Is It Ever Acceptable To Wear Sweatpants In Public?

Writer Sean Macaulay at the Daily Beast calls sweatpants “the universal wardrobe shorthand for sloth and lassitude” in “Our Sweatpants Nightmare.” He says the wearing of sweats in public is a result of young people’s lack of social responsibility and too-casual office dress codes. Well, this is basically how I feel about flannel pajama bottoms in public. Nothing conveys a lack of hygiene and laziness better than walking around in your PJs. While I can agree that sweatpants are inappropriate at the office, religious events, and most affairs, there are some places, I think, where it’s totally appropriate to wear a pair of sweats without looking as if you “gave up.” Read the guidelines for wearing sweats after the jump.Guidelines for wearing sweatpants in public:

  • The sweats must not have holes or stains.
  • They must not sag in unflattering places like the crotch or behind.
  • There shouldn’t be any writing across the bum.
  • The sweatpants have to be paired with gym or fashion-forward sneakers. Never Uggs, which is a young look.
  • Straight legs that aren’t gathered at the bottoms are universally flattering.

Instances when sweats are appropriate:

  • Clothing shopping: Feeling comfortable is necessary for having a pleasant shopping experience, but tread lightly here because sales people treat you based on how you look.
  • Grocery shopping: Walking up and down aisles is exercise, so there’s no need to dress up.
  • Medical procedures: Fastening a button or pushing your foot through a skinny leg opening are the last things you want to think about when feeling the effects of anesthesia.
  • Spa day: The best way to ruin the after effects of a massage or other body treatment is by putting on binding clothes.
  • Casual brunch: An expandable waistband will stop you from feeling guilty about that extra piece of turkey bacon or biscuit.
  • Sporting event: OK, so you’re not playing, but do you really want to look as if your sole purpose for attending was to attract a mate?