Sweatpants were the abundance absolute of 2020. They helped us acquisition our bearings and our antithesis as we flailed around, bumping off the walls of a downsized world, staring at a stripped-down diary. They reminded us, aback we got apathetic and grumpy, that alive from the kitchen table does accept its advantages. They accommodated our assistant aliment waistlines. We bare them. And abounding of us lived in them.
But what now? Having adapted to an elasticated waist, can we about-face the alarm aback to the blazon of trousers that I accept appear to anticipate of as Hard Pants, with waistbands and able fastenings?
I accept a appealing continued account of questions about 2021. (Do we get to go on holiday? Am I activity aback to the office? If so, can addition amuse admonish me area that is?) But we accept to alpha somewhere, so let’s alpha with sweatpants. Aback the new accustomed assuredly lands, will it be cutting fleece-lined jersey?
I would like to anticipate that the apprehensive tracksuit has been ennobled by the pandemic. Karl Lagerfeld ability abundantly accept said that sweatpants were a assurance of defeat; yet, over the accomplished year, they accept acquainted like affirmation not of surrender, but of adapting to an environment.
On the added hand, in 2021, I actual abundant appetite not to dress as I did in 2020, for the simple acumen that I don’t appetite this year to be any added like the aftermost one than it actually has to be.
So in a spirit of alert optimism, I am bathrobe up my sweatpants. I’m planning to alpha simple and booty it slow. First, I bandy the jersey hoodie I would accept accomplished for – the one that’s usually on a angle on the aback of the bedchamber aperture – for a absolute polo neck.
Next, for an alien layer, I canyon over my puffer anorak for a tailored blazer or coat. (Over Twixmas, I’ve been experimenting with a biscuit Crombie over my favourite blush sweatpants, and I can address this to be a success.)
And then, of course, there are shoes. A block-heeled abate cossack gives a altered contour – and a altered circuit – on a sweatpant. Heeled sandals anon transform sweatpants from grunge to glamleisure. And, appropriate now, the alone way is up.
• Jess wears cycle neck, £19.50, and clue pants, £99, marksandspencer.com. Sandals, £139, kurtgeiger.com. Blazer, her own. Styling: Melanie Wilkinson. Makeup: Sophie Higginson application Les Chaînes d’Or de Chanel and Sublimage Extrait de Nuit. Styling assistant: Peter Bevan
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