Yes, you read that correctly.
As evidenced by my recent Today Show segment, sweatpants are not only cozy, but, when styled correctly, also quite fashionable. Personally, this is something that I could not be more happy about, given my penchant for anything with an elastic waist.
First check out this slideshow of my 10 most favorite (read: most flattering) pairs, then read below for the simple style tricks to set yourself up for sweatpant success.
1: Size. Either go with something snug or a tad drapey. It sounds weird, but what we consider to be a "perfect fit" is not always the most flattering in fit in sweatpants. Rather, choosing a style that sucks in your thighs a bit and ruches tight around the calves, or one that hangs off the body in an effortlessly relaxed way tends to be infinitely more stylish.
2: Footwear. If you want to stylize the sweatpant, you should really wear a heel. The only exceptions would be a neutral ballet flat, an of-the-moment slip on, or a throwback sneaker like this Adidas or classic Converse, or a fashion sneaker like a Superga. But if you want to style safe, I say opt for a wedge sneaker (the chunkier the better), a boot with a chunky heel or a classic polished pump.
3: Accessories. The most foolproof way to guarantee that you don't look like you just left the gym is by accessorizing your sweats in a thoughtful way. Ideally, with borderline over-the-top glam baubles for the office or a night out, or with well-fitting layering pieces for daytime. The former adds interest via the law of fashion opposites (grey terry sweats with one of these jewel-encrusted statement necklaces, anyone?) and the latter creates a structured silhouette.