Who Wore It Best? A Sweater Pant Battle (And They’re Perfect For Holiday Travel)

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During a recent TME team meeting, Laura and I were both gushing over sweater pants — we thought they’d be a perfect start for a holiday travel outfit. I don’t remember sweater pants being a thing before, but we each had our sights set on different pairs of sweater pants (from different retailers no less), so there ya go.

Turns out, we were both planning to wear our newly purchased sweater pants on the plane. They seem like perfect travel pants, and ones that dress up easily once you land.

Sweater Pant Battle: Shana in Anthropologie vs. Laura in Ann Taylor

Things to consider before casting your vote: One, Laura is obviously cheating with her THREE photos per outfit idea. And TWO, nobody can compete with her hair — this is a well-established fact. Vote from the neck down you guys. THE NECK DOWN.

Anthropologie Sweater Pants – Outfit Idea 1

Sweater pants with a sweater is like wearing an elevated Juicy Tracksuit. And since I still have fond memories of mine, this was an easy win, and perfect for the plane. Even better? Swap sneaks for heeled booties once you land, add some accessories, and these sweater pants can easily go out to dinner.

When two TME editors each (randomly) find a pair of sweater pants and begin planning their holiday travel wardrobes around them...you know they're good.

Outfit Details

sweater: Equipment cashmere sweater (xs for reference)

pants: Anthropologie Tie-Front Sweater Pants (wearing xxs for reference) – these pants are soft enough to wear on freshly shaven legs for hours without itching. OH WAIT, HOLD ON! They’re on sale for a limited time!!!

Travel Outfit: sneakers | similar leather jacket one or two | backpack

Going-Out Outfit: similar bag | similar bracelets (stack ’em up)

 

Anthropologie Sweater Pants – Outfit Idea 2

These sweater pants look equally cute with flat boots, a graphic tee, and my usual airplane essentials. And I’m loving them with a sexy little top and heels.

When two TME editors each (randomly) find a pair of sweater pants and begin planning their holiday travel wardrobes around them...you know they're good.

pants: Anthropologie Tie-Front Sweater Pants (wearing xxs for reference) – these pants are soft enough to wear on freshly shaven legs for hours without itching.  On sale!!!

leather jacket: similar  one or two

Travel Outfit: graphic tee | boots | similar scarf | backpack

Going-Out Outfit: top | pumps | earrings

 

Ann Taylor Sweater Pants – Outfit Idea 1

This is what I’ll actually be wearing on the plane this weekend. Since cold weather items quickly fill up a suitcase, I like to wear some of my heavier/bigger shoes on the plane, as long as they’re comfy. These leopard combat boots are all those things, and I love them with these pants. My only question now is which of my favorite jackets do I bring? I can only pick ONE for all week because I also have to pack my raincoat (wahhh) #alwaysanoverpacker

When two TME editors each (randomly) find a pair of sweater pants and begin planning their holiday travel wardrobes around them...you know they're good.

Outfit Details

pants: Ann Taylor Wool Knit Wide Leg Pants – I adore these. They are comfy and soft, but yet ‘sturdy’ enough to wear comfortably out in public. I’ve worn them for a few hours in a row, and they don’t seem to stretch out (hooray!) so I’ll put them to the ultimate test as we travel cross-country this weekend. Wearing Petite Small. I’d definitely go petite if you’re 5’4″ (like me) or under. *Note: Ann Taylor now ships with ShopRunner 2-Day shipping, so you can get these babies quickly! AND these are 40% off right now with code NEWOUTFIT (I think that means mine win the battle).
*UPDATE! Wore these all day on the plane yesterday, and the knees were BARELY stretched at the end of the day. I call this a win! Perfect travel pants. 

leopard combat boots: Lucky Brand Idara IIFavorite boots right now. I don’t leave home without them. They make any outfit more cool and are comfy, and so wearable. TTS.

graphic tee: J.Crew teeLoving this new tee. It might be the perfect graphic tee. Runs a little big, but I’m wearing my regular small. Think I would’ve liked an XS

denim jacket: Abercrombie Sherpa-Lined Denim Jacket – dang, almost sold out. This one is very similar and on sale!

leather jacket: AllSaints Bales Leather Jacket – I adore this jacket. It won out in my comparison last fall as my favorite. Soft, breaks in perfectly and is just rad. Wearing a US 6.

sherpa jacket: Zella Sherpa Bomber – This is one of my most-worn jackets right now. It’s SO soft and cute and cozy and perfect. Wearing size Small.

Ann Taylor Sweater Pants – Outfit Idea 2

I also love these sweater pants with my sporty white high tops. And, with a cozy sweater and swapping out the sneaks for chic black boots, these could be easily dressed up, too. And while we typically love ankle booties with skinny jeans, I’m finding that with cropped wide leg pants you don’t want to show ankle. Mid-calf/sock boots and high tops are working well for me with this style.

When two TME editors each (randomly) find a pair of sweater pants and begin planning their holiday travel wardrobes around them...you know they're good.

Outfit Details

pantsAnn Taylor Wool Knit Wide Leg Pants – I adore these. They are comfy and soft. but yet ‘sturdy’ enough to wear comfortably out in public. I’ve worn them for a few hours in a row and they don’t seem to stretch out (hooray!) so I’ll put them to the ultimate test as we travel cross-country this weekend. Wearing Petite Small. I’d definitely go petite if you’re 5’4″ (like me) or under. *Note: Ann Taylor now ships with ShopRunner 2-Day shipping so you can get these babies quickly! AND these are 40% off right now with code NEWOUTFIT.
*UPDATE! Wore these all day on the plane yesterday, and the knees were BARELY stretched at the end of the day. I call this a win! Perfect travel pants. 

white high tops: Lou & Grey Gola High Coasters – I’ve searched long and hard for a good white high top, and finally found these. LOVE love the sporty vibe it adds to anything and they’re super comfy. They run a little wide but otherwise TTS. Mine are selling out, but the same exact pair in all white is still stocked.

sweater: (similar) here or here

leather jacket: AllSaints Bales Leather Jacket – I adore this jacket. It won out in my comparison last fall as my favorite. Soft, breaks in perfectly and is just rad. Wearing a US 6.

black boots: (similar) These are super close, the same brand as mine, AND 40% off!

 

If you caught any of our nonsense on IG stories (@shanachristine and @elletrain)… Laura has claimed checkmate because her sweater pants are 40% off, which was a darn good point….and then I realized that mine are ALSO on sale. BOOM! And then we got this email from reader Lisa:

I am not sure if i am Team Shana, or Team Laura, but I just thought you need to know that this is possible as a holiday blessing.

Ooooo….

We love you guys.

xo,

Shana and Laura

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Shana founded The Mom Edit in 2008. She lives with the love of her life (his name's Mike) and their two crazy boys in downtown Philadelphia. She loves a good styling challenge (her engineering side shows eventually), appreciates kindness, and usually picks scotch over wine, sneakers over stilettos, and denim-underwear, always.

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5 Comments

  1. These are both amazing! The Anthro pair is almost sold out in all the solid colors but gray, though, so that is a bummer. Laura, please report back on the AT pair – if they don’t stretch out much on your travels, I’m sold!

  2. Dammit, TME! You got me again. I couldn’t resist the Anthro pants on sale. I did do some research to see if I could find something similar for less, but I couldn’t. However, J. Crew has a very similar pair st a similar price (25% off today, not sure how long the promo runs). Wool-cotton blend, and they come in black, navy and burgundy. Hope it helps anyone hunting!

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