS DESIGN Clutch (opens in new tab), $24 6. Marc Joseph Loafers (opens in new tab)$109

8. Cinched Waist 

Sweatpants Styling Ideas: Outfits You Can Wear From the Couch to Brunch

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Sweats...but make it fashion. This Loewe corset-belt has been seen everywhere, from the runway to the waists of the most fashionable street style stars. Amp up your basics by layering this corset over a pair of crisp joggers, a figure-hugging bodysuit, and a tailored blazer. It will cinch your waist and give you an exaggerated hourglass figure, all while breathing new life into your look.

Shop the pieces: 1Contour Bodysuit (opens in new tab)$26; 2. Frankie Shop Blazer (opens in new tab), $340; 3. Cloverpost Earrings (opens in new tab), $36; 4BaubleBar Ring Set (opens in new tab), $58; 5. Sir Sweatpants (opens in new tab), $130 6. Loewe Leather Belt (opens in new tab)$990; 7. Wandler Slides (opens in new tab)$500

9. All Day, Every Day

Sweatpants Styling Ideas: Outfits You Can Wear From the Couch to Brunch

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Eventually, we'll need to leave our homes, but doing so does not mean you have to give up your sweats. This color-block P.E. Nation turtleneck sweatshirt paired with a form-fitting pair of sweatpants brings style and comfort together in a look that can be worn anywhere, from the mall to the movies. Grab your sleekest shades, a simple black fanny pack, and a trendy pair of slides, and you’ll be ready for whatever the world throws at you.

Shop similar pieces: 1. P.E. Nation Knit (opens in new tab), $210; 2. Calistoga Cat-Eye Sun Glasses (opens in new tab), $16; 3. AnthrNike Joggers (opens in new tab), $90; 4. Dagne Dover Fanny Pack (opens in new tab), $85; 5. Tod's Leather Sandals (opens in new tab), $451

10. Matchy-Matchy 

Sweatpants Styling Ideas: Outfits You Can Wear From the Couch to Brunch

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The sweatsuit is the new tracksuit, and a matching sweat set like this Nike one is a game-changer in a world where style and comfort have become one. The multicolor top adds just the right amount of color to the look, and the patches throughout add a dose of style. Make the outfit extra matchy with a pink bucket hat and a chic pair of sneaks and your sweatsuit style will be off the charts.

Shop similar pieces: 1Nike Hoodie (opens in new tab)$65; 2. UO Bucket Hat (opens in new tab), $10; 3. Everlane Cotton Tee (opens in new tab), $13; 4Nike Sweatpants (opens in new tab), $90; 5. Gucci Sneaker (opens in new tab), $890

11. Business As Usual 

Sweatpants Styling Ideas: Outfits You Can Wear From the Couch to Brunch

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Even those of us who prefer to dress on the fancier side need an excuse to rock sweatpants every once in a while, and a monochromatic look is the perfect way to do so. Wearing a neutral blazer with a basic top and simple accessories will dress your outfit up on the top. When you put on your neutral bottoms to match, people won't even notice they are sweatpants. Complete the look with a killer pair of combat boots and you'll be swimming in compliments.

Shop similar pieces: 1. Everlane Blazer (opens in new tab), $180; 2. H&M Crop Top (opens in new tab), $5; 3. Tory Sport Sweatpants (opens in new tab), $138; 4. Mejuri Hoop Earrings (opens in new tab), $150; 5. Prada Combat Boots (opens in new tab), $790

12. Sporty 

Sweatpants Styling Ideas: Outfits You Can Wear From the Couch to Brunch

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If sporty style is your go-to, this is the outfit for you. While the sweatsuit may be the new tracksuit, that doesn't mean the track jacket is out of style. Keep the top sporty with an athletic crop top, and mix it up on the bottom with a bit of tie dye. Your look will be screaming '80s nostalgia, and a scrunchie will be the cherry on top.

Shop similar pieces: 1Adidas Track Jacket (opens in new tab), $48; 2. Athleta Crop Top (opens in new tab), $59; 3. Unemployed Denim Sweatpants (opens in new tab), $88; 4. Pieces Satin Scrunchie (opens in new tab), $6; 5. Nike Sneaker (opens in new tab), $59

13. Casual But Cute

Sweatpants Styling Ideas: Outfits You Can Wear From the Couch to Brunch

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When wearing sweatpants, there is a fine line between being casual-but-trendy and looking a little too "comfortable" to leave your house. To avoid crossing this line, be sure to pair your sweats with more fashion-forward pieces, like a bold puffer jacket, a pair of bulky sneaks, or colorful shoulder bag. You can also throw on a trendy classic, like a graphic tee, to add a little extra style to this casual look.

Shop similar pieces: 1. Free People graphic tee (opens in new tab), $78; 2. TNA Super Puff Jacket (opens in new tab), $225; 3. Peanuts x Marc Jacobs Gym Pant (opens in new tab), $195; 4. JW Pei Shoulder Bag (opens in new tab), $39; 5. Fila Sneaker (opens in new tab), $65

Taylor Ayers is a fashion editor at Marie Claire, covering the new editorial fashion trends, looks, and contemporary styles.