It used to be that jogger pants or sweatpants were just the clothes you bummed around your house in on the weekends when all you wanted to do was watch Netflix and chill. Maybe you’d wear them on a quick trip to the store to buy beer and ice cream. Maybe you’d wear them to the gym if you had a particularly lazy workout planned. But otherwise, this type of attire was reserved for inside your home, where nobody could see what a slob you looked like.
Not anymore. Designers have banded together to upgrade your sweats into something that you wouldn’t be embarrassed by if someone you knew saw you wearing them. Made from upgraded materials and featuring slimmed down silhouettes, these are pants you could wear out to the bar, instead of exclusively in your bed. Check out 18 of our favorites.
J. Crew Cotton Jogger Pants
To the naked eye, these Cotton Jogger Pants from J. Crew look like run-of-the-mill chinos, which is good for you because that means you can wear them out in public like you would with chinos (they even have a button and zip-fly) while still feeling like you’re wearing sweatpants. The ultimate win.
You can always count on Uniqlo to get the basics right, and they do exactly that with these sweatpants. Available in gray, navy, or maroon, these sweatpants are tapered and slim, with contrasting cuffs and waistband. Wear them with a pair of clean white sneakers and a bomber jacket and you’ve got the perfect brunch outfit without having to even think about it.
J. Crew Stadium Jogger Pants
These Stadium Jogger Pants are made out of chino material (and available in gray, green, brown, and navy), so while they may not be as comfortable as the thick cotton sweats you’re used to, they’re still ultra-relaxed while still looking smart.
Levi’s Chino Jogger Pants
Levi’s has another chino-like offering—these pants are available in a multitude of colors and have a zip-fly and side pockets like traditional chinos do but also has elasticized cuffs like sweatpants do, allowing you to enjoy the best of both worlds.
J. Crew Cargo Jogger Pants
Remember cargo pants? You’ll remember them now with J. Crew’s Cargo Jogger Pants which combine cargo pants, sweatpants, and chinos for something that actually doesn’t look like it just stepped out of Frankenstein’s lab. Made from a blend of cotton and linen, the pants have a button and zip-fly but also have a drawstring and cargo pockets on the side of each leg that are roomy without looking bulky. The cuffed hem will hit right above your ankle, which means you can finally show off the new sneakers you bought.
Koto Awesome Deckhand Jogger Pants
Made by Koto exclusively for Urban Outfitters, these jogger pants (available in olive or black) are the perfect weekend attire, whether you’re on your way to run errands, go to brunch, or go to the bar for Sunday Funday.
J. Crew Slim Classic Sweatpants
Slim-fit and made with high-quality thick cotton, these sweatpants from J. Crew—which are available in olive, gray navy, and black—aren’t just for laundry day anymore. Trust us.
Express Camo Jogger Pants
Go military without having to enlist with these Camo Jogger Pants from Express. Made out of chino material and featuring a camouflage pattern, they have a drawstring elastic waist (and a faux fly detail to fool people into thinking these are real chinos—sneaky!), elastic cuffs, and a totally badass look.
Publish Sprinter Jogger Pants
Made by California-based brand Publish exclusively for Urban Outfitters, these Sprinter Jogger Pants are roomy enough to ensure you feel relaxed and comfortable, but slim enough that you could wear them somewhere other than the gym.
Grayers Marled Loopback Sweatpants
Named after the gray flannel trousers men started wearing in the 1950s instead of the stodgy three-piece suits they’d been living in for decades, Grayers is a brand that seeks to keep casual menswear stylish. They do just that with their Marled Loopback Sweatpants, which have a drawstring waist and contrasting elastic hem and waist.
J. Crew Wallace & Barnes Indigo Sweatpants
Dyed with true indigo, these Wallace & Barnes sweatpants from J. Crew are dark enough to pass as a nice pair of jeans or—dare we say, navy dress pants—but will still be comfortable as all get out for you to wear.
Bonobos Nomad Jogger Pants
When Bonobos dubbed these pants the “Nomad,” it was a tip off to anyone who still thinks that jogger pants are meant to be worn indoors only. These textured, tailored joggers are meant to fit in to your nomadic lifestyle. Whether it’s traveling (they’d be great to wear on a plane, for example), or just heading to a second location on Saturday night.
Nike Therma-Sphere Max Pants
Because they’re made by Nike, these Therma-Sphere Max Pants are sportier than other pants you’ll see on this list, but if you’re looking for a pair of sweats that can pull double duty and take you from the gym to your night out, these are the ones to buy. Made with material that will both keep you dry from the elements and from your own sweat, Therma-Sphere Max are performance pants that won’t make you look like you just came from the gym.
Scotch & Soda Cut & Sew Sweatpants
These dark, skinny fit sweatpants from Amsterdam-based Scotch & Soda look more like jeans than sweatpants, and when you get up-close, the cut and sew detailing makes them look more like a rocker would wear than a couch surfer.
ZANEROBE Dynamo Combo Jogger Pants
Australia-based ZANEROBE created these army green military-inspired jogger pants, and we’re glad they did. Featuring a zip-fly closure and a snap-button cargo pocket on each leg, the pants are useful while still looking good. Our favorite feature? The contrasting navy cuffs.
Y-3 Classic Track Pants
Y-3—a collaboration with Adidas and designer Yohji Yamamoto—seeks to create high-performance athletic gear that still looks fashionable and unique. With the Classic Track Pants, they do exactly that. Made out of high-quality fabrics, these thick, no-frills pants will keep you comfortable while still looking sharp.
Public School Sweatpants
NYC-based Public School’s sweatpants have a tapered leg, a unique overlay feature at the knee, and contrasting black cuffs at the hem. These would look great with a henley, your favorite sneakers, and a knit cap. Take notes.
Thom Browne Classic Sweatpants
Thom Browne is known for creating tailored suits, but with his classic sweatpants, the designer enters the world of casual dress. With its navy coloring and white collegiate stripes at the thigh, you’ll look like a college kid, even if you’re 15 years out.