The Celebrity-Approved Guide to Wearing Sweats

For many of us, living under lockdown has become the new normal. The traditional 9 to 5 wardrobe—tailored blazers, pencil skirts, pleated trousers, and the like—has taken a backseat to more leisurely loungewear, at least for the time being. Even in the context of a professional video conference call, dressing from the waist down has gotten considerably more laid back. In other words, if you’re having trouble letting go of the threadbare sweatpants you wore in senior year of college, nobody on your 9am Zoom meeting needs to know.

When it comes to styling sweatpants with intention, celebrities are generally more practiced than the rest of us. As someone who’s just as likely to be photographed on a run to her local grocery store as she is on the red carpet, Hailey Bieber is undoubtedly the expert. The model knows how to have fun with athleisure, often repurposing the monochromatic designs from her husband’s label Drew in her own cool way. Now that she’s housebound, Bieber’s been experimenting with more psychedelic tie-dye patterns, a sunny alternative to the standard gray marl.

Known for fashion-forward street style, Bella Hadid has been leaning into the look as well. She unveiled a particularly tricky-to-pull off sweatsuit for her appearance on TikTok, wearing her hoodie backwards for a more conceptual fit. Never one to shy away from an ab-reveal, Emily Ratajkowski has been pairing the humble black sweatpant with a sexy crop top to walk her dog Colombo (this before New York’s lockdown, of course—if you must go outside now, please wear a mask). Then again, nothing compares to the reassuring heft of a cashmere knit. Make it a picture-perfect moment of domestic bliss like Selena Gomez and pair with matching knit pants.

Below, five stars who got sweatpant styling right.

1. Hailey Bieber: Tie-Dye Sweats



Go hippie-dippie with tie-dye sweats, then add a graphic edge with a colorful sporty jacket, chunky socks, and sneakers.

2. Selena Gomez: Knitted Sweats



For the minimalists, a knitted two-piece offers the comfort of a sweatsuit with added elegance.

3. Emily Ratajkowski: All-Black Sweats


Black sweatpants and a crop top with a denim jacket thrown in makes for a quintessential downtown look. Finish with crisp white sneakers if you’re uploading a WFH fit.

4. Bella Hadid: Classic Gray Sweats



Give the sweatsuit a supermodel spin by styling the hoodie as a bolero. Layer a pink sports bra underneath and you’ll be more than ready for your at-home workout.

5. Elsa Hosk: Color-Blocked Sweats



Try color-blocking your sweatpants and sweater for a high-impact look for your next virtual hang..


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