5 Fashionable Sweatpants for Women. Really.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Thanks to a recent runway trend centering on loungewear, the humble sweatpant has received a makeover. Sweatpants for women are no longer merely shapeless ways to get through the weekend in absolute comfort. Ok, sure, you can still find saggy-behind, strangely tapered, old fashioned sweats. But, now that sweatpants have received a little designer attention, the fashionable sweatpant has even trickled down into affordable versions. And, the best part -- this new incarnation of the weekend staple means that you can now find sweatpants for women that actually flatter a woman's body.

Ready to splurge on a pair of the runway-ready sweats that helped to start the trend? The Thakoon Draped Pants are for you.

Thakoon Draped Pants

→ Buy the Thakoon Draped Pants, $450.00, at ssense.com.

A slim fit and zipper details give these affordable Madewell Vireo Cropped Sweatpants a punky look.

Madewell Vireo Cropped Sweatpants

→ Buy the Madewell Vireo Cropped Sweatpants, $58.00, at shopbop.com; shipping and returns are free.

The juxtaposition of rugged, distressed edges and a sweet ribbon drawstring make these IRO Carolyn Pants interesting and fun.

Iro Carolyn Pants

→ Buy the Iro Carolyn Pants, $220.00, at ssense.com.

Dream about wearing your sweats out of the house without shame? These T by Alexander Wang Paneled Sweatpants are chic enough to do lunch.

T by Alexander Wang Paneled Sweatpants

→ Buy the T by Alexander Wang Paneled Sweatpants, $145.00, at shopbop.com; shipping and returns are free.

Rachel Pally makes a plus size version of the fashionable sweatpants trend that is on-point and super flattering.

Rachel Pally Crop Knit Pants

→ Buy the Rachel Pally Crop Knit Pants, $101.90(was $205-- save 50%!), at nordstrom.com.