So, last fall I realized black joggers can be one of the most versatile pieces in your closet.They’re comfy but you can easily make them look chic with fun boots and a cool leather jacket.
I adored them as travel pants for my trip to London last fall. This knit pair was SO soft and comfy for the long long flight from the West Coast. But…
The problem? This inexpensive jersey knit pair stretched to high heaven by the time I arrived in London (this pic is from Vancouver, B.C. at the beginning of the trip.) OMG. We arrived jet lagged AND I had saggy baggy knees. No good. Needless to say, I did not take a picture of that. SO when we got to our friend’s flat I had to bother with washing them because I planned to wear them at least once more on our trip. Lame.
The Search For The Most Versatile Jogger
Since then, I’ve been on the hunt for a good pair that won’t stretch out but will still give me the same look and comfort level. Most joggers I found online were sweats or the same jersey knit, but then I headed to Athleta at the suggestion of a few readers to try out a variety of fits in non-wrinkle, non-baggy fabrics.
The Metro Slouch
This pair looks adorable online. It’s cool that you can adjust the slouch. The fabric is a little heavier on these than some of the other pairs, but nice and sturdy for that reason. And I think they are pretty cute with some shoes, but I need a pair that works with all shoes, so I moved on. Wearing XS Petite.
The Soho Jogger
These are so soft and light weight. They have zipper pockets and a ribbed cuff at the bottom. They’re good. They’re comfy enough even for a long flight. They’re flattering and they’re a great length for either boots or flats/sneakers. I’m leaning towards these as my final choice. Wearing size 2 Petite.
The Trekkie Jogger 2.0
I LOVE the fit of these. I love the elastic cuff at the ankle. They’re heavier than the Soho and more like the fabric of the Slouch, so not as comfy in hot weather and not as soft as the Soho, but still fine and wearable for the majority of the year. I’m not 100% sold on the patch pockets, but I think being black they don’t bother me. They would if they were a lighter color though. These have a double button and zip closure whereas the Soho have a soft stretch waistband. Wearing size 2 Petite.
These are good. They’re a great fitted pant for work or everyday and they’re so flattering. But they’re not a jogger. They definitely fit like a ponte pant. They also have a center zipper up the back and it is NOT easy to get in and out of. Dang it. Not worth it for every time you have to pee, IMO. But gah, so flattering. Maybe going up one size would have made that easier. Wearing size 2 Petite.
The Metro Street Jogger
So, these were confusing. They’re actually the first pair I tried, in-store, and brought them home. I even styled them up two ways thinking I’d do a post on that. But after looking at the photos. NO. They’re essentially leggings or running pants, IMO. Not sure what drew me to them in the first place, but I definitely like some of the other choices better after trying those. This fabric is more of a poly knit blend they call Pilayo and I just don’t think it’s as flattering. Even though Athleta runs large in general, maybe sizing up in these would give more of a jogger fit. Wearing XS petite here and started out with XXS regular (not pictured).
The Aspire Ankle Pant
These are comfy and cute and the same soft fabric as the Soho. When I tried all these on they were my favorite, so I tried a few outfits with them. But looking at these again I’m not in love with them with sneakers (see below), which is important to me for a versatile pant, especially one I’ll take for traveling. Wearing a 2 Regular here. The 2 Petite was out of stock. I’m liking the cuffed look though for a little more slouch at the ankle.
Shop Athleta Joggers
My top three are the Aspire Ankle Pant, The Soho Jogger and the Trekkie Jogger. The Aspire and the Soho are both the lighter Featherweight material so they’ll be good for spring, summer and fall, but the Trekkie would be best for cooler weather and they’re a little more forgiving being a bit heavier fabric. The Trekkie would be great as an actual hiking pant, too, which is a good option here in the NW…but the Trekkie doesn’t seem comfy enough for long travel. Hmm.
I’m leaning towards the Soho because the length is great and the waistband is super soft and I wouldn’t have to deal with cuffing the hem. The best thing? NONE of these will give me the bagged out knees look I wound up with in London, so I can’t go wrong in that sense.
I know many of you have favorites from Athleta. What have you gone with and what have you worn day-in day-out? Thanks for recommending them for the jogger search! Interested to hear your thoughts!
Until next time…
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