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What Do I Wear With Track Pants?

how to wear track pantsBeing on the cutting-edge of the latest fashion trends isn’t always easy.

Not only because it’s costly, but also because many fashion trends aren’t all that practical…at least that’s how it seems at first.  Designers such as Dries Van Noten and Christopher Kane didn’t shy away from this trend in their collections and neither should you!

Totally understanding the frustration that can sometime come along with incorporating new trends into our wardrobe, I wrote about how to wear a crop top in my last post.  Continuing on the track of explaining how to wear the latest fashion trends, today is all about how to wear track pants.

And no, I’m not talking about those nylon pants with snaps at the side you see athletes wearing either!

In my opinion, the modern fashion track pants are a cross between a harem pant and a classic ankle pant.  Follow these five tips on how to incorporate the stylish and surprisingly functional pants into your wardrobe.

track pant - patternStylist Fashion Tip #1: Choose Prints & Patterns that Flatter

To add a dose of instant youth to your look, choose a pair of track pants with a print or pattern on them and build the rest of your outfit around the pants.  The easiest prints to find are animal prints or floral prints—both of which work really well in the summer.  Since the printed track pants will be the focus of your look, keep all of your other pieces (such as the top, shoes, and handbag) in solid colors with tone-on-tone accents.

track pant - colorblockingStylist Fashion Tip #2: Keep it Simple with Colorblocking

My personal motto is “when in doubt, colorblock!” and that’s no different with the funky fresh track pants.  Colorblocking can be done in one of two ways.  The first method is to pair a solid color pair of track pants in one color with a top, shoes, and accessories in predominantly another color.  The second method is to choose a pair of track pants with a colorblocking pattern on them and choosing the rest of your look in the darkest color of pattern on the pants.  Both ways work equally well, it’s more about what type of track pants you actually find.

track pant - athleticStylist Fashion Tip #3: Keep the Look Athletic for Easy Wear

If you want an error-proof way to try track pants, keep your look athletic.  Since track pants are a casual, athletic-inspired piece of clothing to begin with, sticking with a graphic tee, trainers, and a crossbody bag will only enhance this effect.  I find this option most appropriate for younger women (usually in college) to try the trend as many times they have less formal occasions to attend and can get a lot of mileage out of such a casual look.

track pant - edgyStylist Fashion Tip #4: Keep the Look Edgy for Casual Settings

For the daring and the bold, go for something edgy when you want a casual look.  Leather or lace is the perfect choice for the track pants and simply pair with a high heel and funky top and you have a refreshing and edgy casual look.

track pants - tuxedoStylist Fashion Tip #5: Think Tuxedo for Evening Wear

When you want to redeux evening wear, go for a pair of tuxedo stripe track pants (I’m terribly fond of these!) and pair with a satin collared tuxedo jacket and stiletto pumps.  Do this and evening separates just got a whole lot cooler!  This is a great alternative to a formal gown without compromising the “formal wear” necessary for the occasion.

So there you have it, the five easiest and most effortless ways to add track pants to your wardrobe.

As you can see this is a very versatile piece that can go from day to night when paired with the right tops, shoes and accessories.  With that being said, what do you think of the track pant?

Is it a trend you’d try or something you’d avoid like the plague?

Comment below!


3 Comments on What Do I Wear With Track Pants?

  1. J.George
    at 3:34 pm (4 years ago)

    I love this post! So often I think of track pants as those hideous Juicy Couture velour sets. I’m so happy to see these fresh versions. You inspired me to find some now 🙂


      at 4:55 pm (4 years ago)

      Hi J.,

      Thanks for commenting on my blog post! I love your comment and I totally agree:) I love wearing track pants in chic ways and knew this post would help those in a fashion rut trying to wear them.


  2. valentine app
    at 11:01 pm (3 years ago)

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