7 Ways To Dress Up Sweatpants

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I mean…let’s set the bar properly: they’re still sweatpants. You won’t be attending a gala in them. But since none of us have galas to attend (at least not anytime soon), and since many of are lucky enough to be working — and teaching — from home (and likely starting to give the ol’ sweatpants the side-eye)…here are a few ways to dress up your trusty sweats.

Or at least make them feel less depressing.

7 Cute Outfits With Sweatpants At Nordstrom Right Now

BTW – this is the result of our latest partnership with Nordstrom. They asked us to put together a bunch of Nordstrom Looks and, well…this is what we came up with? (A Sweatpants Extravaganza is certainly where our heads are right now.) You can check out all of our looks on The Mom Edit Nordstrom Looks page (I promise they’re not all sweatpants).

Outfit 1 » Monochromatic Black, With Bling

This is the one I do the most often: black sweats + black tee (or a black sweater, if it’s cold). Add big earrings and fun accessories (tortoiseshell watch, anyone?) and you’ll be surprised by how much this feels like a real outfit.

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Outfit 2 » Layers of Cream, Then Gild It

This is my new favorite trick. While I’ll never give up my all-black, swapping it out for creamy layers feels really fresh. Adding some gold accessories (or sunny yellow – dying to wear those Birks this summer) takes the look in a decidedly chic direction.

Even if your layers are not as pricy as the ones below, the resulting look will still seem really lux. That’s the Power of Beige (haha but seriously #truth).

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Outfit 3 » Silky Cami + Soft, Slouchy Cardigan

This is another go-to styling trick for sweatpants (seriously guys, these just came so easy to us…it’s like we’ve spent the last decade pregnant, nursing, recovering from breast cancer or – in Abby’s case – going to collage, haha). BUT YES WE ARE NOW EXPERTS IN SWEATPANTS. A silk cami (I know they are expensive but I wash mine and they are WORTH IT)…plus a super-soft cardigan that can slip – just so – off one shoulder is a surprisingly sexy combination. Finish it off with comfy slides that you will someday wear outside and…voila.

It's a Sweatpants Extravaganza w/ Nordstrom. W/ many of us working & teaching from home, we have 7 ways to dress up our sweats...or at least make cute outfits.

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Outfit 4 » Layer Some Stripes

Sometimes you just need to keep things interesting. And stripes are one easy way to un-boring an outfit. I love a thick black-and-white stripe (it goes with everything), and that boxy little striped tee is just different enough. If you just can’t with the hair (me neither), put it under a cute baseball hat. That washed black cap from Madewell is calling my name.

It's a Sweatpants Extravaganza w/ Nordstrom. W/ many of us working & teaching from home, we have 7 ways to dress up our sweats...or at least make cute outfits.

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Outfit 5 » Graphic Tee + Layered Necklaces

Sometimes all I need with my sweats is a graphic tee. But if I really want to feel like I Got Dressed Today, I’ll add some layered necklaces and major eyeliner. Works every time.

ps. Either tuck that tee into your sweatpants (I KNOW)…or knot it at the waist.

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Outfit 6 » Graphic Tee + Kimono

Need to warm that graphic tee up a bit? Throw on a kimono. Actually…a kimono is a pretty genius layer with sweatpants in general. You can literally pair the combo with almost anything: tank top, turtleneck, even a sweater.

It's a Sweatpants Extravaganza w/ Nordstrom. W/ many of us working & teaching from home, we have 7 ways to dress up our sweats...or at least make cute outfits.

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Outfit 7 » Graphic Tee + Plaid Flannel Shirt

I’ll have you know that I was NOT the one who put this 90’s look together: that was all Abby, our resident gen Z-er. But since I AM a 90’s girl, I am here for it. And since most of you are with me…we know what to do: knot that flannel at the waist, put your hair in up with a scrunchie, and, uh, maybe skip the brown lipliner this time. Instead? Blue-light blocking glasses. (We’ve all been staring at our screens like crazy.)

It's a Sweatpants Extravaganza w/ Nordstrom. W/ many of us working & teaching from home, we have 7 ways to dress up our sweats...or at least make cute outfits.

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xo,

S & Abby

5 COMMENTS

  1. This is such a great article. I know it must be hard to write things that spark joy but don’t seem frivolous. This is perfect.

  2. I. Love. This. Seriously! So good!! Not that I need an excuse to wear sweats more than I already do, but now I’ll look a little more polished when I do! Thank you! Disclaimer… this 90s girl is not embracing the resurrection of scrunchies.?

  3. I’m with you, Elizabeth! I can get on board with pretty much everything here, but I can’t do the scrunchie. They can stay on my 9 year old daughter’s arm and head. Although, I can tell, most days I won’t be looking quarantine cute. I hope no one knocks on our door. ?? But these are fun ideas beyond the quarantine!

  4. These are incredibly cute, easy and varied — wow. Really enjoyed the 5th outfit in particular — the graphic tee + layered necklaces + beanie + eyeliner = HOLLA! Thank you as always for the creativity!

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