The Best Pants For Travel AND Thanksgiving: Sweater Pants

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Last year I had come across a pair of sweater pants at Anthropologie. I tried them on, snapped a pic, and…left them there. They sold out completely a few days later and that was that.

Of course, those darn pants became The Ones That Got Away, and I thought of them — longingly — through the rest of the holiday season: on the plane, at Thanksgiving dinner, on certain cold days when I had to go out, but would much rather stay in clad in sweatpants & cozy sweaters….

That’s the thing with sweater pants: they feel like sweatpants, but have a certain level of polish that sweatpants lack. But I’m very firm on one point: I want sweater pants that look like trousers….not joggers. This is key.

So this year, as soon as November rolled around, I immediately checked to see if Anthro had brought back the sweater pants/trousers that have been haunting my dreams. And YES. Not only did they bring back the original pair, but there are a few additional options to choose from.

I picked two.

Keep reading to see how I styled them up for a day of travel…AND how I’d dress them up for Thanksgiving dinner. (Pssst…when you’re done with this one, head over to our Holiday Style Central for more outfit ideas and party inspo.)

Full-Length Sweater Pants, 2 Outfits

These are really just standard black pants…but in a sneaky sweater knit. They’re high-rise, wildly comfortable, and are my favorite thing to wear right now. Because I’m always cold, I appreciate that they’re not cropped.

A. Travel: Cute Sweater Pants Outfit

We're pretty sure you need this 1 thing for Thanksgiving travel: sweater pants. We styled 4, cute, comfy outfits for the plane & dinner. You're welcome.
We're pretty sure you need this 1 thing for Thanksgiving travel: sweater pants. We styled 4, cute, comfy outfits for the plane & dinner. You're welcome.
We're pretty sure you need this 1 thing for Thanksgiving travel: sweater pants. We styled 4, cute, comfy outfits for the plane & dinner. You're welcome.
We're pretty sure you need this 1 thing for Thanksgiving travel: sweater pants. We styled 4, cute, comfy outfits for the plane & dinner. You're welcome.

Outfit Details

sweater: Athleta Canyon Colorblock Sweater (xs) – I’m obsessed with this merino wool sweater. Cute enough to wear for everyday, but would also work for hiking or skiing, too. Also in a gray with bright blue arm stripes.

pants: Chiara Knit Bootcut Trousers (xs petite) – The length on the petite size was OK for sneakers or low heels. I would size down one size — the xs petite fit perfectly (and I usually have to size up for petites). I’m baffled by the reviews on the fabric. It’s…amazing. Not too thick, but certainly thick (and supportive) enough to hide lumps & bumps.

sneakers: Everlane Tread Sneakers – SUSTAINABLE – I’m wildly and totally obsessed with these sneakers. Comfy, supportive, seriously cool…they’re basically perfect.

sunglasses: Tory Burch sunnies (same shape, slightly different colorway)

suitcase: Geniuspack – I love the internal organization and the fact that it’s insanely light. I’ve had this carry-on for almost three years now, and it’s still going strong.

B. Thanksgiving Dinner: Dressy Sweater Pants Outfit

We're pretty sure you need this 1 thing for Thanksgiving travel: sweater pants. We styled 4, cute, comfy outfits for the plane & dinner. You're welcome.
We're pretty sure you need this 1 thing for Thanksgiving travel: sweater pants. We styled 4, cute, comfy outfits for the plane & dinner. You're welcome.
We're pretty sure you need this 1 thing for Thanksgiving travel: sweater pants. We styled 4, cute, comfy outfits for the plane & dinner. You're welcome.

Outfit Details

top: Frame Keyhole Silk Tank – bought this at the Nordstrom Anni Sale, and it’s still going strong.

pants: Chiara Knit Bootcut Trousers (xs petite) – The length on the petite size was OK for sneakers or low heels. I would size down one size – the xs petite fit perfectly (and I usually have to size up for petites). I’m baffled by the reviews on the fabric. It’s…amazing. Not too thick, but certainly thick (and supportive) enough to hide lumps & bumps.

boots: Everlane The Day Boot (in iron) – a team fav. I’ve yet to find a softer leather boot.

bag: similar here

Cropped Sweater Pants, 2 Outfit Ideas

This is the same pair I was drooling over last Thanksgiving. Part of my hesitation then stemmed from a concern that perhaps cropped pants wouldn’t be warm enough…OR that cropped sweater pants wouldn’t look cute with sneakers. Dressing room pressure, man. I couldn’t deal.

Anyway, without the in-store pressure, I was able to put both concerns to bed.

A. Cropped Sweater Pants: Outfit For the Plane

We're pretty sure you need this 1 thing for Thanksgiving travel: sweater pants. We styled 4, cute, comfy outfits for the plane & dinner. You're welcome.
We're pretty sure you need this 1 thing for Thanksgiving travel: sweater pants. We styled 4, cute, comfy outfits for the plane & dinner. You're welcome.
We're pretty sure you need this 1 thing for Thanksgiving travel: sweater pants. We styled 4, cute, comfy outfits for the plane & dinner. You're welcome.

Outfit Details

sweater: Everlane Square Turtleneck Cashmere Sweater (size xs) – Thanks to the large band at the bottom, I find this sweater a little tricky to half-tuck…however, it worked with these pants.

pants: Anthro Linette Cropped Sweater Pants (xxs petite) – these pants do run big. But they’re so insanely comfy. They also come in black (back-ordered until early Dec, FYI) or a burnt orange.

sneakers: *SUSTAINABLE* Adidas — my usual. Find it on Nordstrom | Amazon.

bag: Everlane backpack – *SUSTAINABLE* I’m obsessed with light bags right now.

suitcase: Geniuspack – I love the internal organization and the fact that it’s insanely light. I’ve had this carry-on for almost three years now, and it’s still going strong.

B. Cropped Sweater Pants: Thanksgiving Dinner Outfit

Good grief these pants are comfortable. And if I needed to warm these pants up further, I’d simply wear a bootie with a higher shaft AND thick socks.

We're pretty sure you need this 1 thing for Thanksgiving travel: sweater pants. We styled 4, cute, comfy outfits for the plane & dinner. You're welcome.
We're pretty sure you need this 1 thing for Thanksgiving travel: sweater pants. We styled 4, cute, comfy outfits for the plane & dinner. You're welcome.
We're pretty sure you need this 1 thing for Thanksgiving travel: sweater pants. We styled 4, cute, comfy outfits for the plane & dinner. You're welcome.
We're pretty sure you need this 1 thing for Thanksgiving travel: sweater pants. We styled 4, cute, comfy outfits for the plane & dinner. You're welcome.

Outfit Details

sweater: old Vince…but the closest I’ve found is either this ribbed gorgeousness from Nadaam…or this cashmere-silk blend.

pants: Anthro Linette Cropped Sweater Pants (xxs petite) – these pants do run big. But they’re so insanely comfy. They also come in black (backordered until early Dec, FYI) or a burnt orange.

boots: Everlane The Day Boot (in iron) – a team fav. I’ve yet to find a softer leather boot.

bag: similar here

barrette: pearl clip set from Amazon (suuuuuper cheap, but works good enough)

Shop More Sweater Pants For Thanksgiving Travel

The two I featured were my favorites, but a few more intriguing pairs have popped onto the market. Sweater pants: they’re a thing.

Safe travels this holiday!!

xo,

S