Sweatpants - a fashion statement or just a sign of laziness?

“You know the message you’re sending out to the world with these sweatpants? You’re telling the world, ‘I give up.’”

Everybody wears sweatpants. Ronald Reagan did. Why wouldn’t they? They’re pretty comfortable. They’ve been around for a long time, and it’s only recently people have started to wear them out in public. To tell you the truth, I personally never thought these would see a life outside of gyms and homes. But you know those pesky fashion designers, they always find a way to showcase something ridiculous and it picks up in a few years.

Workout gear has gained a lot of traction in the past few years. Yoga pants have become the new craze, and this segment in particular has broken into the triple digit dollar market as soon as the designers have had their field day with it.

Gone are the days of hipsters wearing a saggy tees and sweatpants with a grey beanie and a cup of Starbucks at hand. Rappers like Kanye and Big Sean have fully embraced this trend. What you wear is a form of self-expression now, but back in the 90s, sweatpants were seen as a lazy piece of garment that useless and miserable people wear.

Not anymore, they aren’t. You want to blend in with the cool kids, you want to be hip and funky, get yourself a classic pair of ash-colored sweatpants. Sure, they might have smaller pockets than an actual pair of pants, they might be too thick for the weather in Bangladesh, but who cares, right? Nothing like trying to be cool while sweating your dim-porota breakfast out your legs.

Hipsters and fashion experts make up terms like Athleisure and “cozy boy movement”, but try all you want, this is a fairly weird trend. Some are even calling it the garment to wipe out denim. To put this in context, slimmed down sweatpants, the abomination the world is raving on about, has been only around as a fashion statement since the late 2000s. Modern jeans started its journey around the 1910s. I don’t know about you, but it’ll take a lot to take down a 100 year old business. Sure, fashion designers don’t care about denim anymore, but the people do. And it’ll take a long time for sweatpants to replace jeans, a lot more than a decade of hipster adoption that’s for sure.

With that being said, perhaps we’re too harsh with the criticism of sweatpants. They’re perfectly fine as long as you wear them casually. But would you go to class wearing them? Would you go on a date wearing them? If so, we’d probably say Karl Langfield and Eva Mendes were right on the money; you’ll look like a bum.

We understand that you are strictly against the 1%, waging a war against a capitalistic society through self expression of being a bum and not caring about what you wear, at least that’s how Kors described it. Here’s a fun fact, mainstream retailers are pushing out sweatpants upwards of a whopping 800 dollars. Studies indicate that some people perceive sweatpants wearers as wealthier and more authoritative than an overdressed man. But think of this, would a millionaire show up to a business conference wearing sweatpants?

If you would wear a double breasted suit to the beach, and kinky leather-wear to an opera house, by all means, have your way with sweatpants. If you’re a person who cares about people scoffing at your choice of self expression, please. Stop wearing sweatpants to class.