Spring's New Hybrid Pant : Work-Leisure
By now we've all heard of athleisure—the hybrid offspring of athletic and leisure wear. With its invention, all of our weekend wardrobe woes were solved. And for those that live a life of leisure, athleisure is still their savior seven days a week. But what about those of us with pesky 9 to 5s? Most of us can't pull off leisure, athletic or athleisure wear at the office, so where, we ask, is OUR weekday wardrobe savior?
Is it too much to ask for one pair of pants that takes us from our 8am meetings to happy hour greetings? The answer is no, it's not too much to ask. Work-leisure pants are here and we've got a simple guide for how to wear them (and of course we threw in some of our favorite picks).
1. DON'T OVERSIZE IT
Think of work-leisure as the mullet of wardrobe hacks. Work stays front and center, while leisure keeps a low pro. This means, to pull it off you want your work-leisure pants to fit you like they were tailor made, keeping the fact that they are actually jogging pants on the downlow. With a slim fit, boxers and briefs hidden, waistband secure around your actual waist, Homecore nailed it with these Kosmo Joggers from Baby & Co.
2. DRESS UP THE FABRIC
Nothing hides a pair of sweats like a fancy fabric. Silk, nylon or even the right cotton blend can do the trick. The point is not to showcase the worn-in, pilled perfection that are your favourite sweats. s.k. manor hill must have had this in mind with these cotton, elastic waist Tuck Pants.
3. GO FOR PINSTRIPES
Typically, pinstripes are reserved for suiting and other clothing of the formal variety. Slapping a pinstripe on a pair of lounge pants will transform them into the ultimate work-leisure go-to, all while flying under your boss's radar. The Banana Time Double Trouble Pant from Assembly gets it. Throw these on with a crisp, untucked dress shirt and you're good to go.
4. ADD A DRESS SHOE
When practicing work-leisure it's important to remember that sneakers are the ultimate giveaway that you are in fact wearing sweatpants in disguise. Add a pair of shiny dress shoes and none will be the wiser. Combine this tip with the three above and you have what we consider work-leisure at it's finest. A tailored fit, an elevated fabric, a fancy print, and a dress shoe are all showcased perfectly with these pants from Assembly.