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Sweatpants for the High Fashion Slobs! | Manolo's Shoe Blog

Sweatpants for the High Fashion Slobs!

Manolo says, finally, the People of Walmart people are at the head of the fashion parade!

Taking casual chic to its extreme, a number of established designers including Michael Kors, Thakoon and Jean Paul Gaultier are touting versions of the slouchy pant usually associated with stay-at-home sick days. Gussied up with expensive materials, some tailoring details and price tags as high as $1,000, this new breed of sweatpant is intended to be worn proudly in public with blazers, dressy tops and high heels.

Designers say their customers are looking for fashion that’s less flashy, more practical. Plus, in shaky economic times, swanky sweatpants are viewed as a safe bet. “Look, whenever you can combine fashion, style and comfort in one item, it’s going to work at retail,” says Mr. Kors, whose cashmere versions will sell for $995. Sally Lohan, a trend expert at fashion-consulting service WGSN, also says the sweatpant trend will have legs. “We really balked at wearing leggings but eventually we all did—they were a good comfortable item to wear,” she says.


Katie Holmes in Sweatpants. The Death of Glamour.

Katine Holmes, on her way to Sam’s Club for some bulk chicken wings.

6 Responses to “Sweatpants for the High Fashion Slobs!”

  1. SusanC April 6, 2010 at 3:15 pm #

    How perfect to wear with the Uggs and the Crocs. And just as flattering.

  2. jamie April 6, 2010 at 3:59 pm #

    oy vey! *shudder*

  3. Rita April 6, 2010 at 4:11 pm #

    OK. I will just wait until Heidi Klum wears them on Project Runway.

  4. Rachel of Cyberia April 6, 2010 at 11:24 pm #

    Soon, those wearing fitted pants and skirts and ironed shirts will be mocked in the streets and pelted with eggs for acting snooty. sigh

  5. raincoaster April 7, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

    I’m old enough to remember when this radical newcomer named Norma Kamali did a whole collection made of sweatshirt material, and it was FABULOUS. There’s no excuse for ugly clothes, even ugly comfortable ones.

  6. Vicki April 7, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

    Such a nice normal everywoman. Whoop-dee-doo. That’s why it’s so fun to look at people who never do what one would in real life. Get EEE boob jobs, wear outrageous or outrageously out-of-date fashions, look pertetually bitchy in publicity photos all the time, climb mountains on half a leg and a smile, whatever.