This isn’t the first time world events have influenced fashion. During World War II, women drew lines up the back of their bare legs to emulate the look of seamed stockings because nylon was in short supply and The slogan ‘Make Do and Mend’ was used to encouraged to work with what they had. Even hems decreased from that of the decade before to reduce fabric consumption.
During the Great Depression, despite Hollywood having a huge influence, women made usually made their clothes, reworked what they already owned, and being fashionable took a back seat to put food on the table.
Even Y2K influenced fashion. During a time we were all worried the world would end at midnight in 1999, designers were experimenting with more technical fabrics and multi-functional clothing. Of course this all wound up being a big fluke but it is fascinating how even the anticipatory anxiety about what could happen affected trends.
I cite just these few examples to say that living through a worldwide pandemic it’s to be expected that fashion will be heavily influenced by it. In fact, we’re seeing it already. Between the economic crisis that’s come from the pandemic along with the fundamental shift in how we have been living and will be living for some time, fashion is scrambling to meet this shift and consumers are rethinking their wardrobes. Former wardrobe needs have become unnecessary overnight and new ones have yet to be fleshed out entirely.
Five Stylish Ways Wear Joggers
It may seem silly to give all this history to introduce the topic of how to stylishly wear joggers especially considering they have been popular since before we all locked ourselves in our homes and starting wearing masks outdoors. However, as many of us are restructuring our wardrobes for this new world, joggers certainly have been the low hanging fruit to grab and wear and I can only assume clothing in this vein will flood the marketplace in lieu of overly structured and tailored pieces.
When times are tough and we feel defenseless people want comfort and to feel comforted. Of course, there comes a point where just grabbing our clothing simply for the comfort they provide won’t feel as good as it once did and may actually make us feel more depressed than if we actually put a little effort forth. This is why, as we emerge from our cocoons, we’ll need to find ways to embrace comfort while also looking good. I have put together five different looks that embrace the comfort of joggers, using this pair from Athleta, while also looking stylish and pulled together. Be sure to check out the additional pairs at the end of the post.
This look is for casual days that maintains a look of polish and forethought. I styled the joggers with this fun novelty top from Anthropologie, a pair of pink Birkenstock slides, and Rebecca Minkoff convertible crossbody.
If you peruse Pinterest, you’ll find plenty of photos of women wearing joggers with blazers. One could say it’s a mullet outfit, business on top, and casual on the bottom, but I think it is also a response to the world we are living in now. I styled the joggers with a chambray shirt and white summer blazer from Frame. I finished the outfit with wedge sandals from Pikolinos, a cognac satchel from Sole Society, and silver Argento Vivo earrings.
For that mid-casual look we’re all embracing now, I styled the joggers with a boxy t-shirt from Gaia and a denim jacket from KUT from the Kloth. I finished the look with a freshwater pearl pendant, slip-on sneakers from Caslon, and blush backpack/diaper bag from Fawn Designs.
This outfit is chic and comfortable, which is what most women are looking for these days. I styled this chestnut-colored tunic blouse from Mango with the joggers and finished the look with gold drop earrings and cognac flats and lunchbox shaped bag, both from Everlane.
In this outfit, I styled tailored with relaxed to create balance. I styled this Boden belted top with the joggers and finished the outfit with a pair of snake-embossed sandals from Ted Baker, a fern-colored bag from Coach and multi-strand necklace from Kendra Scott.
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Now that you have been inspired with outfit ideas, check out these additional styles.